Take Care When Collecting DNA
GeneSeek Inc., Lincoln, Neb., is the new American Hereford Association (AHA) DNA lab (learn more). The switch has not been without its challenges and one of those is that the new technology, SNP based, requires a lot more DNA than the previous technology. In other words, we have had several requests that have not fully been reported because the lab will not have enough DNA for each of the tests. Assays are different for the abnormalities, parent verification, horned/polled and 50k GE-EPD.
The bottom line is the lab needs a minimum of 80 hairs with the follicles and the best place to pull is right above the switch on the tail. This technology is also very sensitive to contamination due to pour-ons and other insecticides, so please keep that in mind. If you have any questions, contact Jack Ward at 816-842-3757.
DNA testing fees and options:
- AHA basic panel: The panel tests for parentage, tenderness (calpain) and genetic abnormalities — hypotrichosis (HY) and idiopathic epilepsy (IE) and dilutor — $30 per sample/$20 bulk rate of 50 or more.
- GE-EPD panel: Results will be blended with EPDs — $85 per sample.
- GE-EPD panel plus basic — $100 per sample.
- Horned/polled test (stand-alone test): This test identifies homozygous or heterozygous polled genotypes. It does not identify the scur genes — $48 per sample.
- Legacy animal retest: this test is for animals that have previously been tested utilizing microssatellite technology and now need to be retested using SNP — $15 per sample.
More details on DNA testing and the new lab can be found at Hereford.org (PDF).
HYFA Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 15
More than $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) to assist in financing their college educations. These scholarships are made possible by the late Bill and Jo Ellard, EE Ranches Inc.; Bob and Dolores Call, CBY Polled Herefords; Lloyd Whitehead, Whitehead Ranches; Bob Kube, Fauquier Farms; the Vanier family of CK Ranch; the Blin family; and Randy and Kelly Owen; Edmond F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm; Ken and Carolyn Larson; and George and Karen Sprague of Bar One Ranch.
The Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded this fall at the Annual Meeting on Nov. 3 in Kansas City. Applications are due Sept. 15 and may be filled out at Hereford.org.
Mark Your Calendars for Mid-Atlantic Junior Round-Up Show
Hereford youth are invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Junior Round-Up Show, Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Va. The show is held in conjunction with the Fall Bonanza Sale. For more information about the show, contact Jerry Funkhouser at 540-333-1020 or Bob Schaffer at 540-582-9234.
Churchill Donates Bred Heifer to Hereford Research Foundation
For the second year in a row, Churchill Cattle Co., is graciously donating proceeds to the Hereford Research Foundation from the sale of an outstanding bred heifer during its fall sale.
This year, the “World Class Female Sale” will take place Sept. 14 at the ranch near Manhattan, Mont. Dale and Nancy Venhuizen have generously donated a top-quality heifer by Golden Oak Outcross 18U that is bred to the popular HH Perfect Timing and due to calve in early January.
For more on the lot, visit HerefordMarketplace.com and browse the Churchill catalog.
Annual Meeting approaches
The 2012 American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 3. The weekend schedule will follow the same format as 2011 with an educational forum on Friday, Annual Meeting and sale on Saturday, and the American Royal National Hereford Show on Sunday.
The AHA headquarters hotel will be the Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa. To make reservations, call 1-800-270-7711. Ask for the AHA $99 rate. Cutoff for reservations is Oct. 16.
Restaurants at the Argosy will feature Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) during the annual meeting weekend. Be sure to enjoy a delicious CHB steak while you are in the Kansas City area.
Show Entry Deadlines Approaching
Listed below is contact information and entry deadline for the six National Hereford shows:
Keystone International Livestock Exposition, Harrisburg, Pa.
Entry deadline: Aug. 3
Show date: Oct. 5
American Royal, Kansas City
Entry deadline: Sept. 10
Show date: Nov. 4
North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville
Entry deadline: Oct. 1
Show date: Nov. 15
Western Nugget, Reno
Entry deadline: Oct. 30
Show dates: Dec. 7-8
National Western Stock Show, Denver
Entry deadline: Nov. 21
Show dates: Jan. 17-19, 2013
Southwestern Exposition National, Fort Worth
Entry deadline: Nov. 15
Show date: Feb. 4, 2013
Hereford Genomic-Enhanced EPDs Available
The American Hereford Association (AHA) is the first beef breed to develop and market its own genomic predictions.
The AHA approach is the first of its kind to work with the scientific community and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) to build its own training and validation population. This approach is important because AHA now has access to all of the genotypes, phenotypes and pedigrees, which will allow the Association and its members to continue to train and build the Hereford-specific panel.
Today more than 1,200 high-accuracy Hereford sires have been 50k genotyped and eight sires whole-genome sequenced. This population has been used to train and validate the Hereford-specific panel. Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University Lush Chair in animal breeding and genetics and NBCEC executive director, has led the research and development.
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Consign Now for Reno
The Western Nugget National Hereford Show and Sale will be Dec. 5-8 in Reno, Nev. Consignments are now being accepted. M3 Cattle Marketing is managing the sale. Download Entry Form (PDF).
Watch Hereford Educational Videos on YouTube
American Hereford Association (AHA) has released two more educational videos. The seven videos are available on the Hereford YouTube channel and at Hereford.org. The newest editions include information about BuyHereford.com and about the Certified Hereford Beef Program. If you haven’t already, check them out today!
2012 South Dakota Hereford Association Tour Postponed
The 2012 South Dakota Hereford Association Tour slated for Sept. 21-22, 2012 has been postponed until 2013. Due to drought conditions this year the decision has been made to postpone the tour for one year. Feel free to call Phil Eggers at 605-351-5438 with any questions.
Check Out CHB on Pinterest
You can now find Certified Hereford Beef on Pinterest! Visit the Pinterest website for pins of recipes, beef and the farming and ranching life. Follow Certified Hereford Beef, and let’s have fun pinning together!
And, if you’re not already a fan of Certified Hereford Beef on Facebook, “like” the page today at CHB Facebook page.
Consign Now to Hereford Feeder Calf Sales
Looking to market Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder calves this fall or winter? Consign now to one of the following special Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder calf sales.
- Oct. 23, 2012 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, contact John Meents, 419-306-7480
- Nov. 14, 2012 - Montana Hereford Assn. Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Headwaters Livestock, Three Forks, contact: Montana Hereford Association Board of Directors
- Jan. 3, 2013 - Greater Midwest Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf, Carthage, Ill., contact: John Meents 419-306-7480 or Brent Lowderman 309-221-9621