Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 21
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Hereford Highlights

Hereford Enthusiasts “Roll Through Dixie;”
Music on Mountain Raises More than $200,000 for Youth

A busload of Hereford breeders from U.S., Canada and New Zealand took part in the first-ever National Hereford Tour. “Rollin Through Dixie” hosts in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama treated participants with southern hospitality and opened their farms and ranches to international visitors.

“The purpose of this tour was to give producers the opportunity to witness quality Hereford genetics from some of the Southeast’s most prominent farms and ranches,” said Andee Marston, American Hereford Association (AHA) Eastern region fieldman. “Great cattle were on display at each of the seven tour stops and participants enjoyed the chance to interact and discuss the Hereford breed.”

Tour stops included: Four L Hereford Farm, Triple L Ranch, Burns Farm, Leonard’s Polled Herefords, JWR Land & Cattle Co., Debter Hereford Farm and Tennessee River Music Inc. A big thank you to each of the hosts.

A traveling judging contest was held in which tour participants placed classes at each of the stops. Cole Harvie, Olds, Alta., was the overall judging contest winner and Sarah Stream, Chariton, Iowa, was the winner of a historic bronze trophy donated by Four L Herefords, Atwood, Tenn., after winning Four L's portion of the judging contest.

Thanks to BioZyme Inc., and Gallagher for co-sponsoring and participating in the event. Representatives from Gallagher gave a working fencing demonstration at Four L Herefords and BioZyme representatives addressed the tour attendees about how incorporating the VitaFerm product line can increase efficiency in the cow herd. Both companies have been great supporters of the Hereford breed and our programs and we thank them for their continued support.

Aside from visiting Hereford operations across the Southeast, participants enjoyed an interactive tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and a reception in the rotunda where the Hall of Fame plaques hang.

Tour guests enjoyed Music on the Mountain as the grand finale event on Friday evening when Randy and Kelly Owen and their family hosted their 25th annual sale at their Tennessee River Music Ranch. More than $200,000 was raised for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.

For more highlights of the tour see the July Hereford World.

Today is Deadline for Submitting Data

The deadline for submitting all of your data is May 30. If you haven’t done so yet, please submit your data so you may be included in the fall analysis.

Photo Entries Due June 1

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.

Another CHB Partner Opens Shop

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC is proud and excited to welcome yet another member to the Hereford family. A long-time partner with CHB LLC, The Fresh Market (TFM) will hold the grand opening of its Greenville, S.C., store relocation on Wednesday, June 4 at 9 a.m., at 27 South Pleasantburg Drive.

CHB staff members will be on hand Wednesday to talk to customers about CHB® and assist the meat department staff in what will sure to be a busy day. On Thursday, June 5, customers will be able to sample CHB product and learn more about the program and product firsthand. Customers are invited to the opening celebration, which will include a complimentary outdoor BBQ, food sampling stations featuring a variety of local South Carolina products, and a free bag of coffee to the first 1,000 customers!

TFM, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., is a family owned and operated business encompassing 78 stores in 18 states in the Southeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic, with plans for continued expansion in these areas. TFM is a unique shopping experience for customers in terms of both service and quality, as the stores re-create a European and Old World ambience with highly trained professionals willing to assist customers in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Be sure to stop by and check out this exciting new addition to the Greenville area.

Cattlemen Check Out New CHB Web Site

If you haven’t already done so, please check out the new CHB Web site. The Cattleman’s Corner is now complete. This portion of the site features information for producers such as marketing feeder cattle, CHB program requirements and the Hereford Verified program.

Delegate Nominations Due May 31

All active AHA members should have received their delegate nomination postcards in the mail. To nominate a state delegate to the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, Nov 3, your reply must be postmarked by May 31. If you are an active member and didn’t receive a postcard, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or

Do You Have Someone in Mind for the AHA Board?

The AHA nominating committee’s responsibility is to identify six candidates to vie for the three Board positions that are selected during the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in November.

To make a recommendation, contact one of the following committee members:

Dennis Schock, Chairman
1911 Smith Oak Rd.
Sherman, TX 75090-3253
(903) 815-2004
(903) 893-1988 – fax

Eric Walker
Walker Polled Hereford Farm
P.O. Box 146
Morrison, TN 37357-0146
(931) 668-4622 - office
(931) 668-7365 - fax
(931) 635-2181 - home
(931) 607-6356 - cell

Dale Spencer
Spencer Herefords
43500 E. North Loup Rd.
Brewster, NE 68821-5104
(308) 547-2208 - home
(308) 547-2443 - fax (updated)

Marty D. Lueck
Leo & Jean Journagan
RR 1, Box 85G
Mountain Grove, MO 65711-9511
(417) 948-2669 - office
(417) 948-0509 – fax

Leon Langford
Langford Herefords
6815 N. 317 Rd.
Okmulgee, OK 74447-8995
(918) 733-1331 – home
(918) 733-9267 - fax (call first)

All nominee and support letters must be sent to the attention of:

Mary Ellen Hummel
American Hereford Association
P.O. Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101-0059

Bloodtyping Not Available

After Jan. 1, 2009, bloodtyping for parentage verification will not be available. This means that any sire or dam that has been bloodtyped and not had DNA collected will not be available for use to qualify as an artificial insemination (AI) sire or embryo transfer (ET) dam.

