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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 24
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Hereford Highlights

Register Today for Hereford Young Guns

Hereford producers ages 22-45: register online at for the upcoming 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!

Hereford Youth: Don’t Miss PRIDE Convention

The 2007 Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention will be Aug. 2-5 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)

Youth Choose: EID Tag at Home or at JNHE

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

To save time at the chutes, junior exhibitors may choose to put their own EID tags in at home before traveling to the JNHE or the cattle will be tagged during cattle processing.

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. To order tags from Allflex call its customer service department at (800) 989-8247 or locate a regional sales representative at

July 4th Cookout to Feature CHB®

Ridley’s Family Markets LLC, local Hereford cattle breeders and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC are excited to announce the first-ever Ridley’s 4th of July Steak Sandwich Cookouts. The cookouts will be in Buhl, Idaho, July 1, and Buhl and Middleton, Idaho, July 4. Each of the events will be at the Ridley’s Family Markets’ parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The events will feature a Certified Hereford Beef® steak sandwich or hamburger, chips and a drink for $4. A children’s coloring contest along with other fun activities will accompany the events.

Harry the Hereford Bull and Harley the Hereford Steer will greet the public at each event. A bull co-owned by Heritage Cattle Co., Split Butte Cattle Co. and Little Creek Ranch will be on display at the Buhl location.

Several local Hereford producers, CHB LLC staff and Ridley’s Family Market staff will help grill steaks and answer questions.

July Hereford World Mails

The July 2007 Hereford World is scheduled to mail Friday, June 22. 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, 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.

Don’t Forget Important Junior Deadlines

As soon as possible send to the AHA state delegate information, illustrated speech applications, National Junior Hereford Association (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:

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

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

Seeing the Big Picture
Tom Field, Colorado State University

The adage “don’t miss the forest for the trees” is an applicable consideration for cow-calf managers determined to keep the big picture in mind. Given the pressures associated with the day-to-day operations of an enterprise compounded by seasonal activities such as haying or calving, it is easy to understand how a manager might become so fixated on a specific issue or challenge that equally, if not more important, operational trends go unnoticed.

I recently saw a checklist used in the dairy industry to provide a daily snapshot of the cow herd and associated facilities. While far from providing the precise information that would be required to fine tune a specific function or operation, it nonetheless formalizes the capture of data to facilitate a set of trend lines that generally describes the overall quality and health of the operational components of the business.

Dairy barn checklist

Criteria Excellent +2 Acceptable +1 Marginal -1 Unacceptable -2
Feed Bunk        
BCS – Body Condition Score

While a weekly checklist may be unrealistic for extensively managed cow-calf enterprises, the collection of biweekly or monthly information might well prove useful. The specific criteria to be scored are subject to the individual needs of specific farms and ranches as well as the stage of the production calendar. However, a suggested adaptation of the dairy scorecard is provided below:

Cow-calf checklist

Criteria Excellent +2 Acceptable +1 Marginal -1 Unacceptable -2
Pasture Condition        
Calf Health        
Cow BCS        
Water Source        
BCS – Body Condition Score (group average as well as percent of animals below a BCS 5 should be estimated).

While the generalized approach suggested here lacks precision, it does provide an outline by which monitoring of the general trends in forage quantity and quality, animal health, body condition scores, and overall operational quality can be estimated. The key is to collect and assimilate data consistently over time.


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