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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 6, Issue 5
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Huth Named Wisconsin Cattleman of the Year

Jerry Huth, Oakfield, Wis., was recently awarded the Cattleman of the Year by the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association. Huth is a member of the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors and serves on the breed improvement and marketing committees.

The Wisconsin Polled Hereford Association had its 2009 annual meeting Feb. 7 with 150 people in attendance. During the business meeting the members voted to change the name of the association to the Wisconsin Hereford Association.


Confirmed Carriers Listed on AHA Web Site

Confirmed carriers of hypotrichosis, dilutor and idiopathic epilepsy (IE) are listed on the AHA Web site, Hereford.org. A list of the carriers will also be printed in the July Hereford World, or members can contact the AHA at (816) 842-3757 for a list. Members can also do a search for animals within their herds that are carriers for hypotrichosis, dilutor or IE. With this feature, members can use the combination search for types of animals (dams on inventory, sires on inventory, specific year calf-crops, etc.) and these new “select-if” statements to find carriers within their herds. For questions about this feature, contact Stacy Sanders at ssanders@hereford.org.


Siebert Honored as Hereford Herdsman Emeritus

Rex Siebert, Marion, Kan., was recognized as a Hereford Herdsman Emeritus during the 2009 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Presenting the award were past Hereford Herdsmen of the Year recipients. Congratulations Rex!


Kansas Livestock Association Launches "Project Beef"

Sue DeNise, vice president of genomics research and development for MetaMorphix Inc. (MMI), Davis, Calif., and Mark Gardiner, president of Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, Kan., will join Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Dave Nichols for the first in a series of live web programs designed to provide timely and factual information.

The first webcast in the series, "Genetic Defects — The Old, The New and The Misunderstood" will air at 8 pm, Monday, Feb. 16. Anyone with Internet access can log on to the K-State.tv Web site to view the webcast.

DeNise will address the science of defining genetic defects and the development of reliable tests. Gardiner will discuss the role and responsibility of seedstock and commercial beef producers in mitigating the impact of genetic defects in the beef cattle population. The program will include approximately one half hour of discussion. The remainder of the program will be reserved to respond to questions emailed from viewers. The webcast is free of charge.

For those unable to view the program live, a full-length video will be available on the K-State.tv Web site and the KLA Web site or contact Brett Spader at brett@kla.org. Upcoming Project Beef programming will focus on feedlot management, determining end point targets in beef production, conservation, consumer demands for protein in the future as well as other timely industry issues. The programming audience will be strategically targeted depending upon the subject matter and range from beef industry issues to issues effecting our consumers such as health, safety and nutrition.


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) 801-1317 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.

Another lodging option is the RV Park at Expo Square. Visit the RV Park Web site for camping information. The park will fill up fast, so please make your reservations today.


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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