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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 6, Issue 38
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There will be no Hereford eNews next week due to the holiday. All of us at the American Hereford Association (AHA) wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.


Kentucky Hereford Breeders Collaboration Pays Off

Only in its first year, the Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale was a great success. October 27 sellers earned premiums of more than $8 per hundredweight (cwt.) for steers and $10 per cwt. for heifers. Those premiums were multiplied on 532 head sold at the Blue Grass Stockyards South in Stanford, Ky.

American Hereford Association Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines says, “The bar was recently raised for the price of Hereford feeder cattle in Kentucky, and it was all because of good marketing and responding to the marketplace.”

Plans are in progress to make the Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale an annual event.


THMP Sucess Continues

October brought abundant rain to Tennessee, as well as buyers and sellers for the annual Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program (THMP) feeder calf sale at the Tennessee Livestock Producers (TLP) facility in Columbia on Oct. 26. Sixty-six consignors sold 852 head of age-, source- and health-verified Hereford and Hereford-cross calves for $35 and $57 per head more than the reported weekly average, for steers and heifers respectively.

For a more direct comparison, says John Woolfolk, sale coordinator and AHA vice president, “We used an organized sale for weaned and vaccinated cattle that were primarily black. THMP steers outsold comparable pens in that sale in three out of five weight breaks and THMP heifers outsold their counterparts in four out of five weight breaks with THMP six-weight heifers bringing more than $6 more per hundredweight.”

The Certified Hereford Beef® (CHB) and Hereford Verified eligible calves sold from six states – West Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee.


Herefords Headin’ to Denver

Plan now to attend the Hereford activities scheduled during the 2010 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Jan. 13-16. For a complete schedule, information on the Foundation Female donated by Harrell Hereford Ranch, visit Hereford.org and the December Hereford World.

Make reservations now at the AHA headquarters hotel:

Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80207
(888) 238-6762 or (303) 399-7500

Rate: $99 • Cutoff date: Monday, Dec. 10

Ask for “American Hereford Association” block. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the Denver International Airport and the National Western Stock Show.


Consign to BuyHereford.com

Looking to market or purchase elite Hereford genetics? BuyHereford.com features regular online consignment auctions.

The second BuyHereford.com auction will be Dec. 1 and the catalog is online now. Consignments include two bulls, two cows, five heifers, four steers, one commercial steer and four embryos.

Another BuyHereford.com sale is scheduled for Dec. 29, 2009, and the consignment deadline is Dec. 9, 2009.


Bieber Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Ken Bieber of K&B Herefords, Onida, S.D., was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in Kansas City during the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. The Hall of Fame honor annually recognizes breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed.

Ken Bieber’s father, JC Bieber, started raising registered Herefords in 1945. Ken, married his wife, Bonnie, in 1959 and they joined in partnership with Ken’s father and brother, Jerry. In 1983 Jerry dispersed his herd, but Ken and Bonnie along with their sons, Brooke and Kirk, and daughter, Brenda, continued under the name K&B Herefords. In 2005 Ken and Bonnie passed the reins of the operation to their sons and moved into Gettysburg.

The Biebers have been using artificial insemination for more than 40 years and have been showing cattle at the National Western Stock Show since 1976. Through the years they’ve had numerous champions on the Hill, as well as in the pen and carload shows.

K&B Herefords was honored with the South Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association Producer of the Year Award in 1992, and with the South Dakota Hereford Association Seedstock Producer of the Year Award in 2008.


Hereford Show Awards Presented in Kansas City

Hereford exhibitors were honored for showcasing their breeding programs at national and regional shows throughout the past year. Nov. 1 during the American Royal National Hereford Show in Kansas City, awards for champion Hereford show heifer, show bull and premier exhibitor were presented to recipients in each of four U.S. regions.

The following are the winners for each of the four regions:

Southwest Region

  • Horned Show Bull of the Year – Megan Holloway, Lake Kiowa, Texas, and Rotello Cattle Co., Navasota, Texas, with CSH MH Buster 147.
  • Horned Show Heifer of the Year – Taylor Schrick, Sayre, Okla., with C Chanel ET
  • Horned Premier Exhibitor – Gary & Kathy Buchholz, Bardwell, Texas
  • Polled Show Bull of the Year – Jaye & Sue Decker, La Plata, N.M.; Cottonwood Springs Farm, Cedar, Mich.; Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas; and Don Moler, Cheyenne, Okla., with DM BR Imax 666 ET.
  • Polled Show Heifer of the Year – Kirbie Day, Waxahachie, Texas, with BR KLD Rose Marie D79 ET.
  • Polled Premier Exhibitor – Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla.

