Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 26
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Hereford Highlights

Superior Hosts Largest Video Sale:
Herefords Command Added Value

Superior Livestock Auction hosted its Week In The Rockies XVIV video auction July 9-14 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The company’s largest auction in history included 325,000 head consigned by 1,370 producers from 27 states.

Results of the auction confirm demand for Hereford feeders continues to increase. All cattle eligible for the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) program were denoted as such, with the CHB® logo appearing on the screen.

Perkins-Prothro Ranch, Boise City, Okla., Matador Ranch, Guthrie, Texas, and Craig Pelton, Dunn Center, N.D., sold Hereford-influenced cattle that topped the sale in each of their weight classes and regions. The Herefords overall averaged $2.05/hundredweight (cwt.) above the average for their respected weight class.

Some groups of heifers were purchased as replacement heifers, selling for $8.70/cwt. over the average. The highest steers over the average sold for $8.75/cwt. over the average and went to a CHB-participating feeder. These auction-topping steers were from Texas and had a great health program and were weaned 45 days.

Jim Williams, CHB LLC vice president of supply, congratulates consigners for a successful sale and thanks the producers who took the step to add value to their cattle working with Williams and CHB-participating feeders prior to the sale.

Youth Exhibit 1,082 Entries at JNHE

The Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) once again attracted a huge crowd and a high-quality showing of Hereford cattle July 7-14 in Denver. This, the largest Hereford show in the world, featured more than 600 youth exhibitors from 36 states plus Canada. The number of entries totaled 1,082, including 52 cow-calf pairs, 62 bred-and-owned bulls, 217 bred-and-owned heifers, 78 steers, 475 owned polled heifers and 198 owned horned heifers. Listed below are the overall winners.

Owned females

  • Champion polled: Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas, with DM BR Terri 646 ET
  • Reserve champion polled: Kirbie Day, Waxahachie, Texas, with RW Mindy 3078 6096
  • Champion horned: Brett Gagnon, Adin, Calif., with H Paula 625 ET
  • Reserve champion horned: Sarah Stream, Chariton, Iowa, with GKB Miss Miss Moler B628

Bred-and-owned females

  • Champion: Kandi Knippa, Seguin, Texas, with Baer Creek My Oh My 16S ET
  • Reserve champion: Clayton Miller, Thorntown, Ind., with MH 29F Miss Gold 6364 ET

Bred-and-owned bulls

  • Champion: Rylee Barber with BR DM Bodacious ET
  • Reserve champion: Brooke Jensen, Courtland, Kan., with KJ C&L BJ 204 Authentic 294S

Cow-calf pairs

  • Champion: Chandis and Emilee Kottkamp, Clayton, Ind., with EKS Spirdge Taylor P606 513RET
  • Reserve champion: Kaci Nelson, Burwell, Neb., with GLM 492M Senora G 409


  • Champion (on hoof and carcass): Grant Vickland, Longmont, Colo., with a 1,275-lb. son of DB Hard Drive ET
  • Reserve champion: Chance Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa, with a 1,290-lb. steer sired by DB Hard Drive ET

State Delegates Select New Junior Board Members;
Officers Also Elected

State delegates selected four new directors for the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board at the 2007 JNHE. The winners were announced at the awards banquet on July 13 at the National Western Complex in Denver.

Those selected to serve a three-year term on the board are Katlin Mulvaney, Opelika, Ala.; Kandi Knippa, Seguin, Texas; Hannah Wine, Marshall, Va.; and Kimber Evans, Fall River, Kan.

At the awards banquet, four retiring board members announced the election results and passed on their maroon jackets and responsibilities to the new leadership. After each retiring address, the board member took off his or her jacket and presented it to a new director. The retiring board members were President Catie Sims, Elgin, Okla., and Treasurer Mark Sullivan, Chehalis, Wash., as well as directors Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark., and Chance Young, Springville, Tenn.

Also announced at the awards banquet was the 2007-2008 officer team, chosen by the NJHA board members. This year’s officers are Jason Ewing, Fordland, Mo., president; Roger Morgan, Burwell, Neb., vice president; Jessica Slone, W. Manchester, Ohio, secretary; Nicole Starr, Manawa, Wis., treasurer; and Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., reporter.

Other directors include Kara Eschbach, Skiatook, Okla.; Katlyn Howes, Taneytown, Md.; and Sarah Stream, Chariton, Iowa.

Next week’s Hereford eNews will feature more JNHE highlights including scholarship and contest winners.

Order Your JNHE Pictures Online

To view and purchase JNHE photos taken by American Hereford Association (AHA) and Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) staff, visit the Hereford Photo Shop Web site. Here you’ll find pictures of show and award winners taken at JNHE events throughout the week.

Fall 2007 EPDs – Coming Soon

The AHA expects to release the Fall 2007 expected progeny differences (EPDs) the weekend of July 21. Look for the results at this weekend.

Register Now 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!

Owen honored with ALSAC/St. Jude Founder’s Award

Hereford breeder Randy Owen of Tennessee River Music Inc., Ft. Payne, Ala., was honored June 21 during the 50th anniversary celebration of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® with the Founder’s Award.

Owen is a longtime St. Jude supporter and country music artist. He helped start the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® program in 1989. The program has become one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the country, garnering more than $310 million in pledges for the hospital.

Clark Recognized as Youth Supporter

Idaho Junior Hereford Association (IJHA) members recognized Jim Clark with the group’s second Youth Supporter Award. Clark and his family own and operate Little Creek Ranch near Parma, Idaho. Clark is always willing to help sponsor shows and lend a helping hand to youth, especially those just getting started with the Hereford breed.

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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

Managing Feed Value of Harvested Forages
Tom Field, Colorado State University

Approximately half of the variable costs associated with cow-calf production can be attributed to feed related expenses. Thus, management of harvested forages is an important step in effectively managing the overall feed costs of the enterprise. Several factors are of special importance in capturing the full nutrient value of harvested feedstuffs. These factors include moisture percentage at time of baling, stage of plant maturity at cutting, and storage conditions.

Hay should be baled when the moisture content is no higher than 20-22% with a preferred range of 15-20%. Baling at these moisture levels minimizes the leaf shatter and losses associated with mechanical baling as well as assuring minimal opportunity for excessive heating resulting in moldy hay. Hay going into storage at 25-35% moisture can be expected to have twice the digestible dry matter loss as compared to moisture rates of 15-20%.

Stage of maturity at harvest is also a critical factor that effect forage quality. Forages harvested 10 days past the preferred stage of maturity will likely lose 20% total digestible nutrients and 40% protein as compared to harvesting at the optimal time. Thus it is important to determine optimal stage of maturity for each stand of forage to be harvested and to account for these differences in scheduling cutting and baling.

Storage conditions differ regionally due to variation in precipitation levels and humidity. Loss of dry matter during storage of hay that has been properly harvested will typically run about 5% if storage occurs in a barn or shed in the first year. Hay stored outside will typically lose 10-15% dry matter as the result of exposure to the elements. However, the outer part of the bale will typically also lose digestibility so the total nutrient loss for outside stored forage may approach 25%. Several steps can be taken to minimize losses for hay stored outside — assure that the storage area is well drained, a minimum of 3 feet should be maintained between rows for better drying, and the storage area should be well clear of trees, buildings or other structures that might shed water onto the storage site.


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