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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 14
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Hereford Highlights

Spring NJHA Newsletter Now Available

The spring 2008 issue of the Advantage newsletter is available. Entry packets and other information about National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) events will be distributed to NJHA members in the coming weeks.

Download Advantage Spring 2008 (PDF)

National Hereford Tour Early
Registration Deadline is April 15

Spring is here and the American Hereford Association (AHA) staff is gearing up for the first National Hereford Tour May 20-24. A fun-filled week in Dixie is planned including the opportunity to see some of the breed’s leading genetics and experience Southern hospitality and country music’s finest.

The welcome reception will kick off the tour at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and the grand finale will feature country music superstar, Randy Owen, live in concert at the “Music on the Mountain” foundation event that will benefit Hereford youth.

There is something planned for everyone. A special ladies’ day tour will include a visit to Studio B, The Ryman Auditorium, Belmont Mansion and even shopping in downtown Franklin, Tenn.

Registration fees for the tour are $660 for single occupancy or $430 per person for double occupancy. This fee includes bus transportation, four nights of accommodations, food and the welcome reception. Additional events may be purchased separately including the “Music on the Mountain” event for $100 per ticket, a ladies’ day tour for $75 per ticket and a Saturday night hotel stay in Nashville for $130 single occupancy or $65 per person for double occupancy.

For more information, visit the National Hereford Tour Web site or contact Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757 or The registration deadline is April 14.

More information about the tour including registration forms will be in the April Hereford World and on the National Hereford Tour Web site or you can contact Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757 or The registration deadline is April 14.After April 14, fees will increase by $100, so register today!

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 20

  • Arrive in Nashville
  • 6-8 p.m. — Welcome reception, Country Music Hall of Fame and
  • Museum, Nashville

Wednesday, May 21

  • 6:30 a.m. — Buffet breakfast at Holiday Inn Select
  • 7:30 a.m. — Load buses
  • 10:30 a.m. — Arrive at Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn.
  • 1 p.m. — Load buses
  • 3:30 p.m. — Arrive at Triple L Ranch, Franklin, Tenn.
  • Return to Holiday Inn Select, Nashville airport

Thursday, May 22

  • 6:30 a.m. — Buffet breakfast at Holiday Inn Select
  • 7:30 a.m. — Load buses
  • 10 a.m. — Arrive at Burns Farm, Pikeville, Tenn.
  • Noon — Load buses
  • 3 p.m. — Arrive at Whaley’s Polled Herefords, Dalton, Ga.
  • 5 p.m. — Arrive at Leonard’s Polled Herefords, Chatsworth, Ga.
  • Arrive at hotels, Cartersville, Ga.

Friday, May 23

  • 7:30 a.m. — Load buses
  • 8 a.m. — Breakfast at JWR Land and Cattle Co., Rockmart, Ga.
  • 9:30 a.m. — Load buses
  • 10:30 a.m. — Arrive at Debter Hereford Farm, Horton, Ala.
  • 2 p.m. — Load buses and depart for Ft. Payne, Ala.
  • 3 p.m. — Arrive at hotels, Ft. Payne, Ala.
  • 4:30 p.m. — Depart for Tennessee River Music Inc. “Music on the Mountain” event
  • 6 p.m. — “Music on the Mountain”

Saturday, May 24

  • 7 a.m. — Early departure for Nashville airport (three hours to airport)
  • 2 p.m. — Last departure for Nashville airport (departing from Tennessee River Music Inc. sale)

Note: Local Hereford sales in the area include: Leonard’s Polled Herefords, May 23; Tennessee River Music Inc., Dixieland Delight Sale, May 24; and Mead Cattle Co., May 26.

Spotlighting Tour Stops

Each week we will spotlight farms/ranches on the National Hereford Tour. This week we will focus on one of our stops scheduled for Thursday, May 22.

Burns Farms

Burns Farms, Pikeville, Tenn., is a family owned and managed operation that has been raising registered Hereford cattle for more than 50 years. The farm consists of 450 cows managed on 1,600 acres. Three hundred cows are registered Herefords; the rest are Hereford-based commercial cows.

Burns Farms primarily services commercial cattlemen across the Southeast, selling 50-75 commercial bulls a year, along with several black-baldie and Hereford commercial heifers. All steers produced are backgrounded to 800 lb. on the farm before they are marketed by the truckload. Burns Farms is also active as a registered breeder, exhibiting cattle at shows across the country.

