National Hereford Feedout Proves Hereford Efficiency
Two hundred seventy-four steers were entered in the 2008 National Hereford Feedout at Royal Beef Feedyard, Scott City, Kan. “Once again the National Hereford Feedout has shown the efficiency and worth of Hereford cattle to the beef industry,” says Tom Granzow, test coordinator and Kansas Hereford Association (KHA) secretary.
The group of Hereford and Hereford-cross steers that went on feed in December 2007 had an average daily gain (ADG) of 3.66 lb. per day. The cost of gain (COG) on this group was $0.67 per lb. of gain, and they converted at 5.64 lb. of dry feed per lb. of gain. The average marketing weight was 1,231 lb. of pay weight and the average number of days on feed was 168. The group also did very well on the rail. The group averaged: backfat .48 inches (in.), marbling score 4.9, ribeye area (REA) 12.98, hot carcass weight 782 lb. and yield grade (YG) 2.44.
The February group had a 3.95 ADG, $0.66 COG; a dry-matter conversion average of 5.14, an average market weight of 1,211 lb. after being fed for an average of 141 days. In the carcass traits, this group had an average backfat of .38 in., marbling score 5.01 (Low Choice), REA 12.26, hot carcass weight 743 lb. and YG 2.45.
The National Hereford Feedout allows producers from across the country to consign whiteface cattle. The KHA organizes the program in such a way that Hereford and Hereford-English cross pens can be entered in the test with just a minimum of five head. The steers in the 2008 feedout represented a diverse cross section of Hereford genetics and were all handled the same. They were sorted by weight and body type, and after 75 days on feed, ultrasound data for backfat was collected.
The cattle were then marketed according to ultrasound data, with a desired backfat thickness of .4 inches. At harvest they were individually weighed again, and final carcass information was gathered. The feed efficiency of each steer was calculated based on a Cornell University formula that breaks down pen statistics into individual feed efficiency figures by accounting for maintenance and growth requirements of different sized animals.
At the end of the trial, each participant gets a graph analysis of his or her cattle ranked in comparison to the others in cost of gain (COG), as well as other performance and carcass data measures. For producers who consign sire groups, this service provides for genetic selection and rapid herd progress.
“The commercial beef industry is crying for efficiency that comes naturally, not in some new and improved high-cost feed additive,” Granzow says. “We can offer the commercial industry all of this and not compromise carcass quality or fertility in the whitefaced replacement female.”
For more information and to find out how you can participate in future tests, contact Granzow at (785) 466-2247, (785) 466-6790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hereford Champions Showcased at Keystone
The Hereford breed showcased the most entries of any breed at the 2008 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg, Pa. Marty Lueck, Mountain, Grove, Mo., judged the 164-head show and commended exhibitors for bringing out a quality set of bulls and females to compete at the first national show of the 2008 fall show season.
The winners in the spring yearling division dominated the female show and went on to earn grand and reserve overall honors. Purple Hennessey 44T ET, by BR DM Channing ET, exhibited by Karey Howes, Taneytown, Md., was selected grand champion and won the bronze trophy. Cory Krietz, Frederick, Md., with Showtime Ramseys Destiny 720 by LaGrand Reload 80P ET claimed reserve accolades.
In the bull show, NS Polled Herefords, Mason, Ohio, took center stage with the grand and yearling champion bull,NS Trident ET 733, by NS Keno 005. Following with the reserve grand champion and junior calf champion bull was Oak Ledge Farm, Belmont, N.H., with KEB Harrison Hard Rock 5073U by SR CG Hard Rock 5073. The popular calf also showed at the side of KEB Olivia Online 122LP. The duo was selected the grand champion cow-calf pair.
After exhibiting the reserve champion bull and the grand and reserve champion cow-calf pair, Oak Ledge Farm gathered banners for premier exhibitor and best six head. Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla., won the premier breeder award.
Visit Hereford.org to view complete results of the 2008 KILE National Hereford Show.
Running for AHA Board
The six candidates vying for three positions on the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors are David Breiner, Alma, Kan.; Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas; Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.; Jack Lowderman, Macomb, Ill.; John Ridder, Callaway, Neb.; and Jay Wright, Morgan, Texas. This week we feature
Jack Lowderman. We will be profiling each of the candidates in the coming weeks.
Jack Lowderman, Macomb, Ill., has been involved in the livestock industry throughout his entire life.
A graduate from Reisch College of Auctioneering, Jack has been the lead auctioneer for F&T Commission Co., Palmyra, Mo., since 1976.
Jack started Lowderman Auction Co., which conducts more than 100 auctions per year, specializing in real estate, machinery and equipment, livestock, personal property, and estates. The Lowderman’s 20-acre on-site auction facility features a large indoor sales pavilion and a second building with a livestock sales arena. As an auctioneer for Williams & Williams, a company that markets commercial and residential real estate, Jack travels nationwide.
