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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 41
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Hereford Highlights

Jo Ellard Honored as a “Woman of Influence”

Jo Ellard, Hereford breeder and Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) director, will be celebrated as a Woman of Influence on Nov. 12 at a salute to “The Great Women of Texas” organized by the Fort Worth Business Press.

Ellard, who owns EE Ranches Inc. along with her husband Bill, ranks among the Hereford and cutting horse industry’s leading breeders. Ellard has served on numerous committees both as a former American Hereford Women board member and when hosting the 1988 Junior Hereford Expo at EE Ranches.

Ellard established the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) in 1992. She currently serves on the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) board of directors and the American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund Advisory Committee. She has been a role model for thousands of Hereford youth and NYCHA members in the areas of leadership, sportsmanship and community awareness.

Ellard has devoted countless hours in the promotion of Hereford and NYCHA youth and we congratulate her achievement as a “Woman of Influence.”

Fall Round-Up Junior Hereford Show Planned

The Mid-Atlantic Hereford Association is hosting the first Fall Round-Up Junior Hereford Show, which will be in Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. The show will follow the Mid-Atlantic Fall Bonanza Hereford Sale that starts at 11 a.m.

“This show was organized to create the largest junior Hereford show east of the Mississippi River,” said Ken Worley, show organizer. “The Mid-Atlantic Hereford breeders have been enthusiastic in support and organizing this junior event.”

The show will include owned heifers, bred-and-owned heifers and steers. More than 130 head of Hereford cattle have been entered in the inaugural show with exhibitors representing more than 11 states. Juniors will walk away with not only pride and encouragement from participating in this quality event but, sponsors have gone above and beyond to offer quality awards to participating juniors. Grand champion award winners will each receive $750 in cash premiums. Reserve grand champion award winners will each receive $375 in cash premiums. The grand champion steer will receive a $500 cash award and the reserve grand champion steer will receive $250 cash. Class winners will also receive $100 with generous premiums paid to all exhibitors.

Juniors who purchase a heifer in the Fall Bonanza Hereford Sale will be able to show their new purchase in the show immediately following the sale. Junior exhibitors will also have the opportunity to participate in showmanship competition. The judge for the Mid-Atlantic Fall Round-Up Junior Hereford Show is Bob Goble, manager of Ridgeview Farm, Alto, Mich.

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Fall Round-Up Junior Hereford Show contact: Bob Schaffer (540) 582-9234 or Ken Worley (276) 944-3458.

Don’t Miss Out on These Hereford Christmas Ideas

Do your Christmas shopping with the American Hereford Women (AHW) and at the
same time help raise funds for Hereford juniors.

Items for sale include:

  • Learning With Herefords! DVD — $25 (updated cost)
  • "A Hereford Legacy" Bud Snidow DVD — $20

Add $2 shipping and handling for each DVD ordered.

To order, contact Cheryl Evans at or P.O. Box 310, Winona, MS 38967.

AHW also has Hereford candles, Hereford charms and leather mouse pads with AHA or NJHA imprinted on them.

Visit the AHW Web site to view pictures and for more information.

Hereford Online 101: Focuses on K-State Research

The next online 101 is scheduled for Nov. 29 at a time to be determined later.
Dan Moser of Kansas State University will be the guest and will discuss recent research on fertility, longevity and survivability.

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.

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 $89. 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.

Attention Louisville Exhibitors

There are 381 head of Herefords entered in the North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, Ky. Please let Amy Cowan know how many head you will be exhibiting and any specific stalling requests you have, so that the stalls are already assigned when you arrive at the North American. This will ensure that you have adequate stall space and are stalled with whom you intended. Contact Cowan at (816) 842-3757 or Thanks for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you in Louisville. The National Hereford Show is Nov. 15 and the junior show is Nov. 11.

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

The new electronic identification (EID) tagging system is successfully being implemented at all of the national shows and we appreciate all of the exhibitors cooperation with this new project. The AHA has teamed up with Gallagher Animal Management Solutions and Allflex USA to EID tag all animals exhibiting in the national shows. Having the cattle tagged prior to the show makes 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.

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.

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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

Managing Cow Body Condition Scores
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

This is the perfect time of year to manage cow body condition score (BCS) in spring calving herds. Cow condition is simply a measure of the overall energy status of the cow.

BCS at calving should be 5 for mature cows and 6 for heifers. This will ensure the cow has adequate body reserves to lactate as well as prepare for the next breeding season.

The reason to manage cow body condition now, rather than later in the fall or winter, is that there are several factors working in your favor at this time of year. The weather is still relatively mild and nutrient requirements relative to pregnancy status of the cow are relatively low. If you wait to evaluate the situation and make management decisions until just before calving, you lose these advantages. The weather will be much colder, the cow’s nutrient requirements much greater, and due to the lack of time available, the incremental changes you need to make each day will be much greater and much more expensive.

What steps should you take to begin the process? First, carefully evaluate the condition of your cow herd. Be realistic. Are the cows generally in good condition or did poor pasture conditions this summer take its toll, resulting in a number of them being too thin? If the herd is in good condition and forage supply is adequate to good, it is likely little intervention is needed. However, if cows are thin and/or the pasture lacks quantity or quality forage, then the best management strategy is to act now to correct or head off problems.

The two most common intervention strategies to deal with thin cows are to provide additional nutrients (usually in the form of a supplement) or to wean calves. In some cases, you may want or need to take both actions.

One often overlooked option for improving nutrient status of the cow herd is the use of alternative forages as a means of providing improved nutrition. Table 1 details the results of a study from the University of Nebraska that investigated grazing sub-irrigated meadow regrowth and early weaning of calves of 2-year-old cows in the fall. Cows grazing sub-irrigated meadow regrowth gained body condition when their calves were weaned and they maintained condition during lactation. Cows grazing native range maintained condition when they were dry, but lost body condition during lactation.

Managing cow body condition score is an important consideration for cattle producers each and every fall. Providing additional nutrients and weaning are two tools you can use to manipulate cow BCS. However, the decision should be evaluated each year based on the condition of the cow herd, pasture conditions and the overall goals of the ranch.

Table 1. Effect of weaning and forage type on weight gain and body condition score change in 2-year-old cows.

Range Meadow
Dry Lactacting Dry Lactacting
Weight Change, lb. 92.2 -28.4 206.4 135.7
Body Condition Score Change, BCS units 0.0 -0.4 0.6 0.0
Adapted from Lamb et al., 1997.


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