Southeast Region

  • Horned Show Bull of the Year – Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn.; Hart Hereford Farm, Jackson, Tenn.; and Stan Foster, Paragould, Ark., with Four L Odyssey 7059T.
  • Horned Show Heifer of the Year – Randa Owen, Ft. Payne, Ala., with DeLHawk Purple Treasure 0805 ET.
  • Horned Premier Exhibitor – Four L Hereford Farm
  • Polled Show Bull of the Year – Randa Owen with RRO TRM 94K Radan 7210 ET.
  • Polled Show Heifer of the Year – Randa Owen with RRO TRM 3195 Steffi 8002 ET.
  • Polled Premier Exhibitor – Randa Owen

Northwest Region

  • Horned Show Bull of the Year – Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, and Aaron Wilburn, Tulare, Calif., with C Reno 6142 ET.
  • Horned Show Heifer of the Year – Grant and Mitchell Reeve, Eagle, Idaho, with C Ms Maui Jim 7231 ET.
  • Horned Premier Exhibitor – Colyer Herefords
  • Polled Show Bull of the Year – Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.; Shamrock Cattle Co., Lohrville, Iowa; and R. Schlegel & Sons, Olney, Texas, with KSU Wildcat 656 ET.
  • Polled Show Heifer of the Year – Blake Tucker, North Platte, Neb.; Ward Ranch, McAlester, Okla.; and Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., with C Ms Absolute 7111 ET.
  • Polled Premier Exhibitor – Colyer Herefords

Northeast Region

  • Horned Show Bull of the Year – Hunter Hamilton, Heltonville, Ind., and Chad Wilson, Cloverdale, Ind., with WCC WOF Ironman U302.
  • Horned Show Heifer of the Year – Bradi Branyan, Assumption, Ill., with TBH 80P Miss Cruel 707 ET.
  • Horned Premier Exhibitor – Grace Keilty, Cedar, Mich.
  • Polled Show Bull of the Year – Oak Ledge Farm, Belmont, N.H., with KEB Harrison Hard Rock 5073U.
  • Polled Show Heifer of the Year – Oak Ledge Farm with KEB Hailey Hard Rock 5073U.
  • Polled Premier Exhibitor – Oak Ledge Farm


Maxxam Test Profile Now Includes HY

Maxxam Analytical, AHA's official DNA laboratory now has Hypotrichosis (HY) as part of its DNA profile test. The cost for the DNA test continues to be $32 per sample for up to 50 samples and then discounted to $19 per sample for more than 50. To receive the discount, the 50 samples or more must be submitted at the same time. Contact AHA for DNA test kits. Note: all tests done by Maxxam will have results listed on pedigrees.


Hereford World
Deadline is Approaching

The January Hereford World issue deadline is fast approaching! All ad materials must be to Amy Myers, advertising coordinator, by Nov. 25. Call Amy with questions at (816) 842-3757.


Hereford Junior Finds Success in Livestock Judging

National Junior Hereford Association member Cheyenne Moyer, Lincoln, Ark., was a member of the 2009 Champion National Livestock Judging team at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. She was sixth high individual overall in the contest. She is a member of the Prairie Grove FFA chapter. Her teammates are Kallie Sullivan, John Coffey, and Nick Birchfield.

Cheyenne is the daughter of Jerry and Dyanna Moyer and the granddaughter of the late J.O. and Marie Parker of PLR Farms.


AHA Launches New Tools for Online Registry

The American Hereford Association (AHA) has added new tools to the enhanced Internet accounts and online registry system. These features have been developed based on comments and responses to a survey conducted earlier this year regarding the AHA’s online registry service.

The new features focus on making the system easier to navigate and easier to understand as well as provide Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) breeders an overview of what information has been recorded on a specific year’s calf crop and what information still needs to be recorded.

To see these new features, log on to your AHA Internet account. The first screen you see will show the new “user control panel,” which makes it much easier to locate reports or files of certain types and makes it much easier to view an existing batch you may be working on or create a new batch to submit new information.

For Whole Herd TPR breeders, the “calf-crop tracker” seen in the upper portion of the control panel will provide a detailed breakdown on specific season calf crops so you can see what has been recorded at the AHA and what still needs to be updated. Detailed instructions for using these new features can be found in the lower section of the control panel. You don't have to be an online registry user to benefit from using the “calf-crop tracker.” However, online registry users will find it easy to create batches of needed information from the to-do lists in the “calf-crop tracker.”

If you have any questions regarding these new tools or the online registry in general, contact the records department at 816-842-3757 or records@hereford.org


Western States Hereford Association Fund-raiser

The Western States Hereford Association is hosting a draw down fund-raiser to help raise funds for the Western Nugget National Hereford Show, Dec. 4-5 in Reno, Nev.

A $50 (tax deductible) ticket gives participants the chance to win the $2,000 grand prize, or $3,000 in smaller cash prizes. Only 200 tickets will be sold, giving each ticket holder a 1 in 10 chance to win $50.

The drawing will take place during the Nugget Show, with the last five numbers drawn before the selection of the champion bull. Contact Bill Cox at 509-566-7050 for tickets.


Year-In-Review Video Online

The video shown at the 2009 AHA Annual Meeting is now available on the YouTube Web site. The video includes highlights of the 2009 fiscal year.


American Royal Photos For Sale

Photos from the American Royal are available to purchase at HerefordPhotoshop.com. Backdrop photos of champions and award winner photos are available.


Take Advantage of Feeder Calf Sales In Your Area

Consigning your Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves to a special Hereford sale not only provides a great outlet for buyers interested in Hereford genetics, but may also result in a premium for the seller. Contact these organizers today for the specific requirements of each sale. Many have a consignment deadline, and the earlier you commit your stock, the better advertisement your calves will get. Whether you have one head or 100, one of these sales may be the perfect marketing outlet for you.

Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale
Dec. 3, Carthage Livestock Auction, Carthage, Ill.
Jerry Huth: (920) 583-3223 or huth@wildblue.net

Missouri Hereford Association Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale
Dec. 3, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, Mo.
Matt Reynolds: (660) 676-3788
Marty Lueck: (417) 948-2669 or mvlueck@centurytel.net

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