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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 38
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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 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

7:45 a.m. State presidents’ meeting
Hilton President Kansas City
9 a.m. American Hereford Women annual meeting
Hilton President Kansas City
10 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.

John Ridder

John Ridder is owner and manager of Ridder Hereford Ranch and Ridder Half Circle Inc., Callaway, Neb. A fourth-generation ranch, the operation was started in 1907 by John’s grandparents in the Nebraska Sandhills.

John graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in animal science and has been managing the family ranch since 1972. Today the ranch includes pasture and dryland hay ground.

The Ridders calve 200 cows and heifers each year and market through their annual spring sale on the ranch. The sale includes 2-year-old bulls, yearling bulls from their National Western Stock Show carload and yearling heifers. They also sell private treaty, particularly heifers and cows.

The Ridder family has cross-fenced all of its ranchland, utilizing rotational grazing and central watering systems. The Ridders use technologies such as embryo transfer (ET), pelvic measurement, ultrasound, and AI in addition to performance testing and whole-herd reporting.

John served on the board of the former Nebraska (horned) Hereford Association from 1976-84, including a term as president, and has served on the Nebraska Hereford Association board of directors since 2006. He was also chairman of the Hereford President’s Council in 1984.

John is a member of the Sandhills Cattle Association and served on its board for two terms. He’s also a member of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association and served on the group’s education committee. John and his wife, Mary, have six children, who play an integral part in the family business.

National Western Announces Changes

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) has announced several changes for its 2008 event. The entry deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 20, and all cattle must be registered at the time of entry. No pending registrations will be allowed in either the Hill or Yard shows.

All cattle entered must test negative for persistent infection with bovine viral diarrhea (PI BVD).

All cattle sold, either privately or through auction, must test negative for brucellosis (Bang's disease) and tuberculosis (TB).

Hereford events during the NWSS will include the junior show Jan. 16, the carload and pen bull show Jan. 17 as well as the new pen of three female show, Jan. 18 will be the female show followed by the bull show on Jan. 19. The Mile High Night Hereford Sale is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. The sale will be managed by National Cattle Services Inc. and is sponsored by the AHA.

The AHA headquarters is the Renaissance Denver Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street. A block of rooms is reserved until Dec. 18. The rate is $84. Call (303) 399-7500 to make your reservations. The catalog will be published in the December Hereford World. For more information, contact Joe Rickabaugh at (816) 842-3757.

More information about Hereford activities in Denver will be in the December Hereford World. For a complete set of NWSS rules and guidelines visit the NWSS Web site.

202 Head Compete at Keystone National Show 

The 2007 National Hereford Show at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg, Pa., showcased 202 head of Herefords on Oct. 5. Numbers continue to climb at Keystone with 33 more head than last year and 66 more head than 2005. Mark Ebling, Cleburne, Texas, judged the event.

Prior to the show on the evening of Oct. 4 was a social, dinner and marketing discussion at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Auctioneer, Kevin Wendt, Dublin, Ohio, addressed the group about some tricks of the trade when it comes to seedstock marketing and customer service.

Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn., dominated the bull show taking home grand and reserve honors. Four L Dakota Gold 5010R was slapped champion, he is co-owned with Watson Hereford Farm, Jackson, Tenn. Four L 3126 Domino 6003S was reserve. In addition to the champion bull titles, Four L captured the best six head and premier exhibitor awards.

Junior member, Kyndall Williams, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, led her yearling heifer, PK WMS 171 Ramona 9615, to the winner’s circle in the female show and Drew Schmidt, Taneytown, Md., followed in reserve with Purple Cruella 14S ET. Purple Reign Cattle Co., Toulon, Ill., bred the reserve champion female and they secured the premier breeder honors at the conclusion of the show.

Visit to view pictures and a complete listing of winners and class placings. Congratulations to all the exhibitors on a great showing in Harrisburg.

Monday, Oct. 15 – Last Day to Reserve
Your 2007 Harvest Gala Tickets

The 2007 “Harvest Gala” benefit of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA), will be Oct. 21 at the Clubhouse on Baltimore in Kansas City, Mo. Nine Hereford breeders have donated premier embryo packages to the “Genetics on Ice” benefit for the $5 Million Dollar Capital Endowment Campaign.

The auction will take place at the HYFA “Harvest Gala” in conjunction with the AHA Annual Meeting. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse on Baltimore (one block north of the Hilton President Hotel), with dinner being served at 7 p.m. with dancing provided by the world renowned Dave Stephens Band! Join with fellow Hereford breeders to take part in this annual celebration to benefit the future of the Hereford breed.

