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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 40
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Hereford Highlights

Hereford Feeder Calf Sales Look to Increase Demand

Hereford feeder calf sales in Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska will likely increase demand for Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder cattle this fall. These sales pool uniform load lots of cattle that are ready to feed. The following information outlines specific details and contact information for each of the upcoming sales.

Burwell Livestock Market, Burwell, Neb., will be hosting the first of several sales across the country. Burwell is having a special Hereford feeder calf sale featuring 750 Herefords on Friday, Oct. 24. For more information contact Terry Cone at the sale barn at (308) 750 1681.

The 10th Annual Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program (THMP) sale will be at 7 p.m. CDT, Monday, Oct. 27. The sale adds an exciting new feature this year with a live broadcast via the Internet. Those interested in viewing the sale should visit the Livestock Marketing Association Auctions Web site and pre-register.

“Not only will this greatly expand our opportunities to showcase our cattle to new potential buyers,” says John Woolfolk, sale coordinator, “but it will also give our consignors and other Hereford breeders across the country the chance to watch the cattle sell.” Many of the cattle selling in the sale are trucked several hundred miles to the sale and it is impractical for most breeders to be present for the sale. 

The 2008 sale will be featuring more than 1,400 head of Hereford and Hereford-cross calves that are “ready” for feeding. All of these cattle have been weaned a minimum of 45 days, have had two rounds of MLV, and have completed a pre-conditioning program. In addition, several loads will be PVP age and source certified through the Ag-Info Link program. Any questions regarding the sale should be directed to John Woolfolk (731) 225-2620 or TLP Manager Darrell Ailshie, (931) 212-8512.

There will be a Hereford-influenced feeder calf sale on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, Mo. The Missouri Hereford Association (MHA) is coordinating efforts with Joplin Regional Stockyards. For more information please contact MHA secretary, Matt Reynolds at (660) 676-3788 or Mary Lueck at (417) 948-2669. You may also call Mark Harmon at Joplin Regional Stockyards at (417) 316-0101.

The 2nd Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale will be Dec. 4 in Carthage, Ill.

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.

This sale is endorsed by the Buckeye Hereford Association, Indiana Hereford Association, Illinois Polled Hereford Association, Illinois Hereford Association, Iowa Hereford Breeders Association, Missouri Hereford Association and Wisconsin Polled Hereford Association.

For more information on this sale please contact any one of the following individuals on the sale committee:

  • Brent Lowderman, Illinois, (309) 221-9621
  • Rusty Miller, Indiana, (765) 482-4386
  • Brent Behrends, Illinois, (217)482-5046
  • Tom Heidt, Iowa, (319) 696-3002
  • Mark Stephens, Illinois, (217) 825-7913
  • Bill Dunn, Pennsylvania, (814) 724-9343
  • Steve Landt, Iowa, (641) 486-5472
  • Keith Ullman, Ohio, (745) 434-9321
  • Jerry Huth, Wisconsin, (920) 583-3223
  • John Meents, AHA, (419) 306-7480
  • Jim Williams, CHB LLC, (308)222-0170

Ridder Runs for AHA Board Position

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 John Ridder. We will be profiling each of the candidates in the coming weeks.

John Ridder is owner and manager of  Ridder Hereford Ranch and Ridder Half Circle Inc., Callaway, Neb. A fourth-generation ranch, the operation was started in 1907 by John’s grandparents in the Nebraska Sandhills.

John graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in animal science and has been managing the family ranch since 1972. Today the ranch includes pasture and dryland hay ground.

The Ridders calve 200 cows and heifers each year and market through their annual spring sale on the ranch. The sale includes 2-year-old bulls, yearling bulls from their National Western Stock Show carload and yearling heifers. They also sell private treaty, particularly heifers and cows.

The Ridder family has cross-fenced all of its ranchland, utilizing rotational grazing and central watering systems. The Ridders use technologies such as ET, pelvic measurement, ultrasound, and AI in addition to performance testing and whole-herd reporting.

John served on the board of the former Nebraska (horned) Hereford Association from 1976-84, including a term as president, and has served on the Nebraska Hereford Association board of directors since 2006. He was also chairman of the AHA State Presidents Council in 1984.

John is a member of the Sandhills Cattle Association and served on its board for two terms. He is also a member of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association and served on the group’s education committee.

John and his wife, Mary, have six children, who play an integral part in the family business.

The new leadership will be elected at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, Monday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton President Kansas City. Visit to view an annual meeting schedule.

Visit Hereford Booth at FFA Convention

More than 55,000 FFA members and guests from across the country will assemble in Indianapolis, Oct. 22-25 for the annual FFA Convention. Energetic sessions, engaging competitions, recognition of distinguished members and supporters, leadership workshops, and an outstanding career show will highlight the week’s activities. If you are planning a trip to the convention please stop by the AHA and National Junior Hereford Association booth in the trade show. The booth is number 1343 and we look forward to seeing you next week in Indy.

