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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 33
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Hereford Highlights

Consign Calves to Greater Midwest Hereford Feeder Calf Sale

It is not too early to make plans to consign calves to the second Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale on Dec. 4 in Carthage, Ill. The registration deadline is Oct. 15, and the committee urges producers to enroll calves early so they will be promoted to their full advantage.

To be part of this large offering all steer and heifer calves need to be at least 50% Hereford, age verifiable, preconditioned, castrated, dehorned, weaned and bunk broke. All calves will be tagged with Hereford Verified ear tags, sorted into load sizes by weight, type and sex. The sale cost is $17 per head and all calves must be pre-conditioned under the Merial SUREHEALTH program.

If you have one, 10 or 100 calves to sell, the Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale is a marketing outlet for you.

Download Information and Registration Form (PDF)

September Hereford World is in the Mail

The September Hereford World mailed from the printer in Texas on Aug. 25. The special youth issue includes extensive coverage of the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), featuring contest and show winners as well as profiles of the herdsman of the year, senior showmanship winner, advisors of the year and the scholarship recipients. Riding along with the magazine are five sale catalogs including; Churchill Cattle Co., Holden Herefords, Illini Top Cut, Ridgeview Farm and The Legend Returns.

A. Goff & Sons Honored in West Virginia

A. Goff and Sons, Harrisville, W. Va., were awarded the Farming Heritage Award at the West Virginia State Fair on Aug. 14. The farm is in its 98th year of production and is currently operated by the fourth-generation family members. The award, sponsored by the state fair and the West Virginia Farm Bureau, is given to a family who has strived to maintain its rural lifestyle by contributing to the community, acting as role models, dedicating time to efficient agricultural production and to maintaining the upkeep of the farm.

The Goff's purchased their first Hereford bull, Felix, in 1910 and he was the first polled Hereford bull to be brought into the state. He put A. Goff & Sons farm into the Hereford business as a pioneer in the Eastern part of the U.S. In October the family will host its 55th annual production sale. Congratulations to the Goff family for their dedication to the Hereford breed and this special honor!

Join a Hereford Tour Near You

Wisconsin, Iowa and Kansas associations are busy planning their upcoming annual tours. The following information gives a brief look at the tour schedules and contact information if you wish to learn more about the events.

Iowa Tour

The 2008 Iowa Hereford Tour, sponsored by the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association (IHBA), will be Saturday, Sept. 6, in eastern Iowa.

The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. at WEBCOWS, owned by the Deppe Brothers, Maquoketa. After viewing the Deppe herd, participants will gather at Buzzy’s in Welton at approximately 11:15 a.m. for lunch and the IHBA’s annual meeting, where four new directors will be elected and Dan McFarland, Fredericksburg, will be inducted into the Iowa Hereford Hall of Fame.

The Brent Petersen family will host the afternoon’s first stop at Petersen Herefords, DeWitt. Also on display will be cattle from the Arp family’s Circle A Cattle Co., DeWitt. The group will then proceed to Maple Glen Farms, Princeton, where they will see the Ned Schroder family’s Polled Hereford herd. The tour will conclude near Walcott at Double K Herefords, owned by the Dennis Biddle family.

For directions or additional information, contact tour chairman Tena Biddle at (563) 843-2595.

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.

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.

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 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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