The AHA breed improvement committee is currently working on strategies that will continue to improve the Hereford breed to make it even more invaluable to the commercial cow-calf producer. Below is a list of strategies that were mentioned at the most recent AHA membership meeting in Kansas City last October:
• Establish an expected progeny
difference (EPD) for heifer calving rate that will begin to identify those sires whose daughters breed quickly and calve out a higher percentage of the time on their first try.
• Establish an EPD for cow longevity that will begin to identify those sires whose daughters last longer
in the herd with a timely rebreed each year.
• Work with genetic companies or
universities to conduct research in the area of feed efficiency in an effort to identify genetic tools that might find genetic differences in feed conversion within the Hereford breed.
The AHA has directed its focus on those objectives that have the most impact on the cow-calf operator’s bottom line. These traits are lowly heritable and hard to measure; however, making slight improvements will benefit you, the producer, even more when you use Hereford genetics in your crossbreeding plans. HW
Member service committee formed American Hereford Association (AHA) President Bob Harrell formed a new committee during the AHA Board meeting last fall. Paul “Butch” Funk was named chairman of the committee that will have a very diverse responsibility for the organization. A few of those responsibilities will be:
• Review and continually evaluate improvements in the Association’s online registry
• Review and develop strategies with private company software providers that might
system. make good partners in managing on-farm data and assisting with the transfer of data to and from the Association and breeders.
• Find ways to reduce costly postage and move more breeders to electronic information and storage.
• Maintain and monitor acceptable turn-around time and accuracy of record keeping. • Address other service issues that affect the membership. For comments or ideas, contact AHA Director Butch Funk at 254-289-7657. HW
Baumgarten 7th Annual Cattle Production Sale Tuesday Feb. 5, 2010 — 1 p.m. (MST) At the Ranch, Belfield, N.D. BCC Comet 975W Sire: 710
BW 3.0; WW 44; YW 85; MM 12; M&G 34 Birth wt. 88 lb.; 205-day wt. 670 lb.
BCC Double Take 997W ET
BW 1.6; WW 41; YW 64; MM 24; M&G 44 Birth wt. 90 lb.; 205-day wt. 642 lb.
BCC L1 Domino 935W
BCC L1 Domino 968W
BW 3.5; WW 52; YW 84; MM 28; M&G 54 Birth wt. 89 lb.; 205-day wt. 817 lb.
BW 1.9; WW 39; YW 65; MM 20; M&G 40 Birth wt. 83 lb.; 205-day wt. 780 lb.
Sire: Domino 05503
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Check our Pen of Bulls and Heifers in the Yards at Denver • Pick of our heifer pen in the yards
Featuring Sires: CL 1 Domino 4162P • BCC L1 Hogan 710 BCC Mario 646 • Churchill Yankee KB L1 Domino 655 • CL 1 Domino 7114T C Cowboy 7039 www.hereford.org
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Baumgarten Cattle Co. Rollie, Tama, April and Jake 4260 127th Ave. SW • Belfield, ND 58622 701-575-8292 or 701-290-3469 www.baumgartencattle.com January 2010 / Hereford World 7
Focus on management.