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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 9
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Hereford Highlights

New Programs Recognize Hereford Sires

The American Hereford Association (AHA) board voted in August to implement two programs to recognize sires that have produced progeny that have excelled in both carcass and maternal characteristics. The two recognition programs are Certified Hereford Beef Sire of Distinction (CHBS) and Sire of Distinction (SOD).

The CHBS designation recognizes sires that are in the top 25% of the breed for the CHB$ index and have an accuracy of at least .50 for both ribeye area (REA) and intramuscular fat (IMF) expected progeny differences (EPDs). The SOD designation recognizes sires that have produced at least seven Dams of Distinction (DOD).

Producers can find bulls recognized when doing an animal or EPD search on the Internet. Those sires meeting the criteria will either have a CHBS or SOD next to their name.

A list of CHBS can also be found in the March Hereford World and the list of SOD will be printed in the April Hereford World.

If you have any questions about these programs, contact Jack Ward at jward@hereford.org or 816-842-3757


Junior Associations Contact Info Needed

The AHA youth activities department needs current officer information for all state junior associations with complete addresses and telephone numbers. You may also want to include officer and advisor e-mail addresses if available. We are working on mailings for important summer activities and have received very few updated lists this year.

Complete and mail the form linked below or e-mail the information to Chris Stephens at cstephens@hereford.org. We also need current information for all state advisors. Advisor manuals will be mailed in March to all current junior state advisors.

Download Officers and Directors Form (Word)


Summer and Regional Shows Approaching Fast

Summer and regional junior show information must be submitted to the AHA by March 1. For those in the process of planning these events please complete and mail the form linked below or e-mail the information to cstephens@hereford.org.

Download Show Information Form (Word)


Hereford Heifer Brings Top Bid at Iowa Beef Expo

A 10-month-old Hereford heifer consigned by St. Clair Hay & Cattle of Jefferson, Iowa, brought the highest price of 328 females sold during the 2008 Iowa Beef Expo in Des Moines. STC Loaded Lady 31, an April 5, 2007, daughter of AA PRF Wideload, was purchased for $9,000 in the Iowa Select Hereford Sale by Coulter Passwaters, Shepherds View Farm, Bridgeville, Del. Herefords had the fourth-best average — 47 lots averaging $2,426 — of the 11 breeds hosting sales during the weeklong event.


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 Hereford.org.

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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

Improved Forage Management Offsets High Grain Prices
John Hall, Virginia Tech Extension Beef Specialist

High grain prices are a new fact of life for the beef industry. Barring major changes in energy policy or an amazing worldwide grain crop, feed grain prices will remain inflated for the foreseeable future. Feedlots will probably be more interested in heavier calves than feeding lightweight calves. Commercial and purebred cow-calf operations will need to make more efficient use of forages. In addition, these operations will need to consider strategies to maximize calf weight on forage-based diets before heading to the stocker operation, feedlot or bull test station. 

Increasing prices for fuel and fertilizer make increasing hay and silage production an expensive solution for feeding cattle. In contrast, investments in improvements to grazing management and extending the grazing season will pay greater dividends. The types of improvement used will depend on the individual operation and location. Below are a few examples.

In the East, frost-seeding clovers is an economical method of increasing nitrogen availability and enhancing pasture quality and yield. Although fertilizer is expensive, lime is still an economical soil amendment. Raising the pH of pastures to 6.8 or 7.0 will increase productivity. Adopting managed rotational grazing will also increase pasture quality and carrying capacity. Stockpiling forage to extend the grazing season will reduce winter feed costs.

In the West, increasing distribution of watering points for cattle will enhance range utilization and grazing distribution. Adopting range management practices to improve range diversity should increase forage availability and improve the ability of the range to withstand drought. Increased utilization of aftermath and swath grazing will extend the grazing season.

All operations should consider earlier weaning. This will reduce overall feed consumption and maintain cow condition. Earlier weaning allows for higher quality forage to be used by calves as well as allowing the option to retain calves to heavier weights post-weaning. Improved storage and utilization of stored forages should be a goal for all operations. Better forage management is an important tool for reducing feed costs in the face of high grain prices.


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