Ward named BHE Outstanding Ag Alumni
Jack Ward was recognized as the 2008 Black Hawk College-East Campus (BHE) Agri-Business Club Alumni (ABCA) Outstanding Ag Alumni Award recipient. Ward is the American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement.
A graduate of Benton Central High School in Indiana, Ward enrolled at BHE and received his associate’s degree in ag transfer in 1984. At BHE he was an active member of the Agri-Business Club and the livestock judging team. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.
Prior to working for AHA in 2003, he managed several prominent purebred Angus herds — Maple Lane Angus, LaGrange, Ind.; Three Rivers Angus, Roanoke, Ind.; and Hicks and Yeary Angus in Midway, Ky. He hosted practices for hundreds of 4-H, FFA, junior college and senior college livestock judging team members.
Throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Argentina and Uruguay, Ward is well respected as a livestock judge, particularly of purebred cattle, and is a frequent guest lecturer on beef production. He was named Outstanding Breeder by the Indiana Angus Association and has served as president of that organization. Ward has been recognized with the BHE Agriculture Merit Award for outstanding service in the training of young people for careers in agriculture.
Ward, his wife, Mary Ann, and their two sons, Cameron and Carter, live in Plattsburg, Mo. They enjoy showing livestock at state and national shows. He is a lifetime member of the BHE Agri-Business Club and a member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Purdue Ag Alumni.
He also is a member of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) board of directors, Missouri Beef Cattle Association, American Angus Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and serves on the executive committee for the All-American Angus Breeders Futurity.
Iowa Juniors Hereford Association Semen Sale Drawing to a Close
Upon the passing of Luther Munsinger, the Munsinger family generously donated the remaining semen inventory of the Munsinger program to the Iowa Junior Hereford Association. The last day this semen will be available is Feb. 22, 2008. The following semen is priced at $5 per unit.
- RSM Stockmaster 623
- MM RSM Buddy L24
- MM Pacemaker 745
- KJ Favorite Son 211Z
- MM Stockmaster 092
- MM Stockman 033094
- MM RSM Stockmaster 511
- MM RSM Stockmaster 512
- MM RSM Stockmaster 621
- MM RSM Pacemaker 815
- MM RSM Buddy 802
- Myrtlewood Slew 439
Most of the semen does not require an AI certificate.
Those interested in purchasing any or all of the semen are encouraged to contact Steve Landt at (641) 486-5472.
WCA/WSU Bull Test 80-Day Progress Report
The 15th Annual Washington Cattleman’s Association sponsored WCA/WSU Bull Test has issued a progress report for the first 80-day test period of their 120 day feed test. The test is being conducted at the Washington State University Research Center at Prosser, Wash. One hundred seventy-nine bulls are on test, including Herefords, Angus, Red Angus, Simmental, ChiAngus, Gelbvieh and Balancers. These bulls represent the top genetics from 63 of the Northwest’s top seedstock producing herds. A high percentage of the bulls on test are sired by the top nationally known A.I. sires. These bulls range in age from January 1, 2007 to March 31, 2007. Final test data will be taken March 5, 2008. Sale day is scheduled for March 26, 2008, at the W.S.U. Research Center in Prosser.
The Herefords have an average daily gain of 3.37 lb. and an average weight per day of age (WDA) of 3.18 lb. The 13 head of polled Herefords were led by a Jan. 4 son of WSF LCR RCR Onstar 23N ET consigned by Nordlicht Herefords, Addy, Wash. He posted a 4.09 ADG and also recorded the highest WDA of 3.74 lb. He weighed 1,440 lb. which is also the highest weight of any bull on test. The second highest ADG for the polled Herefords was 4.04 lb. per day recorded by a Feb. 27 son of JPH Rival Wrangler 71N consigned by Johnson Polled Herefords, Craigmont, Idaho.
The highest ADG for the nine head of horned Herefords was 3.88 lb. per day on a March 1 son of WDR 1112 Spokane Blaze 447, consigned by Dusty Coyote Ranch of Medical Lake, Wash. Second highest ADG was recorded by a Feb. 9 son of BB 1065 Domino 4034 consigned by Bird Herefords, Halfway, Ore. that gained 3.64 lb. The top horned Hereford WDA was 3.37 lb. recorded by a Jan. 2 son of WSF LCR RCR Onstar 23N ET consigned by Nordlicht Herefords.