Jack and his wife, Sherry, were given two polled Hereford cows as a wedding gift. The couple had four sons and as their family grew so did their herd and their involvement in junior Hereford activities.
Today Lowderman Cattle Co. is a family operation with Jack’s sons and their families actively involved. The cow herd has grown to 200 cows, 25 replacement heifers and 30 recipients. The family hosts an annual production sale each September.
Jack served as a 4-H leader for 10 years, has been president of the Illinois Polled Hereford Association, and is a member of the Illinois Beef Council and Illinois Beef Association.
In addition to their sons, the Lowdermans have three grandchildren.
The new leadership will be elected at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, Monday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton President Kansas City. Visit Hereford.org to view an annual meeting schedule.
Submit Data by Nov. 1 for Spring Analysis
All data needs to be submitted prior to Nov. 1 in order to be included in the next genetic evaluation. The AHA performance department requests all breeders submit cow weights and body condition scores when sending weaning weights. These weights and scores are imperative to the development of longevity and fertility genetic selection traits.
National Show Information You Need to Know
The American Royal is next on the national show scene with the open and junior shows on Nov. 2.
Please note that all cattle must arrive in Kansas City by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. We will plan to process entries on Wednesday.
Hereford exhibitors please make sure that all cattle planning to show at national shows are registered as any entry that is pending or not registered 30 days prior to a national show will be scratched and not allowed to show. Also if you intend to have EPDs printed in the show program, please make sure you are a compliant and a Whole Herd TPR breeder as EPDs will not be added to any animal upon arrival at the show. We appreciate your cooperation with getting all show animals registered 30 days prior to the show and any EPD problems worked out ahead of time.
To order the official AHA show vests visit the Shop Hereford Web site. The show vests are $30 and we appreciate all exhibitors wearing the official showring attire.
All cattle must have an EID tag in order to show at a national Hereford show. Visit Hereford.org to download an order form. All tags will be ordered in increments of 10 and cattle that have tags will be scanned at the stalls and will avoid standing in long lines at the chute. Those without EID tags will be tagged when cattle are checked in and charged $3 per tag.
North American International Livestock Exposition
The open show at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., is Nov. 20. The junior show in Louisville will be Nov. 16. . Please e-mail Amy Cowan at email@example.com with your stalling requests for the North American open show.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, just outside of Gate 4. To book rooms please visit the Hilton Garden Inn Web site or call the hotel reservations department at (502) 637-2424 or by calling Hilton Reservations at (877) 782-9444. The group code is AHA and the group rate is $115.
Western Nugget National Hereford Show
The early bird deadline for the 2008 Western Nugget Hereford Show in Reno is Oct. 15 and the final deadline is Oct. 31. There will be a new schedule this year with the open females and bulls showing Dec. 5-6 and the junior show following on Sunday, Dec. 7.
The sale will be held at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at John Ascuaga's Nugget. For complete information about the sale contact Matt Macfarlane at (530) 633-4184.
To make hotel reservations at John Ascuaga’s Nugget call (800) 648-1177 and reference reservation code GHER8 to receive the special rates for the show and sale.
For more information about the show, visit the Western Nugget Web site.
Download Open Show Entry Form (PDF)
Download Junior Show Entry Form (PDF)
Denver Hotel Headquarters
The AHA headquarters for the National Western Stock Show in Denver is the Renaissance Denver Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street. A block of rooms is reserved until Dec. 15. Call (303) 399-7500 to make your reservations. Hereford activities in Denver will be Jan. 14-17, 2009. The juniors will show Jan. 14, carloads and pens Jan. 15, the females and Mile High Night National Hereford Sale will be Jan. 16, and the bulls will show on the Hill Jan. 17.
The entry deadline and junior heifer ownership deadline is Nov. 20.
Southwestern Livestock Exposition
The national Hereford show in Fort Worth is Feb. 2, 2009. The new entry deadline for Fort Worth is Nov. 15. A block of rooms has been secured at the Hyatt Place in the historic Fort Worth Stock Yards. To make hotel reservations call (817) 626-6000 and ask for the AHA room block. The rate is $99 and the cut-off date for the block is Jan. 7.
Take Me Back to Tulsa
The 2009 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) will be July 4-11 at the Expo Square, Tulsa, Okla. Look for more information in upcoming Hereford World issues. The Doubletree Hotel Tulsa at Warren Place is the headquarters hotel. The room rate is $99. Call (800) 222-1317 and ask for AHA for the JNHE room block. The other hotel option is the Embassy Suites Hotel (918) 622-4000 or 1-800-Embassy. The room rate is $109. Please ask for reservation code JAH.