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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 46
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Organized Efforts Result in Successful Hereford Feeder Calf Sale

More than 600 age, source and health verified Herefords and Hereford-crosses brought more than $20,000 in premiums for more than 34 consignors to the first Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale Dec. 6.

The Certified Hereford Beef® (CHB) and Hereford Verified eligible calves from eight states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin – were sold at the Carthage Livestock Sale Barn in Carthage, Ill.

An analysis of Illinois Department of Agriculture data revealed that compared to the week’s Illinois auction average, some consignors earned on average, an additional $57.50 per head by participating in organized marketing efforts, bringing together the numbers and verification that feeders demand.


Winners Named at Western Nugget National Hereford Show

The 2007 Western Nugget National Hereford Show in Reno, Nev., Nov. 1-Dec. 1 showcased 243 Herefords during the two-day show. Kevin Hafner, Yukon, Okla., judged the event. Hoffman Herefords, McArthur, Calif., and partners dominated the horned and polled shows, exhibiting three of the four grand champions.

Hoffman and Lauren Schiermiester-White, Buffalo, Wyo., teamed up to exhibit the grand champion horned female, H Kathy 668 ET, by C –S Pure Gold 98170. The spring yearling heifer was reserve overall in 2006 as a calf. The champion spring heifer calf, H Evelyn 7011, followed in the reserve grand position in the horned show. Evelyn is a BR Wildfire 2153 daughter and was exhibited by Opperman Cattle Co., Sandy, Ore., and Hubman Cattle Co., Medford, Ore.

In the polled female show, Ankony Land Inc., Clarkesville, Ga., and Hoffman Herefords showed the champion spring yearling and grand champion overall. Ankony SB Lady H 90S ET by HB STAR Battle Ground 2013 was also reserve at the 2007 National Western. Following Lady and capturing the reserve title was Garrett Floyd, Wink, Texas, with his champion spring heifer calf, CRR 587 Amber 787 by CRR 133 Avalanche 587.

The bull competition heated up on Dec. 1 and walking away with champion awards and the purple banner in the horned show was Brooke Brumley, Orovada, Nev., with her bred-and-owned yearling bull, BF Elko 647S ET by BR Moler ET. Hoffman Herefords; W4 Ranch, Morgan, Texas; Hi View Ranch, Cleburne, Texas; and George Ochsner and Sons, Torrington, Wyo., took the reserve grand champion horned bull honors with their junior calf, GO L18 Excel T15, by GO Excel L18.

The grand champion polled bull, H Easy Deal 609 ET, is no stranger to the winner’s circle having won reserve at the Western Nugget in 2006. He is a BR DM Channing ET son and was shown by Lee and Diane Hutchens Family Trust, Fallon, Nev., and Hoffman Herefords. The champion spring bull calf, UPS JT Neon 7136 1ET, received the judge’s nod for the reserve overall title. He is a GH Neon 17N son and owned by Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., and Adams Hirsche Herefords, High River, Alta.

At the conclusion of the horned show, Mrnak West, Gardnerville, Nev., secured the premier exhibitor and get of sire awards. Largent & Sons, Kaycee, Wyo., won the best six head title and Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, captured the premier breeder banner. Weimer Cattle Co., Susanville, Calif., had a successful show, earning premier breeder and exhibitor awards along with the best six head honors in the polled show.

In the junior show on Nov. 29, it was Brett Gagnon, Adin, Calif., who exhibited the grand champion female, H Paula 625 ET, by BR Moler ET. Taylor Schrick, Sayre, Okla., garnered the reserve champion female award with C 146 Ms Dom 7172 ET by DM BR L1 Domino 146. Jamie Mickelson, Santa Rosa, Calif., dominated the junior bull show, leading grand and reserve bulls. SMH Golden Curve Bender 84 by JM Golden Advance 62 was champion and SMH Game Day Advance 89 by C Game Day 3087 was reserve.

To view complete results of the Western Nugget National Hereford Show and junior show visit Hereford.org. Photos that were taken at the Western Nugget are available for viewing and may be purchased at HerefordPhotoShop.com.


Foundation Female Package to Sell in Denver

Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla., has donated the inaugural heifer package to sell as Lot 1 in the 2008 Mile High Night National Hereford Sale, Jan. 18 in Denver. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) $5 million capital endowment campaign.

The heifer, STAR 29F Bethany 2T ET, is a Jan. 1, 2007, daughter of CS Boomer 29F. Her dam, STAR Bright Ogina 239P, is a full sister to the past national champion Bright Future. For more information about the foundation female package, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or cstephens@hereford.org. Or contact Montie Soules, Star Lake Cattle Ranch, at (918) 396-4322.

A very special thanks to Jim and Randy Blin and the entire team at Star Lake for donating this heifer to the HYFA and their continued support and enthusiasm for the youth of the Hereford breed.


Comanche Rancher is Bill King Award Recipient

Longtime livestock industry leader and Hereford breeder John E. Dudley has been named by the Fort Worth Farm and Ranch Club as the 2008 recipient of the W.A. “Bill” King Award for Excellence in Agriculture. The award, named for Bill King — longtime Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show livestock manager — will be presented during the Stock Show’s Livestock Appreciation Day Luncheon on Jan. 17.

Dudley and his family continue to manage a premier registered and commercial Hereford operation. John served as a director of the AHA from 1991-1997.


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.


National Western Hotel Update

The 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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Market Cows – Profit Opportunity
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

While many producers have traditionally marketed cows in the fall, Cattle-Fax data has clearly pointed to the profitability of retaining ownership on market cows into the first quarter. However, even in a retained ownership scenario, it is critical to add value by sorting cows appropriately and avoiding the characteristics that may devalue cows.

Tom Troxel at the University of Arkansas evaluated various traits that influence sale prices of market cows and the results provide excellent perspective in developing sorting and merchandising approaches for marketing cull breeding stock. In many years the sale of cull cattle may account for as much as 15-20% of gross receipts and thus these marketing decisions significantly impact the bottom line.

Factors affecting sale price of market cows.

Factor Price ($/cwt) % of cows
Pregnancy status
3rd trimester 39.86 NA
2nd trimester 40.18 NA
1st trimester 40.19 NA
Open 39.50 NA
Not pregnancy checked 38.98 NA
Fill condition
Gaunt 38.29 11.3
Shrunk 39.50 35.1
Average 39.24 38.1
Full 37.42 13.2
Tanked 40.65 2.3
Muscle Score
1 40.23 46.7
2 38.76 42.1
3 36.77 11.2
Frame Size
Large 40.19 44.6
Medium 39.07 43.0
Small 35.28 12.4
Health Status
Healthy 39.86 92.4
Lumpy jaw 34.47 2.1
Lame 32.89 1.8
Sick 25.50 1.6
Bad eyes 25.31 2.1
Age
2 43.34 0.3
3 41.84 0.7
4 41.17 1.9
5 49.94 8.7
6 39.87 9.3
7 39.51 14.1
8 38.43 29.5
9+ 35.69 35.6
Adapted from Troxel, et al, 2002


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