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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 8
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Hereford Highlights

Illini Classic Sale Rescheduled

Due to electrical issues at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the Illini Classic Sale and all activities associated with the Illinois Beef Expo have been rescheduled. This includes all activities involving the Illinois Polled Hereford Association (IPHA).

Hereford activities have been rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, March 2 at the Interstate Center located in Bloomington, Ill.

New schedule of events:

  • Friday, Feb. 29 – IPHA Banquet and Annual Meeting – 6 p.m. social, 6:30 banquet
  • Saturday, March 1 – Hereford parade at 10 a.m.,
    Illini Classic Sale starts at 12:30 p.m.

Click here to download a letter from IPHA to all Hereford breeders. The document contains detailed information regarding all Illini Classic Sale activities, including hotel information and important logistical information for exhibitors.

Download Letter (PDF, 36 KB)

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

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

Regional Junior Hereford Show Planned

A junior Hereford regional show is being planned for June 6-8 at the Payne County Fairgrounds located just east of Stillwater, Okla. The show is being hosted in conjunction with the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association Junior Preview Show. For more information, call Susan Gebhart at (918) 342-0327.

Hereford Connection on “American Idol”

Larry Moffett and his dad have raised polled Hereford cattle for 60 years near Decatur, Ill. Larry’s daughter, Lara, is married to Luke Menard who just happens to have made it to the top 24 of the "American Idol" aired on Fox TV. If you happen to catch American Idol and have a chance, vote for Luke.

Utah Beef Improvement Association Performance Bull Sale Scheduled

The 36th Annual Utah Beef Improvement Association (UBIA) Performance Bull Sale will be March 15, 1 p.m. at Producers Livestock Auction in Salina, Utah. The preview starts at 10 a.m. and will feature more than 100 bulls representing seven breeds. Call Bruce Fullmer at (435) 676-8064 for more information. Visit the UBIA Web site for a free catalog.

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)

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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

Time to Prepare for Calving
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University

For many of you with spring calving cow herds, calving is right around the corner, or in some cases, has already started. It’s important to take time now to prepare for the upcoming workload. In this week’s column, I’ll offer a few suggestions on things that you need to do in order to be prepared for a successful calving season.

  • Inventory your calving supplies. Be sure you have plenty of veterinary supplies on hand that you will need for the upcoming calving season. This list should include supplemental colostrum as well as things like OB gloves, ear tags and tattooing equipment.
  • Clean the calving barn or calving area. If you are calving in a colder environment, be sure you have plenty of bedding material for your calving barn. Proper biosecurity during calving is important to reduce the risk of calfhood diseases.
  • Provide proper training for any employees. Be sure you instruct your employees on any calving procedures and be sure they understand what your protocols are for assistance, proper calf identification and any other procedures that you implement at birth. Make sure your employees understand when you want them to provide calving assistance to the dam and calf. Provide employees with contact information for yourself and your veterinarian in the event that they need to contact someone in an emergency.
  • Check all calving equipment prior to the start of calving season. Be sure all calving equipment is in good working order. Walk through your calving areas, including any pens and handling facilities you will use when assisting with a birth. Make sure all the gates, catch pens and chutes are in good working order. Be sure calf pullers and OB chains are easily accessible.
  • Get a calving record book. The value of good records is increasing every year. Source- and age-verified calves can be a value-added proposition for your ranch. Start with good calving records to ensure your cattle will qualify for these programs.

Best of luck with the 2008 calving season.


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