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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 23
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Hereford Highlights

Register for Hereford Young Guns Online

Hereford producers ages 22-45: mark your calendars for the third Hereford Young Guns Conference, Aug. 22-24. The event will be at Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel and Casino.

The program will feature dynamic speakers who are beef industry leaders. Topics will range from Hereford efficiency to the effect of ethanol on the beef industry, and how the Hereford breed is measuring up in research projects across the nation.

Conference attendees will gain valuable marketing ideas and learn from industry friends about tools and programs available to seedstock and commercial Hereford producers.

The conference will recap highlights of the first Young Guns Conference in 2001 and will focus on what the breed has accomplished in terms of regaining market share and breed direction. Plan to be in Kansas City in August; don’t miss out on this fun and educational Hereford event.

Registration and hotel reservation deadline is Aug. 1. Single registration fee: $100. Per couple from same operation: $170.

A schedule of events and registration is now available at

Hotel information:

Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel and Casino
For reservations call (816) 472-7777
Room rate: $89 per night (ask for group code S8HERFD)

Thank you to the PTP Alliance, Purina Mills, Gallagher Animal Management Systems and Vermeer Manufacturing for sponsoring the 2007 Hereford Young Guns Conference!

BIF Honors Huffhines, Denton

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, June 7 with its Continuing Service Award during the organization’s 39th annual meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo. Angie Denton, Hereford World editor, was awarded the BIF Ambassador Award on June 8.

Huffhines has served as AHA’s executive vice president since 1997. He initially joined the AHA staff in 1992 upon completing a master’s degree in meat science from Colorado State University (CSU). His early responsibilities included director of feedlot and carcass programs for AHA’s Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) program. He was named CHB LLC director in 1995, launching a fully aligned, breed specific, branded beef program into the retail and foodservice sectors.

He and his wife, Mary Jon, are the parents of three sons — Seth, Cole and Miles.

The Ambassador Award is given to a member of the media each year to recognize an individual’s efforts to help cattle producers understand cattle performance testing and genetic prediction tools.

Denton joined the AHA staff in October 2004. She oversees the editorial content of the Hereford World and also assists on the AHA communication team. Prior to joining AHA, she spent nearly 10 years at the Angus Journal. She served as assistant and associate editor and then as director of the newly formed web marketing department.

She and her husband, John, are the parents of two sons — Wesley and Dustin.

See the August Hereford World for more highlights from the BIF meeting.

JNHE Confirmation Packets Mail Today!

The 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) confirmation packets will mail to all exhibitors today. More than 1,400 entries have been processed and more than 560 exhibitors will be heading to the "Mile High" city to take part in the Hereford breed’s summer youth extravaganza. If you have any questions regarding this year’s event, please contact the AHA’s department of youth activities at (816) 842-3757 or e-mail Chris Stephens, Director of Youth Activities, at

JNHE to Incorporate EID Technology

Junior exhibitors participating at the 2007 JNHE will have a chance to see electronic identification (EID) technology in action. The AHA has teamed up with Gallagher Animal Management Solutions to EID tag all animals exhibiting in the JNHE.

During cattle processing each animal will be tagged with an EID tag by an AHA staff member. This tag will be loaded into the Gallagher Animal Management software. The EID tag will make cattle processing at future shows much more efficient and demonstrates that the Hereford breed is taking a proactive approach to EID and biosecurity measures.

This break-through technology allows Hereford junior members the opportunity to become the first junior cattle breed organization to adopt this technology. To encourage junior exhibitors to use EID tagging systems, Gallagher has graciously donated an Ernie 700 scalehead to be given away at the 2008 National Western Stock Show. 

JNHE exhibitors who have their cattle EID tagged prior to cattle processing will be automatically entered in the drawing. The AHA appreciates your cooperation as we implement this new system into the national shows.

Sponsor a JNHE Class, Division

The 2007 JNHE planning committee still needs sponsors for class and division awards. 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:
Jim Mickelson: (707) 762-1473, e-mail:
Marshall Ernst: (970) 381-6316, e-mail:

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 may also sponsor a reserve division for $250.

Download sponsorship form (PDF, 540 KB)

PRIDE Convention is just around the corner

Hereford juniors mark your calendars for the 2007 Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention, Aug. 2-5. The event will be at Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Some of the traditional fun and educational agenda items will be back on the program in 2007. Each event being planned will help you grow as an effective leader among your peers.  Plan to be in Mississippi in August; don’t miss out on this fun and educational Hereford event.

PRIDE participants will see some of the Southeast’s most progressive Hereford operations during their visit to Mississippi. Tours to EE Hereford Ranch Inc., Winona; Grandview Plantation, Como; and CMR Polled Herefords, Senatobia, will be features of this year’s event.

Registration deadline is July 1. Download PRIDE registration form (PDF, 64 KB)

Don’t Forget Important Junior Deadlines

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)
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Market Update

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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

Water Quality Critical
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University animal and range sciences

Water is a vital component of biological ecosystems. Not only is it critical for plant growth and forage production, it is also vital for livestock survival.

Water quality

Total dissolved solids (TDS) is the most common method by which laboratories report water quality. Table 1 details the general recommendations for water containing increasing levels of TDS. It is generally expressed in parts per million (ppm). The higher the level of TDS the greater the quantity of salts dissolved in the water. Dissolved salts may include carbonate, bicarbonates, sulfates, nitrates, chlorides, phosphates and fluorides.

Sulfate levels are of specific concern, since excess sulfate has been linked to cases of polioencephalomalacia (PEM). In addition, excess sulfate can react with dietary copper making it unavailable to the animal. This can result in copper deficiency symptoms such as reduced immunity and impaired reproduction.

Laboratory Analysis

Many laboratories can perform a complete water quality analysis. If in doubt about water quality for livestock use, be sure you have it tested. Routine water testing would include TDS, hardness and pH.

In many parts of the country, it’s also a good idea to have the lab perform a sulfate analysis. The costs for routine analyses typically range from $30-75 per sample. Most labs have specific instructions for submission of water samples, so it’s best to check with the specific laboratory for detailed instructions and a current price schedule.

Without adequate runoff, many of the traditional water sources you may have relied on may still be questionable in terms of quality for livestock. It’s important to remember that during drought, evaporation occurs in ponds, sloughs and dugouts. As the water evaporates, the chemical compounds dissolved in the water become concentrated. This results in a rapid increase in water quality problems associated with poor-quality water since livestock require greater quantities of water as temperatures increase.

Table 1. Total Dissolved Solids levels (ppm) and suitability for use a water source for livestock.

TDS Level Comments

Less than 3,000

Usually satisfactory for most livestock.


May not cause adverse effects to adult livestock. May cause a laxative effect in young livestock or growing animals. Poor feed conversions may also result.


Should not be used for pregnant or lactating females. Usually laxative and may result in reduced water intake.


Do not use for swine. Do not use for pregnant or lactating ruminants or horses.

10,000 or more

May cause brain damage or death.


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