2010 Miniature Hereford Shows at:
Houston Livestock Show in Houston, Texas and
Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo in Austin, Texas
Congratulations to all our exhibitors for bring such an excellent group of cattle to show and for the public to see. Many were impressed with the overall quality of cattle and for the fantastic job done by all in preparing the cattle for the shows. The cattle at both shows are a credit to our breed and an excellent representation of our breed of cattle.
We thank all who helped make these shows possible. It is a team effort to plan and put on these shows. Houston and Austin were both great this year and we had record turnouts for both shows. Our shows continue to grow here in Region 6. Our membership here in Region 6 also continues to grow. It is amazing to me how many breeders we now have. In a year of economic challenge, our (MHBA) shows continue to grow, with more cattle and more breeders at our events and activities. This says a lot about the excitement surrounding our cattle and the commitment of our breeders to promote our breed.
Our Miniature Hereford Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 2010 had 145 entries from 35 exhibitors this year. Our Open show consisted of 22 exhibitors with 122 entries. Our Pre-Junior Show consisted of 13 exhibitors with 23 entries. Our Pre-Junior program consisted of youth from MHBA, MHYA, and TPLA. I had the opportunity to speak with our judge after the event and he shared the following comments with me: Congratulate all your breeders. I am very impressed. When I was asked to judge miniature Herefords, I must admit, I did not know what to think. These cattle are for real. There just arent any bad cattle here today. This is one of the toughest days Ive had judging cattle. The differences are very subtle and these cattle are very correct. There just isnt any junk here today. That is a great compliment for all of us as breeders. Breeders of all breeds are noticing our cattle and just how great they are.
Our Miniature Hereford Show at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo for 2010 had 117 entries from 34 exhibitors this year. Our Open show consisted of 23 exhibitors with 98 entries. Our Pre-Junior Show consisted of 11 exhibitors with 19 entries. Our Pre-Junior program consisted of youth from MHBA, MHYA, and TPLA. Our judge at Austin had similar comments, as our judge in Houston did. He was very impressed with our cattle, our exhibitors, and our youth.
We expect to have Junior divisions and classes added to our program for 2011 at both of these shows.
We held our second annual Miniature Hereford Auction at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo this year. We ended up with 70 lots in the sale. We had a very mixed group of cattle for buyers to look at this year. We had three (3) Market Steers from Pre-Junior exhibitors, 22 show heifer prospects, 2 prospect steers, 23 heifers and bred heifers, 2 cow/calf pairs, 13 bred cows, and five (5) bulls. The sale grossed $124,400 (This is my tally, the official sale numbers will be published separately). The sale provided a little bit for everybody. If you were looking to get into the miniature Hereford business, whether you were looking for show cattle or just pasture cattle, there was a little of it all to choose from. We had consignments from about a dozen different breeders scattered across the USA and we thank them all for helping to make this a great sale. We thank all of our buyers to helping this sale continue to grow each year. We hope to make this one of the largest miniature Hereford sales in the world.
Each year we learn things we can and should do differently to help make next years projects even better. With the support and input of the participants we will continue to improve both our shows and our sales.
Before I move onto my next topic of discussion I would like to thank everyone who helped make these shows a success. Participants, spectators, volunteers, and sponsors; without you these events cannot and would not happen. YOU are the backbone of what we do. YOUR comments and ideas are appreciated and all are considered. If you have suggestions for our shows and activities here in Region 6, please share them with me. If you can volunteer your time to help with any of our activities, please let me know. We need all the help we can get. The more help the better.
Cattle Health returning from shows and new purchases:
You just bought new cattle at a sale or out of a stall at a stock show or a breeder. You have brought them home and are ready to turn them out with your herd. They look just awesome and youre so proud of your new purchases. Now what? Are there any procedures one should consider? Here is what we do at Schulz Farm;
1. All cattle coming in, our own show cattle, new purchases, etc , are quarantined away from all our other cattle for a period of 14 to 30 days. This allows us to monitor health of our show animals to ensure we do not have any shipping fever, or that we have picked up any new bugs at the show. All cattle are treated for external parasites as they come off the trailer.
2.New purchases: These cattle are monitored for 7 days for health, after which, assuming they are healthy we vaccinate all of them. If they do not show they have been ear notch tested for BVD, we do the ear notch test for BVD PI.
A good BVD PI testing program is a good idea for any herd. An animal only has to be tested once in their life for this. Animals are born PI and they will shed the virus for as long as they live and all their offspring will be PIs also. If you buy cattle that have not been tested you should test them.
3.Bulls should be tested as if you are taking them to a bull stud. Brucellosis, Trich, etc You never know what happens in the middle of the night at a stock show when youre not there.
4.Young cycling heifers that are still too young to be bred. You may want to preg test them, 30 to 45 days after the show. You never know when a bull may have got loose during the night and serviced your young heifer. A simple preg test may save a heifers life. We do not take any chances here. We give all our young cycling heifers a shot of Lutulyse about 10 days upon return from a stock show
You may be thinking wow! What a pain this is! The pain of a few procedures such as this is much less than dealing with the pain of having a bull with trich, or a BVD PI coming into your herd. There are those who make light of BVD because it is not a regulated disease in most states. It is not regulated because it is not transmittable to humans, but it costs the livestock industry billions of dollars. The introduction of a BVD PI into your herd may result in devastating events for your herd. Even the best and most ethical breeders can end up with a problem such as this, without ever even knowing it. Even though you have a good vaccination program, you are not immune. Vaccines are NOT 100%, and BVD vaccines are probably less than 80% effective against this virus. As a breeder you can do everything right, and still end up with an infected animal. There is NO cure. BVD PIs must be disposed of.
How can one of my own animals get infected? Lets assume you have a BVD PI tested FREE bred female and you are at a stock show. Lets assume this heifer is 75 days bred. She is tied to a rail across from an animal who is BVD PI (positive) or BVD acute. They touch noses, or the infected animal coughs on your animal. Your animal is now exposed. Your unborn calf now runs the risk of being born a BVD PI. Assuming your bred heifer is healthy and vaccinated, with all probability she will be just fine. If she (your heifer) is BVD PI (negative) she cannot ever become a BVD PI, she could only become acute. This is just one way you can get your animals infected. This can happen through a fence shared with a neighboring herd at home, at the vet clinic, etc .
Please review your procedures and vaccination protocols with your veterinarian. One final note on vaccines: Make sure that you review the label thoroughly prior to administering the vaccine to your cattle. Many vaccines cannot be given to bred cows or cows that are lactating, thus you will need to find an alternative that will still provide adequate protection against the disease you are vaccinating for prevention.