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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 32
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Hereford Highlights

Huffhines to Speak at World Beef Expo

Three national experts are slated to discuss the role beef breed associations will have on the future of the industry during the World Beef Expo Educational Seminar on Friday, Sept. 26. All seedstock and commercial cattle producers interested in enhancing their cattle operation are encouraged to attend the event to learn more about the vision, technology and programs being developed by breed associations.

Panel members will include: Craig Huffhines, American Hereford Association (AHA) executive vice president; Bryce Schumann, American Angus Association chief executive officer; and Kelly Schmidt, American Simmental Association field service representative.

“With more and more information available for genetic markers, such as feed efficiency and carcass traits, it is important for cattle producers to understand the tools available to them and where that information can take the beef industry in the future,” says Jeff Swenson, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture livestock sector specialist, who serves as the World Beef Expo education committee chairman.

Panel topics will include sexed semen, DNA markers, expected progeny differences (EPDs) and profit indexes. The success of branded beef marketing programs, source verification and breed-specific feeder calf marketing will also be discussed.

The free panel discussion will be at 3 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, in the sale arena. The educational seminar is sponsored by the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association, Bobcat Plus and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 1

Applications for Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) scholarships are due Sept. 1. Seven $2,500 scholarships and two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members to assist in financing their college education.

These scholarships are made possible to NJHA members by Bill and Jo Ellard, EE Ranches Inc.; Bob and Dolores Call, CBY Herefords; Lloyd Whitehead, Whitehead Ranches; Bob Kube, Fauquier Farms; foundation female donors and also through contributions to the HYFA by numerous Hereford breeders.

The Bud Snidow Award and the Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship applications are also due Sept. 1. Two $1,500 scholarships are available to NJHA members.

Join the Wisconsin Hereford Tour

Everyone is welcome to join the Wisconsin Hereford Association as it hosts its “Herefords in the Hills” state tour, Sept. 6-7. The tour will start at Owego Stock Farm in Argyle at noon on Saturday and will then move to Plum River Ranch in Monroe. On Sunday, the tour stops include K & J Herefords, Spring Green, and Pierce’s Hereford Haven, Baraboo. At each stop tour guests will enjoy a complimentary meal, program and judging class. For more information, contact Ruth Espenscheid at (608) 543-3778 or (608) 558-3445.

Plan to Attend Kansas Polled Hereford Tour

The 2008 Kansas Polled Hereford Tour will be Aug. 30-31 in Western Kansas. The first tour stop will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandhill Farms,owned by Kevin Schultz and family near Haviland. At 1:30 p.m. after lunch, the tour will arrive at Umberger Polled Herefords, owned by Greg Umberger of Rozel. Then at 3:15 p.m. the tour will stop at Brannan and Reinhardt Polled Herefords, owned by Kent Reinhardt near Otis.

The evening festivities including the 2008 KPHA annual meeting, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hays VFW Hall.

The tour will resume on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. visiting the Virgil J. Staab & Sons operation north of Hays. After viewing cattle and breakfast the tour will proceed to Pieper Land & Cattle at Palco. H-Bar Ranch, owned by Charlie and Darla Moore, will also have cattle on display.

For information about the tour, visit the KPHA Web site or contact Kim Schmidt, KPHA secretary/treasurer, at (785) 363-7557 or

AHA Annual Meeting, American Royal Dates and Deadlines Approach

The 2008 American Royal in Kansas City is moving to a new and later date this fall. With the new schedule, Herefords must be in the barn by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 and will show on Sunday, Nov. 2. The entry deadline is Sept. 10. Visit the American Royal Web site to download entry forms and premium books.

The entry deadline for the Ladies of the Royal sale is Sept. 1. The sale will be Nov. 1 and will feature some of the Midwest’s top show heifer and brood cow prospects. If you are interested in consigning to the sale e-mail or call Joe Rickabaugh at (785) 633-3188 for more information.

The 2008 AHA Annual Membership Meeting will be Monday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton President Kansas City. To make hotel reservations please call (816) 221-9490 or (800) 445-8667. The reservation cutoff deadline is Sept. 29. Watch for more information in the October Hereford World.

