Hereford Demand Continues to Increase;
Female Average Increases $873, Bulls $92
Despite drought and escalating costs in the beef industry, Hereford breed demand continues to increase as production sale averages increased $500 during fiscal year 2013. Hereford breeders continue to experience a dramatic increase in production sale prices and reports of private-treaty sales continue to out-pace the previous year reports.
A total of 171 Hereford production sales were reported by American Hereford Association (AHA) field representatives this fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31. Bull sales averaged $4,763, up nearly $92 and females $4,202, up almost $873 per head.
The second largest cattle breed in the U.S., Hereford reports 67,930 registrations and 35,957 transfers with 100,494 cows on inventory. The Association has 3,507 active adult members and 2,490 active junior members.
"Hereford demand continues to climb as referenced by record sale prices for bulls and females during fiscal year 2013," says Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president. "AHA experienced a near 5% increase in membership, further evidence of the popularity in the Hereford breed."
Hereford semen demand in the commercial industry is also increasing. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), domestic Hereford semen sales increased 2% compared to last year and export sales increased 31%. Since 2006 Hereford domestic semen sales has increased 90% a testament to the increasing demand for Hereford genetics in the commercial industry.
Read more about fiscal year 2013.
Churchill Lots Generate $6,775 for HRF
For the third year in a row, Dale and Nancy Venhuizen, owners of Churchill Cattle Co., graciously donated proceeds from their production sale to the Hereford Research Foundation (HRF). This year, $6,775 was generated from three lots in the “World Class Female Sale” on Friday, Sept. 20, hosted at the ranch near Manhattan, Mont.
Lot 31A was purchased by Dimitri Matargas, Iron Lake Ranch, Dallas, Texas. He bought dinner for four people at $1,200 a person. Dale and Nancy will treat them to dinner at Houston’s Steakhouse in Kansas City during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting and the American Royal. The total revenue generated from this lot was $4,800.
Additionally, Lot 31B, five straws of conventional semen from Golden Oak Outcross 18U, brought $275 a straw from Dave Bielema, Ada, Mich. The total for that lot was $1,375.
Lot 31C generated $600 for five straws of conventional semen from CL 1 Domino 144Y. Nancy Bowling, Blackwell, Okla., bought the semen for $120 a straw.
In total, $6,775 was raised, which was greatly appreciated. Dale and Nancy Venhuizen have been great supporters of the Hereford Research Foundation. To learn more about their program, visit the Churchill Cattle website.
Submit Data by Nov. 1 for Spring Analysis
Don’t forget Nov. 1 is the deadline to submit data to be included in the Spring 2013 Sire Summary. Contact Jack Ward or call 816-842-3757 with any questions or concerns.
Annual Meeting Weekend Planned
The 2013 American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 2, in Kansas City, Mo.
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. 9.
The four Board candidates are Terri Barber, Austin, Texas; Dave Bielema, Ada, Mich.; Mike Taylor, Petersburg, W.Va., and Joe Van Newkirk, Oshkosh, Neb. Candidate bios are in the October Hereford World and starting the first week of October we will feature a candidate in eNews each week.
Visit Hereford.org for a complete schedule and more information about the Annual Meeting weekend.
Grandview CMR Donate Lot X to Benefit Hereford Youth
William and Jackie Adair along with Walt and Jill McKellar of Grandview CMR, Como, Miss., have made a gracious donation of a lot in their sale with all proceeds to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).
During Grandview CMR’s “The Big One” Dispersal Sale on Friday Nov. 8, Lot X, a heifer pregnancy sired by RST Time’s A Wastin’ 0124 and out of DJB 46B Beth 1L, will sell to benefit HYFA.
The recipient cow is due to calve Feb. 25, 2014, and this will surely be an amazing heifer calf sired by the 2013 Denver Supreme Champion Hereford and out of a full sister to PW Victor Boomer P606.
All proceeds from the sale will go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) providing education, scholarship and leadership opportunities for the next generation of Hereford youth. Read more about Lot X on Page 67 of the Grandview CMR sale catalog, which can be viewed at GrandviewCMR.com.
