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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 28
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Hereford Highlights

Juniors Converge on Kansas City

More than 570 Hereford youth from 42 states converged on Kansas City July 12-19 for the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). Real-time coverage is available online at LiveAuctions.tv. To view coverage you must first set up a simple user account. If you haven’t done so already, visit the site before it’s time to watch your junior member show.

You can either go to the American Hereford Association (AHA) Web site and from there be directed to LiveAuctions.tv or go directly to the site. There, you’ll find a link for the JNHE. You’ll be prompted to enter the user name and password you establish in the account setup process. There is no charge to use this service. Enjoy!

For class placings and pictures, visit the AHA Web site.

Thanks again to this year’s JNHE sponsors – UMB Bank, R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust, Vita Ferm, Tyson and Fort Dodge Animal Health.


Tucker, Deppe Top Junior National Hereford Steer Show

Exhibitors from across the U.S. gathered for the 2008 JNHE in Kansas City, Mo., July 16, and it was Mitchell Tucker, North Platte, Neb., who walked away with grand champion honors in the steer show. Mitchell Tucker’s 1,211-lb. steer was sired by SR CG Hard Rock 5073.

Montana Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa, won reserve champion honors with a 1,268-lb. steer sired by Schu-Lar 9R of 9L P606 ET.

At check-in ultrasound data was collected on all steers for the carcass contest. Steers were scanned for fat thickness, ribeye area and marbling score.

Reba Hurst, Nevada, Mo., won grand champion carcass steer honors with a 1,213-lb. steer sired by DB Grand Slam. The steer scanned a ribeye area (REA) of 14.6 square inches, .43 inch backfat (BF) and a 4.21 marbling score, which calculated into a 2.46 yield grade and a 752-lb. carcass weight.

Jody Miller, Thorntown, Ind., won reserve champion carcass steer honors with a 1,226-lb. steer sired by Grandview 7Oaks Sonora 145R. The steer scanned a 13.6 REA of 13.6 square inches, .41 inch BF and 4.25 marbling score, which calculated into a 2.76 yield grade and a 760-lb. carcass weight.


Herman Wins Senior Showmanship

Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla., earned top senior showman honors July 16 at the JNHE. Reserve champion honors went to Mark Sims, Elgin, Okla.

The other finalists were Chandis Kottkamp, Clayton, Ind., third; Grady McMahon, Ayr, Neb., fourth; Drew Perez, Nara Visa, N.M., fifth; Sara Stream, Chariton, Iowa, sixth; Geoffrey Andras, Connerville, Okla., seventh; Randa Owen, Ft. Payne, Ala., eighth; Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., ninth; and Kandi Knippa, Seguin, Texas, 10th.

Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev., earned the title of champion intermediate showman and Keysto Stotz, Skiatook, Okla., was named reserve champion intermediate.

Awarded to junior showman honors was Makayla Rutt, Campbell, Neb., champion; and Lucas Stumpf, Colombia, Ill., reserve champion.

Dylan Bauer, Bonfield, Ill., was crowned top peewee showman and Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas, was named reserve champion.


PRIDE Convention is Around the Corner

The 2008 Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 3 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s theme is “Capitalize on Your Future” and will feature educational speakers and traditional fun events as well as leadership development programs to help participants grow as effective leaders among their peers.

Aside from the sites of the nation’s capital, PRIDE participants will see some of Maryland’s most progressive Hereford operations during their visit. Tours to Mullinix Bros. and Foggy Bottom Farm will be highlights of the event.


AHA Board Nominee Letters Due Aug. 1

All AHA Board nominee names and support letters must be submitted to the headquarters office in Kansas City no later than Aug. 1, 2008.
All nominee information must be sent to the attention of:

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


Booker Crowned International Auctioneer Champion

C.D. “Butch” Booker of Colfax, Wash., was named the men’s division winner of the 2008 International Auctioneers Association (IAC) Championship at the 59th IAC Conference and Show in Nashville, Tenn.

A second-generation auctioneer, Butch, is all too familiar with the IAC competition. Since 1993 Butch has competed in every IAC competition and has eight trophies to show for it. This year, Butch will proudly add the IAC Championship trophy to his collection of four first runner-up and four second runner-up IAC trophies.

The owner of Kincaid Real Estate Co., Butch is also an active auctioneer in his family auction business, Booker Auction Co. Butch has conducted more than 2,500 auctions in 16 states. He specializes in industrial and farm machinery, real estate and purebred livestock auctions.

The competitors were judges on their presentation, chant, voice quality, body language and other elements of effective auctioneering.

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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

Harsh Realities Begin to Surface on Renewable Fuels Mandates

Andy Groseta, Cottonwood, Ariz., and NCBA president

There is seldom any real pleasure in saying “we told you so” — because that usually means it’s too late to address the problem. This is especially true when it comes to Congress, where correcting bad decisions can often take several years.

But when the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) told Congress it was playing with fire last fall when it ratcheted up the nation’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), lawmakers unfortunately did not take those warnings seriously enough. With ethanol production on the rise, corn growers had responded in 2007 with near-record corn acres planted, and an all-time record corn crop. Surely if we push the RFS envelope even farther, they’ll do the same in 2008… right? So Congress threw caution to the wind and moved forward with an increase in the RFS that pushed its grain-based ethanol production mandate from 7.5 billion gallons in 2007 to 9 billion gallons in 2008. The mandate is scheduled to grow to 15 billion gallons by 2015.

The short-sightedness of this legislation became all too evident this spring. Acres were already migrating away from corn, due to skyrocketing prices for wheat, soybeans and other crops. Then the wet spring conditions kept many farmers out of the field far too long to plant full-season corn — forcing them to choose a short-season hybrid, or an alternative crop. These events pushed corn futures past the $7 per bushel mark — something even the most dire predictions had not anticipated. Then catastrophic flooding in the Mississippi River corridor took out even more corn acres. In addition to the devastation it caused for farmers, ranchers, homeowners and businesses in the region, the flooding wreaked further havoc on the grain markets and left livestock producers staring down the barrel of $8 per bushel corn. Troubling as that figure may be, we may not have seen the worst of it yet.

Obviously, the RFS mandate is just one issue that is driving up grain prices and creating enormous difficulties for the livestock industry. Global grain demand, adverse weather, and other factors are also responsible for this price pressure. But this reckless renewable fuels policy is the factor most directly controlled by the government, and it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible.

Several legislative proposals have emerged that would revisit the RFS – either by rolling back the mandate or freezing it at the 2008 level. But it’s unclear if and when Congress will give serious consideration to any of these bills. Cattlemen’s best hope for immediate relief is a petition for waiver filed with the Environmental Protection Agency by the State of Texas, which requests a 50% reduction in the 2008 grain-based ethanol mandate. If granted, this waiver would roll the 2008 mandate back from 9 billion to 4.5 billion gallons.

NCBA filed comments in support of this petition, and appeared with Texas Governor Rick Perry at a news conference explaining the urgent need for the waiver. This has proven to be a popular proceeding for parties on both sides of the issue, as EPA has reportedly received more than 15,000 comments. Ethanol advocates are understandably anxious to maintain the scheduled increases in the RFS, because those mandates drive much of the investment in ethanol production. But that’s the problem with an industry hanging its hat on government subsidies and mandates – at some point, it needs to stand on its own and compete in a free market.

NCBA has a long-standing position that opposes federal policies that prop up one segment of agriculture at the expense of another. If the Congressional infatuation with ethanol isn’t a prime example of that, I’m not sure what is. EPA should apply the brakes to any further RFS increases until Congress can more thoroughly evaluate the costs and benefits of its renewable fuels policies.


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