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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 21
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Hereford Highlights

Sponsor a JNHE Class, Division

The 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) planning committee still needs sponsors for class and division awards for the upcoming JNHE July 7-14 in Denver. If your farm/ranch or family would like to sponsor a class or a division award, please contact:

Marsha Middleswarth: (307) 532-7903, e-mail: barn@earthlink.net
Jim Mickelson: (707) 762-1473, e-mail: jim@jerryanddonsyager.com
Marshall Ernst: (970) 381-6316, e-mail: marshall_ernst@msn.com

There are more than 100 classes and 30 divisions, so your help is greatly appreciated. Class award sponsorships are $150 and division award sponsorships are $300. You can also sponsor a reserve division for $250.

Download sponsorship form (PDF, 540 KB)


Don’t Forget Important Junior Deadlines

The American Hereford Association (AHA) office is piled high with JNHE entries! It should be another fantastic JNHE in Denver this summer. We hope to see you there.

As soon as possible send to the AHA state delegate information, illustrated speech applications, NJHA Mentor Program registration and Hereford Grill-off registration. We realize that some state junior field days are later, but as soon as you have this information please fax or mail it to AHA.

Here are few important deadlines:

June 15
  • Ed Bible Memorial Scholarship applications due
  • State voting delegates due
July 1
  • Deadline for PRIDE Convention registration.
    Download registration form (PDF, 64 KB)
  • National illustrated speech contest applications due
  • Peewee speech contest applications due
  • Promotional poster contest entries due (if unable to attend the JNHE)
  • Scrapbook contest entries due (if unable to attend the JNHE)
  • Golden Bull Achievement Award applications due
  • Future Cattleman Scholarship applications due
  • JNHE meal order forms are due.
    Download order form (PDF, 80 KB)


HPI Staff Addresses Magazine Delays

Starting with the July 2007 Hereford World, Hereford Publication Inc. staff will be sending notice via Hereford eNews when the Hereford World is mailed. In an effort to decrease the delivery time, Arlene Sanchez, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) manager consumer affairs & claims Fort Worth district, has graciously agreed to field calls from magazine subscribers who do not receive their magazine within 10 days of the mailing date.

If you do not receive your magazine within 10 days of notice, please call Sanchez at (817) 317-3623. HPI staff thanks Sanchez for taking a proactive approach to this on-going problem and encourages subscribers who experience late delivery to report the delay.


Herefords Outsell Angus in VBPA Stocker Feeder Sale

Bidding was aggressive for Hereford lots during the 15th Annual Vermont Beef Producers Association (VPBA) spring stocker feeder sale on May 5. The sale included 267 head and grossed just shy of $155,000.

According to an article by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture the number of pens containing Hereford cattle out sold similar pens of Angus cattle. The article said, “In recent years we have noticed a spring sale trend of a declining spread between Angus and Hereford cattle. It appears as though there may be a ‘niche’ for Herefords at turn out time. Whether for beef or breeding purposes, the Hereford breed has made an important contribution to the commercial cattle industry and the VBPA spring sale appears to be a good place to sell them.”

The high-selling lot of Hereford steers averaged 342 lb. and sold for $1.26/lb. Of the cattle weighing more than 600 lb. the top selling group was a group of Hereford steers that brought $1.19/lb.

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Market Update
Downloads:

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.

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Industry Insight

Steps To Keep Health, Productivity at Bay
Kansas State University Extension

Summer’s hot, dry weather can take a toll on cattle in the High Plains, but producers can take steps to keep health and productivity problems at bay, says Twig Marston, Kansas State University beef cattle specialist.

Marston provided the following tips for producers to keep in mind as they manage their cow herd operations to maximize nutrition and health this summer:

  • Provide plenty of clean, fresh water.
  • Provide free-choice mineral to correct any mineral deficiencies or imbalances.
  • Monitor grazing conditions and rotate pastures, if possible and/or practical.
  • Ammoniation can increase the digestibility of wheat straw and other grass hays and crop residues. If planning ammoniated wheat straw for winter needs, keep in mind:
    1. The best time to ammoniate is immediately after wheat harvest, prior to weather deterioration.
    2. The ammoniation process is temperature-sensitive, fastest during hot days.
    3. Apply 60 lb. of anhydrous ammonia per ton of straw.
    4. Do not ammoniate wheat hay or any other intermediate- or high-quality forage as production of imidazole, an organic compound, can cause hyperactivity and death.
    5. Process will double crude protein content, enhance intake and be cost effective.
    More information about ammoniation treatment of low-quality forages is available on the K-State Research and Extension Web site and type in FORA12 for a fact sheet or MF1073 for a publication in the search window.
  • Consider early weaning if drought conditions develop and persist.
  • Consider creep feeding only if cost-effective.
  • Monitor and treat pink eye.
  • Control flies. Price and efficiency will dictate the best option(s) to use.
  • Monitor and treat foot rot.
  • Avoid handling and transporting cattle during the hottest part of the day to reduce heat stress.
  • Vaccinate replacement heifers for Brucellosis if within proper age range (4-10 months).
  • Continue anaplasmosis control program (consulting local veterinarian).

Marston also provided these tips for forage and pasture management:

  • Check and maintain summer water supplies.
  • Place mineral feeders strategically to enhance grazing distribution.
  • Check water gaps after possible washouts.
  • Harvest hays in a timely manner; think quality and quantity. Harvest sudan and sudan hybrids for hay in the boot stage (normally 3-4 feet in height). If possible, run a routine nitrate test on a field before harvesting hay.
  • Plan hay storage placement wisely. Putting hay conveniently near feeding sites reduces labor, time demands and equipment repair cost.

Good general management practices, Marston says, also include heeding the old saying, “Good fences and good brands make good neighbors.”

And, he recommends producers check equipment such as sprayers, dust bags, oilers and haying equipment and then repair or replace them, as needed.

“Have spare parts on hand,” Marston adds. “Down time can make a big difference in hay quality.”


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