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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 34
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Hereford Highlights

Sidwell Herefords Celebrates 100 Years

Sidwell Herefords, Carr, Colo., will celebrate 100 years of raising Herefords on Saturday, Sept. 6. at its ranch. The century of progress festivities will start with cattle on display and social time from 2-6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program. To RSVP for the historic event, e-mail

Sidwell Herefords is a fourth generation operation raising registered Herefords since 1908. They have two ranches with the registered Hereford operation located in the northeastern part of Colorado and commercial operation and irrigated farm located in Goshen County, Wyoming. The goal of Sidwell’s program is longevity and reproductive efficiency and breeding cattle that enhance the profit traits of cattle. Congratulations to the Sidwell family for their longevity in the business and their dedication to the Hereford breed.

CHB® Now Served on Country Club Plaza

You deserve a great steak while you are in Kansas City! Plan to visit Kansas City’s famous Country Club Plaza and enjoy some Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) when you are in town for the American Royal and events surrounding the annual meeting. This month, the Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza will start featuring CHB in The Oak Room and on its room service menu.

The hotel’s food management team has been looking for a way to separate them from some of the mundane steak eating experiences offered in the Kansas City area. After a presentation by Reinhart Food Service and CHB LLC staff, the management team decided to offer their guests the best, and turned to CHB’s rock solid history of genetics, performance and palatability, coupled with hometown representation.

The Intercontinental Hotel on the Country Club Plaza is located at 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112. To contact the hotel, call (816) 756-1500.

Georgia Breeders Receive Environmental Stewardship Award

Richard and Hunter Grayson of Black Hat Ranch, Watkinsville, Ga., were the recipients of the 2008 Environmental Stewardship Award presented by the Clarke-Oconee Cattlemen’s Association (COCA) at its annual banquet. They received the award for their conservation practices, which included installation of cross fencing for rotational grazing, installation of high impact areas at all feed and water sites, fencing of lakes, springs and streams to prevent access by livestock and the drilling of new wells for alternative water sources.

Hunter was recently elected president of the Junior COCA. He also serves as a state chapter relations officer for the Junior GCA, is the secretary for the North Oconee FFA Chapter and a FFA Regional officer for Northeast Georgia.

Oklahoma Establishes DonEtta Cothren Memorial Scholarship

The Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) is proud and honored to establish the DonEtta Cothren Memorial Scholarship Fund. In March, DonEtta Cothern, Stratford, Okla., lost a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 25. The endowed scholarship will be awarded annually to an OYE participant anticipating enrollment in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

DonEtta’s involvement in the livestock industry afforded her the opportunity to see a large part of the U.S. and Europe. She was a past American Hereford Association (AHA) youth activities intern and served as National Beef Cook-Off intern for the Texas Beef Council. Not only was DonEtta an exhibitor at the OYE multiple years, but in 2005 she was selected for the OYE Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Encounter Class II, which facilitated educational opportunities throughout Oklahoma, Italy and Scotland.

DonEtta attended Eastern Oklahoma State College and transferred to OSU majoring in animal science with a livestock merchandising option. She served as president and queen for the Junior Hereford Association of Oklahoma and was secretary of Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen. Additionally she received her State and American FFA Degrees.

Memorial contributions may be mailed to Oklahoma Youth Expo, c/o DonEtta Cothren Memorial Scholarship Fund, 431 NE 14th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. For more information, contact Melissa Eisenhauer at or the Oklahoma Youth Expo office at (405) 235-0404.

Illinois Hereford Tour a Success

More than 130 participants joined the Illinois Hereford Tour, Aug. 30-31 in Northern Illinois. On Saturday, the tour visited Crane Herefords, LaSalle; DelHawk Cattle Co., Earlville; Nordman Feedlots Inc., Oregon; and ended the day at Perks Ranch, Rockford. At Perks Ranch the group enjoyed a CHB dinner and a Hereford 101 seminar by Jack Ward, AHA director of breed improvement. Tour guests were also treated to hot air balloon rides sponsored by Perks Ranch.

On Sunday, the tour headed to KYP Polled Herefords, Harvard; River Ridge Ranch & Cattle Co., Durand; Mud Creek Farms, German Valley; and Miller Herefords, Leaf River.

American Royal Entry Deadline Is Sept. 10

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 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.

State Presidents, Secretaries to Convene in Kansas City

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.

Herefords Reign Supreme at State Fairs Across Country

Herefords took the spotlight at the Nebraska State Fair when Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., won supreme champion accolades with its heifer and bull. The judges for the supreme competition were Chris Sankey, Council Grove, Kan., and Dave Wiese, Manning, Iowa.

