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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 35
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Hereford Highlights

Hereford 101 Scheduled for Sept. 27

The next Online Hereford 101 is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. VitaFerm® representatives Howard Jensen, director of technical services, and Dennis Delaney, general sales manager, will join Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss nutrition and strategies to enhance herd health.

Participants will be encouraged to submit questions, either by calling in or through the online “chat,” In order to view the video your computer needs to have a broadband connection to the Internet. Dial-up Internet will allow you to participate, but will only facilitate the audio portion of the Webinar.

If you go to you will see an item in the calendar (list of auctions) for Hereford 101. Click on it and you will be prompted to enter a user name and password. If you haven’t previously set up an account you can do so via the Web site. It only takes a minute or two; just click on the “Hereford 101” item, and then on “Create a New User.” It is strongly suggested that you set up an account before the night of the Webinar.

For more information, contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or

AHA Board Candidate: Jerry Huth

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.

Developing a passion for the Hereford business during his years in 4-H, Jerry Huth, along with his father, started in the registered Hereford business in 1963.

Huth Polled Herefords, Oakfield, Wis., is a performance-based operation. The Huth family has been collecting performance data since 1973. The Huth’s marketing program has catered to the small and midsize breeder but has also expanded to placing bulls in some large seedstock herds. Eight Huth-bred bulls are in artificial insemination (AI) studs.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an animal science degree, Jerry has been active in a number of industry organizations and served in numerous leadership positions. He is past president and director of the Wisconsin Polled Hereford Association and Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association. Jerry has assisted with three junior nationals, serving as co-chair of the 2005 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). He is also on the committee organizing the Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) Feeder Calf Sale scheduled for Dec.6 in Carthage, Ill.

Jerry is a member of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture’s “Grow Wisconsin Livestock Initiative Panel,” past president and director of the Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association, and executive director of the World Beef Expo. He’s also a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Jerry and his wife, Maryann, have two college-age sons.

High Plains Hereford Tour Goes from Pasture to Plate

A bus load of seedstock, commercial producers, and farmer feeders representing 16 states spent four days traveling through South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas visiting Hereford seedstock and commercial ranches, feedlots and packing plants.

“An eye-opening experience” summarized most tour participants’ comments about the High Plains Hereford Tour, which covered 1,600 miles. The tour started in Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 10 and traveled through Nebraska and Kansas returning to Rapid City, Sept. 13.

“The purpose of the tour was to give producers the opportunity to see different segments of the beef industry,” said Jay Elfeldt, AHA fieldman and tour co-chairman. “It was truly a great learning opportunity and exceeded all of our expectations.” Aside from visiting ranches, feedlots and touring packing plants, the tour gave this diverse group of producers the opportunity to discuss beef industry issues and share knowledge.

For more highlights of the tour see the October Hereford World.

Make plans now to attend the National Hereford Tour slated for May 20-24, 2008, in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Look for more information in upcoming issues of Hereford eNews and the Hereford World.

McCrea Joins Hereford World Staff as Advertising Coordinator

Amy McCrea has joined the Hereford World staff as advertising coordinator. In this position, McCrea will be responsible for coordinating Hereford World advertising and working with Hereford breeders and Hereford fieldmen. She will also assist with proofreading projects and work with the production team on Creative Service projects as time allows.

Prior to joining Hereford World, McCrea worked for several Kansas City area advertising and public relations agencies as an account manager.

National Hereford Show Exhibitors Please Take Note:
Get Your Calves Registered

The national show season is right around the corner, so please make sure all animals are registered 30 days prior to the show. If entries are pending when they arrive at the AHA office the animals will not be able to show at that particular event.

If you have already sent pending entries into one of the shows, contact Amy Cowan at at your earliest convenience with a registration number of the animal.

If we do not hear from producers with pending entries, the entries will be scratched from the show program. For a complete listing of rules and classifications, visit

Save Time at the Show: Put EID Tags in at Home

With the arrival of the fall show season, comes the arrival of a new electronic identification (EID) tagging system being implemented at all six of the national shows, starting with the Keystone International Livestock Exposition and American Royal The AHA has teamed up with Gallagher Animal Management Solutions and Allflex USA to EID tag all animals exhibiting in the national shows. This project was started at the Junior National Hereford Expo and we are eager to get the new system in place at the upcoming shows.

The EID tag will make cattle processing much more efficient and demonstrates that the Hereford breed is taking a proactive approach to EID and biosecurity measures.

To avoid standing in long lines and bringing your cattle to the chute, please put your own EID tags in at home. To encourage exhibitors to use EID tagging systems, Gallagher has graciously donated an Ernie 700 scale head to be given away at the 2008 National Western Stock Show. 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. To order tags from Allflex call its customer service department at (800) 989-8247 or locate a regional sales representative at the Allflex Web site.

