Monday, November 13, 2017

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell in Fruitland, MO

On December 2, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Fruitland Livestock Auction, 80 bred heifers will be available for sale in the Southeast Missouri Show-Me-Select™ Replacement Heifer Sale. Seven of these heifers are Show-Me-Plus™ heifers. A Show-Me-Plus™ heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions.

The following lots contain Show-Me-Plus™ heifers.


Glen Birk Farms

1036 Co. Rd 341
Jackson, MO 63755
573-243-4874

12 Angus Heifers

  • 7 Registered Angus
  • 5 Commercial Angus
  • 4 Show-Me-Plus
Registered heifers:
  • 1 is sired by KM Broken Bow 002, AI bred to Quaker Hill Rampage 0A36, bull calf due 2/8/18. This heifer qualifies as Tier II and has been i50K tested.
  • 3 are sired by Birks O’Reilly Factor 83, AI bred to AAR Ten X 7008 SA, bull calves due 2/8/18.
  • 1 is sired by GBF Upshot 4436, AI bred to AAR Ten X 7008 SA, bull calf due 2/8/18.
  • 2 are sired by Birks O’Reilly Factor 83, natural bred to GBF Discovery 5429, due 2/27/18 to 3/4/18.
4 heifers sell as Show-Me-Plus and have genomic enhanced EPDs provided by an i50K test.

Commercial heifers:
  • 1 is sired by Birks Iron Mountain 102; 1 is sired by Birks Upward 500; 3 are sired by Birks O’Reilly Factor 83
  • All are natural bred to GBF Discovery 5429, due dates starting 2/8/18
Birth dates and sire information on the individual heifers will be available sale day.
All are bred for carcass quality with marbling genetics stacked for multiple generations. 95% of their steer mates grade CAB, Prime or choice at US Premium Beef or National Beef at 11 to 13 months of age.
Heifers that are called AI bred were pregnancy checked safe to the AI date, but are pasture ex-posed to the natural service sire.
If the buyers want registration papers for the registered heifers they should contact Glen Birk and provide information for transferring the papers.



AI SERVICE SIRES
CED
BW
WW
YW
Milk
Mrb
REA
Fat
$B
$W
Quaker Hill Rampage 0A36
Angus 16925771
+9
.86
+2.3
.96
+84
.95
+143
.90
+19
.41
+.52
.54
+1.40
.52
-.047
.54
$182
$87
AAR Ten X 7008 SA
Angus 15719841
+9
.94
+.6
.98
+64
.97
+124
.96
+23
.91
+.97
.79
+.70
.76
-.009
.79
$164
$70
NATURAL SERVICE SIRES
CED
BW
WW
YW
Milk
Mrb
REA
Fat
$B
$W
GBF Discovery 5429
Angus 18433287
+13
.35
-.1
.51
+64
.48
+119
.44
+31
.31
+.82
.38
+.80
.38
-.051
.34
$143
$70


Turner Farms
Jon and MaryAnn Turner
10511 State Hwy JJ
Belgrade, MO 63622
573-766-5361

3 Registered Angus Heifers
  • All Show-Me-Plus
  • All AI Bred
  • 2 Tier II
All three heifers are Registered Black Angus. All have been GGP-LD genomic tested. All have been AI’d then pasture exposed to Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014, a son of SAV Bismarck 5682. All three pregnancy checked AI bred.
  • One Tier II daughter of Connealy Comrade; AI bred to Deer Valley All In; due 2/6/18; fetal sexed bull calf.
  • One Tier II daughter of Plattemere Weigh Up K360; AI bred to MCR Horizon 081; due 2/20/18; fetal sexed heifer calf.
  • One daughter of SydGen Forward 1568; AI bred to Deer Valley All In; due 2/6/18; fetal sexed heifer calf.

AI SERVICE SIRES
CED
BW
WW
YW
Milk
Mrb
REA
Fat
$B
$W
Deer Valley All In
Angus 17307074
+12
.89
+.3
.96
+74
.95
+128
.93
+21
.71
+.65
.75
+.71
.72
-.032
.75
$143
$70
MCR Horizon 081
Angus 17076135
+12
.68
-.8
.84
+62
.81
+115
.69
+26
.44
+.99
.57
+.71
.54
+.002
.55
$172
$63
NATURAL SERVICE SIRES
CED
BW
WW
YW
Milk
Mrb
REA
Fat
$B
$W
Briarwood Mr Bismarck
Angus 18281356
+10
.26
+.6
.35
+63
.31
+111
.30
+26
.19
+.45
.24
+.61
.28
+.015
.24
$145
$59

Friday, November 10, 2017

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell December 8, 2017 in Farmington

The Show-Me-Select™ Replacement Heifer program will host a sale December 8, 2017 at the Farmington Livestock Auction starting at 7:00 p.m. At the sale, 3 Show-Me-Plus heifers will sell. 

A Show-Me-Plus™ heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions.