Burns-bred cattle have been champions at the state, regional and national levels in both junior and open shows. The Burnses’ balanced approach has enabled them to market cattle to every segment of the industry.

In recent years they have identified a few sires that have helped accomplish their genetic goals. They added K&B 927 Advance 2490 in 2004 after he was calf champion at the National Western. He has become a trait leader in four traits and is siring light birth weight high performance calves. His daughters are great-uddered, performance cows that are going to be the base of the Burns herd for years to come.

At the 2006 National Western, the Burns family purchased MHW Chekota 512 to continue to add balanced performance. His first calves were born this fall and are the best set of calves the Burns family has ever raised. Burns Farms is excited to add BR CSF Wallace, the reserve champion bull at the National Western, to its lineup. He is a bull that can do it all. He has the genetics, expected progeny differences (EPDs) and phenotype to make him a breed changer.

The goal at Burns Farms is to produce stout functional cattle that have the phenotype, performance and consistency to succeed for both registered and commercial cattlemen.

Nominate potential judges

The AHA Show and Sale committee invites Hereford breeders to submit names of people to be considered for the AHA-approved judges list. The committee will be meeting at the upcoming AHA April board meetings and will be reviewing the judges list at that time. Please submit your nominations to Joe Rickabaugh at by April 5, 2008. It will be helpful to include the nominee’s address and phone number along with his/her name.

The approved judges list is distributed to state fairs and is also used when selecting judges for the six national shows. Thanks in advance for your help with this.

Hitch Joins CHB LLC Team

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC is excited to announce Marya Hitch, Pleasant Hill, MO., has been hired as account analyst. She will manage packer data, accounts payable, licensing agreements and all CHB LLC contracts.

Prior to joining CHB LLC, Marya worked for Zurich Underwriters, a national insurance company with an office located in Overland Park, Kan.

Please help us welcome her to the CHB team.

Register Your Data

It’s time to submit all of your data so that it can be included in the fall analysis. The deadline for submitting data is May 30.

Junior Beef Leaders Focus on their Future at YBIC

Young cattle producers accepted the challenge to be “Focused on My Future” during the 2008 Youth Beef Industry Congress (YBIC), March 27-30 at the Purina Research and Conference Center, Gray Summit, Mo. The biennial event allowed 152 young men and women, who are the leaders of junior breed and state junior cattlemen associations, to interact with one another while exploring their futures through career building exploration.

Designed for top individuals in the beef industry, the 2008 YBIC was sponsored by Purina Mills, the U.S. Beef Breeds Council and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).

“We wanted to make this year’s YBIC the most interactive in years with a look into real-world career opportunities,” said Chris Stephens, AHA director of youth activities and the 2008 YBIC planning chairman. “The speakers and tours allowed the participants to learn about themselves and the career opportunities in the beef industry while networking with others.”

Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, was one of the many YBIC speakers and he challenged the group to find a mentor. The NJHA board of directors was one of the groups that participated in the event.

Plan to Attend Red Dirt Rendezvous

The Oklahoma Hereford Association invites Hereford enthusiasts from Oklahoma and neighboring states to a Regional Junior Hereford Show — Red Dirt Rendezvous. Scheduled for June 6]8 at the Payne County Expo just east of Stillwater, Okla., the Red Dirt Rendezvous will be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association (OJCA) Junior Preview Show. While the two shows will be separate, the judging contest, two meals, a Friday evening activity and fellowship in the barns will be common events.  

Evaluating the Regional Junior Hereford Show will be: Jeff Mafi, Stillwater, Okla., and Brian Courtney, Inola, Okla., showmanship; Kyle  Perez, Nara Visa,  N.M., steers, bred-and-owned bulls and bred and-owned heifers; Chad Breeding, Miami, Texas, cow-calf pairs and owned heifers. 

Entry fees are $35 per head and entry deadline is May 10. June 1 is the deadline for late entries ($50/head). For more information about the show, entry forms, hotel reservations and Stillwater, visit the Red Dirt Rendezvous Web site.

Big East Regional Show Entry Deadline April 15

Junior Hereford enthusiasts are invited to attend the Big East Regional Hereford Show May 1-4 in W. Springfield, Maine. Bill Conley, Clarksdale, Mo., will judge the event.

Entry deadline is April 15. Junios can enter until noon on May 2, but will be assessed a 15% late fee. Entry fees are $25/head for the Hereford youth sho and the jackpot show on Friday is $60/head.

