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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 41
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Hereford Highlights

Goin’ to Kansas City

Next week Hereford breeders will arrive in Kansas City to take part in all the events surrounding the American Royal and American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. The following is a detailed schedule of events. We welcome the membership to Kansas City and look forward to seeing you all.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

8 a.m. All cattle must be in stalls
American Royal

Wednesday, Oct. 29

10 a.m. Cattle processing
American Royal

Saturday, Nov. 1

8 a.m. State presidents’ meeting/breeders' forum
Hilton President Kansas City
9 a.m. American Hereford Women annual meeting
Hilton President Kansas City
10 a.m. Delegate orientation
Hilton President Kansas City
2 p.m. Preview Ladies of the Royal sale offering
American Royal complex
4 p.m. Ladies of the Royal sale
American Royal complex
6:30 p.m. Open house
AHA headquarters

Sunday, Nov. 2

8 a.m. American Royal National Hereford Show
(junior show immediately followed by open show)
American Royal Complex

Monday, Nov. 3

9 a.m. AHA Annual Membership Meeting
Hilton President Kansas City

Wright 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 Jay Wright.

Texas Hereford breeder Jay Wright is general manager and partner of W4 Ranch, Morgan, Texas. W4 Ranch was established in 1961 and currently includes 12,000 acres and supports 1,000 registered cows.

Since 1999 W4 has marketed 160-200 registered Hereford bulls and 200 Hereford females each year plus 150-200 commercial females yearly. The ranch hosts an annual production sale each fall.

Prior to joining the W4 Ranch team in 1999, Jay managed several seedstock and commercial ranches including Double Creek Farms, Deep Down Ranch, Riley Brangus, Hidden Valley Ranch and Hondo Creek Ranch.

Jay has been a member of Texas Hereford Association (THA) for nine years. He has served as a THA director for six years and as a member of the executive committee as vice president for five years. Jay has been a voting delegate at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting for three years. He is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and he has been a 4-H beef leader for 20 years.

W4 has hosted the THA state sale for three years and the Texas Junior Hereford Association show for four years. W4, through the years, has hosted college judging teams from Tarleton State University, Clarendon College, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

Jay and his wife, Diana, have two sons and one granddaughter.

The new leadership will be elected at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, Monday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton President Kansas City.

Ridgeview Steer Proceeds Donated to HYFA in Memory of Katherine Brown

Katherine Brown, age 18, of Conklin, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Sept. 29. She was a sophomore at Michigan State University and was the reigning Michgan Polled Hereford Queen. The proceeds from the top-selling Hereford steer at Ridgeview Farm's recent sale were donated to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) in Katherine's name. The steer brought $1,900 on bids from Tom Powers, Alto, Mich., and Miller Creek Farm, Hopkins, Mich. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Katherine's family and friends.

From the Auction Block…

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

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 (PDF)

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.

Hereford Exhibitors, Please Take Note

American Royal

Next week Hereford cattle and enthusiasts will be in Kansas City for the American Royal. All cattle must arrive by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. We will plan to process entries on Wednesday.

The open and junior shows are Sunday, Nov. 2 starting at 8 a.m. 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.

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. The Western Nugget National Hereford Horned and Polled Sale catalog is available on

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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