Below is information about the Show-Me-Plus™ heifers selling in Farmington, Missouri.

Turner Farms
Jon & Mary Ann Turner
10511 St. Hwy JJ
Belgrade, MO 63622
(573) 766-5361
https://turnerangus.farm/

  • All three heifers are Registered Black Angus and have been GGP-LD genomic tested.
  • All have been AI'ed and then pasture exposed to Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014, a son of S A V Bismarck 5682.
  • Two pregnancy checked AI bred; on natural service bred.
  • One Tier-2 daughter of Connealy Courage 25L; natural bred to Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014; due around 4/17/2018.
  • Two daughters of SydGen Forward 1568; AI bred to Deer Valley All In; due 2/6/2018 and 2/8/2018; fetal sexed heifer calves.

AI Service Sire
CED
WW
YW
Milk
Marb
REA
Fat
$W
$B
Deer Valley All In
11 (.89)
74 (.95)
128 (.93)
21 (.72)
.65 (.75)
.71 (.72)
-.031 (.75)
70.05
141.5
Natural Service Sire









Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014
10 (.26)
63 (.31)
112 (.30)
27 (.20)
.45 (.24)
.61 (.28)
.015 (.24)
59.47
145.6


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Food Evolution Screening at Mizzou

The movie Food Evolution will show November 8, 7 p.m., Middlebush Auditorium, University of Missouri.
Join Mizzou's Food Science Association for a screening of the fascinating and controversial documentary, Food Evolution. Amongst all this conflict and confusion around food, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves? Food Evolution, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell at Kingsville

Seven Show-Me-Plus heifers will sell at the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale on November 25, 2017 at Kingsville Livestock Auction, starting at 11:00 a.m.

A Show-Me-Plus heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions.

Below is information about the Show-Me-Plus heifers selling in Kingsville.

Balancer Heifers - Show Me Plus(7 hd)
  • Home-raised and very gentle, commercial Balancer heifers raised with low stress handling, rotational grazing and electric fenced trained.
  •  Sired by Seedstock Plus Gelbvieh bulls that are full of performance and growth, maturing into super cows for the new owner.
  •  Bred to Gelbvieh bulls full of performance, ranking in top 1% for milk, 5% for CE, TM and YG.
  •  All heifers are genomically tested and qualify as Show Me Plus.
  •  4-year “Show-Me-Select” Producer.
Consignor: Pleasantview Cattle Co.
Chuck and Tauy Scott
18320 Pleasant View Drive
Weston, MO 64098

816-640-2814

 Projected calving dates:
  • February 14 to March 31, 2018.
  • Natural-bred to Gelbvieh bull



Service Sires
Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs)
NATURAL SERVICE SIRES
CED
BW
WW
YW
Milk
CW
Mrb
RE
Fat
Young Gun (Balancer)
+21
(.34)
-5.6
(.41)
+52
(.35)
+68
(.36)
+22
(.25)
+1
(.30)
+.55
(.52)
+.10
(.26)
-.01
(.38)
Rose Hill Gigolo (Gelbvieh)
+17 (.34)
+0.5 (.40)
+84
(.34)
+115
(.35)
+48
(.27)
+38
(.29)
-.08
(.52)
+.77
(.26)
-.05
(.38)


Monday, October 30, 2017

TRC Field Day: The Most Important Trait in Beef Cattle Selection?

What is the most important trait in beef cattle selection? Watch Jared Decker's presentation from the Thompson Research Center Field Day to find out.


Friday, October 27, 2017

AHA Educational Session: Hereford Leading the Industry

Jack Ward
AHA Executive Vice President

Kevin Oschner was the consultant helping with the AHA Strategic Plan.

Oschner interviewed:
  • Hereford breeders
  • Seedstock producers from other breeds
  • Commercial cow-calf producers
  • Bull stud and reproduction professional
  • Extension service personnel
  • Auctioneer
  • Packers
They also sent a survey to all AHA membership. They had 518 participants from 43 states.

Oschner then organized the information. Webinars were then held with the board of directors.
They then had a 2 and a half day session to create the strategic plan.

They also brought in outside thought leaders, which included
  • John Lundeen, NCBA
  • Joe Pawlak, Technomics
  • John Butler, Beef Marketing Group
  • Mitch Abrahamsen, Ph.D., Recombinetics
  • Clint Schwab, Ph.D., The Maschoff's

Mitch Abrahamsen
Recombinetics

The consumer is interested in how their food is made. The consumer can use social media to reach through to the food provider (McDonalds, Subway, Walmart, etc.). The restaurant then talks to their provider, the provider then asks the genetic supplier for answers. The breeding companies then have to respond.
Today there are two broiler breeding companies in the world, each has about 50% of the market. This is because they could respond to consumer concerns.

Who are your competitors? You might think it is Brazil or other nations, but it is really chicken and aquaculture and the feed conversion they bring.


