First Montana Hereford Feeder Calf Sale a Success
Nearly 1,200 head of Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder calves sold Nov. 16 at the first Montana Hereford Association (MHA) sponsored feeder calf sale at Three Forks, Mont. The calves sold at the MHA sale brought as much as $6 per hundredweight (cwt.) per head more than the USDA average in Montana that week for that weight group.
The Hereford and Hereford-influenced steer calves exceeded the USDA compiled Montana average market report in six of seven weight breaks. Heifer calves matched or exceeded the USDA compiled Montana average market report in four of six weight breaks.
“The premise for our sale was to demonstrate that Hereford calves of good quality and in volume lots would sell equal to or even better than their black counterparts,” says Jerry Gereghty, MHA board member and sale organizer. “I think the underlying theme of our sale has been met and even exceeded.”
Buyers turned out at the Headwaters Livestock Auction barn to buy the calves, of which about 65% were age- and source-verified. All of the calves followed standard vaccination protocol and had been weaned for at least 45 days. The age- and source-verified calves earned the most premiums, of up to $25 per head.
“There was a dramatic price differential paid between those calves verified and those that were not,” Gereghty says. “Of course, those that followed our vaccination and weaning program (VAC 45) were compensated for their efforts as well.”
Verified Beef LLC, Pfizer Animal Health, Beery Land and Livestock, and Wichman Herefords hosted a dinner the night before the sale, with about 50 people in attendance. Andy Kellom, Verified Beef LLC, presented information on age and source verification, and Nick Campbell of Pfizer Animal Health spoke about feeder calf health programs.
A grant funded through the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Growth Through Agriculture program helped offset some of the costs to promote and staff the sale.
The MHA plans to make the sale an annual event, and organizers are considering hosting a second sale in Miles City.
WCC WOF Ironman U302 and STAR KKH SSF Olivia 15U ET won the grand champion Hereford titles at the 2009 North American International Livestock Exhibition (NAILE) National Hereford Show Nov. 19 in Louisville, Ky.
Grand and yearling champion bull honors went to Hunter Hamilton, Heltonville, Ind., and Chad Wilson, Cloverdale, Ind., with WCC WOF Ironman U302. The Feb. 5, 2008, bull is sired by WCC Slam Dunk R26 ET.
Reserve grand and champion spring bull calf honors went to STAR TCF Lock-N-Load 300W ET owned by TCF and Co., Petoskey, Mich.; Turkey Feather Ranch, Ada, Okla.; and Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla. He is the March 12, 2009, son of LaGrand Reload 80P ET.
In the female show, taking top honors was Star Lake Cattle Ranch, B.J. Herman & Sons, Edgerton, Ohio; and Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla., with STAR KKH SSF Olivia 15U ET. The female was first named junior yearling champion female and is a Jan. 5, 2008, daughter of Remitall Online 122L.
Reserve grand and spring yearling champion female honors went to Rylee Owen, Mason, Texas, with KLD BR Carol Neon D85 ET. She is an April 21, 2008, daughter of GH Neon 17N.
In the cow-calf show, Tyme 34L Scarlet 407S shown by Tyme Cattle Co., West Burlington, N.Y., was chosen champion. She is an April 1, 2006, daughter of KJ 52E Victor 417L and showed with a June heifer calf at side sired by KJ 2427 Mr T Line 602M.
Redden 5001 Lassie 10T was named reserve champion cow for exhibitor Ike Redden, Bloomington, Ind. The July 2, 2007, daughter of AB Giacomo 6008 5001 ET showed with a May heifer calf at side sired by NJW 1Y Wrangler 19D.
Star Lake Cattle Co. won the best six head award and was named premier exhibitor. Star Lake also showed the first place get-of-sire with a group sired by Remitall Online 122L. Purple Reign Cattle Co., Toulon, Ill., was named premier breeder.
Tyler Cates from Modoc, Ind., judged the 71-head junior show on Nov. 15. Purple Sage 20U shown by William Passwaters, Bridgeville, Del., was slapped the grand champion female. The March 12, 2008, female is sired by BR Moler ET. Taking reserve honors in the junior show was David Fosbrink, Columbus, Ind., with Redden 533P Queen W04. The March 3, 2009, female is sired by STAR Bright Future 533P ET.
To view complete results of the 2009 NAILE National Hereford Show, visit Hereford.org.
Herrala Named Golden Breeder
Royce Herrala, GENEVA, N.Y., was awarded the Golden Breeder recognition for 50 years in the Hereford business. Congratulations to the Herrala family.
Jack Orr Inducted into Hereford Hall of Fame
Jack Orr, Granby, Colo., was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2, 2009, in Kansas City during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. The Hall of Fame honor annually recognizes breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed.
Jack was raised on family ranches at Kremmling, Colo. His maternal grandfather Fred DeBerard was already a legend in the Hereford industry. Jack grew up helping with all facets of ranching and raising champion purebred and commercial Herefords. By the time Jack started high school he was in charge of the commercial herd.
When Orr Cattle Company sold in 1968 after many years of showing champion Herefords, Jack and his wife Alta purchased the Linke Ranch at Granby, Colo., and the Eagles Ranch at Kersey, Colo., and continued raising Herefords. Jack also became a successful real estate broker.
Jack’s accomplishments in the showring started when he was still managing his grandfather’s cattle in 1956 and continued through 1980 with his own cattle.
In 1970, Jack served as the youngest president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He continues to serve on the National Western Stock Show Board of Directors, a position he’s held for more than 25 years. Jack has also served as president and board member of the Colorado Hereford Association and board member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Colorado State Fair Commission.
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.
Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore., has donated a pick of its 2010 heifer calf crop as the 2010 Foundation Female that will sell as Lot 1 in the Mile High Night Sale, Jan. 15 during the National Western Stock Show. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) $5 million capital endowment campaign. For more information about the heifer, log on to Hereford.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.