Mourning Bob Call
Robert (Bob) Call passed away Aug. 11 in Cushing, Okla., at the age of 85. He and his wife, Dolores, owned and operated CBY Polled Herefords and he was a great supporter of Hereford youth. He was laid to rest yesterday in Robbins Cemetary, Coffeyville, Kan., but you may read more about him on the Stillwater NewsPress website, including where to send memorials and condolences.
BuyHereford.com Auction Raises $43,948 for Hereford Research Foundation
More than $43,000 was raised for Hereford research during the BuyHereford.com auction July 25. The 40 donated lots generated plenty of excitement from charitable bidders for the benefit of the Hereford Research Foundation (HRF).
The top seller was Lot 7, a frozen embryo package donated by Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Va. Drummond Sparks Beef, Hanceville, Ala., bought the lot for $12,400. That price purchased four embryos sired by KCF Bennett Revolution X51. A full sibling was the high seller in the Knoll Crest Farms sale this year.
The second high-selling lot was the always a popular Lot 1 – Rausch Hereford’s pheasant hunting trip in South Dakota. Jerry Deiker, Louisville, Ky., purchased the three-day pheasant hunt for five hunters for $5,500.
Another embryo package was the third high seller. Lot 5 – four frozen embryos and a guarantee for two pregnancies — brought $4,200 from Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla. Mark and Cristy Cooper, Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., donated the package, which is a mating between CL 1 Domino 144Y and CL 1 Dominette 617S.
There were 40 lots total, averaging $1,099. American Hereford Association (AHA) staff wish to thank all those who donated items and bid. View complete results at BuyHereford.com.
HPI Staff Wins Awards
During the annual Livestock Publications Council Ag Media Summit in Buffalo, N.Y., Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) staff was recognized for excellence.
Below are placings from the contest:
- Technical feature first-place: Angie Stump Denton, Genomics: Taking the Next Step
- Production management feature second-place: Sara Gugelmeyer, Hardy Herefords
- Newspaper second-place: Hereford World tabloid
- Sale catalog, second-place: Hoffman and W4 Production Sale
- Annual Report: honorable mention
AHA, CHB LLC Welcome New Staff
Trey Befort is the new Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC supply chain manager. Raised on his family’s cow-calf operation near Pratt, Kan., Trey is also a 2010 graduate of Kansas State University.
After graduation he was in the JBS-Swift Career Leadership Opportunity (training program) and then transitioned into a cattle buyer covering southeast Nebraska.
Befort started in the Kansas City office on Aug. 12. He and is his wife, Sara, live in Overland Park, Kan. Sara works for the American Royal as the rodeo communications coordinator.
Christine (Christy) Bradshaw was hired as the new education and information services coordinator for the American Hereford Association (AHA).
Ultimately, her role will be to develop educational programs to assist Hereford breeders in the understanding of online data submission and best practices for Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR®) participation.
Raised on an Angus and Charolais ranch in Idaho, Christy served as a director of the American-International Junior Charolais Association and was awarded the outstanding junior member award for that organization.
She attended Casper College in Casper, Wyo., before completing her bachelor’s of science degree at Kansas State University (K-State) in May. While in college, she was a member of the K-State Collegiate CattleWomen. She also completed beef quality assurance and beef cattle care training as well as the Masters of Beef Advocacy program.
Herefords Dominate State Fairs
For the first time ever, the supreme champion 4-H breeding heifer at the Iowa State Fair is a Hereford. MAV Cotton’s Blessing 221Z, an April 2012 daughter of BH MR Kutter 3011 ET is bred and owned by Payton Vogel, Hartley, Iowa.
CHEZ Strawberry Wine ET 204Z, the Sept. 9, 2012, daughter of CRR About Time 743 shown by Trent Ray, Abingdon, Ill., was named supreme female over all breeds in the junior show Aug. 9 and the open show Aug. 10 at the Illinois State Fair.
Wildcat OC Patience 21Z, a Feb.12, 2012, daughter of DeLHawk Kahuna 1009 ET was named supreme champion female over all breeds at the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair. She was exhibited by Brett Jones, Darlington, Wis.
HYFA Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 15
A total of $28,000 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 and Edmond F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm; and Bar One/George and Karen Sprague.
The Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded this fall at the Annual Meeting in Kansas City. Applications are due Sept. 15 and must be filled out online. Youth can find the application link at Hereford.org.