Pat Wilson, Owner of Crooked Lake Ranch, Passes

Pat Wilson, 83, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Oct. 14 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Pat and his wife, Patricia, owned Crooked Lake Ranch and were long-time Pro-Performance Breeders and supporters of the American Hereford Association (AHA).

Pat was looking forward to his induction into the AHA Hall of Fame at the upcoming annual meeting in Kansas City on Nov. 3. He was a past president of the Florida Cattlemen's Association, and served as an officer and director of numerous other cattle industry associations including the Florida Polled Hereford Association, 2nd Vice President of National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Florida Simmental Association. In 1973 he was named the "Commercial Producer of the Year" by the Beef Improvement Federation.

Pat had a successful career with The Latt Maxcy Corporation and he worked in every area of the business at Latt Maxcy Corporation; including holding positions as the ranch manager, citrus production manager, and executive office manager before becoming president and chairman of the board in 1972. He continued to serve as president until 2006 and chairman of the board until his death. Pat was instrumental in the success of Latt Maxcy's citrus accomplishments and was a pioneer in citrus production techniques.

Memorial services will be Friday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Frostproof. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Latt Maxcy Memorial Library, 15 N. Magnolia Avenue, Frostproof, FL 33843; Maxcy Foundation Inc. "Youth Educational Scholarships" 21299 US Hwy 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859; or Florida Cattlemen's Foundation Inc. "Youth Educational Scholarships," P.O. Box 421929, Kissimmee, FL 34742-1929.

Genetic Testing Procedure Announced

Genetic abnormalities are a common occurrence in all species of livestock. Deleterious genes, or genes that can cause harm to an animal’s development or function, can be embedded and undiscovered in a population for generations. In addition, it’s known that genes can randomly mutate or change causing an abnormal and sometimes lethal development in an animal. In the past four years, AHA has discovered and listed two such abnormalities. One is referred to as diluter (DL) and the other is idiopathic epilepsy (IE).

Modern genomic technology allows us to manage genetic problems without the archaic culling methods that have eliminated whole lines of valued genetics. AHA has been working with Jon Beever to discover the DNA markers to test Hereford cattle for these abnormalities. This discovery work is complete, and the test has been added to the parent verification platform at AHA’s official DNA lab, Maxxam Analytics. AHA is indebted to Beever and the members who have worked diligently to get this discovery work completed. With this new technology, Hereford breeders can use genetics with confidence to enhance or correct traits within their programs.

Download article explaining AHA testing and disclosure procedures

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

American Royal

The American Royal is next on the national show scene with the open and junior shows on Nov. 2. There are 275 Herefords entered in the show along with 21 heifers and six steer calves in the sale on Saturday, Nov. 1.  The Ladies of the Royal sale catalog is available on or e-mail to request a copy. 

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 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 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 final deadline for the 2008 Western Nugget Hereford Show in Reno 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.

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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

Protein Supplementation for Fall and Winter Grazing

Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University

The signs are all pointing to the change in seasons. As we approach mid-October we know fall is here and winter is rapidly approaching. If you are planning on utilizing dormant forages, particularly native forages, in your fall and winter grazing plans, now is the time to also plan for protein supplementation needs.

Dormant forages are typically low in protein and vitamin A, as well as minerals such as phosphorus. Depending on cow condition, nutrient requirements and weather, protein supplementation may be required. A vast array of products is available for use as protein supplements. Alfalfa hay, oilseed meals, grain processing coproducts such as dried distillers grains, and a myriad of commercial products can all be used for supplements. The choice depends on cost, availability, pasture accessibility and other factors.

Research data from across the country indicates that protein supplements don’t need to be fed daily. In fact, several studies indicate they can be offered as infrequently as once weekly with similar performance to supplements offered daily.

The reason this is possible is that God has graced the cow with the ability to recycle protein (actually the urea) to the rumen. This means savings of fuel and labor in situations where daily supplementation is not required. In addition, there are many commercial self-fed products (cooked molasses blocks, self-fed liquids, salt-limited supplements and others) available that can cut down on supplement delivery costs. These self-fed products are particularly useful in situations where pastures are a long distance from the ranch or farm headquarters and daily supplementation with conventional supplements is cost prohibitive. These self-fed products can be used to improve pasture utilization and draw cattle into areas where terrain or other limitations might otherwise reduce utilization.

A common question that comes up during discussions on protein supplementation is, “Can urea be included in a protein supplement?” The answer is “yes.” I typically recommend that no more than 40% of the crude protein equivalents be from urea. For example, if you buy a 30% crude protein supplement, no more than 12 crude protein units should come from urea (30% CP X 40% urea = 12 CP units from urea). While some species of ruminal bacteria can utilize urea as a sole source of protein, many require preformed amino acids and/or peptides from natural protein sources in order to thrive.

In summary, protein supplements may be needed on many of the pastures your cows graze this fall and winter. Consult your local Extension agent or nutritionist for more information to help you make an informed and cost effective protein supplementation decision.


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