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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 23
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Hereford Highlights

Jack Cooper Passes

The Hereford industry is grieving the loss of a true gentleman and one of the premier Hereford breeders in the world. Jack Cooper, 90, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 2, 2008, surrounded by his family.

Jack remained on his family’s Willow Creek, Mont., ranch throughout his life. He bought his father’s small dairy farm and built it into a nationally recognized cattle operation.

Jack purchased his first foundation stock — 15 Line One females — from the U.S. Range Livestock Experiment Station in 1947. At that time, Jack's brother-in-law, Ray Woodward, was a Line One Project Leader at the Experiment Station in Miles City, Mont. He ultimately convinced Jack and his half-brother, Leslie Holden, to become involved in this closed line of breeding.

Shortly after Jack's initial purchase, with the understanding that he could improve his stock by keeping precise records and breeding animals with desireable traits, Jack began number branding and performance testing his cattle. By the time the Montana Beef Performance Association was formed in 1957, with Jack as a charter member, he had 10 years of experience with Line One Herefords and performance testing. Jack later joined the American Hereford Association’s (AHA's) Total Performance Records program in 1960.

Jack's passion for ranching and his keen knowledge of Hereford cattle led him to be one of the top Hereford breeders in the world. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his accomplishments. In 1975 he was honored by the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) as Seedstock Producer of the Year and as Outstanding Cattleman by the Gallatin County Beef Producers. Jack also won the Agricultural Recognition Award by the Bozeman chapter of Alpha Zeta. In 1980, he was inducted into the AHA's Hereford Heritage Hall's Honor Gallery.

He was an active member in the AHA, BIF, National Cattlemen's Association and Montana Stock Growers Association. He was a charter member of the Montana Beef Performance Association, a board member for the Federal Land Bank Association and an area trustee for the Yellowstone Boys Ranch.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at the Willow Creek High School Gymnasium. Viewing will be held Friday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Willow Creek.

Additional Awards for JNHE Champions

STAR KKH SSF Valedictorian 298S ET was named the supereme champion Hereford at the 2008 National Western Stock Show. The supreme trophy and prize money is given in memory of Tom Lane Sr. by the Lane family. In the same spirit of generosity, $2,500 will be distributed to the champions at the upcoming Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) by Valdictorian's owners — Kasey Herman, Star Lake Cattle Ranch (Jim & Judy Blinn and Randy & Debbie Blinn), Heritage Cattle Co. (John and Johanna Gomez) and Sunnyside Stock Farm (Jim & Beth Herman and family). The group of owners is contributing $500 in prize money to the following champions:

  • Champion Bred and Owned Heifer
  • Champion Bred and Owned Bull
  • Champion Cow-Calf
  • Champion Owned Horned Heifer
  • Champion Owned Polled Heifer

A big thank you goes to these generous sponsors.

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) hosted the grand opening of its Greenville, S.C., store relocation on June 4 at 27 South Pleasantburg Drive.

CHB LLC staff members were on location Wednesday to talk to customers about CHB® and assist the meat department staff on a very busy day. On Thursday, June 5, customers were able to sample CHB product and learn more about the program and product first hand.

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.

ABRA Meeting with Beef Breed Executives

Five American breed association executives representing the American Brahman Breeders Association, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, Beefmaster Breeders United, the American Red Brangus Association and United Braford Breeders met recently with AHA staff leadership, Craig Huffhines and Jack Ward.

The group discussed breed improvement initiatives, the future of genomic technology, data warehousing and online Web tools among other issues. The five breed organizations are in a service agreement with the American Beef Records Association (ABRA), a wholly owned subsidiary of the AHA.

ABRA has been providing registry and performance recording services for the five associations since last fall. The AHA Board of Directors saw an arrangement with the American Breeds Group as a long-range opportunity to bring more economies of scale and organizational synergies to each of the businesses involved.

Settrini Named Ag Woman of the Year

Celeste Settrini was recognized as the Ag Woman of the Year for San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey California counties. This annual award recognizes a woman who has contributed significantly to the success of the tri-county agricultural industry.

Celeste is a fourth generation Monterey and San Benito County cattle rancher and a member of the Monterey County Cattlemen. Settrini has served in leadership roles for the National Junior Hereford Association, United Fresh Vegetable Association and the American National Cattlewomen. She is also statewide California Women for Agriculture’s First Vice President and president-elect in 2010.

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

Plan to Attend 2008 JNHE

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

Download JNHE Preview (PDF)

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

Biological Type of Cow for Low-Cost Production
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

As feed costs continue to pressure cow-calf producer profitability, managers need to consider the appropriate levels of genetic potential in the cow herd as a means to match animal requirements with the most cost effective nutritional resource — typically grazed forages. This process is particularly important in environment with a significant risk of variable precipitation and other climatic stressors. Reproductive trends measured by calving interval and calving season distribution help provide evidence as to whether cows are too large and/or produce too much milk.

Trait Description
Mature cow size Moderate (1,000-1,200 lb.; BCS 5)
Milk Moderate (can wean 475-550 lb. calf [7 months of age] with an average forage supply)
Muscling Moderate (average thickness through the stifle area; progeny of same biological type have 11-14 sq. in. ribeye)
Longevity/Stayability Cow produces a calf each year (365 days) beyond 9 years of age. Fleshing ability (BCS). Most cows leave the herd early because of poor reproduction. They are culled primarily as two-to-four year olds because they are open or late breeders.
Source: Adapted from Beef Cattle Production and Management Decisions by Field and Taylor.


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