Jack Ward
Kevin Oschner summarized the work and shared it with the AHA board. The AHA board then voted unanimously to accept the plan.

The Core Strategies now include:
  • Develop and use genetic technology
  • Expand educational opportunities
  • Improve demand for Hereford genetics
  • Develop and capitalize on "Team Hereford"
  • Expand junior membership engagement
  • Grow Certified Hereford Beef

Hereford does a good job marketing cattle in the Midwest. They need to do a better job getting the marketing to the coast. But, the Association staff can't do this alone. They need the help of "Team Hereford", which represents the local, state, and national level of producer involvement.

What can we do to reach those junior members who don't make it to the Hereford junior national? Ward and his staff created the Hereford Steer Feedout to reach out to additional junior member.

How do you measure progress?
AHA is using the Hereford Demand Index (HDI).
They are going to look at the Hereford Bull/Feeder Calf Price Ratio. This is the ratio of Hereford bull prices (removing those that sell for more than $15,000) to the average feeder calf price.
The HDI also looked at Hereford Semen Sales reported by NAAB, the AHA annual registrations, and CHB pounds sold.

AHA is moving their advertising more into digital and away from print.

To participate in the AHA Reference Sire program a herd needs to have 180 head of cattle. AHA wants to collect additional feed intake data.


AHA Educational Session: Maximizing Profit

Trey Befort
AHA Director of Commercial Programs

Brent Lowderman
Carthage Livestock, Inc.

Case Gabel 

Hereford Advantage Program is a genetic merit feeder cattle program which looks at the bull batteries going into commercial programs. A commercial producer using Hereford bulls sends in the registration numbers for their bull battery. The Hereford Advantage Program then shows, compared to breed average, where these bulls sit. This is used to market the calves.

Lowderman
In 2003, John Meents approached Lowderman about having a Hereford influenced cattle. They started with 150 head, and last year they had over 800. Calves need to have two rounds of shots. Needs to be castrated and dehorned. They then break the calves into lots based on 100 pounds increments to group them into similar lots (steers between 450 and 550 pound, between 550 and 650, etc.). Heifers are broken into lots by 75 pound breaks. The Hereford sale is within 1 to 3 dollars of the Angus influenced sale that is held within the next week.

Gabel
Owns three feed yards and is a cattle buyer for thousands of other cattle.
It is so important that cattle are sold as load lots that are uniform and consistent. The more information Gabel can receive is better. Cattle in the Hereford Advantage Program come with a reputation. The cattle buyer becomes much more comfortable.
Seedstock producers can call a cattle buyer to let them know about a commercial customer’s calf crop. Gabel needs to buy 7,000 cattle a week to keep up with his sale barns.

Health Programs
Cattle need to have two rounds of shots. This is usually at branding and preconditioning. Gabel prefers modified live vaccines.
Even with co-mingling cattle through the Midwest Hereford Influence sale, Lowderman has not seen any train wrecks in terms of health. But, the cattle need to be weaned 40 days and have the two rounds of shots.

They also see some mineral deficiencies. Reporting your mineral program can be helpful as well.

Close Outs of Herefords
The genetic improvement in the Hereford cattle have probably been as big as any breed association. Hot carcass yield has been a percentage less than other breeds and crossbreds; this has been the most common concern. The dressing percentage has been an issue.

Gabel would prefer to feed an F1 crossbred steer. The performance on an F1 is going to be better than a straightbred.

We all understand condition, flesh, and maturity. We don’t put enough value on known genetics, Gabel said.

Having a breed-influenced sale helps those producers that have 15 to 20 calves. Co-mingling the cattle produces those consistent lots.

Hereford-specific sales may be a great opportunity, especially out West. “This can create some more demand,” said Gabel.

There also may be more economic incentives for EID (Electronic IDentification).

Genetics and health are the easiest things to manage. They are going to have the largest return on investment over 10 to 20 years.

How can we get that small group of calves to the Midwest Hereford Sale?
Lowderman organizes trucks to pick up cattle and producers pay for the trucking on a per head basis. Even with this added cost, they still see improved profits for these cattle.
Gabel also stated that seedstock producers could be the person to organize this trucking for their commercial customers

These are the four boxes cattle have to meet for Gabel to be interested:
  • Reputation
  • Genetics
  • Condition and Health
  • Weigh up


In Gabel's opinion, for producers, the increased gain from implanting their calves outweighs any premium they would see from not implanting.

Certain packers are still going to push back on Hereford cattle. This push back is mostly due to dressing percentage and yield. However, black baldies will bring a premium every day of the week.
The negative connotation around Herefords has dwindled over the last 5 years.

If you take Hereford influenced cattle to the sale barn, you will see a discount. However, if you have a Hereford specific sale, this discount basically goes away.


Decker's Thoughts
As has been previously shown, an AI sync protocol really improves the consistency by reducing the spread in the ages of the calves. Genetic marketing plans are going to grow as producers progressively improve their herds and seek a premium for those calves.