Fall 2008 EPDs Are Online
The fall 2008 expected progeny differences (EPDs) are now available at Hereford.org.
600 Youth Compete in VitaFerm JNHE
National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members and their families made the ninth annual Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) held July 12-19, 2008, in Kansas City the largest Hereford show in the world.
More than 2,000 attendees celebrated “Herefords, the Heart of America” at the American Royal complex. More than 600 NJHA members ranging in age from 7 to 22, representing 40 states and Canada, exhibited 1,100 head of cattle making the event one of the largest junior breed shows in the U.S. Listed below are the overall show winners:
- Champion polled: Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev., with BF Flirtatious 713T ET
- Reserve champion polled: Tamar Adcock, Assumption, Ill., with BH L7 Conner 723
- Champion horned: Randa Owen, Ft. Payne, Ala., with Purple Clover L25T
- Reserve champion horned: Josh Dugger, Whitesboro, Texas, with CRR 420 Kelly 728
- Champion: Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas, with BR DM Hannah 6103
- Reserve champion: Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla., with STAR KKH SSF Onakee 6U ET
- Champion: Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla., with STAR KKH SSF Bright Kelly 408
- Reserve champion: Kirbie Day, Waxahachie, Texas., with KLD Transformer D72 ET
- Champion: Miranda and Keysto Stotz, Skiatook, Okla., with STAR MKS 1221 Onica 18S ET
- Reserve champion: Hunter Hamilton, Heltonville, Ind., with WCC Hope S304
- Champion: Mitchell Tucker, North Platte, Neb., with a 1,211-lb.steer sired by SR CG Hard Rock 5073
- Reserve champion: Montana Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa., with a 1,268-lb. steer sired by Schu-Lar 9R of 9L P606 ET
- Champion carcass steer: Reba Hurst, Nevada, Mo., with a 1,213-lb. steer sired by DB Grand Slam
- Reserve champion carcass steer: Jody Miller, Thorntown, Ind., with a 1,226-lb. steer sired by Grandview 7Oaks Sonora 145R
NJHA Directors, Officers Announced
Justin Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark.; Rossie Blinson, Buies Creek, N.C.; Jacob Metch. Bainbridge, N.Y.; and Danielle Starr, Manawa, Wis., were elected to serve as NJHA directors during the 2008 JNHE. Two delegates from each state junior Hereford association voted these individuals onto the board.
At the awards banquet on July 18, four retiring board members announced the election results and passed on their maroon jackets and responsibilities to the new leadership. The retiring board members were President Jason Ewing, Fordland, Mo., and Treasurer Nicole Starr, Manawa, Wis., as well as directors Kara Eschbach, Skiatook, Okla., and Katlyn Howes, Taneytown, Md.
Also announced at the awards banquet was the 2008-09 officer team, chosen by the NJHA board members. This year’s officers are Roger Morgan, Burwell, Neb., president; Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., vice president; Kandi Knippa, Seguin, Texas, secretary; Sarah Stream, Chariton, Iowa, treasurer; and Jessica, Slone, W. Manchester, Ohio, reporter.
Other directors include Kimber Evans, Fall River, Kan.; Katlin Mulvaney, Opelika, Ala.; and Hannah Wine, Marshall, Va.
Next week’s Hereford eNews will feature more JNHE highlights.
Special Thanks to JNHE Sponsors
The 2008 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo.; Fort Dodge Animal Health, Overland Park, Kan. ; and UMB Bank and the RC Kemper Charitable Trust, Kansas City, Mo.
Please take the time to thank these organizations for their generous support.
Order Your JNHE Pictures Online
To view and purchase JNHE photos taken by American Hereford Association (AHA) and Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) staff, visit the Hereford Photo Shop Web site. Here you’ll find pictures of show and award winners taken at JNHE events throughout the week.
PRIDE Convention is Just 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 much of the traditional fun and educational agenda items 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 features of this 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
Food Service Distributor Visits Greater Omaha Beef
Sales and management staff of Reinhart Food Service Omaha Division met with key leadership of Greater Omaha Beef. A plant tour was conducted and a Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) presentation was given by Nick Rausch, Greater Omaha brand manager.
Rausch shared a presentation on CHB including future marketing trends and factors that continue driving product costs.
Mick Welch, CHB LLC food service director, and Lance Bartley of Greater Omaha shared with the group information regarding products that will fit in today’s cost conscious markets. Angelo Fili, Greater Omaha executive vice president, also addressed this aggressive distributor of CHB.
Early Weaning Beef Calves
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University
Traditionally calves are weaned at 6-7 months of age. However there are situations such as drought or lack of forage, when early weaning should be considered as a management tool. Early weaning should also be considered as a management tool to improve or manipulate body condition, especially in young or thin cows. Time of weaning will have impacts on cow and calf performance as well as health and productivity of the native range or pasture.
Advantages of early weaning:
- Improved cow body condition. Lactating cows can lose body condition due to the increased nutrient requirements associated with lactation. When drought conditions exist, this situation is usually made worse by lack of forage in drought-stressed pastures. By weaning early the cow's nutrient requirements for lactation are eliminated and cows are able to maintain or increase body condition prior to the fall and winter-feeding period.
- Improved calf performance. In some cases calves may not be able to successfully compete with cows for adequate forage. By weaning early and providing a highly nutritious diet, calves can reach their growth potential. Early weaned calves managed on high concentrate diets will be more feed efficient than their contemporaries. Early weaning, coupled with feeding a high concentrate diet, has resulted in increased quality grade at slaughter, according to research conducted at several universities. These advantages can help offset some of the increased feed costs associated with early weaning.
- Improved conception rates. Weaning early can result in improved conception rates, provided the calves are weaned during the breeding season. This would require weaning calves at a very young age (calves need to be weaned at 45-105 days of age to allow increased conception rates). When weaned early enough, cows have a greater opportunity to rebreed in an optimum time frame and an increase in conception rate may be possible.
- Improved forage availability for the cow. Early weaning reduces the cow’s dry matter intake and also eliminates the demand on the forage from the calf. Consequently, the cows remaining on the pasture have access to more forage and demands on the pasture are reduced, which can enhance sustainability and forage production in the future.
Disadvantages of early weaning:
- Increased attention to management is required. Early weaning requires greater attention to proper health, nutrition and management practices.
- Increased labor requirement. Early weaning will require additional labor in order to feed and manage the calves. Another option is to ship them to a custom feedlot; however, this will add the cash costs incurred.
- Increased cash costs. Weaning calves earlier will result in increased cash costs. Instead of pasture and their mother's milk, early-weaned calves will eat high-quality grains, hays, protein supplements and/or commercially prepared feeds. This something that should be considered carefully with the dramatic rise in feed prices we have observed in 2008.
- Increased facility investment. Beef cattle producers must have facilities to feed calves or hire a custom backgrounder or feedlot to feed the early-weaned calves.
Early weaning is one management option that should be considered as a means to manage cow body condition. Early weaning will be more successful and less stressful when nutrition, health, management and facility requirements are considered. Early weaning provides options for managing a cow herd during periods of short forage supplies and for strategic management of young, thin cows.
For more information on recommendations for preconditioning and health programs see this Extension bulletin: Preconditioning Programs: Vaccination, Nutrition, and Management.