For entry forms, hotel accomodations and other information visit the Big East Regional Youth and Jackpot Show Web site.

Junior Deadlines Are Fast Approaching

Note: See scholarship and contest applications below.

May 1

  • National Junior Merit Scholarship Applications Due
  • John Wayne Memorial Scholarship Applications Due (new application)
  • Junior Golden Bull Applications Due
  • Prospect Award Applications Due
  • Ed Bible Memorial Scholarship Applications Due (new application)
  • Poll-Ette Founders Scholarship Applications Due (new application)
  • Golden Bull Achievement Award Applications Due (new application)
  • Future Cattleman Scholarship Applications Due (new application)
  • Hereford Herdsman Scholarship Applications Due

May 9

  • Junior National Hereford Expo EARLY Entry Deadline

June 1

  • Junior National Hereford Expo FINAL Entry Deadline
  • Junior National Hereford Expo Ownership Deadline
  • National Director Candidate Nomination Form Due
  • Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Award Applications Due
  • Advisor of the Year Award Nominations Due
  • PRIDE of the Nation Award Nominations Due
  • Photo Contest Entries Due

Juniors: Download Scholarship Applications

The American Hereford Women and the National Organization of Poll-ettes have combined five individual scholarship applications into one condensed application form. The John Wayne Memorial, Golden Bull Achievement, Future Cattleman, Ed Bible and Poll-Ette Founders Scholarships are now all in one application.

The deadline to submit the new scholarship application is May 1. This deadline applies to all awards and scholarships listed. All scholarships will be awarded at the Junior National Hereford Expo in July.

Also, for younger junior members don’t forget about the Prospect Awards too!

Download Combined Scholarship Application (Word)
Download Prospect Award Application (Word)
Download Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Award Application (Word)
Download Junior Golden Bull Award Application (Word)
Download Hereford Herdsman Scholarship Application (Word)

"Music on the Mountain" To Benefit Youth

Hereford enthusiasts are invited to attend an evening celebrating Hereford youth May 23 in Ft. Payne, Ala. Tennessee River Music Inc. will host the event that will include live entertainment, dinner and auction. For more information and to order tickets, visit the Music on the Mountain Web site.

Make a Splash This Summer;
Advertise in the July Hereford World

Deadlines for the July Hereford World are fast approaching. The 2008 issue is themed “Marketing 101.” It will contain the Hereford Handbook; Hereford Register; the basics and what’s new in marketing; and the “Who’s Who” of Hereford breeders. The early-bird advertising deadline is April 11 and the final deadline is May 9. Take this opportunity to splash your program on Hereford World readers! For more information, contact your field representative, Joe Rickabaugh at or Amy McCrea at Rickabaugh and McCrea can also be reached at (816) 842-3757.

Whether You Are Coming or Going,
Don’t Miss the Hereford Register

The fourth edition of the Hereford Register will be published as a special section in the July 2008 Hereford World. These “yellow pages” of Hereford breeders throughout the U.S. and Canada will include basic listings of July 2008 advertisers with a quarter-page or larger ad and July 2008 seedstock advertisers.

Hereford Register listings include: name, address, telephone, e-mail and Web site. Listings can be purchased for $50 if you are not a July advertiser meeting the aforementioned specs. Listings are organized by state, then alphabetically by ranch or farm name. Seedstock ads are added at the end of the section, available for $350 per inch per year.

The section will be printed on special paper and bound in the magazine. Reprints will be available upon request.

For more information, contact your field representative, Joe Rickabaugh at or Amy McCrea at Rickabaugh and McCrea can also be reached at (816) 842-3757.

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.

Hall of Fame, Merit Nominations Due May 1

Nominations for the Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit are due May 1.

The Hall of Fame honor recognizes Hereford breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed. Hall of Merit recipients aren’t necessarily Hereford breeders, but have in their own ways greatly influenced the Hereford breed and the cattle industry.

For information on how to nominate deserving individuals for the 2008 induction at the AHA Annual Meeting in November, see page 18 of the March Hereford World or contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757.

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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

Bringing Home a Young Bull
Michael Fisher, Colorado State University Extension

It is that time of year when ranchers are traveling the countryside trying to find the bull power that they will need for the upcoming breeding season. In scanning the bull catalogs and sitting through some sales over the past few weeks, I have begun to ask myself a question, Are there more yearling bulls on the market these days? That has been a gradual trend for several years now and it only makes sense that with this year's higher feed costs that bull producers might consider it more economical to sell yearling bulls as opposed to feeding them out to be 2 year olds.

