Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 34
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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.

Board Candidate Profile

The AHA nominating committee has announced the six candidates selected to vie for positions on the AHA Board of Directors. Candidates include Whitey Hunt, Jerry Huth, James Milligan, Glenn Oleen, John Ridder and John Woolfolk.

Each week we will profile an individual candidate.

Whitey Hunt

Hereford breeder Whitey Hunt is a partner in Innisfail Farm, Madison, Ga. Whitey and his two siblings own the farm; Whitey and his son, Weyman, serve as managers. Whitey’s grandfather, Charles Candler, had polled Herefords for a short time in the 1940s and early ’50s, but the farm’s true start in the polled Hereford business was in 1971.

The farm includes 110 registered Herefords, 350 acres of pasture and hay land, and 700 acres of pine timberlands, which are managed for both timber production and wildlife.

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in agronomy, Whitey is partner/owner of Godfrey’s Warehouse Inc. Godfrey’s wholesales and retails custom-mixed bulk and bagged feeds, fertilizer, seed, and farm supplies in a market area that includes Georgia and parts of South and North Carolina.

Whitey has served in numerous leadership positions including Georgia Polled Hereford Association director, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association regional vice president; and Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association founding member and former president. He serves on the board of directors and as chairman of the audit committee for the Bank of Madison and also is a Madison Presbyterian Church elder and former church treasurer.

Whitey and his wife, Marilyn, have two grown sons and enjoy their two grandsons.

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 next week's Hereford eNews. 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.

OBI Releases 56-Day Report

Eight Hereford bulls are currently on test at Oklahoma Beef Inc. (OBI) in Stillwater. The 56-day weights for Test No. 71 (bulls born Sept.-Nov. 2006) were taken on Aug. 17.

The top three average daily gain (ADG) bulls are: No.494, a son of AMH WB Rusty 259, consigned by Galen Williams, Fairland, Okla., with a 4.68 ADG; No. 493, a son of AMH L2 142, consigned by Allen Moss Herefords, Vici, Okla., with a 3.93 ADG; and No. 488, a son of Remitall Online 122L, consigned by Fellback LLC, Muscogee, Okla., with a 3.88 ADG.

The highest weight per day of age bulls are: No. 493 with a 3.42 WDA; No. 494 with a 3.20 WDA; and No. 495, a son of AMH WB Rusty 259, consigned by Williams with a 3.05 WDA.

More information about Hereford Test 71 is available on the OBI Web site.

Gregory Family Honored at Missouri State Fair

The 2007 Missouri State Fair honored the Earl Gregory family of Houstonia, Mo., for 75 years in the cattle business. Earl joined the AHA in 1949 and in 1955 he became a member of the American Polled Hereford Association. In 1992 Earl was the first gentlemen inducted into the Missouri Polled Hereford Hall of Fame.

Most people, who remember Earl Gregory, remember his quiet demeanor and his sense of pride and love for polled Hereford cattle. He traveled to sales around Missouri to bring home only the best bulls and then would breed heifers to produce his registered herd. His granddaughters — Jennifer, Devann, Morgann and Jordann — continue this tradition today and breed and show Gregory Polled Herefords. His sons — Robert and J.D. — along with grandsons — Kevin and Michael — continue with the farming and raising cattle.

For 75 years the Gregory family has shown at every Missouri State Fair except two during the war. The legacy of Gregory Polled Herefords will continue hopefully for another 75 years.

Hereford Bull Best of Breeds at Minnesota State Fair

Congratulations to the Pierce family of Baraboo, Wis. The Pierce’s exhibited supreme champion bull over all breeds at the recently completed Minnesota State Fair with their KK Authentic bull.

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

Trends of Note to the Rural Economy
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

The farm economy continues to improve based on an assessment of recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data on key economic indicators. The highest wheat market in history and the overall strength of grain and livestock prices will heighten the strength in rural gains.

Indicator 2003 ($ bil.) 2005 ($ bil.) 2007 ($ bil.)
Agricultural cash receipts 215.6 240.7 276.4
Crops receipts 109.9 115.9 136.2
Livestock receipts 105.6 124.9 140.2
Farm equity 1,204.0 1,576.0 2,009.0
Farm debt: asset ratio 12.7 10.9 9.6
Total ag imports 45.7 57.7 70.5
Total ag exports 56.0 62.5 79.0
Exports as a share of ag production 21 20 NA

These data suggest that cash receipt growth have been sufficient against rising farm input prices to substantially improve the debt:asset ratio. Furthermore, the importance of agriculture’s cumulative ability to maintain a position as a net exporter should not go unnoticed.

Recovery of the beef export markets will strengthen agriculture’s competitive position in the world marketplace. The challenge to sustaining strong performance in these leading economic indicators will be to develop stronger value-added propositions that move products out of commodity positions and into more profitable niches in the marketplace.

Furthermore, the overall strength of the livestock sector with 51% of the farm cash receipts should be of value to the industry as leadership works to maintain favorable positions relative to policy and regulatory issues.


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