Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 26
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Hereford Highlights

Corporate Sponsors Support 2008 JNHE

UMB Bank, R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust, Vita Ferm, Tyson and Fort Dodge Animal Health have announced financial support of the upcoming Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), July 12-19, in Kansas City.

Vita Ferm®, a product line of BioZyme Inc.®, has made a three-year commitment to be the title sponsor of the JNHE and Fort Dodge Animal Health will be the official leadership and education sponsor of the 2008 event. Tyson Foods is helping to offset hospitality costs and UMB Bank, R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust is the chief facility underwriter.

Fort Dodge, Tyson and UMB Bank are the newest corporate partners investing in the JNHE and Vita Ferm has been a key player in supporting the show since 2006.

With the Vita Ferm headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., the staff at BioZyme Inc. will be rolling out the red carpet and hosting a tour for families attending the JNHE at its corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant along with a hamburger luncheon. The buses will leave the American Royal complex at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15 and will return from St. Joseph by 4.p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know the folks behind the brand at BioZyme and see where the Vita Ferm products are produced.

Along with Fort Dodge's sponsorship will be an animal health seminar on Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for Hereford youth and their families to interact with Fort Dodge representatives and learn about the importance of a quality herd health program.

BioZyme Inc. is an innovative company specializing in livestock nutrition and microbiology. Its Vita Ferm Nutrition system is a complete line of vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for livestock, formulated with high-quality ingredients for specific production phases and feeding situations. All supplements contain Amaferm, an all-natural, direct-fed microbial that optimizes digestive functions and feed utilization. Visit the Biozyme Web site for more information.

Fort Dodge Animal Health is a leading manufacturer and distributor of prescription and over-the-counter animal health care products for the livestock and companion animal industries. Fort Dodge Animal Health serves the U.S. and international markets, distributing products in more than 100 countries. It currently ranks first in veterinary vaccine sales in North America. Fort Dodge Animal Health offers a broad range
of biological and pharmaceutical products.

Tyson Foods Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the U.S. and more than 80 countries.

UMB Financial Corporation is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking, asset management, health spending solutions and related financial services to both individual and business customers nationwide. Its banking subsidiaries own and operate 136 banking centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arizona. Subsidiaries of the holding company and the lead bank, UMB Bank, n.a., include an investment services group based in Milwaukee, Wis., single-purpose companies that deal with brokerage services and insurance, and registered investment advisors for proprietary mutual funds.

JNHE Confirmation Packets Mailed This Week

The 2008 JNHE confirmation packets were mailed to exhibitors this week. More than 1,400 entries have been processed and more than 570 exhibitors will be traveling to Kansas City to participate in the Hereford breed’s summer youth extravaganza slated for 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 and schedule (PDF)

Notice Hereford World subscribers:
Weather Slows Delivery Throughout Midwest

Weather continues to disrupt transportation throughout the Midwest, which may affect when subscribers receive their July Hereford World. Operations at several U.S. Postal Service offices have had to be suspended or relocated due to flooding and other related storm damage.

The severe flooding has affected freight movement in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin and Kansas. Because of the widespread nature of the damage and flooding, rerouting traffic is becoming increasingly difficult. Reports last week indicate most rail companies are expecting delays of 36 hours to one week for freight trapped in affected areas.

This estimate could be lengthened, depending on the longevity of the flooding. We ask your patience as the postal service deals with Mother Nature. The July issue editorial will be posted to by July 15

CHB® Featured on Kansas City Radio Program

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) was a featured topic again this week on a popular Kansas City radio program. Noteworthy chef and restaurant owner, Chef Jasper, interviewed Shonda Anderson, CHB LLC account manager, and David Mehlhaff, AHA director of communications, on the chef’s popular radio talk show from a local Hen House Market. The Hen House Market chain proudly features CHB for its customers.

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

U.S. Herefords Travel to Kazakhstan

A jumbo jet full of Herefords left Chicago O’Hare airport this Sunday heading to a breeder in Kazakhstan. Approximately 100 cow-calf pairs and five bulls were loaded in the early Sunday morning. Mark McClintock, manager of Rocking Chair Ranch, Ft. McKavett, Texas, accompanied the cattle with Gary Wilson, representing the Winrock Foundation.

The purchase was made after a group of Kazakhstan ranchers attended the Fort Worth Stock Show and were given a ranch tour of Texas by the Texas Department of Ag.

Rocking Chair sold the group of five bulls and pairs were put together from Imig Herefords, Nebraska, and Douthit Herefords, Kansas. These cattle are going to a 700-head Hereford ranch in southeastern Kazakhstan. The ranch owners hope to add size and muscle to their herd to keep up with a growing demand for beef in Kazakhstan’s booming economy.

This first shipment is expected to be the first of many to come. Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world. It is bordered by Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China.

World Hereford Conference June 29-July 9

Scandinavia is host to the 15th World Hereford Conference (WHC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hundreds of Hereford breeders from all over the world will visit farms in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway during the event as well as hear from speakers on topics such as breed improvement and marketing. Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, is scheduled to speak on beef marketing. Also representing AHA at this year’s event will be Stacy Sanders, AHA records department director, as well as Lee Haygood, AHA director.

BIF Annual Meeting Slated for June 30-July 3

The 2008 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) convention will be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 30-July 3. This annual meeting and research symposium will be at the Hyatt Regency located in downtown Calgary.

This year’s event will attract more than 500 seedstock and commercial producers, feedlot operators, leading beef industry service providers, academics and industry experts. Renowned industry representatives and innovators will showcase and discuss leading-edge genetic advancements in both Canada and the U.S. and the cross-border implications and opportunities.

Representing AHA at this event will be Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement.

No eNews Next Week

Because of the July 4th holiday, there will be no Hereford eNews next week.
Please look for the next issue July 11.

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

EPDs and Accuracy
F. David Kirkpatrick, University of Tennessee

Expected progeny differences (EPDs) are reported by most major breed associations and are a means of estimating an individual’s genetic value as a parent for a particular trait.

The EPD is a means of predicting differences between progeny performance in a particular trait between prospective animals. EPDs are calculated for a number of different traits and reported in the same unit of measurement as the trait. An EPD value can be either a positive or negative value depending on the calculated genetic value of the individual in relationship to its breed.

Along with the calculated EPD is an accuracy value which is a measure of the reliability of the calculated EPD and reflective of the amount of information available used in the calculation. It is a relationship between the calculated EPD of the animal and the true EPD of the animal.

Unlike the EPD, accuracy values range from 0 to 1.0 with 1.0 never being attained. Most yearling bulls have accuracies from .05 to .35 for growth traits since the calculation of his EPD is based on his own performance record and pedigree information. Older bulls with progeny information records used in the calculation of their EPD will have higher accuracy values.

Accuracy is primarily a function of the amount of information available on an individual. As more information becomes available (progeny records), an animal’s calculated EPD for a trait will change. It can increase or decrease in value. The best way to evaluate accuracy is to estimate how much the calculated EPD can change as more information is obtained on an animal and used in the estimation of his EPD. That change in an animal’s EPD is called “possible change.” Those breed associations that publish a sire summary will have a table with possible change in a trait associated with different accuracy levels.

We never know the true EPD of any trait for any animal, although EPDs for high-accuracy bulls closely approach the true value. Accuracy values are a tool for risk management in a breeding program. Regardless of accuracy, EPDs are the most powerful tool to make genetic change in cattle. They are several times more valuable than adjusted weight records or ratios or even visual appraisal.


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