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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 5, Issue 48
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Hereford Highlights

Happy Holidays from the AHA

The American Hereford Association (AHA) staff extends its best holiday wishes to all Hereford enthusiasts and their families. May your Christmas and New Year celebrations be joyous and 2009 be prosperous for you and the Hereford breed!

Because of the holiday, there will be no Hereford eNews the next two weeks. Please look for the next issue Jan. 8.


Spring 2009 EPDs Online 

The Spring 2009 Hereford expected progeny differences (EPDs) are now available online. Printed sire summaries will be available in early February. Contact the AHA to request a copy. For more information, contact Jack Ward at jward@hereford.org or (816) 842-3757.


National Western Hotel Update

The AHA room block at the Renaissance Denver Hotel is completely full. If you have a reservation and decide to cancel your reservation, please contact Mary Ellen Hummel at the AHA to handle your cancellation. We have a waiting list of Hereford breeders who would like a room at the Renaissance and if you cancel with the hotel or online we lose the room for those breeders. So please help us in retaining as many rooms as possible for this great Hereford event. For cancellation, call (816) 842-3757 and ask for Mary Ellen.


Come On In for Some Hereford Hospitality

During your visit to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) plan on dropping by the Hereford hospitality suite on the first floor of the Livestock Exchange Building in the Yards. The suite will be open Jan. 14-16 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and Jan. 17 from 9-11 a.m. The suite is a great place where Hereford breeders and guests may come to congregate and relax while enjoying light refreshments during their visit to the NWSS.

Some of this year’s sponsors will have promotional booths on display and the suite will be filled with unique Hereford items and AHA apparel you won’t find anywhere else in the Yards.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors. If anyone is interested in being a part of the sponsorship group, please contact Amy Cowan at AHA at (816) 842-3757.


Order Your North American, Western Nugget Photos Today

To view and purchase North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) and Western Nugget photos taken by AHA staff, visit the Hereford Photo Shop Web site. Call Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757 with questions.


Grandview CMR donates Foundation Female

Grandview CMR, Como, Miss., has donated the 2009 Foundation Female that will sell as Lot 1 in the Mile High Night Sale, Jan. 16. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) $5 million capital endowment campaign.

The heifer, Grandview CMR Super Lady 8021ET, is a Jan. 13, 2008, daughter of Remitall Super Duty 42S. Super Lady is the “cream” of the 2008 Grandview CMR calf crop. She is sired by the 2008 top-selling Hereford bull in North America — Remitall Super Duty 42S — that headlined the historic Remitall dispersal at $275,000. Super Lady combines great muscle expression with tremendous bone structure coupled with an awesome feminine profile.

For more information about the Foundation Female package, contact Jack Ward at jward@hereford.org or (816) 842-3757. Visit Herfnet.com to view the Mile High Night sale catalog.


Attention Denver and Ft. Worth Hereford Exhibitors

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.

National Western schedule

Monday, Jan. 12

  • Process Yard cattle

Tuesday, Jan. 13

  • Tag Hill cattle
  • 9 a.m. National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) board meeting, Renaissance Denver Hotel
  • 3 p.m. Queen interviews, Renaissance Denver Hotel

Wednesday, Jan. 14

  • Process hill cattle
  • 9 a.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite opens
  • 2 p.m. — Junior Hereford Show, Stadium Arena on the Hill
  • 6 p.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite closes

Thursday, Jan. 15

  • 9 a.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite opens
  • 9 a.m. — Hereford Pen of Three Female Show, Livestock Center Arena in the Yards
  • 11 a.m. — Hereford Pen and Carload Show, Livestock Center Arena in the Yards
  • 6 p.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite closes
  • 7 p.m. — Social sponsored by NOP, all are welcome, Renaissance Denver Hotel
  • 7:30 p.m. — NOP annual meeting, Renaissance Denver Hotel

Friday, Jan. 16

  • 8 a.m. — National Hereford Female Show, Stadium Arena on the Hill
  • 9 a.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite opens
  • 6 p.m. — Mile High Night National Hereford Sale, Beef Palace Auction Arena on the Hill
  • 6 p.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite closes

Saturday, Jan. 17

  • 9 a.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite opens
  • 8:30 a.m. — National Hereford Bull Show, Stadium Arena on the Hill
  • 11 a.m. — Hereford Hospitality Suite closes


Make Ft. Worth Room Reservations Today

The national Hereford show in Fort Worth is Feb. 2, 2009. 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 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.


Bucket O’ Bulls Fund-raiser to Support 2009 JNHE

The Oklahoma Hereford Association has introduced a semen package fund-raiser to support the 2009 JNHE. Five lucky ticket holders will win semen packages that include 48 total units from elite Hereford bulls — two units from each of 24 bulls.

Tickets are $50 each or buy five tickets and get the sixth one free. To purchase tickets, contact any Oklahoma Hereford Association member or you can order by calling (918) 342-0327 or send an e-mail to segebhart@hotmail.com. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Winners will be selected at the JNHE in Tulsa. For a list of the bulls included in the package and for more information, visit the Bucket O’ Bulls Web site.

 

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Market Update
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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

Dealing With Extreme Winter Weather Conditions

Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University

Winter is making its presence felt in much of the country this week. In this week’s column, I’ll give you some recommendations and advice on dealing with cold, wintery conditions.

Cattle can deal with harsh winter temperatures much easier as long as they remain dry and are sheltered from the wind. Anything you can do which minimizes exposure to freezing rain and wet snow will definitely help your cattle come through cold weather in better condition. In addition, provision of a windbreak will also help cattle conserve energy. Providing bedding in the form of straw, crop residues, or other bedding materials will also help cattle better deal with cold conditions. 

In feedlot and drylot feeding operations, removing snow from pens before it melts and causes mud will also pay dividends. Muddy conditions will result in poor cattle performance, poor feed conversion efficiency, and increased disease incidence, especially in young calves. 

Cold conditions result in increased in maintenance energy requirements and as a result, you should focus your attention on providing more energy in the diet during periods of extremely cold weather. This can be in the form of higher quality roughage, supplemental byproducts or cereal grains. 

Extreme cold conditions can also cause frostbite. Especially sensitive areas include the teats of lactating cows and the scrotum and testicles in bulls. In cows, the first sign you might notice is cows who refuse to allow their calf to nurse due to frost-damaged teats.  For bulls, frostbite damage of the testicles will result in problems with sperm production 45 to 60 days following the frostbite injury. Be sure to have a breeding soundness exam prior to the breeding season to ensure a successful breeding season. 

I hope these tips will help you endure this extremely challenging winter many of you are facing.  For more detailed information regarding these topics, visit the NDSU Farm and Ranch Disaster Information Web site.


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