At the recent California State Fair, Weimer Cattle Co., Susanville, Calif., exhibited the champion polled Hereford bull, TCW Data Tracker 412R. The TCW Red Obsidian M326 412R son went on to be crowned supreme champion bull over all breeds.

Tamar Adcock, Assumption, Ill., added another banner to her summer winnings as BH L7 Connor 723 was selected supreme champion at the DuQuoin State Fair in DuQuoin, Ill. Connor was the reserve champion polled female at the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo and supreme champion at the Illinois State Fair a few weeks ago. Steve Patton, Milton, Ind., judged the show in Illinois.

Get on Board an Area Hereford Tour

Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska 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 visit Deppe Bros., Maquoketa; the Brent Peterson family, DeWitt; Maple Glen Farms, Princeton; and Double K Herefords, Walcott. For directions or additional information, contact tour chairman Tena Biddle at (563) 843-2595. The IHBA’s annual meeting will be at Buzzy’s in Welton at approximately 11:15 a.m.

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.

Nebraska Tour

The Nebraska Hereford Association will be visiting great Hereford herds in Northeastern Nebraska on its annual tour Sept. 20-21. Tour stops include: Melcher’s Herefords, Page; Kester Herefords, Clearwater; Huwaldt Herefords, Randolph; JB Ranch, Wayne; Blueberry Hill Farms; Norfolk; Hula Herefords, Creston; Fleischmann Family Farms, Osceola; VanDeWalle Polled Herefords & JMS Cattle Co., Cedar Rapids; and Frenzen Polled Herefords, Fullerton.

The headquarters will be at the Roadway Inn, Norfolk, (402) 371-9779. For more information and tour bus reservations, contact Joe Brockman at (402) 756-7127 or

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

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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

Interesting Times For Cattle Economics

Robert Wells, Noble Foundation

There is an old Chinese curse that says, "May you live in interesting times.” The current era in the livestock industry is about as interesting as most of us can stand. I believe we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. The cattle industry of tomorrow will almost certainly look different than it has in recent years. During 2008, many ranchers did not apply the same amount of fertilizer as they have in the past. Thus, in combination with low rainfall, forage quality and quantity this fall and winter may be lower than in the past. The price of feed has increased by 20-25% compared to fall 2007; therefore, feeding the current herd size though the winter may not be economically justifiable. The milking ability of a cow affects required input costs. A heavier milking cow requires more forage and feed to maintain her body condition score.

So what can a rancher do to stay economically viable given the high input costs? Ranchers need to look at several aspects of their cow herd: mature cow size, milking ability of the cow and stocking rate.

Mature cow size

There have been many articles written to advise ranchers that they may need to moderate the mature size of their cow herd. We should always match the cow with the environment and the bull with the market. If you are in western Oklahoma or the Texas Panhandle, the optimum cow for your operation will typically be smaller than a cow on a ranch in the Southeastern U.S. If your stocking rate (without fertilizer) is in the double digits of acres per animal unit, you might consider using a moderate-framed (smaller) cow (i.e., less than 1,000-1,100 lb.). Using a calving-ease, terminal-cross, and performance breed bull could yield calves that will be 50-60% of the cow's weight at weaning.

Milking ability of the cow

If you have a moderate-framed cow, but she is a heavy milker, then her requirements are higher than those of a low or moderate milking cow. Granted, a heavier milking cow may wean a heavier calf, but if you have to supplement that cow to a greater extent for her to recover flesh before the next calving season, are you really making more money? A heavier milking cow has a higher maintenance requirement even when she is not lactating. Thus, she requires more forage and feed to maintain her body condition score.

Stocking rate

Stocking rates will have to be adjusted if you have changed fertilizer rates from previous years. This reduction should take place in September before the flood of open and old cows goes to market in the fall. October and November are typically some of the lowest priced months to sell a cow. With the high cost of feed, it will be difficult to economically support feeding all the cows if the herd is at a maximum stocking rate. Many producers will get to the first frost and then realize that they will be short on pasture and hay this year. We need to get out of the mindset that a particular ranch needs to have a specific number of head to support itself. If your current number of head requires a lot of inputs, the ranch may be more economical at a lower number of cattle with fewer inputs.

As input costs continue to increase, we may need to look back to our grandparents' era to see how cattle were raised before we had easy access to fuel, feed and fertilizer. With every change in the industry, new opportunities abound. Those who dare to venture out of their comfort zone are those who will stay in the business for years to come. By becoming more efficient today, you will have a better chance of weathering the storm.


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