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)

Junior Deadlines Are Fast Approaching

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

Register Now for 2008 BIF Annual Meeting

Register for the 2008 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Beef Beyond Borders Conference scheduled June 30-July 3 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This annual research symposium and annual meeting is open to all beef industry enthusiasts. This event will attract more than 500 seedstock and commercial producers, feedlot operators and other beef industry stakeholders from across North America.

Visit the BIF Web site for registration, hotel and conference information.

World Beef Expo Hereford Show & Sale

This three-day event in September has something for everyone, drawing beef exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada. The 15th annual Hereford Sale offers an opportunity for all cattle breeders to feature their livestock program.

Scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, the sale committee is now accepting consignments from all Hereford breeders for this popular sale. Consignment information is available online and all sale entries are due July 1. Contact Val Gaffney at or (608) 924-1029 for sale entry information.

In the show ring, exhibitors of all ages will be competing for an opportunity to represent the Hereford breed in the supreme drive. Champions of each breed compete for supreme bull, supreme female and supreme cow-calf pair, squaring off against all other breeds. Winners in each category are awarded supreme champion honors and receive $1,000 in prize money. Wirth Polled Herefords, New Richmond, Wis., and Pierce's Hereford Haven, Baraboo, Wis., exhibited the 2005 and 2006 supreme cow-calf pairs respectively.

Youth are encouraged to compete in the youth sweepstakes contests: public speaking, sales talk, photo journalism, herdsmanship and the junior steer, heifer and prospect show. This competition begins on Friday and concludes on Sunday following the junior livestock show.

The World Beef Expo is scheduled for Sept. 26-28 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis. This event will also offer breeder seminars and a newly expanded trade show. For all event information, entry and schedules, visit the World Beef Expo Web site or e-mail Brian Bolan at

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.

Industry Insight

Now more than ever, your voice needed on Capitol Hill
Andy Groseta, Cottonwood, Ariz., NCBA president

As I reflect on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Spring Legislative Conference and Public Lands Council meeting, I am more proud than ever to be a member of these organizations. As I made my way around the nation’s capital — to Capitol Hill as well as key regulatory agencies —  it was obvious that NCBA and the PLC are well-respected and highly regarded by policy makers at every level.

This is of course due to the daily presence of a knowledgeable, professional staff. But is also the result of grassroots efforts that mobilize and energize cattle producers across the nation. About 250 turned out for the conference, and I believe we had a very successful and productive week. Cattlemen emphasized the need to finalize a new Farm Bill, uphold our nation’s commitment to free, fair and reliable trade, and maintain a regulatory climate that will protect the environment without smothering American agriculture in red tape and burdensome regulations.

Here’s another thing that made me proud to be a cattleman: even with corn shooting past the $6 per bushel mark; even with fuel and fertilizer expenses reaching all-time highs; even with all sectors of the cattle business feeling the pinch of soaring operating costs and the sluggish consumer economy — what were cattle producers asking Congress for? Less — not more — government intervention.

As tempting as it may be to seek government solutions in difficult times, it is seldom the right approach. We’re already seeing the impact on grain prices when government decides to pick winners and losers, instead of allowing free market principles to work. We’ve also got a Farm Bill that has been bogged down for months, as all sides try to get a handle on program costs.

There are certainly some specific programs — the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Grasslands Reserve Program, for example — that NCBA feels must be more adequately funded. We also think it is important to establish a more permanent and dependable system for agricultural disaster assistance. But for the most part, cattlemen are proud of the fact that we operate in a free market — less dependent on government programs, subsidies, and intervention than virtually any other sector of American agriculture.

This fact certainly contributes to the warm reception NCBA and PLC members receive on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress understand they are already hard-pressed to meet the multitude of obligations government has accumulated over the years, especially in slow economic times. So when they have an opportunity to meet with a constituency that favors less government, it’s a refreshing change.

I was very gratified by one theme I heard over and over on Capitol Hill — that America cannot take its food supply for granted. As global demand for resources increases at a rapid pace, the importance of maintaining an economy that is productive and globally competitive is abundantly clear. NCBA is committed to free and fair trade — and up to a point, there’s nothing wrong with imports meeting some of our food supply needs. But without sensible regulation and government policy, we run the risk of making farming and ranching so difficult and so expensive that we could end up “outsourcing” or “offshoring” our nation’s food production. That’s a scenario that is not only frightening for agricultural producers, but for all Americans.

One of the best reasons to belong to NCBA and the Public Lands Council is the representation and expertise these organizations maintain in Washington, D.C., throughout the entire year. But those efforts are all the more effective when cattlemen make a personal commitment to representing the industry and making our voices heard. Working together, we can all make an impact on the nation’s agricultural policy, and on the direction and success of the cattle industry. 


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