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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 37
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Hereford Highlights

Annual Meeting Activities Planned

American Hereford Association (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.

Glenn Oleen

Kansas Hereford breeder Glenn Oleen grew up helping on his family’s Hereford and farming operation. Registered Herefords have grazed the Oleen pastures near Falun since 1936. Glenn was president of the American Junior Hereford Association during his youth. After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in animal science, he managed Kramer Herefords, Hugoton, Kan.

In 1977 Glenn and his brother, Chuck, formed the Oleen Cattle Co. partnership and purchased a large portion of the Kramer herd. The brothers produce performance-tested Herefords, utilizing many of the tools available to seedstock producers.

Oleen Cattle Co. currently calves approximately 250 cows and heifers each year. A majority of the cows are registered Herefords, but some commercial Hereford and Hereford-Angus cows are also maintained. Normally 40-50 registered Hereford bulls are sold each year private treaty to primarily commercial herds. The Oleens have participated in the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) and the Hereford Feedout Program, formerly the Genetic Outreach Program (GOP).

Glenn has been on the Kansas Hereford Association board two different terms, serving as president in 1983 and 2007. As a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, he has served as county director and been a member of the cow-calf/stocker council and the Kansas Beef Expo committee.

A member of the Falun Lutheran Church, he has served on the church council. Glenn and his wife, Gwen, have two daughters and enjoy their three grandchildren.

Buy Your HYFA “Harvest Gala” Tickets Early

Tickets are still 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 here, 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.

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.

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)

Hereford Pair Tops World Beef Expo

For the third consecutive year, a Hereford cow-calf pair took top honors at the World Beef Expo. Jake Bloomberg, Berwick, Ill., exhibited the supreme champion cow-calf pair over all breeds at the 2007 World Beef Expo in Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 26-27.

The supreme pair included HAWK Enuff Brittany 504, a May 4, 2005, daughter of CH Enuff Prophet 2913, and her March 2007 heifer calf, JB ROF Fantasy 317T, sired by LaGrand Reload 80P.

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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

Grazing Crop Residues Can Reduce Costs
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

Fall is a good time to make use of crop residues in grazing programs, especially for dry cows. Given the nation’s huge corn crop this year (92 million acres), there should be plenty of corn residue available for grazing following harvest.

A good rule of thumb to determine the amount of residue available is to figure about 50 lb. of residue per bushel of corn harvested. For example, if you have a 120 bushel per acre corn crop, then there would be 6,000 lb. of residue produced (120 bushels per acre x 50 lb. per bushel). Obviously the cattle will not be able to utilize this entire amount, but in a typical corn residue grazing situation you should be able to run a 1,000-lb. cow for one and a half to two months on one acre of corn residue.

Downed ears of corn have the greatest nutritive value, followed by husks and leaves. Corncobs are relatively digestible but low in protein, while the stalks are low in both digestibility and protein. Downed ears used to be more common, but today’s varieties with better yield characteristics and insect resistance, have reduced the amount of downed ears compared to earlier varieties.

Other crop residues such as wheat, barley, milo, sunflowers and soybeans can also be grazed. The nutritive value of these residues varies and depends on the amount of regrowth, how much crop was lost due to weather damage and harvesting conditions.

The amount of material that a cow can effectively eat varies widely with these crops as well. For crops such as soybeans, the amount of material available following harvest is typically low and more acres per cow will be required. In addition, snow cover can limit
grazing more quickly with these crops since less quantity of residue is available and what is there is very close to ground height following harvest.

The biggest limitations to grazing crop residues in many areas are the lack of fencing and lack of water available in many crop fields. In some cases this can be overcome relatively easily with electric fencing and water sources in adjacent pastures.

In any case, it pays to evaluate your fall grazing options. Crop residues work nicely in many cattle operations to provide much needed forage for dry cows at a time when feed costs have been steadily increasing.


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