Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 33
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Hereford Highlights

Make Hotel Reservations Now for Annual Meeting

The 2007 American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting will be at the Hilton President Kansas City Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct 22.

The purpose of this meeting is to elect new directors, hear special reports and conduct Association business. A complete schedule and annual meeting information will be included in the October Hereford World.

You can make reservations at the following hotels:

Hilton President Kansas City (Headquarters Hotel)
1329 Baltimore
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 221-9490 or (800) HILTONS (445-8667)
Rate: $119/night
Reservation cutoff date Sept. 17

Hotel Phillips
106 W. 12th St.
Kansas City. MO 64105
(800) 433-1426
Rate: $99/night
Reservation cutoff date Sept. 19

All reservations must be made on or before cutoff dates. Ask for the Hereford Association room block when making reservations.

Hereford 101 Scheduled for Sept. 27

The next Online Hereford 101 is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. A VitaFerm® representative will join Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss nutrition and strategies to enhance herd health. Details regarding participation will be available in future Hereford eNews issues. A Hereford 101 is also scheduled for Oct. 18 focusing on feeder calf management and marketing.

Submit Data by Nov. 1 for Spring Analysis

All data needs to be submitted prior to Nov. 1 in order to be included in the next genetic analysis. The AHA performance department also is asking all breeders to submit cow weights and body condition scores when taking weaning weights. This data is imperative to the breed’s longevity and fertility traits.

Juniors: Apply for OXO World Traveler Ambassador Scholarship

Hereford youth can apply for a $3,500 scholarship to use toward the air, hotel and land package to attend the 2008 World Hereford Conference. Any excess funds may be used for expenses on the trip.

Applicants must be 18 years or older on the day the World Hereford Conference trip begins, and not older than 26 years. Any boy or girl who has been or currently is a NJHA member is eligible.

Application deadline is Dec. 1, including two current photos of applicant, and a 750-word essay on why he or she would like to attend the World Hereford Conference. Essays need to be typewritten, double-spaced.

Should an emergency arise and the applicant cannot attend the conference, the award is cancelled and must be refunded to the OXO World Traveler Ambassador Scholarship fund. An alternate applicant will be chosen.

The award will be presented at the National Western Stock Show in Denver during a convenient time on show day. Winner will be notified two weeks in advance to allow for travel arrangements to Denver. For more details please contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or

Preliminary travel schedule and World Hereford Conference details can be found at

Download OXO World Traveler Scholarship application (Word)

Buy Your HYFA “Harvest Gala” Tickets Early

Tickets are now available for the HYFA Harvest Gala, Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Clubhouse on Baltimore, located one block north of the Hilton President Hotel (American Hereford Association [AHA] Annual Meeting headquarters hotel), Kansas City, Mo.

Cocktails will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres and at 7 p.m. dinner will be served in the Tudor Room. This fun evening will be highlighted with auction items and great entertainment. This is the premier fundraising event for the HYFA. You will not want to miss this exciting Hereford social event.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, please contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757. Please reply by Oct. 6 to ensure your reservation, as tickets will not be sold at the door. The ticket price is $50 per person.

All proceeds go to the HYFA, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated exclusively to scholarship and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle. For additional information concerning the HYFA please contact, Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or

Dates Announced for the 2008, 2009 JNHEs

2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE)
July 12-19
American Royal Complex, Kansas City, Mo.

2009 JNHE
July 4-11
Expo Square, Tulsa, Okla.

2008 JNHE Hotel Room Block:

Hilton Kansas City Airport (Headquarters Hotel)
8801 NW 112th St.
Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 891-8900
Hotel Room Rate: $89 plus tax

Four Points by Sheraton
11832 NW Plaza Circle
Kansas City, MO 64153
Phone: (816) 464-2345
Hotel Room Rate: $85 plus tax

Radisson Hotel – Kansas City Airport
11828 NW Plaza Circle
Kansas City, MO 64153
Phone: (816) 464-2423
Hotel Room Rate: $80 plus tax

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
11820 NW Plaza Circle
Kansas City, MO 64153
Phone: (816) 464-2424
Hotel Room Rate: $84

Visit the 2008 JNHE Web site for more information about the show and the 2008 JNHE Lucky Seven raffle. You can purchase your raffle ticket for $100 from any Illinois, Arkansas or Missouri junior, giving you the chance to win a total of $55,000. Each breeder or business that purchases 10 tickets will receive a free advertisement on the official 2008 JNHE Web site.

National Hereford Sale Scheduled

The Mile High Night Hereford Sale is scheduled for Friday, Jan 18, 2008, 6 p.m. at the Beef Palace Auction Arena in Denver. The sale will be managed by National Cattle Services Inc. and is sponsored by the AHA.

The catalog will be published in the December Hereford World. Deadline for sales entries is Oct. 25. Sale entries may include: bulls, heifers, cow-calf pairs, carload or pen bulls, semen interest in bulls, flushes and heifer-calf pregnancies.

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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

Successful Weaning Programs
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

Successful weaning programs are multifaceted and begin with preparing the calf to face the stress it will encounter in the post-weaning period. These include new disease challenges, commingling with other animals, introduction of novel feeds and water sources, stress caused by inclement weather, and transportation.

While any one of these factors alone may not necessarily cause a disease outbreak, the combination of several of these factors can result in an outbreak of respiratory disease in newly weaned calves. This ultimately increases cost of production through lost productivity, treatment costs and death loss.

A vaccination program alone does not constitute preparation for weaning. An adequate response to vaccination includes making sure the calf is properly nourished and capable of mounting an immune response when vaccinated. Critical nutrients include protein, energy, vitamins and trace minerals, especially those involved in immune response such as zinc, copper and selenium.

To reduce the stress associated with the weaning process, commingling with calves of different origins should be avoided, if possible. Castration and dehorning should be done ahead of weaning. If possible wean at your home ranch or farm to reduce transportation stress.

Ensuring adequate nutrient intake after weaning can also be challenging. Introduction of novel feedstuffs can result in reduced feed intake at weaning. In some cases, creep feeding may help ease the transition to processed feeds during weaning. Start calves on long stem hay and introduce the concentrate portion of the diet during the first few days following weaning. In some cases, top dressing the concentrate on the hay may help improve feed intakes. Reducing dustiness in the starter ration with molasses or other liquid supplements may also help improve intakes.

Don’t overlook the importance of water during weaning. If calves have not had previous experience drinking from automatic waterers, allow the waterer to trickle over for the first few days. This may help the calves find the water source quicker.

Successful weaning programs are built around principles that reduce stress in the weaned calf. Any steps you can take ahead of time to reduce stress at weaning will pay dividends by reducing morbidity and mortality in your weaned calves.


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