Executive West is Hotel Headquarters for Louisville

The hotel headquarters for the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., is the Executive West Hotel. Please call (502) 367 2251 and ask for the American Hereford Association block when making reservations.

Iowa Hereford Breeders Association Offers Bull Feeding Opportunity

Recognizing the need to assist smaller breeders in feeding and marketing bulls, the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association (IHBA) has implemented a new custom bull feeding and performance program in southwest Iowa to begin this fall.

The purpose of the program is two-fold: to group feed bulls for personal use and marketing and to group feed bulls for collective gain data and marketing. It is intended to assist breeders who may want to keep and market a small number of bulls but do not have the facilities to do so at home. In addition, the program can fill a need to offer a larger set of Hereford bulls for selection by commercial breeders in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

Bulls will be fed at Gregory Feedlots Inc. in Tabor, Iowa, managed by IHBA member David Trowbridge. Entry deadline is Oct. 1, with delivery of bulls to the site on Nov. 15-17. To be eligible to consign, participants must be or become an IBHA member. The program is also also open to Iowa Junior Hereford Association members.

At least 40 bulls are needed to make up a pen and the committee overseeing this project — Mike Simpson, Mike Sorensen and Mike England — would like an indication of possible participants as soon as possible. For complete information, contact Mike Simpson at (515) 833-2991 or

Split Butte Announces New Ownership Team

The Split Butte Cattle Co. has taken on a new ownership team – Wynn & Jeanine Dewsnup, OT Cattle Co.; Denny & Janice Curtis, CX Capitol; and Rod & Karen Curtis, Cache Cattle Co. Ken Tracy will continue as manager.

Hereford Breeders Honored at Kansas State Fair

Several Hereford breeders were honored last weekend at the Kansas State Fair for the Wall of Fame. Congratulations to the following: Jim and Sue Rowland, G&R Polled Herefords, Marysville, Kan.; Walter & Joe Lewis, John Lewis Family, Larned, Kan.; CK Ranch, John Vanier Family, Brookville, Kan.; and Mill Creek Ranch, David Breiner Family, Alma, Kan.

Reno Junior Hereford Show Entry Form Available

The entry form for the Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show is now available on the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Web site. The show is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007.

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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

Pregnancy Exam Good Time to Review Reproductive Efficiency
John B. Hall, Extension Beef Specialist, Virginia Tech

Reproductive efficiency is the most important factor impacting profitability in the cow-calf operation. A careful analysis of reproductive measures can yield information on areas for improvement as well as areas where the operation is doing well. Several important measures of reproductive and production efficiency can be gathered at pregnancy exam and weaning.

First, it is important the veterinarian fetal ages each pregnancy as accurately as possible. In purebred operations, a pregnancy exam may be conducted more than one time per year to accurately identify calves that are products of artificial insemination (AI) from natural service-sired calves.

Most commercial operations only preg check once per year making fetal aging more difficult, but it is still accurate enough for most purposes.

Important measures of reproductive efficiency are:

  • Percentage of cows pregnant per cows exposed
  • Percentage of cows pregnant in the first 21, 42 and 63 days of the breeding season
  • Percentage of cows pregnant to individual bulls (or groups of bulls in multi-sire situations)
  • Percentage of cows pregnant by age group (i.e. pregnancy rate of 2-year-old cows, 3- and 4-year-old cows, and mature cows)

Another important production measure is percentage of calves weaned per cow exposed (previous breeding season).

Percentage of cows pregnant of cows exposed is a measure of overall herd fertility. This measure also takes into account cows that were lost or culled during the breeding season. A goal of 90-95% is ideal, but producers must take into account their particular environmental conditions. While this level might be appropriate for the East or Midwest, it may be too high for parts of the arid Southwest. Significant deviations from the goal may indicate problems with cow nutrition, cow or bull fertility, or disease.

Percentage of cows pregnant by 21-day periods is an indicator of cyclicity of the herd at the beginning of the breeding season. The goal is 70% of the cows pregnant in the first 21 to 30 days of the breeding season. Too many cows conceiving late in the breeding season is usually an indicator of abnormally long postpartum intervals caused by nutritional problems or a cow-environment mismatch.

Pregnancy rates by individual bulls provide insight to bull fertility issues that may not be explained by results of the breeding soundness exam. Bull libido, breeding experience and injuries during the breeding season are examples of problems identified by this measure.

Age group pregnancy rates provide information on the management programs impact on first calf heifers, young cows, and mature cows. Often young cows are a problem for breeders due to nutritional or social factors. Low pregnancy rates in any one group should prompt review of management strategies for that particular group.

Reviewing data from pregnancy exam can yield information that will help plan ahead for next year’s breeding season.


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