What does that mean to you, as a yearling bull buyer? For starters, the yearling bull may be less expensive to purchase than an older bull. Secondly, the purchase of a younger bull gives you the potential opportunity to get an extra calf crop out of this sire before his breeding abilities begin to decline around 5 or 6 years of age.

On the other hand, you have just invested in an immature sire that is going to need some special attention between now and breeding season. For that matter, that special attention is going to need to continue for the next year.

It is good to find out what the ration the bull has been on and try to have something similar when the bull arrives at your place. Major changes in diet can cause a number of metabolic challenges that can inhibit growth, reproductive functions and sperm development.

Make changes to the diet gradually and over time. If the young bull is excessively fat, you may want to back him down before entering into the cow herd. Research has shown that excessively fat bulls can have lowered fertility and a poor libido (will or interest to mate). Yet, you do not want the young bull to be skinny either.

First, he is a growing animal that is still developing and you do not want to do anything that is going to restrict that growth. Secondly, the bull needs to have a little bit of fat reserve to help him through the breeding season. A working bull will expend more energy mating than what he will take in. You can expect a yearling bull to lose 100 to 300 lb. during a 60-day breeding period. That weight loss needs to be coming from fat reserves rather than atrophy of the muscle tissue.

Maintaining proper growth on the young bull under 12 months of age means that he should be gaining about 2.5 to 3 lb. per day when not with the cows. In many cases, this can be achieved by feeding a ration that is 13-14% crude protein (CP) and 65-70% total digestible nutrients (TDN) at 1% of body weight per day. So a 600 lb. calf would receive 6 lb. of this ration; a 900 lb. calf would get 9 lb. The young bull that is more than 12 months of age will still need to be growing at about 2 lb. per day. Researchers suggest that for this calf you can back the ration down to 10 to 11% CP and 60 to 70% TDN. It is also important to ensure that these bulls have fresh, clean water. A lack of enough water will limit their feed intake and subsequently limit their growth. Also, urinary calculi are more likely to be a problem when water is in short supply. Additionally, a quality mineral program is essential for the growing bull. In that mineral program, zinc has been proven as a key element for male fertility. The NRC recommends that a bull receive 30 parts per million (ppm) of zinc in the diet. However, some researchers are beginning to question if that is enough for the growing bull and are suggesting 60 ppm.

The pen that you place the young bull in is very important. The bull needs to be able to get exercise and stay fit. This will help them prepare for the breeding season. An area of about 2 acres is recommended. If this area is long and narrow, that will give more "line distance" for the young bull to exercise in. You can further encourage exercise by having feed, water and mineral placement at different locations within the pen. The pen should be kept dry and free of mud and manure packs. You want the bull to have good footing and a desire to move about.

Another pen feature should be company. Cattle are gregarious and they do better if they have a "buddy." This can be a steer, pregnant cow or other bulls. But remember, if you put your new, growing bull in with the old bull battery, he is apt to get beat on quite a bit and he may not get his much needed ration of feed. On the other hand, if he is going to be pastured with other bulls, it is good for them to establish their pecking order before you put them out to pasture with the cows.

When you do get ready to turn that young bull out to pasture you will want to adapt him to grass over seven to 10 days. As mentioned earlier, sudden changes in the diet can interfere with digestion, metabolism and reproduction. It will take time for the reticulo-ruminal microorganism population to convert over to a primarily grass diet. If you do something that interferes with your bull's sperm inventory when he enters the pasture, it will take about 60 days for new sperm to develop. Additionally, depending on the bull, you may want to consider feeding him a little something in the pasture to maintain his growth.

Once your young bull is in the pasture you need to keep in mind that he is just that, a young bull. He may not have reached full puberty and this may cause him to not breed your cows. Also, don't expect him to be able to breed as many cows as what an older bull might. Many producers who use yearling bulls will put two young bulls out for every older bull that they might have used otherwise. Another consideration is that the young bull is not going to be able to keep up his performance for as long as an older bull. It is recommended that young bulls be used for 45 to 60 days and then given a period of rest to restore their energy reserves, their sperm count, and their libido.

This article includes a lot of negatives about purchasing young bulls; however  they offer some strong economic opportunities for the rancher. Yet, they do require some added management to prepare them for both the current and future breeding seasons. If you wish to discuss this subject further, Michael Fisher can be reached through the Yuma County Extension office at (970) 332-4151 or at


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