GKB Cattle Donates Heifer to Benefit Hereford Youth
Gary and Kathy Buchholz, GKB Cattle, Waxahachie, Texas, generously donated GKB 8144 Notice Me Too B19 ET to sell as Lot 1, the foundation female, Jan. 17 during the Mile High Night Sale during the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
GKB Notice Me Too is an exceptional January 2011 daughter of BR Currency 8144 ET and sells bred to NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET.
Don’t miss this opportunity. All proceeds from the sale will go to HYFA's "Growing a Lasting Legacy" campaign. Visit the HYFA website for more information.
Just a reminder: The American Hereford Association (AHA) has approved two rule changes.
- Rule 17A: new embryo transfer policy — For embryo transfer (ET) calves born after Jan. 1, 2014, there will no longer be an ET certificate required for registration. The new requirement for registering an ET calf will be the reporting of the recovery date of the embryo at the time of registry. ET calves will be charged an additional $15 per head over and above the normal registry rate.
- Steers need registration papers — Starting in 2014 all steers showing at the Junior National Hereford Expo must be registered by the American Hereford Association and out of a registered sire and dam. No steer certificates will be accepted, only registration papers. The AHA will still offer traditional steer certificates for those state and regional shows not requiring a registration paper on steers at this time.
Fifth “Chaney Twins” Book Available for Pre-Order
The fifth book in the “The Chaney Twins' Ag Series” is available for pre-order. Titled “Our Star Goes West” and pre-ordering by Oct. 1 earns a discount.
- Pre-order: $9 per book plus $6 shipping & packaging
- Box orders for groups: $6.50 per book for minimum order. 1 box (49 books) plus shipping ($16.85 per box) (Books are usually $12 each)
The book will be released November 2013. To pre-order, contact Rebecca Chaney at 240-446-4557.
Take advantage of Hereford-influenced feeder calf sales
Consigning 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:
Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Feeder Calf Sale
Date: Oct. 17
Location: Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, Tenn.
Contact: John Woolfolk 731-225-2620 or Darrell Ailshie 931-212-8512
Montana Hereford Association Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sale
Date: Nov. 13
Location: Headwaters Livestock Auction, Three Forks, Mont.
Contact: Montana Hereford Association board of directors or visit mhafeedercalfsale.com
Kentucky Certified HerefordInfluenced Sale
Date: Dec. 4
Location: Bluegrass Stockyards South, Stanford, Ky.
Contact: John Meents 419-306-7480
Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale
Date: Jan. 2, 2014
Location: Carthage Livestock Auction, Carthage, Ill.
Contact: John Meents 419-306-7480
Show Entry Deadlines Approaching
Listed below is contact information and entry deadline for upcoming National Hereford shows:
North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, Ky.
Entry deadline: Oct. 1
Show date: Nov. 21
Western Nugget, Reno, Nev.
Entry deadline: Oct. 15 early, Oct. 30 final
Show dates: Dec. 5-7
National Western Stock Show, Denver
Entry deadline: Nov. 20
Show dates: Jan. 16-18, 2014
Southwestern Exposition National, Fort Worth
Entry deadline: Nov. 15
Show date: Feb. 3, 2014
Order your JNHE Photos, Collages at HerefordPhotoShop.com
Have you checked out HerefordPhotoShop.com? You can view backdrop, contest and candid photos from the showring and barns. This year we are offering custom-made collages that can include text, such as a quote, and photos taken by AHA staff or Heidi Anderson of Legacy Livestock.
Two collage sizes are available including 11x14 with five to seven photos and 16x20 with up to 10 photos. Collages can be ordered as a print, a digital file or both. AHA staff is working with Legacy Livestock to produce the collages.
Download the collage order form or call 785-562-6197 to place your order.
Hereford Banner, Flag Available for Purchase
Hereford breeders can order the Profitabull Hereford banner and the Hereford flag that were displayed in Denver. The 3' by 8' banner costs $125 and the 1' by 4' flag is $50.
Order now on the Boelte-Hall website. Select "Boelte-Hall Greeting Cards" and then it should take you to a page with Hereford cards. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the banner and flag options.
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.