Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 25
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Hereford Highlights

JNHE Confirmation Packets to Mail Next Week

The 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) confirmation packets will be mailed to all exhibitors next week. More than 1,400 entries have been processed and more than 600 exhibitors will be traveling to Kansas City to participate in the Hereford breed’s summer youth extravaganza, July 12-19. 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)

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

Texas Foodservice Distributor Focusing on CHB®

Houston-based foodservice distributor Gourmet Ranch strengthened its commitment to Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) during a recent sales meeting with CHB LLC and National Beef Packing Co. LLC marketing staff. The owners of Gourmet Ranch, Helmut Lamparter and Robert Larenio, along with sales manager Gordon Pena wanted to rejuvenate the interest of CHB with their sales force as well as some new CHB customer prospects.

Mick Welch, CHB LLC director of foodservice, and David Ollre of National Beef met with the group and discussed CHB program information along with product demonstrations. “The Houston market holds a huge opportunity for CHB,” Welch says. “One Gourmet Ranch sales force member said all they need to do is get the customer to sample CHB and it will sell itself.”

CHB Featured on Kansas City Radio Program

CHB was again a featured topic on a popular Kansas City radio program. Noteworthy chef and restaurant owner, Chef Jasper, recently interviewed Shonda Anderson, CHB LLC account manager, from a local Hen House Market. The Hen House chain proudly features CHB for its customers.

Visit Chef Jasper’s blog for additional information about that day’s radio show.

Indiana Junior Hereford Association Auction Scheduled

The Indiana Junior Hereford Association will be having an embryo/semen auction during the Indiana Preview Show June 20-22. The money raised will benefit the Indiana Junior Hereford Association.

You can place bids for the semen/embryos during the silent auction leading up to the live auction or during the live auction. The live auction will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. There will be an outstanding list of items available for sale. Examples include, 29F and Mohler semen and embryos out of the 2007 Denver reserve champion heifer.

To place a bid, get a full list of items available or for more information, contact Clayton Miller at (765) 894-6946, Steve Patton at (765) 309-3367 or John Meents at (419) 306-7480.

AHA Represented in Livestock Publications Workshop

David Mehlhaff, AHA director of communications, served on a panel of agriculture clients and advertising agency executives during a sales and marketing workshop in Kansas City this week hosted by the Livestock Publications Council. Joining Mehlhaff was a representative from John Deere and Ft. Dodge Animal Health along with leading agriculture advertising agency representatives. The panel focused on evolving client/agency needs and how they have changed. The group also shared how livestock publications can better work with them.

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

Dealing With Wet Conditions During Haying
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University

This spring’s wet weather has many people beginning to worry that putting up good quality hay will be difficult. Moist, humid conditions make it harder to dry swaths to proper moisture for baling.

Adjusting windrowing equipment can reduce the time it takes for swaths to dry. In addition, some producers may choose to use hay preservatives and organic acids to aid in baling hay at higher moisture levels.

The width of the swath and the swath density are two variables that can be controlled relatively easily in most modern hay making equipment. A wider, less dense swath, can reduce drying time; in some cases, by up to six hours.

Here are some other pointers to consider regarding fine tuning your haying equipment:

  • Be sure that you don’t spread the swath so thin that you are driving over it with the tractor tires. An area that has been driven over will dry more slowly than the remainder of the windrow.
  • Check the settings on the conditioning rolls on the windrower. Recommendations vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer but 1/16 inch to 3/32 inch is a good general rule of thumb for the proper width between rolls. The rolls should be set so the stems are bent and crimping is obvious. However, don’t set them so tight that it results in leaf loss or plant discoloration.

Hay preservatives can be used to improve success with difficult drying conditions. Advantages include:

  • Hay baled at higher moisture levels may experience reduced risk of rain damage.
  • Dry matter and nutrient loss caused by leaf shatter is reduced.
  • The potential baling period is lengthened.

Disadvantages include:

  • Some preservatives, such as propionic acid, are corrosive and can damage machinery and cause injury if handled improperly.
  • Some preservatives have not been thoroughly tested under a wide variety of haying conditions.
  • Some preservatives may not be cost effective.

Hay preservatives have been classified into several types: organic acids, acid salts, salt, anhydrous ammonia, urea, fermentation products, anaerobic bacterial inoculants, and aerobic bacterial inoculants. The organic acids (propionic, acetic, citric) are very effective in preventing mold and heating.

Microbial products developed to aid ensiling (anaerobic products) appear to have limited effectiveness when used for hay preservation. Aerobic products appear to give variable results. Microbial products appear to work best with liquid application and may be priced less than the organic acids. Follow manufacturers' recommendations for application and storage of microbial solutions to retain bacterial viability.

For more information regarding hay and forage issues, visit the the University of Wisconsin Web site.


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