Only the top 75% of these bulls in each breed will sell March 26. Selection is based on ADG, adjusted yearling weight, semen and scrotal evaluation and structural soundness. All bulls will have ultrasound data collected and available to the public. All bulls will have Performance expected progeny differences (EPDs) and most will have carcass EPDs available.
Bulls on test may be viewed at any time at the WSU Research Center. For more information, contact the test data coordinator, Sharon Taff at (509) 786-9220; Kendall Cattle Sales at (208) 858-2163; or visit the WSU Web site.
Calgary Hereford Bull Sale Scheduled March 6
The Calgary Bull Sale hosted by the Alberta Cattle Breeder’s Association is scheduled for March 5-6 at Stampede Park. The sale will include Hereford, Charolais and Angus bulls in addition to top working ranch horses and stock dogs. A two-day trade show will also be part of the festivities.
The Hereford show is scheduled at 2 p.m. on March 5 and the Hereford sale is slated to begin at noon on March 6. For more information, contact Sharon Yeast at (403) 261-9316 or visit the Calgary Bull Sale Web site.
Idaho Foundation Hereford Sale, Junior Hereford Classic Show Planned
The end of March signals Idaho’s Hereford weekend which, this year, features the fifth annual Idaho Foundation Hereford Sale and the second annual Idaho Junior Hereford Classic Show. Both events take place on Saturday, March 29, at the Canyon County Fairgrounds, Caldwell.
The Idaho Hereford Breeders Association sponsors the Idaho Foundation Hereford Sale, while the Junior Classic is a production of the Idaho Junior Hereford Association.
Junior heifer prospects will be a feature of the Idaho Foundation Hereford Sale, slated for noon MST. The Idaho Junior Hereford Classic immediately follows the sale, and is scheduled to begin about 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for champion and reserve females; Gem State champions; bred-and-owned champions; top-placing sale heifers; and showmanship.
This year, the Cowpokes Classic Junior Jackpot Show will also be held in conjunction with Hereford sale and show activities, and is scheduled for 10 a.m., Sunday, March 30.
For more information about the sale, contact Jim Clark at 674-1300; or about the show, contact Scott or Kim Holt at 459-2013, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Hereford Booth in Reno
The 2008 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show is Feb. 6-9 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. Those attending the Convention are encouraged to stop by the American Hereford Association (AHA) and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC booth, No. 973. Visit BeefUSA.org for more information about the convention and trade show.
National Beef is Looking for Hereford
and Black-Whitefaced Cattle
National Beef is currently looking for Hereford and black whitefaced cattle to fill a growing market need. National Beef is placing print ads and running 30-second radio spots throughout media outlets in the central plains and Midwest cornbelt.
The qualifying cattle are eligible for competitive market pricing, age verification and forward contracting. Contact Chad Barker at National Beef at 1-800-449-BEEF or at email@example.com.
Download the radio ad (MP3, 1.1 MB)
Test for Epilepsy Gene Found
Jon Beever, molecular geneticist at the University of Illinois, has confirmed his finding of the causative gene for idiopathic epilepsy in Hereford cattle.. He reported his finding to the American Hereford Association Board last week and confirmed that proper validation is complete providing 100% confidence in the test.
For those breeders interested in testing suspect sires, dams or progeny for the causative gene, contact Beever at (217) 333-4194 or firstname.lastname@example.org for test kits. The test will be free of charge through March 2008.
2008 World Hereford Conference Booking Information
Scandinavia will host the 15th World Hereford Conference June 30-July 2. The event will feature pre- and post-event farm tours. Hundreds of Hereford breeders from 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. Click on the link for registration and booking information as well as costs for the various tour packages. The AHA representative travel agent who will assist AHA members with flight arrangements is Doris O’Neal, she can be reached at (816) 699-9269.
Download Registration Form (Word, 44 KB)
BIF Sponsorship Available
American Hereford Women (AHW) are continuing to offer the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) convention sponsorship. The sponsorship will help pay for expenses involved in attending the convention up to the amount of $800.
The 2008 BIF Convention will be June 30-July 3 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The deadline for submitting an application is Feb. 15. You can find complete information about the sponsorship on the AHW Web site call Cheryl Evans at (662) 283-3337, Bonnie Coley-Malir at (614) 336-0307 or any AHW board member.