Hereford Registrations, Cow Herd Inventories, Sale Averages Increase During FY 2012
Despite back-to-back years of drought and escalating costs in the beef industry, the Hereford breed is making a mighty resurgence. Hereford registrations were up more than 8% during the 2012 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. Registered cow herd inventories are up 3% compared to the previous year — with more than 101,000 females reported this fiscal year.
Hereford breeders continue to experience a dramatic increase in production sale prices while reports of private-treaty sales continue to out-pace the previous year reports. A total of 182 Hereford production sales were reported by AHA field representatives this fiscal year. Bull sales averaged $4,671, up nearly $700 and females $3,329, up almost $300 per head.
The second largest cattle breed in the U.S., Hereford reports 70,260 registrations and 37,091 transfers with 101,021 cows on inventory. The Association has 3,455 active adult members and 2,263 active junior members. Visit Hereford.org for more fiscal year highlights.
Annual Meeting Approaches: Make Room Reservations Now
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.
The board candidates are: Craig Beran, Curtis Curry, Jonny Harris, Sam Shaw, Harold Sidwell and Jay Wright. Each week we will feature a different candidate.
Craig Beran, Claflin, Kan., is a partner in his family-owned ranch, B&D Herefords. Craig and his three brothers — Gerald Jr., Terry "Tex" and Kevin — work together to manage the family's Hereford, Angus and commercial cow herds.
The Beran family has been in the registered Hereford business since the late 1960s. With the focus of raising quality seedstock as well as supplying quality beef for consumers, the Berans calve around 800 cows a year. They host a production sale the fourth Tuesday in March each year and offer 125 to 150 bulls and 80 pairs. Craig has been a member of the Kansas Hereford Association board, serving a term as president.
His family has participated in the Hereford Feedout for a number of years as well as shown cattle at the American Royal, Kansas State Fair and the National Western Stock Show (NWSS).
Craig's daughter Bridget is active in National Junior Hereford Association activities and is serving as the Kansas Hereford Queen.
Craig has been a voting delegate at the AHA Annual Meeting for several years and has attended two Young Guns conferences
Locally, Craig has served on the Barton County Farm Bureau board, the Holy Family parish finance council for 10 years, the Claflin Recreation Commission and the Barton County FSA board, serving as chairman in 2010 and 2011.
Craig and his wife, Michelle, have two children.
NHW Seeking Southwest Area Board Member
National Hereford Women (NHW) is looking to fill an opening on the board from the Southwest area. This includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. The position will be filled within 60 days and members from that area may nominate candidates by e-mailing NationalHerefordWomen@gmail.com.
September BuyHereford.com Sale Opens Tomorrow
It's that time again! Don't miss the incredible offering in the September BuyHereford.com Sale! Bidding is open from 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 to 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, Sept. 25. This month's auction features four embryo packages. Visit BuyHereford.com to see a catalog of the complete offering with full descriptions on each lot, and to place your bid.
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).
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
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.
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!
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. 18, 2012 - Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Feeder Calf Sale, Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, Tenn., contact John Woolfolk 731-225-2620 or Darrell Ailshie 931-212-8512contact John Meents, 419-306-7480
- Oct. 19, 2012 - Kansas Hereford Feeder Calf Sale, Manhattan Commission Co.,
Manhattan, Kan., contact Gus Gustafson 785-238-7306, Tom Granzow 785-466-2247 or John Cline 785-776-4815
- Oct. 23, 2012 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, contact John Meents, 419-306-7480
- Nov. 5, 2012, and Jan. 7, 2013 - Missouri Hereford Association Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sales, Miller Co. Regional Stockyards, Eldon, Mo., contact Matt Reynolds 660-676-3788 or Marty Lueck 417-948-2669
- 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