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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 20
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Hereford Highlights

Meet the Hereford Interns: Jones, Powell, Young

Amber Jones, Belen, N.M., is serving as the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC communications intern. Jones is dual majoring in agricultural communications and journalism and animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University (K-State) with plans to graduate this December.

She served as advertising manager for the Kansas State Agriculturalist this spring. In this role, Jones oversaw eight students and coordinated sales, layout and design of advertisements for the magazine.

Jones’ background has kept her involved in the beef industry. Her experience in FFA and 4-H has given her prime knowledge of beef production through showing and raising cattle. She will showcase her talents this summer with various tasks, such as designing newsletters, writing articles and developing advertisements.

Tosha Powell, Amber, Okla., has joined the American Hereford Association (AHA)/Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) communication team. She is a senior studying agricultural communications with a minor in agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Powell plans to graduate in December.

At OSU, Powell has served as a member and secretary for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She is also a member of the Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate FFA and Collegiate 4-H.

This summer, Powell will assist with editorial content for the Hereford World magazine, as well as various communication projects related to the Junior National Hereford Expo and other AHA events.

Crystal Young, Breton, Alta., Canada, will assist the junior department as the 2007 youth activities intern. Young is a senior at K-State with dual majors in agricultural communications and journalism and animal sciences and industry.

Young found her way to America through her skill of livestock judging. She first attended Butler County Community College as a member of the livestock judging team. She then joined the K-State team under livestock judging coach Scott Schaake.

Active on campus, Young is involved in several organizations. She serves as president of the Collegiate Cattlewomen’s Association, a member of Block & Bridle and organizes K-State’s annual breast cancer awareness campaign — Tough Enough to Wear Pink.

Ohio Juniors Excel at State FFA Convention

Members of the Ohio Buckeye Junior Hereford Association (OBJHA) took several top honors during the Ohio State FFA Convention, May 3-5 in Columbus.

OBJHA member Callie Crum, Cardington, was a member of the 2006-07 state officer team. She retired from her position as state sentinel during the final convention session.

Heather Bradford, St. Marys, was recognized as the state proficiency winner for beef production entrepreneurship and Courtney Levering, Mt. Gilead, placed third in the state for her floriculture supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program.

In career development events, Janessa Hill, Wooster, was a member of the winning dog obedience team and Bradford was named high individual in the general livestock judging contest. Bridget Schaad, Venedocia, was selected to participate in the State FFA Band.

State FFA degrees were awarded to Schaad, Bradford and Hill.

Jessica Slone, W. Manchester, served as a staff member and assisted with a workshop, “The Secret to Success – Don’t You Know it Already?”

Hereford junior Garth Regula, Fresno, appeared on the big screen in the last video presentation. Of course he was wearing our favorite orange shirt with the big blue “H” and the word “Hereford” across it.

Congratulations Ohio Juniors!

Make JNHE Room Reservations Now

Some rooms are still available at Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) headquarters hotels, including the Comfort Inn and Suites, 4685 Quebec St., (303) 388-8100. The Comfort Inn and Suites is offering rooms at a rate of $69.99 per night.

Rooms are almost sold out at the following hotels: Renaissance Denver Hotel, (303) 399-7500, Doubletree Hotel Denver, (303) 321-3333, Courtyard Denver Stapleton (across the street from the Renaissance), (303) 333-3303, and the Radisson Hotel Denver Stapleton Plaza (next door to the Renaissance), (303) 321-3500. The reservation cutoff date is June 1. Ask for the Junior National Hereford Expo rate.

For more information about the JNHE, as well as other junior Hereford events this summer, download the summer activities PDF (616 KB).

June 1 Deadlines for NJHA Awards and Activities

  • Final JNHE ownership and entry deadline
  • NJHA director candidate nominations due
  • Walter and Joe Lewis Award applications due
  • National Junior Merit Award applications due
  • Hereford Herdsman Scholarship applications due
  • Advisor of the Year Award nominations due
  • PRIDE of the Nation Award applications due
  • Photo contest entries due at the AHA

Note to Advisors: The 2007 State Junior Advisor Handbooks have been mailed. Please contact Chris Stephens, AHA director of youth activities, at or (816) 842-3757, if you did not receive your handbook.

Delegate Nominations Due May 31

All active AHA members should have received their delegate nomination postcards in the mail. To nominate a state delegate to the AHA Annual Meeting, Oct. 22, your reply must be postmarked by May 31. If you are an active member and haven't received a postcard, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or

Summer Analysis Cutoff – May 31

Remember that May 31 is the deadline to have data submitted for the summer analysis. Questions, contact Jack Ward at or (816) 842-3757.

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Market Update

Cattle Outlook
Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, University of Missouri-Columbia

Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To view this information, visit the University of Missouri AgEBB Web site.

Industry Insight

Breeding Soundness Exams Good Investment
North Dakota State University Extension Service

Bull breeding soundness exams may be an essential piece of the beef cattle producer’s herd fertility puzzle, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle experts say.

“Progressive beef cattle producers focus a great deal of attention on managing their cow herd to improve fertility,” says Lisa Pederson, Extension beef quality assurance specialist. “While management of the female is essential, concentrating management entirely on the cows and not worrying about the bulls could be a disaster. The importance of the bull in a cattle breeding program is often underestimated.”

A cow is responsible for half of the genetic makeup of one calf per year, while the bull is responsible for half of the genetic make up of 20-50 calves per year.

“The bull's ability to detect cows in heat and breed them is clearly vital to a successful breeding program,” Pederson says. “One tool producers can use to assure this success is the breeding soundness exam. Examining bulls for breeding soundness before the breeding season will detect most bulls with potential fertility problems.”

For the exam to be successful, a veterinarian should evaluate the bulls 30-60 days prior to the start of the breeding season, says Charlie Stoltenow, Extension veterinarian. That will give producers sufficient time to replace questionable bulls.

The exam consists of three parts — physical examination of overall appearance, internal and external examination of the reproductive tract and an evaluation of semen for normality and motility, or its ability to move spontaneously and independently. The producer can do the first part; a veterinarian should do the other two exams.

The physical exam includes an evaluation of the feet, legs, eyes, teeth and flesh cover.

“Sound feet and legs are very important because unsound bulls have trouble traveling and mounting cows for mating,” Stoltenow says. “Bulls should be in good condition, ideally carrying enough fat cover at the beginning of the breeding season so their ribs appear smooth across their sides.”

A body condition score of 6 is the target prior to the start of the breeding season. That’s on a scale where a 1 is emaciated and 9 is very obese. Stoltenow advises producers to observe their bulls often throughout the breeding season to make sure the bull is capable of traveling and breeding.

The reproductive tract evaluation should include measuring scrotal circumference, palpation of the testes and palpation of the seminal vesicles. The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has adopted the exam guidelines the Society of Theriogenology recommended. The minimum criteria for passing the scrotal circumference and semen evaluation are:

  • No chronic infections of the seminal vesicles or testes
  • Scrotal circumference exceeds the minimum for age: 15-18 months, 31 cm; 18-21 months, 32 cm; 21-24 months, 33 cm; and 24 months or older, 34 cm
  • Sperm motility of 30% (fair) or greater
  • Percentage of normal sperm is at least 70%

Costs of breeding soundness exams vary depending on a number of factors, including location of test — on the farm or ranch versus at the clinic, number of bulls tested and facilities available.

“The cost of a breeding soundness exam is cheap when compared to the cost of open cows or calves born late in next year’s calving season,” Pederson says.


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