Attention State Presidents, Secretaries

All state presidents and secretaries are invited to the 2008 State Presidents Council meeting in conjunction with the American Royal and AHA Annual Meeting. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Phillip Moon, State Presidents Council chairman, encourages each state and regional association to send a representative to participate in the 2008 meeting. Marketing will be the buzzword at the seminar and Tom Field, Colorado State University, will be an added bonus to this year’s meeting as he will address the group and answer questions concerning topics vital to all members and breeders. A panel of breeders and beef Extension specialists is being assembled to offer advice and information on marketing and other areas of concern to the Hereford industry. Final details on the 2008 Council meeting will be featured in the October Hereford World.

Bloodtyping Service Discontinues in 2009

Starting Jan. 1, 2009, bloodtyping for parentage verification will no longer be available. If you have a sire or embryo transfer (ET) donor dam that has been permitted through bloodtyping, progeny can still be registered. However, if some of their progeny needs to be permitted, it will need to be done using DNA.

Breeders with sires or ET donor dams that have been blood typed, will need to have a straw of semen or DNA sample sent to Maxxam Analytics Inc. for a DNA profile. This will allow you to permit progeny from these sires and dams in the future. If you have questions please contact Jack Ward at

Order JNHE Pictures Online

To view and purchase Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) photos taken by 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.

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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

Creep Feeding Considerations

Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University

This time of year, many cattle producers are considering whether or not to creep feed calves. In this week’s column, I’ll outline a number of items which you should consider as you make an informed decision.

Factors to consider:

  • Calf prices and the effects of added calf weight and condition (fleshiness) on calf sale prices. Don’t forget to consider the price slide (calves that are heavier generally sell for lower prices per pound than lighter calves).
  • Feed prices.
  • Forage availability and forage quality. If forage availability is limited, you may wish to consider early weaning, rather than creep feeding.
  • Conversion efficiencies of creep feeds to added weaning weight.
  • Availability of labor. Some feed companies will fill the feeders for you, but the added costs should be considered in the decision.
  • Plans for retained ownership. The longer you plan to keep the calves, the more likely it is that the non-creep fed calves will catch up.
  • Length of time calves will be creep fed.
  • Cost of creep feeding equipment (either purchase or rental).

Advantages of creep feeding:

  • Weaning weights are increased. Producers can expect 30-60 lb. of added gain with creep feeding. It usually takes 8-12 lb. of grain to produce 1 lb. of added gain. However, feed conversions (pounds of creep per pound of added gain) can range from 5:1 to 30:1 with grain based creep feeds.
  • Calves that have been creep fed usually suffer less setback at weaning and tend to adapt to feedlot rations quicker than calves that have not been creep fed.
  • Milk is an important source of nutrients for the nursing calf. Herds with low milk production or high numbers of first-calf heifers or aged cows may benefit the most from creep feeding.
  • Calves with above average growth potential respond better to creep feeding. Likewise, bull calves respond better than steer or heifer calves.

Disadvantages of creep feeding:

  • Creep feeding is less likely to be profitable if calves will be wintered or backgrounded on low energy diets before going to summer grass as yearlings.
  • The calf price relative to feed price ratio does not always favor creep feeding.
  • For producers planning to retain ownership, much of the value of creep feeding may be masked by compensatory growth of non-creep fed calves. Calves which do not receive creep feed tend to catch up or compensate after weaning if given access to a good quality backgrounding or feedlot ration.
  • Genetic differences in maternal milking ability may be masked. Calves from cows with poor milking ability may consume more creep, reducing differences in weaning weight and hindering the ability of the producer to identify and cull poor producing cows. This is, obviously, an important consideration for purebred producers.
  • Creep feeding which results in excess fattening of replacement heifers will be detrimental to future productivity of replacement heifers.

It’s important to remember that the decision to creep feed should be thought through every year. Cost and revenue variables change, as do objectives and needs for the cow herd. Don’t short change profitability by making this or any other practice a “tradition” rather than a management decision.


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