National Western Hotel Update
The American Hereford Association (AHA) room block at the Renaissance Denver Hotel is completely full. If you have a reservation and decide to cancel your reservation, please contact Mary Ellen Hummel at the AHA to handle your cancellation. We have a waiting list of Hereford breeders who would like a room at the Renaissance and if you cancel with the hotel or online we lose the room for those breeders. So please help us in retaining as many rooms as possible for this great Hereford event. For cancellation, call (816) 842-3757 and ask for Mary Ellen.
Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale is Dec. 6
The steer and heifer calf sale is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Carthage Livestock Sale Barn, Carthage, Ill. Five state Hereford associations in the Midwest, including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin, are teaming up to organize the sale. A total of 34 consignors representing eight states have registered a pre-sale inventory of 700 head of Hereford-influenced cattle. The cattle have been consigned from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Missouri.
For more information contact John Meents at (419) 306-7480 or Jerry Huth at (920) 583-3223.
Range Beef Cow Symposium Scheduled for Colorado
Cattlemen should make plans now to attend the 2007 Range Beef Cow Symposium set for Dec. 11-13 in Ft. Collins, Colo. This event will take place at the Larimer County Fairgrounds complex known as “The Ranch,” located just off Interstate 25 south of Ft. Collins.
Hosted every other year, the Range Beef Cow Symposium is a joint effort of the Cooperative Extension Services of Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska, South Dakota State University and the University of Wyoming. This program has an excellent reputation among cattle producers and is viewed as a unique educational opportunity. Attendance at the last three symposiums has ranged from 700 to more than 900 people.
Jim Williams, Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC vice president of supply, will be available at the CHB booth in the trade show to talk about Hereford marketing opportunities. For more information visit the Range Beef Cow Symposium Web site.
Hereford Champions Selected at North American
Two hundred seven head of Herefords competed on Nov. 15 for champion honors at the 2007 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), Louisville, Ky. Son-and-father duo, Todd Herman, Skiatook, Okla., and Jim Herman, Edgerton, Ohio, judged the national Hereford show and commended the exhibitors for bringing them a quality set of cattle to evaluate.
Texas exhibitors garnered the champion bull and female awards. B&C Cattle Co., Miami, Texas, exhibited the grand champion bull, B&C Outlook Express 25085. The 2-year-old bull is a Remitall Online 122L son and showed with expected progeny differences (EPDs) of birth weight (BW) 5.4; weaning weight (WW) 59; yearling weight (YW) 103; milk (MM) 19; and milk and growth (M&G) 49.
Following Outlook Express in the reserve champion position was KJ 068J Manhattan 262S by BR Moler ET. The champion yearling bull was exhibited by Kevin Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; J-6 Inc., Gibbon, Neb.; and Kirk Jensen, Courtland, Kan. He posted EPDs of BW 4.5; WW 50; YW 84; MM 18; and M&G 43.
Kirbie Day, Waxahachie, Texas, was all smiles as she led her grand champion heifer out of Freedom Hall. RW Mindy 3078 6096 came out of a strong yearling division before capturing the purple banner and bronze female award. The daughter of RW KW Hummer K23 3078 won the reserve polled heifer title at the 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo and was bred by Rockin' W Polled Herefords, Schulenburg, Texas. She showed with EPDs of BW 4.6; WW 46; YW 74; MM 22; and M&G 44.
Purple Reign Cattle Co., Toulon, Ill., and Austin Bauer, Bonfield, Ill., captured the champion spring heifer calf and reserve grand champion female banners with Purple Madge 23T. The SR CG Hard Rock 5073 daughter is off to a successful start to her show career, having won the spring calf division at Harrisburg, Pa., and Kansas City, Mo. Bauer purchased the heifer in the Bluegrass Stakes Sale the day before the show. Her EPDs read BW 5.1; WW 42; YW 73; MM 16; and M&G 37. The winning did not stop with the reserve female honor for Purple Reign Cattle Co. as it went on to secure the premier breeder and premier exhibitor banners at the conclusion of the show.
In the 86-head junior show on Nov. 11, Kagney Collins, Flanagan, Ill., received the champion handshake from judge, Jason Hoffman, McArthur, Calif. Collins showed Purple CMCC Paris 19S ET. The junior yearling heifer is sired by SHF Interstate 20X D03. Grace Keilty, Cedar, Mich., exhibited the reserve champion female, BR DM Carmen 6062. The spring yearling female is a BR DM Channing daughter and was bred by Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas.
For more NAILE results, visit Hereford.org.
Order Your North American Photos Today
To view and purchase NAILE photos taken by American Hereford Association (AHA) staff, visit the Hereford Photo Shop Web site. Call Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757 with questions.
World Hereford Conference Agenda is Set
Scandinavia is to host the 15th World Hereford Conference (WHC) June 29-July 1, 2008, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hundreds of Hereford breeders from all around the world will visit farms in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway during the event as well as hear from speakers on topics such as breed improvement and marketing. Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, is scheduled to speak on beef marketing. Visit the WHC Web site for a complete schedule.
Sonoma Mountain Herefords Recognized as California Seedstock Producer of the Year
The California Beef cattle Improvement Association (CBCIA) recently recognized Jim, Marcia, Bobby and Jamie Mickelson of Sonoma Mountain Herefords, Santa Rosa, as its seedstock producer of the year. The Mickelsons manage about 120 head of registered Hereford mother cows and 50 recipient females that are used in their embryo transfer program. The family markets ranch-raised bulls at its annual production sale. Sonoma Mountain uses the HerdMaster computer program, allowing them a direct link to the AHA. All registrations are done online, as well as submissions of performance data. The Mickelsons are active in the AHA and the California-Nevada Hereford Association.
Tennessee River Music Consigns Top-Ranking Bull
Tennessee River Music Inc., Ft. Payne, Ala., consigned the top-ranking Hereford to the 35th Annual Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (AL BCIA) North Alabama Bull Evaluation Center. Bulls evaluated were born between Aug. 15-Oct. 31, 2006, and the Angus, Hereford, Simmental, and Simmental Composite breeds were represented. Final ratios are calculated by equal weight of average daily gain (ADG), weight per day of age (WDA) and expected progeny difference (EPD) percentile ratio.
The top Hereford, Lot 46, was sired by TRM HV High Energy 3228 and weighed 1,560 lb. coming off test. He had a 4.65 lb. ADG with a 116 ADG ratio, 4.0 WDA with a 118 WDA ratio, and a 119.6 final ratio.
The three Hereford bulls consigned to the test had an average final test weight of 1,394 lb., 4.0 ADG and 3.39 WDA.
Qualifying bulls are to be sold Dec. 8 along with the North Alabama BCIA Heifer Sale in Cullman, Ala. For more information visit the Alabama BCIA Web site or contact Gerry Thompson, regional Extension agent, at (256) 353-8702 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Elmore, Extension animal scientist/beef cattle improvement at (205) 646-0115 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Juniors: Apply for OXO World Traveler Ambassador Scholarship
Hereford youth can apply for a $4,500 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 email@example.com.
Preliminary travel schedule and World Hereford Conference details can be found at Hereford.org.
Download OXO World Traveler Scholarship application (Word)