Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 16
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Hereford Highlights

"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.

National Hereford Tour Registration Still Open, Sign Up Today

Register Today to guarantee a seat on the bus for the Rollin Through Dixie 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.

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 and a Saturday night hotel stay in Nashville for $130 single occupancy or $65 per person for double occupancy.

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 fees will increase next week 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.

Leonard Polled Hereford Farm

What began as an FFA project 59 years ago has led to the fifth generation walking into the showring this summer at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). Leonard Polled Herefords (LPH), Chatsworth, Ga., is located 90 miles north of Atlanta in the north Georgia mountains.

Sherman and Peggy Leonard own LPH with their grandchildren Matt and Krissi McCurdy, and Seth Ridley, each group having its own small herd. Great-granddaughter McKayla Ridley has also started a small herd.

The LPH herd consists of approximately 110 cows. The family uses AI and ET extensively and raises black baldies to use as recipients for the farm’s ET program. LPH is a Total Performance Records (TPR) breeder and collects ultrasound data.

The Leonard grandkids enjoy participating in Hereford youth activities. Matt served on the National Junior Hereford Association board of directors and was selected Herdsman of the Year at the 2006 JNHE.

The Leonard family will be hosting their production sale on Friday, May 22 and will be chartering a bus from the hotel in Cartersville for any tour attendees who wish to attend the sale

Golden Breeder Named

Congratulations to John Kriese and Family for recently being named Golden Breeders. The Kriese Family of Spring Pond Farm, Cato, N.Y., has been active in the Hereford business for 50 years.

Plan to Attend 2008 JNHE

The 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) is scheduled for July 12-19 in Kansas City, Mo. The Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas state Hereford associations in cooperation with the American Hereford Association (AHA) will host this year’s event.

Download JNHE Preview (PDF)

Calling for Hereford Photos

Hereford Publications Inc. is sponsoring a Hereford photo contest for photographers of all ages. The contest will include two categories: 1) Hereford cattle and 2) scenic. All photos must include a Hereford.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in both categories, first, $100; second, $75; and third, $50. Contestants can enter up to three photos per category. All photos become property of the Hereford World and can be utilized in future issues of Hereford World or other Hereford publications.

Photos can be submitted as 5×7 or 8×10 prints. Mounting is not necessary. If photos are in digital format, please also submit them on CD or DVD. Photos may not be altered or image enhanced in any way.

Entries must be postmarked by June 1. Send entries to Angie Stump Denton, Hereford World, 1501 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, MO 64101. For more information, contact Denton at or (785) 363-7263.

Advantage Newsletter Available

The 2008 spring National Junior Hereford Association newsletter is now available.

Download 2008 Spring Advantage Newsletter (PDF)

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 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)

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 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.

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.

Record Number of Bulls Sold at Performance Tested Bull Sale

The 35th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale held late last month in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa., sold a record 110 bulls for a total of $200,600, averaging $1,824 per bull.

Deana Jak Farms of New Enterprise, Pa., consigned the top-selling Hereford bull that sold for $3,000 to the Miller Family of Womelsdorf, Pa. The second-highest selling Hereford, which was consigned by Zane Hausner of Thomasville, Pa., sold for $2,600 to Elwin K. Hess of Westfield, Pa. The 11 Herefords in this year’s sale averaged $1,655.

Regional Junior Show Planned

This June Oklahoma Hereford breeders will welcome Hereford enthusiasts from Oklahoma and neighboring states to a Regional Junior Hereford Show — the Red Dirt Rendezvous.

Scheduled for June 6-8 at the Payne County Expo just east of Stillwater, Oklahoma, the junior event 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, two meals, a Friday evening activity and fellowship in the barns will be common to the two shows.

For more information about the Hereford show, hotel rooms and other details, visit the Red Dirt Rendezvous Web site.

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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 late calving cows back in line
John B. Hall, University of Idaho Extension Beef Specialist

Late calving cows create economic and management problems for both commercial and seedstock herds. Late calving cows are at greater risk for not rebreeding, and produce calves with lighter weaning weights. However, the cost of replacing cows with bred heifers is high. So management strategies that help these cows “catch-up” can be beneficial to the operation.

Of course, a good nutrition program is essential to getting late calving cows cycling as quickly as possible. Cows need to be in body condition score 5 or better at calving and breeding for early rebreeding. Feeding late calving cows separately from the rest of the herd may also be an advantage.

One of the best tools we have for “jump starting” (inducing cycles) late calving cows is estrus synchronization. Estrus synchronization can be used effectively with either artificial insemination (AI) or natural service. In order for an estrus synchronization system to jump start cows, it must include either MGA or a CIDR. The progestins in these products induce cycles.

In research I conducted in Minnesota, we synchronized late calving cows with a progestin-based system then bred them once AI and turned clean-up bulls in for 30 days. Over 83% of the late calving cows bred in the 30 day breeding season. This shortened the calving season for the entire herd by 25 days. We went from a 100-day calving season to a 75-day calving season in one year. For AI in late calving cows systems like CO-Synch+CIDR are the best choices.

Extension specialists at the University of Kentucky conducted field trials with producers to use estrus synchronization with natural service. In these trials, all cows in the herd that were at least 30 days after calving were given a CIDR or fed MGA (0.5 mg/cow/day) for 7 days. Bulls were introduced to cows on the day of CIDR removal or after the last feeding of MGA. The breeding season was 60 days long, and cow to bull ratios were near the normally recommended 30:1 (range 24:1 to 42:1).

By using estrus synchronization with natural service, the Kentucky producers were able to get a high percentage of cows bred in the 60 day calving season. More importantly, they realized over a 30% increase the percentage of cows pregnant in the first 30 days of the breeding season (Table 1). Dr. Anderson calculated that returns were increased by $121 for the cows in the estrus synchronization treatments compared to control.

Table 1. Effects of estrus synchronization prior to natural service on reproductive response in postpartum beef cows.

Treatment # of Cows Pregnancy
Rate (%)
Pregnant in the
First 30 Days (%)
Control - no synchronization 1,040 83 46
MGA - 7 days 614 93 78
CIDR - 7 days 421 91 80
Anderson, 2007

It is important that all bulls used in a breeding program undergo a breeding soundness exam 30 days before the beginning of the breeding season. This is especially important for bulls used along with estrus synchronization.

In addition, producers should observe bulls during the first week after introduction with cows to ensure they have sufficient libido, and they are finding and breeding cows in heat. For commercial operations, rotating bulls at the middle of the breeding season may improve pregnancy rates.


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