GE-EPD Results Turn Around Time
If you are wanting genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) be sure to allow for plenty of time for the lab to get the results to you. Do not wait until the last minute.
The minimum turn around time at the lab is three weeks from the time they receive the sample until you can expect updated GE-EPDs. If you have already submitted a sample on the animal for another test, then it is possible that the lab can use some of the leftover sample to run the GE-EPD test.
There aren’t any guarantees there will be enough remaining sample for a successful test so it is recommended that you submit your request at least a month or more before the results are needed.
Remember that if you are putting a catalog together for a sale you need to plan well ahead so that the GE-EPDs are available at the time the information for the catalog is needed. If you wait to submit your request for GE-EPDs until you start putting your catalog together, there is no way you will have GE-EPDs for the catalog.
AHA cannot rush the GE-EPD tests through the lab for you due to the nature of the tests and technical limitations beyond our ability. Thanks for understanding.
Fall Gold TPR Breeders Announced
The following Hereford breeders were recognized as fall 2013 Gold TPR Breeders:
- B Bar Six Polled Herefords, Potter Valley, Calif.
- Bay Brook Farm, Dabneys, Va.
- Rex Bradford, Saint Marys, Ohio
- Brielmaier Farm, Cincinatti, Ohio
- Deer Track Farm, Spotsylvania, Va.
- Gary Hedrick, Marietta, Ga.
- Frank Hug & Sons, Scranton, Kan.
- JBB/AL Herefords, Gooding, Idaho
- David or Juanita Jennings, Rogers, Ark.
- JMS Polled Herefords, Knifley, Ky.
- Kinnear Polled Herefords, Joshua, Texas
- Knoll Crest Farm, Red House, Va.
- Meadow Ridge Farms, Inc., Broadway, Va.
- Monahan Cattle Co., Hyannis, Neb.
- Nickelson Farms, Belgrade, Mo.
- NS Polled Herefords, Shaker Heights, Ohio
- Oleen Bros,, Dwight, Kan.
- P&J Polled Herefords, La Vernia, Texas
- Gino Pedretti, El Nido, Calif.
- Rolling Hills Acres, Saint Elizabeth, Mo.
- Snedden Herefords, Maricopa, Calif.
- Triple S Ranch, De Queen, Ark.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
- Pat Wilson Inc., Lake Wales, Fla.
New Heifer Mart at the National Western Stock Show
Heifer Mart is a new marketing opportunity for purebred cattle producers at the National Western Stock Show. Cattlemen can enter groups of three to five head of either heifer calves or bred yearlings. There will be a designated area in the Yards set up for the Heifer Mart where these cattle will be displayed on tie rails.
Night tie outs will also be provided. There will not be a show associated with these cattle. These females are on display with the intention of selling them by private treaty or for breeders to have an opportunity to display their breeding program as a part of their overall marketing program. For more information, contact the NWSS Livestock office at 303-299-5559.
Notice on New EPD Release, Udder Score EPDs Research Run
The new expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the spring evaluation have been released online. However, for animals that have had data turned in after the June 15 data deadline for the evaluation, there still could be slight adjustments to their EPDs due to modifications in the interim EPD calculations. We expect these adjustments to be complete within two weeks. Again, the new EPDs are current on animals with data turned in before the deadline. Also recently released was a research run for Udder Score EPDs.
NHW Deadline to Note
- Aug. 30 - NHW Woman of the Year nominations due.
Please contact Jill Bielema, 616-292-7476.
You can also visit the NHW website or email NHW.
Price Change for DNA Testing
The American Hereford Association (AHA) has worked closely with GeneSeek Inc. and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) to adopt a new pricing structure for genomic-enhanced expected progeny difference (GE-EPD), parentage and abnormality testing.
The new cost will be $85 and will be inclusive of all of testing except horned/polled (H/P), that cost will still be an additional $48.
This $15 savings will allow breeders the opportunity to do more comprehensive herd testing. The basic panel for parentage and abnormality testing is still available for $30 or $20 if you do 50 animals or more. The procedure is still the same and hair follicles from the tail are still the preferred method of DNA. You can find an instructional video for proper hair collection on the Hereford YouTube Channel.
For more about Hereford DNA testing download the DNA Testing Procedures Fact Sheet. To request DNA kits or for more information, contact Toni Shapiro at 816-842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've not had a chance to check out the Hereford educational videos take time to visit the Hereford YouTube channel or Hereford.org and see what's available.