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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 36
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Study Shows Hereford Heterosis Advantage

Preliminary research shows a $78 advantage for Hereford-sired calves compared to Angus-sired calves in a real-world commercial setting.

The American Hereford Association (AHA) announced the first-year results of a heterosis study being conducted in cooperation with California State University, Chico; Lacey Livestock; Harris Feeding Co.; and Harris Ranch Beef Co. The objective of the research project was to conduct a controlled crossbreeding system, comparing progeny sired by Hereford and Angus bulls, under commercial conditions, emphasizing economic differences at the ranch, feedlot and packing plant.

Ten Hereford bulls selected for specific expected progeny differences (EPDs) were matched with 10 Angus bulls of comparable genetics. Bulls were randomly mated to 400 mature Angus-based cows. All calves were identified with electronic identification (EID) tags and DNA samples were taken to determine parentage. All cattle had equal access to comparable feed resources and management in extensive, relatively harsh environments.

The differences in weaning performance, feedlot performance, carcass value and overall profitability were measured on the Angus- and Hereford-sired calves. According to Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, “Preliminary data suggests a significant economic advantage of $86 per head in the feedlot phase for the Hereford-sired calves.

“Primary differences were gain, feed efficiency, morbidity and mortality, resulting in a lower cost of gain, $11.94 per hundredweight (cwt.); which equates to a $7.32 per cwt. difference when mortality of the Angus-sired steers was excluded,” Ward said. He added that the Angus-sired group had a significant advantage in quality grade, partially offsetting the value in the feedlot. “However, the net advantage favored the Hereford-sired cattle by nearly $78 per head for the entire production cycle,” Ward said.

Download the complete report (PDF), “Impacts of Crossbreeding on Profitability in Vertically Coordinated Beef Industry Marketing Systems” or contact David Mehlhaff, AHA director of communications, at

Media Visits AHA Headquarters

The AHA hosted members of the news media earlier this week as part of its first-ever media fly-in event. AHA staff and leadership hosted nine editors representing 27 agriculture and livestock publications.

A news conference featuring results of phase one of the Harris Ranch heterosis study was conducted along with news updates on the AHA, breed improvement projects and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC.

Visit to review the day’s activities and listen to audio clips.

This event was developed to foster relationships with the media and increase the Hereford message in other agriculture and livestock publications. Developing these relationships will help the Association share information and news with more commercial cattlemen. Related programs like this are planned for the future.

Annual Meeting Activities Planned

AHA members will gather in Kansas City Oct. 20-22 for the 2007 Annual Meeting. A full schedule of events is planned for Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. who attend the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show scheduled during the American Royal.

Below is a schedule of activities. The October Hereford World includes more information about the weekend activities plus Board candidate profiles and a list of delegates.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Oct. 20

7 a.m. State presidents’ meeting
Hilton President Kansas City
9 a.m. American Hereford Women annual meeting
Hilton President Kansas City
9:30 a.m. Delegate orientation
Hilton President Kansas City
1 p.m. Preview Ladies of the Royal sale offering
American Royal complex
3 p.m. Ladies of the Royal sale
American Royal complex
6:30 p.m. Open house
AHA headquarters

Sunday, Oct. 21

8 a.m. American Royal National Hereford Show
(junior show immediately followed by open show)
American Royal complex
6:30 p.m. 2007 HYFA Harvest Gala
Clubhouse on Baltimore

Monday, Oct. 22

9 a.m. AHA Annual Membership Meeting
Hilton President Kansas City

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.

James Milligan

Involved in the Hereford business all his life, James Milligan is a partner in Milligan Herefords, Kings, Ill. The family business was started in 1836 and has been breeding Herefords since 1918.

After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in animal science and agricultural economics, James returned home to join the family farm. Today the herd consists of 200 registered Hereford cows. The family’s goal is to develop cattle to supply the commercial cattle industry — quality Herefords, one or a truckload at a time.

For 20 years the Milligans hosted an annual bull sale in Okeechobee, Fla., and often consign to sales in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado and Texas. In addition to the registered business, the Milligans, through the years, have sold feeder cattle to 10 different meat packers and presently sell to the CHB program. Milligan Herefords has shown in the Denver Yards since 1948.

James has served two terms as president of the Illinois Hereford Association (IHA) and was on the IHA board for 25 years. He has served as a delegate to the AHA meeting since the merger of the polled and horned associations.

James has also been a member of the Ogle County Agriculture Extension Council and the Ogle County Fair board of directors and has served two terms as president of the Rochell Lions Club.

Buy Your HYFA “Harvest Gala” Tickets Early

Tickets are now available for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Harvest Gala, Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Clubhouse on Baltimore, located one block north of the Hilton President Hotel (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

National Hereford Show Exhibitors Please Take Note

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.

Oct. 1 is Substitution Deadline for American Royal

Oct. 1 is the substitution deadline for the upcoming American Royal in Kansas City. Bulls may be substituted for bulls and females for females and may only be made in the name of the original owner.

Download substitution form (PDF)

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.

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.

Iowa Juniors Offer Semen for Sale

Due to the generosity of Jean Munsinger, the Iowa Junior Hereford Association has acquired the entire semen inventory of MM Herefords. The influence of the late Luther Munsinger’s herd is evidenced across the country and produced several national champions. The juniors are offering the semen at $10 a straw. Purchasers will need to contact the owners to make arrangements for certificates, whose prices may vary. Mrs. Munsinger still owns most of the bulls.

Semen is available on the following bulls:

  • MM RSM Stockmaster 623
  • MM Pacemaker 745
  • KJ Favorite Son 211Z
  • MM Stockmaster 092
  • MM 745 Pacer 374
  • MM RSM Buddy L24
  • MM BSM Stockmaster 214ET
  • MM Slinger 790
  • MM Stockman 033094
  • MM RSM Stockmaster 512
  • MM RSM Stockmaster 511
  • MM RSM Stockmaster 621
  • MM Res Champ 76
  • MM Vanner 870B
  • MM RSM Pacemaker 815
  • MM RSM Buddy 802
  • R&R Beefmaker RRA 5L
  • Myrtewood Slew 439
  • YF Phenomenal 017

For more information or to purchase semen, contact Steve Landt at (641) 486-5472.

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)

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