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Volume 11, Issue 2

Welcome to Hereford eNews, your source of the most current news affecting Hereford breeders. We aim to focus on newsworthy events pertaining to the Hereford seedstock industry. Sponsored by the American Hereford Association (AHA). Information sent to subscribers comes from material available on Hereford.org or authored by AHA, Hereford World and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC staff.
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Herefords Are Heading to Denver

Hereford enthusiasts will be in Denver Jan. 15-18 for the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). Hereford events in Denver will kick off in the Stadium Arena on the Hill with the bull show on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 8 a.m. followed by the junior heifer show.

Friday will be the pen and carload show in the Yards starting at 8 a.m. The Mile High Night National Hereford Sale will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Stadium Arena on the Hill.

Saturday the female show on the Hill will start at 8 a.m.

Hereford breeders have entered 1,280 head — 1,015 on the Hill and 268 in the Yards — for the 2014 NWSS.

Here are a few reminders for exhibitors:

  • Hill cattle will have their papers checked Monday, Jan 13 in the suite
  • Hill cattle will have tattoos and scrotals checked Tuesday, Jan 14 on the hill
  • Yard cattle will have their papers checked Sunday, Jan 12 in the suite
  • Yard cattle will have tattoos and scrotals checked Monday, Jan. 13 in the pens
  • Double check your tattoos before leaving for Denver
  • Make sure you have ORIGINAL registration papers for check in

If you have any questions, please contact Bailey Clanton, American Hereford Association (AHA) national shows coordinator and youth activities assistant.


GKB Cattle, P&R Herefords Donate Females 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.

Watch Video of Lot 1

P&R Herefords, Leedey, Okla., has graciously donated the proceeds from the pick of its 2014 heifer calves to HYFA. The pick will sell as Lot 19 in the Mile High Night Sale.

Don’t miss these opportunities. All proceeds from the sale will go to HYFA's "Growing a Lasting Legacy" campaign. Visit the HYFA website for more information.

For more Mile High Night sale information, download the Mile High Night Catalog or view the flip format.

 

Join Hereford Enthusiasts in the Suite

NWSS attendees will again have a chance to meet with other Hereford producers in the Hereford hospitality suite in the Yards. Sponsored by Hereford breeders, the suite will again be on the first floor of the Exchange Building. It will be a great place for breeders to discuss business transactions or just visit with old friends.

The suite will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Jan. 17. A big thank you goes to the breeders who help sponsor this gathering place.

 

Hereford-Sired Replacement Average $529
More Than Angus-Sired

Real-world research utilizing Hereford bulls has led to documented real-world results in baldie female demand compared to straight-bred Angus females.

During the recent Circle A Ranch Sale Oct. 19, 29 black-baldie heifers averaged $2,960, and the top-selling lot was black-baldie heifers bred with heifer-calf-confirmed pregnancies at $3,450 each. The average price paid for the 269 straight-bred Angus heifers was $2,431. That’s a Hereford-sired advantage of $529 per head in price.

In 2007 Circle A Ranch, Iberia, Mo., began a research project with the American Hereford Association (AHA) designed to determine and measure the advantages of using Hereford genetics on commercial Angus cows.

Results from the project documented the Hereford efficiency advantage with a 7% increase in conception rate along with improved feed efficiency and average daily gain. Utilizing the Circle A data, economist Vern Pierce developed an economic model which projected that over a 10-year period, using Hereford bulls on Angus-based females would add $514 net over the life of a cow or approximately $51 per cow per year to a rancher’s bottom line.

Now, six years later, Circle A is still using Hereford genetics and having great success. Circle A’s Nick Hammett says that since the completion of the research project, the ranch has purchased four Hereford bulls that it is utilizing natural service and collecting for artificial insemination.

The Hereford bulls are mated to Angus cows, and the resulting heifers are highly sought-after. Each fall Circle A Ranch offers bred replacement heifers in its production sale, and in recent years, the Hereford-sired heifers have been topping the sale.

Hammett says the Circle A Ranch staff plans to continue using Hereford bulls: “We will keep using Hereford genetics. If they keep selling like this, it’s a win-win for us. We harvest all the steer progeny, and the F1 females sell really well.” 

 


AHA Announces Spring 2014 EPDs

AHA has released the updated EPDs for spring 2014. Producers can visit Hereford.org to look up the new EPDs and download updated Trends, Traits and Distributions reports.


Advertise with Banner Ads on Hereford.org

Statistics show Hereford.org website traffic increases in January, with new expected progeny differences (EPDs) online and the National Western Stock Show around the corner. If you have an upcoming production sale, private treaty offerings or just want to increase awareness of your farm or ranch, now is the time to purchase a banner ad on Hereford.org.

For more information, contact Caryn Vaught at 816-842-3757.


Today is deadline for January BuyHereford.com Sale

The January BuyHereford.com sale is Jan. 28. The consignment deadline is today, Friday, Jan. 10. Log on to BuyHereford.com to consign and/or bid.


Register Today for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show

Registration for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show is underway. The 116th Annual Convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4-7, 2014 and advanced registration is open until Jan. 10, 2014. Visit the NCBA website for more information and to register.


K-State's Winter Ranch Management Series Takes New Approach

A two-way verbal exchange between Kansas' cattle producers and Extension specialists is the new approach to K-State's 2014 Winter Ranch Management Seminar Series, set to kick-off in January and conclude mid-February. Read more about it and learn how to sign up at a location near you on the K-State website.


NHW Looking for Board Member

The National Hereford Women has a board position open representing the Northwest area.This is a four-year term. The northwest region includes: Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

A board member nominee must be of current paid status (as of 7-21-13). The duties of an NHW board member are centered on the promotion of our Hereford youth. Events/meetings required include the annual meetings in Kansas City; semi-annual meeting and events at the National Junior Hereford Expo and teleconferences. For more information on being a board nominee, please contact: Alise Nolan, NHW nominating committee chair, 903-797-6131 or 903-841-2726.


Reno, Annual Meeting, Royal Photos Online

Visit HerefordPhotoshop.com to view and order photos from the Western Nugget National Hereford Show, American Royal National Hereford Show, AHA Annual Meeting and Hereford Honorees Reception.


GE-EPD Results Update

If you want 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. It takes a minimum of three weeks to get results after the lab acknowledges the sample, not when it arrives at GeneSeek. Allow three weeks after the lab gets the sample into the system and the process started.


2014 AI Book Deadline is Approaching Fast

Reserve your space today! Deadline for ad materials is Jan. 24.

  • Two page spread — $2,300
  • Full page, four color — $1,150
  • Half page, four color — $725

The first photo of the bull is free, any additional photos are $20 each. Ads are placed in book according to date all ad info is received in the AHA office.


Association updates

Just a reminder: The American Hereford Association (AHA) has approved two rule changes and an increase in fees.

  • Rule 17A: new embryo transfer policy — For embryo transfer (ET) calves 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 flush. As previously, ET calves are charged an additional $10 per head over and above the normal registry rate (same cost as an ET certificate). This change is effective Nov. 1, 2013.
  • 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.
  • New registration and enrollment fees — Starting Jan. 1, 2014, registration fees will increase 50 cents per head and Total Performance Records (TPR) cow herd enrollment fees will increase by 50 cents.


Check Out Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights

Check out the Fiscal Year 2013 Highlight Video

Download the 2013 Annual Report

Download Annual Meeting PowerPoint

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Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, University of Missouri-Columbia

Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To view this information, visit the University of Missouri AgEBB website.

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