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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 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.
Hereford semen demand in the commercial industry is also increasing. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), Hereford semen sales increased 23% over last year. Since 2006 Hereford domestic semen sales has increased 86% a testament to the increasing demand for Hereford genetics in the commercial industry.
Helping with this progress in the commercial industry has been the AHA’s Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program. Now 11 years old, the program has helped the AHA and Hereford breeders build a database that documents the breed’s strengths. More and more Hereford breeders continue to go above status quo and submit ultrasound data, body condition scores, udder scores and cow weights, which all add to the integrity and accuracy of the AHA database.
“Because the AHA Board of Directors placed a resource emphasis on breed improvement and industry research, the Hereford breed now has the single largest database for cow fertility and productivity in the world, and we have documented the inherent economic traits in the breed that can deliver efficiency to the industry at a time when the industry needs it most,” says Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president. “More importantly, congratulations to our AHA membership for adopting technology and making the strides in genetic improvement that have positioned Hereford has a breed of choice for commercial producers looking to add heterosis to their Angus-based cow herds.
“Today, the Hereford breed is poised to provide as much value to the commercial industry as any other breed with its combination advantages of fertility, feed efficiency, good disposition and an end product that will complement a vast array of quality beef programs across the country.”
This fiscal year AHA also released genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). The AHA genomic 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.
Also noted at the fiscal year’s end are top registrations by state and by breeder. Texas topped the list of registrations per state at 7,156 with Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and Oklahoma rounding out the top five.
The top five breeders by registration numbers were Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D., 840; Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., 646; Alexander Mih, M-M Ranch Polled Herefords, Chanute, Kan., 543; Topp Herefords, Grace City, N.D., 492; and Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D., 431.
Exercise Proper Management When Grazing Corn Fodder
Many producers have turned to letting cattle graze corn fodder as a cost-effective feedstuff amid record-setting drought. But a Purdue Extension animal scientist says there are certain precautions to take to keep animals healthy.
When hungry cattle are turned out on corn stalks with no prior rumen adaptation to starch, they can suffer acute acidosis - a sudden drop in rumen pH caused by rapid grain overload that can lead to illness or death.
"In the more seriously stressed, lower-yielding fields, some producers are reporting ear drop resulting from stalk quality issues and 'nubbin' ears that are slipping through the stripper plates of the combine head," Ron Lemenager said. "Collectively, this ear drop can create acute acidosis when grazing corn stalks if not managed correctly."
Remember the Atkins Diet that helped sell so much beef back in the early 2000s? It turns out Atkins-style high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets could provide benefits beyond weight loss, by helping prevent the onset of cognitive impairment in older people.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic conducted the study examining relationships between diet and cognitive impairment, with funding from the National Institute on Aging, and published their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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John Maday, Managing Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork | Updated: October 17, 2012
Voters across Middle America who consider agricultural policy and rural issues high priorities have been largely invisible in this year’s presidential campaigns, says Dr. David Flynn, chairman of the economics department at the University of North Dakota.
We’re hearing far too little about issues affecting agriculture and rural economies, Flynn said during an interview withAgriTalk Radio’s Mike Adams on Tuesday. These issues are of critical importance to the entire country, he says, but are overlooked as both campaigns focus on regions and demographics where they believe the most votes are up for grabs.
The candidates, he says, have an opportunity to make ag issues relevant to all voters by, for example, discussing them in the context of energy policy. Both campaigns discuss the energy sector as a job creator, but do not mention the role of agriculture in energy policy.
Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension | Updated: October 15, 2012
Many Oklahoma cow calf producers will use wheat pasture as a major source of winter feed for beef cows. If wheat pasture is the predominant feed in the diet of mature beef cows, providing an appropriate “wheat pasture” mineral mix will be helpful in preventing grass tetany at, or after the calving season begins.
Grass tetany, caused by magnesium deficiency does not seem to be a major problem in Oklahoma although occasional cases are reported. It typically occurs in beef cows during early lactation and is more prevalent in older cows. The reason is thought to be that older cows are less able to mobilize magnesium reserves from the bones than are younger cows. Grass tetany most frequently occurs when cattle are grazing lush immature grasses or small grains pastures and tends to be more prevalent during periods of cloudy weather. Symptoms include incoordination, salivation, excitability (aggressive behavior towards humans) and, in final stages, tetany, convulsions and death.
Michigan State University Extension | Updated: October 15, 2012
The worst portion of the 2012 drought in the Midwest occurred with the summer heat in June and July, but the hope for recovery never came to most pastures in late summer and fall. Some regions received substantial rains for a few weeks in August but even those areas have turned dry again. Pasture growth never flourished for most of the growing season. Now with the frost and snow season knocking on the door the hope of additional pasture growth is rapidly vanishing across the Midwest.
Management decisions made by grazing farms in 2012 may not have been according to textbook recommendations. Many farms remained optimistic or indecisive for too long, over grazing pastures and hurting the plants growth potential for next year. When you are between a rock – no pasture growth left, and a hard place – feed prices at unprecedented levels, the decisions are not easily made. Given all of this there are still decisions that can be made yet this fall and next year to reduce the impact of this year’s drought on the livestock grazing farms.
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SNAP/Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
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meals and food stamps ever.
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Saint Joseph, MO — BioZyme Inc, maker of VitaFerm and Sure Champ®, has named Jamie Baumgardner, Robin Kleine and Kelsey Steketee interns for summer 2012. These young ladies will be acting in sales and public relations roles; promoting Sure Champ® at six junior nationals across the country.
Baumgardner, Enid, Okla., will be serving as the sales intern. She will be a junior at Oklahoma State University in the fall, where she is studying agricultural business and agricultural communications. Growing up, she showed hogs and participated in public speaking events through 4-H and FFA. Also at OSU, Baumgardner is actively involved within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) where she serves as a CASNR Ambassador and on student council.
"Sure Champ® has proven to be a remarkably successful product that allows animals to reach their full potential,” said Baumgardner, “I can't wait to be a part of this continually growing business."
A senior at Kansas State University, Kleine, is double majoring in agricultural communications and journalism as well as animal sciences and industry. Originally from Lowell, Ind., Kleine grew up showing cattle with her family and participating on various judging teams. She will be serving Sure Champ® as the public relations and sales intern. At K-State, Kleine is involved with the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and is the assistant coach of the KSU dairy cattle judging team, among other activities.
“Livestock has always been important to me and my family, and I am excited to learn more about the sales side of the industry,” said Kleine, “Plus, I’m honored to promote a product we proudly use in our show barn.”
Also joining the Sure Champ® team for a month long sales internship is Kelsey Steketee, from Caledonia, Mich., where she grew up on her family’s purebred Hereford operation. She began exhibiting cattle at age seven, and also showed hogs and sheep. Steketee is a junior at Michigan State University, where she is majoring in animal science with a concentration in animal industries.
“I’m excited to work with research proven products such as VitaFerm and Sure Champ®, as these high quality products sparked my interest in a livestock nutrition career after graduation,” said Steketee, “I’m also looking forward to meeting and helping current BioZyme Inc customers and staff.”
BioZyme Inc serves the agriculture industry as an innovator in the fields of animal nutrition
and microbiology. In the business for more than 50 years, the company offers a complete
line of high density, highly available vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for animals. With headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., the company reaches a global market with customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, South America Europe and the Middle East.
Feedyards couldn’t capitalize on the surging boxed beef market last week as sales in the south struggled to match the previous week’s price. Southern feedyards shipped cattle at $121 to mostly $122 per hundredweight, while northern feeders traded at $123 to $124 live and $198 to $200 per hundredweight dressed.