Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 45
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Hereford Highlights

Heterosis Study Reports Available

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 is available in a complete report, “Impacts of Crossbreeding on Profitability in Vertically Coordinated Beef Industry Marketing Systems.”

To view the report, visit Hereford.org or contact David Mehlhaff, AHA director of communications, at dmehlhaff@hereford.org for copies of this report to distribute at your next sale or meeting.

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


Inventories Distributed

Cow herd inventories were recently distributed to American Hereford Association (AHA) members. Please send them back to the records department for reduced fees and to get your Gold TPR status. Unlike any other breed association in the world, the AHA possesses the largest number of cows enrolled in a whole-herd performance program.


Wanted: Hereford 101 Program Ideas

We are looking for topics you would like to see discussed during future Online Hereford 101 programs. We have changed the time to noon and as a result experienced a dramatic increase in participants. The last program was Nov. 29 and featured Dan Moser, Kansas State University, discussing recent research on fertility, longevity and survivability. Please let David Mehlhaff know what kind of topics you would like to see covered in the future. Send your ideas and comments to dmehlhaff@hereford.org. We will resume Online Hereford 101s after the holiday season.


Interested in Sponsoring the Hereford Hospitality Suite?

Like last year, the AHA will be hosting a Hereford hospitality suite in Denver at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), where Hereford breeders can congregate to relax and visit. The suite is located on the second floor of the Livestock Exchange Building in the Yards. Anyone interested in helping sponsor the suite may contact Amy Cowan at acowan@hereford.org or (816) 842-3757.


ShopHereford.com This Christmas

There is something for everyone on your Christmas list at ShopHereford.com. Visit this site to see the new inventory of Hereford vests and sweatshirts. To guarantee your Internet orders arrive in time for Christmas, please place all orders by Dec. 14. If you have questions, contact Amy Cowan at acowan@hereford.org or Connie Couch at ccouch@herefordbeef.org.


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.


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.


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 eehje@dixie-net.com or P.O. Box 310, Winona, MS 38967.

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.

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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

Cold Weather Means Increased Energy Requirements
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

The return of winter weather to many parts of the U.S. this week is a reminder to cow-calf producers that winter feeding programs need attention. Cold weather effects energy requirements of beef cows. Once the temperature falls below the cow’s lower critical temperature, additional energy is required in the ration. The lower critical temperature varies depending on hair coat (wet, muddy, winter vs. summer hair), hide thickness and other factors (Table 1). For cows that have a dry, heavy winter hair coat, the lower critical temperature is 19°F. Below that temperature, cows will need increased energy in the ration in order to maintain themselves.

One of the most challenging situations for cattle to deal with is cold temperatures combined with precipitation. In situations where the hair coat becomes wet, cattle lose the ability to insulate themselves and maintenance requirements increase dramatically. Wind and cold temperatures can also increase nutrient requirements. Windbreaks and other shelter can dramatically decrease the effects of wind on energy requirements.

Be sure to evaluate your winter feeding program as the temperatures drop to ensure your cows have adequate energy intake to deal with the colder temperatures.

Table 1. Estimated lower critical temperatures for beef cattle.

Coat Description Lower Critical Temperature
Wet or summer coat 60°F
Dry fall coat 45°F
Dry winter coat 32°F
Dry heavy winter coat 19°F


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