If you would like more information on the “Genetics on Ice” embryo packages, or to inquire about how you can further support the HYFA, please contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or For tickets to the HYFA “Harvest Gala” Fundraiser, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or Tickets are $50 per person and need to be purchased by Monday, Oct. 15 to ensure a reservation, as they will not be sold at the door.

Download the embryo offering brochure (PDF)

Hereford Online 101: Feeder Calf Management and Marketing

The next Online 101 is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m CST. Tom Feller, Wisner, Neb., Feller & Co., will join Jack Ward, AHA Chief Operations Officer and Director of Breed Improvement and Jim Williams, CHB Vice President of Supply, to discuss feeder cattle management and marketing.

Participants will be encouraged to submit questions by either calling in or using the online "chat." In order to view the video, you must 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.

Ladies of the Royal Sale Catalog Available

The Ladies of the Royal sale catalogs have been mailed. If you did not receive a copy, e-mail Amy McCrea at to request a catalog. The catalog will also be posted on

Ladies of the Royal sale will feature 20 show heifer/brood cow prospects, four Hereford steer prospects and three flushes. The sale is slated for Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at the American Royal Sales Center.

Last Call to Consign Calves to the Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale

Want to Sell Your Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calves for a Premium? If so, The Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale may be just the outlet for you.

This steer and heifer calf sale is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Carthage Livestock Sale Barn, Carthage, Ill. To create a strong appeal to feedlot buyers and encourage premium prices, certain sale criteria have been established:

  • Calves must be at least 50% Hereford, age and source verified, preconditioned, castrated, dehorned, weaned and bunk-broke.
  • Calves must be tagged with Hereford Verified ear tags.
  • Calves must be preconditioned under the MERIAL® SUREHEALTH™ program.
  • No implants are allowed.
  • Calves will be sorted into load-size lots by weight, type and sex.

The last day to register is Oct. 15. For registration details, step-by-step participation instructions, costs and other pertinent information, view the registration packet (Word) and sale brochure (PDF).

Don’t miss this opportunity, whether you have one or 100 head to sell. Feedlot buyers demand large numbers of uniform, preconditioned, verified cattle. The goal is to have 1,000-plus head of quality Hereford-influenced calves to offer.

If your calves sell to a Hereford Verified participating feedlot, you’re eligible to receive data back from the feedlot to the rail!

For more information, contact a member of the sale committee:

  • Brent Lowderman, Illinois, (309) 221-9621
  • Rusty Miller, Indiana, (765) 482-4386
  • Brent Behrends, Illinois, (217) 482-5046
  • Tom Heidt, Wisconsin, (608) 574-2309
  • Mark Stephens, Illinois, (217) 825-9913
  • Jerry Huth, Wisconsin, (920) 583-3223
  • John Meents, AHA, (419) 306-7480
  • Jim Williams, CHB LLC, (308) 222-0170

The Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale is endorsed by the Buckeye Hereford Association, Indiana Hereford Association, Illinois Polled Hereford Association, Illinois Hereford Association and Wisconsin Polled Hereford Association.

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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 worth watching
Tom Field, Colorado State University

Land values

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data shows a national increase in the value of pasture of 16, 22 and 15% compared to the past year, three years and five years, respectively. Cash rentals have increased 11% from 2006 to 2007. Pasture values averaged $1,160 per acre while pasture rentals averaged $12 per acre.

Fundamental shifts in crop acreage competition as the result of rising crop prices in 2007 will only serve to hasten the rise in land values in the short term. The effect on cow-calf producers is two-fold — acreage allocated to hay production will be pressured by profit opportunities in feed grains for ethanol and small grains and cattle production will likely be under pressure to move to more marginally productive lands if the trend continues. Securing leases for the grazing season should be considered a high priority.


Nearly all of the available evidence points to challenges with securing labor for the cow-calf sector in the future. Immigration issues have significant implications for the cow-calf, stocker, feeder, packer and foodservice sectors of the beef industry. Changes in labor laws, specified wage rates and worker’s compensation coverage all have potential consequences on the competitiveness of the beef industry.

Dairy expansion

Dairy expansion is ongoing with the size of the dairy herd growing by some 100,000 head since 2004. Furthermore, dairy production is undergoing a significant regional shift as larger operations seek more friendly environments to large scale, intensive dairying.

Competition with the dairy industry for harvested forage can be significant in many regions of the country and often forces cow-calf producers into seeking substitute feeds for high-quality alfalfa and hay.

Each of these trends provides incentive for cow-calf producers to develop proactive strategic initiatives to assure profitability in the future. While solutions will be regionally and operationally specific, managers are advised to deal with feed availability, labor and competition for resources early enough in the process to allow flexibility of decision making.


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