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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 7
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Hereford Highlights

Get Your Copy of the Sire Summary

The American Hereford Association’s (AHA’s) Spring 2008 Sire Summary is available in print. To get your copy, call (816) 842-3757. The summary can also be obtained electronically on

Hereford Spring Cow Herd Inventory Deadline Extended

Due to the challenging winter weather conditions experienced across much of the country, the AHA has extended the spring cow herd inventory deadline one month from March 15 to April 15. AHA encourages all breeders enrolled in Total Performance Records to turn in their active cows and bulls to the AHA by the deadline to avoid a $2-per-head increase in the cow inventory fee charged.

If you need another copy of your cow and bull inventory report, contact the AHA records department.

Tribbett Joins CHB LLC Team

Certified Herford Beef (CHB) LLC is excited to announce that Heidi Tribbett, Sterling, Colo., has been hired to assist with the Hereford Verified program. She will help producers enrolling cattle in the program and send out carcass data once the animals have been harvested. She will also have the responsibility for the commercial web listing.

Heidi interned for CHB LLC during the summer of 2005, assisting the organization with the first Certified Hereford Beef Bootcamp and the Young Guns Conference.

She will be working under the direction of Jim Williams, CHB LLC vice president of supply, and can be reached at or (970) 580-4503.

Nevada Supermarkets Roll-out CHB®

Khoury’s Marketplace and local Hereford cattle breeders teamed up to promote the quality of CHB as part of the supermarket chain’s product roll-out at several Nevada locations. Local Hereford breeders, members of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and CHB LLC staff worked together on product demos at stores in Winnemucca and Elko, Nev. The roll-outs were very successful and the Marketplace meat director indicated that the demos resulted in sales increases at both store locations.

UBIA Announces Progress Report

The Utah Beef Improvement Association (UBIA) has issued the 84-day performance data taken on Jan. 14. The bulls are entered in a 112-day performance bull test at the Kenison Feedlot in Levan.

The high-performing Hereford bull was a bull from Roderick Polled Herefords, Lindon, Colo. This bull had an average daily gain (ADG) of 3.96 lb. and a weight per day of age (WDA) of 3.05 lb..

The high-performing sire groups within the Hereford breed on test were four bulls sired by STAR Toolbar 3 IN ET owned by Roderick Polled Herefords. These four bulls had an ADG of 3.31, gain ratio of 108 and WDA of 2.98.

The bulls will be weighed off-test, carcass data will be collected on all animals using ultrasound. All sale animals will also be examined for soundness, scrotal circumference and select animals will also be examined for pulmonary arterial pressure at the conclusion of the test.

The 36th Annual UBIA Performance Bull Sale will be March 15,1 p.m. at Producers Livestock Auction in Salina, Utah. Call Bruce Fullmer at (435) 676-8064 for more information. Visit the UBIA Web site for a free catalog visit.

Herefords Top San Antonio All-Breed Bull Sale

Six out of the top 10 high-grading bulls at the San Antonio All-Breeds Bull Sale were Herefords. Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas, consigned the two high grading and high selling bulls with the highest grading bull bringing $11,100 and the second high grading bull bringing $10,500. B&C Cattle Co., Miami, Texas, consigned the third high grading bull, selling for $4,800. The 16 Herefords in the sale averaged $4,950, $100 higher than the total average of all 44 bulls in the sale.

YBIC Receives Generous Donation

Purina Mills has recently announced a generous donation to the Youth Beef Industry Congress (YBIC) in the amount of $20,000. In addition to this, Purina will be providing all conference facilities at no additional cost to the conference.

The 2008 YBIC, entitled “Focused on My Future”, will be March 27-30 at the Purina Research and Conference Center at Gray Summit, Mo. The conference is designed for the top young individuals in the beef industry and will be hosting between 150-200 students this year.

Aside from the educational tours of the Purina Research Farm, students will be enlightened by agricultural industry professionals and receive tips and insight on how to better themselves and their association. Speakers will provide conference attendees with educational and motivational tools needed to assist with their roles as future agricultural leaders.

“On behalf of the 2008 YBIC planning committee, I would like to thank Mr. Rod Nulik, Land O Lakes Purina Feed, for his foresight and support of this year’s congress,” said Chris Stephens, AHA youth activities director and 2008 YBIC chairman . “Mr. Nulik has had a long tradition in supporting this congress both financially and by serving as both a speaker and facilitator in previous congresses. We are extremely pleased that we are back at Purina in 2008 and are looking forward to another excellent YBIC with the great hospitality provided by our host, Land O Lakes Purina.”

AHA Prominent at Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show

Hereford breeders as well as AHA and CHB LLC staff were active at this year’s Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Reno. The AHA and CHB LLC booth was a location for breeders to meet as well as a place for commercial cattlemen to learn why more efficient means more Hereford.

Hereford breeder Bob Harrell was one of the featured presenters during Cattlemen’s College® and Beef Board member John Shafer of Minnesota was named to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Operating Committee.

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.

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,

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 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.

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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

Advisory Teams
Tom Field, Colorado State University

The commercial cow-calf business is complex and as a result managers need access to multiple perspectives and skill sets. Just as many businesses have advisory boards or boards of directors who provide guidance and expertise, the cow-calf enterprise should be no different. In general, most cow-calf managers would find value in developing business relationships with the following:

  1. Veterinarian
  2. Marketing professional
  3. Financial/accounting professional
  4. Seedstock supplier
  5. Nutritionist/range management professional

While most cow-calf managers have a customer-based relationship with the aforementioned, very few have actually developed into a trusted advisory or partnership situation. Ideally, information about the entirety of the enterprise is shared so that each advisor develops a more integrated view of the business and while informal conversations can be useful, a semi-annual or quarterly meeting that centers on reporting benchmark performance in key business areas, isolating issues that undermine the overall health of the enterprise, and strategic planning will reap dividends.

Information management is a challenge for even the best organized and astute managers so developing a team of effective advisors can offset the problem of staying current in a variety of management areas. Effective utilization of these advisors will require access to meaningful information, clear communication about business objectives, challenges, and performance, and developing a high level of professional and personal trust with each.


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