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Another Great Year at The Best In The West Oregon State Fair
By: Region 8 Roving Reporter
Celebrating its eleventh consecutive show, the Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show is truly The Best In The West. With over 50 head of Minis registered for the OSF, the 2010 show proved to be a tremendous success. The show coordinators and participants expressed their immense appreciation for those breeders who continue to support the OSF as well as the newcomers from Oregon, California, Montana, and Colorado.
Exhibitors moved their cattle into the 150-acre Oregon State Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon, and conducted weights and measures on Tuesday. Breeders were greeted each morning with the aroma of fresh donuts, orange juice, and Starbucks coffeesponsored by DuVal Farms, PJ Ranch, and Sweet Sippin Acres. Wednesdays show began at 3:00 pm, where first in class winners received 50-pound bags of grain along with a blue water bucket; division champions and reserves were awarded leather show halters fitted with engraved nameplates; specialty classes (Cow/Calf, Pairs, Best 4 Head, etc.) received award platters or trophies. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand females and bulls were presented with belt buckles sponsored by Dr. Brian Dietrich, DVM, owner of Abiqua Animal Clinic, Bob and Peggy Potter of PJ Ranch, and Jerry and Cynthia DuVal of DuVal Farms.
Directly following the Open Miniature Hereford Show, the third annual Jr. Showmanship competition occurred; this year fifteen contestants ranging from ages 2 to 17 vied for four division champion belt buckles (Peewee, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior). Each participant received a trophy and goodie bag filled with livestock shampoo, show cattle probiotics, and more. Winners of the belt buckles are: Peewee Division (Sponsored by James Allen Farms, Markum, OR) Abby Eldridge, Redmond, OR; Junior Division (Sponsored by Potter’s Auto Specialties, Silverton, OR) Emma Eldridge, Redmond, OR; Intermediate Division (Sponsored by Sweet Sippin Acres, Whitmore, CA) Kylee Williams, Sequim, WA; Senior Division (Sponsored by Sweet Sippin Acres, Whitmore, CA) Kelsey Potter, Silverton, OR.
As a special remembrance for John Johnson, owner of Straitside Ranch, Betty Johnson sponsored the creation of the Oregon State Fair Overall Grand Champion Junior Showman traveling plaque, which will be awarded annually to the overall champion Junior Showman. The first award recipient is Kelsey Potter, from Silverton, Oregon, who purchased her first Miniature Herefords in 2009 with her family, owners of Silver Peaks Farm.
To round out Show Day, exhibitors were invited to a special dinner at McGraths Fishhouse to celebrate a terrific show for all. The End Of The Trail Luncheon took place Thursday at High noon, prior to cattle move-out and was sponsored by DuVal Farms. This was a time for breeders to share stories, laugh at jokes, and say farewell. Additionally, raffle drawing results were announced during the luncheon for over a dozen donated baskets, proceeds of which contribute to the Junior Showmanship competition. Overall, the 2010 Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show was a terrific, family-fun experience that continues to be Best In The West.
Class 1: Prospect Steers
1. ABJ Cattle Co. with ABJ Lil Manchild
Class 2: Market Steers
1. Ralee Bain with KAP Volomg Barto; 2. Benjamin James with Zero; 3. Audrey Ratliff with WW Golden Eclipse; 4. Kirstie Kasch with WW Evening Rockstar
Class 3: Winter Heifer Calves
1. Andrew Aguirre with SF Miss Mary Sue; 2. Greg Schulz with SF Miss Max Lilly; 3. LK Robinson Farms with SF Miss Mary Lou
Fall Heifer Calf Champion SF Miss Mary Sue
Reserve Fall Heifer Calf Champion SF Miss Max Lilly
Class 5: Late Summer Yearling Females
1. Aubree Blissard withLS Sir Tristan’s Lady 973L; 2. Aubree Blissard with LS Sir Tristan’s Lady 9775; 3. Cheraye Aguirre with DLT SF Aubry; 4. Ethan Smith with SF Miss Princess Laci; 5. Aubree Blissard with LS Miss Sierra Oak 9V64; 6. ABJ Cattle Co with ABJ Tara
Class 6: Early Summer Yearling Females
1. Leah Stroud with WW Golden June
Intermediate Champion Female LS Sir Tristans Lady 973L
Reserve Intermediate Champion Female WW Golden June
Class 7: Spring Yearling Females
1. Ethan Smith with KAP Lil Kid Jaslin; 2. Weston Robinson with KAP Lil Quip Isha; 3. Cameron Wall with SF Miss Willy Girl; 4. Alea Smith with 05’s Miss Jessica; 5. ABJ Cattle Co with SS Miss Shimmer; 6. ABJ Cattle Co with ABJ Bonita
Class 8: Junior Yearling Females
1. Ethan Smith with SS Miss Bree; 2. Katelin Wall with SF Miss Chey Girl; 3. Weston Robinson with SS Miss Jill
Champion Yearling Heifer SS Miss Bree
Reserve Champion Yearling Heifer KAP Lil Kid Jaslin
GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE SS Miss Bree
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE LS Sir Tristans Lady 973L
Class 10: Cow/Calf
1. LK Robinson Farms with KA Teddy’s Edna; 2. Double W Ranch with MLU Molly; 3. Greg Schulz with SS Miss Mercedes
Class 11: Spring Bull Calves
1. LK Robinson Farms with LK Spencer; 2. Double W Ranch with WW Tom Thumb; 3. Greg Schulz with SF Mr. Maximillian Lex
Junior Bull Calf Champion LK Spencer
Reserve Junior Bull Calf Champion WW Tom Thumb
Class 16: Spring Yearling Bulls
1. ABJ Cattle Co with SS Sir George
Yearling Bull Champion SS Sir George
Class 19: 2-Year-Old Bulls
1. Double W Ranch with WW Sam’s Gold E
Senior Champion Bull WW Sams Gold E
GRAND CHAMPION BULL SS Sir George
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL LK Spencer
Class 20: Premier Exhibitor
1. KL Robinson Farms; 2. Schulz Farm
Pre-Junior (ages 3-7)
Won by: Raylee Bain
Particpants: Aubree Blissard, Benjamin James, Audrey Ratliff, Madeline Smith, Fallon Velasquez
Junior (ages 8-12)
Won by: Myka Blissard
Participants: Andrew Aguirre, Alea Smith
Senior (ages 13-18)
Won by: Leah Stroud
Participants: Cheraye Aguirre, Ethan Smith, Kirstie Kasch, Weston Robinson, Lawrence Velasquez, Cameron Wall
2010 Oregon State Fair
“The Best In The West” Miniature Hereford Show
Class 1. Spring Heifer Calves- calved after 3/1/10
1.DF Violet’s Hope–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR
Class 2. Jr. Heifer Calves- 1/1-2/28/10
1. RR Miss Samantha Silver–Riverslide Ranch, Stevenson, MT; 2. SSR Nita 02–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA
Jr. Heifer Calf Champion
RR Miss Samantha Silver
Jr. Heifer Calf Reserve Champion
DF Violet’s Hope
Class 3. Winter Heifer Calves-11/1-12/31/09
1. DF Silver Belle–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR; 2. DF Sullivan’s Pearl–Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR; 3. SPF Queen Susan–Silver Peaks Farm, Silverton, OR; 4. SPF Stars First Noel– Kelsey Potter, Silverton, OR
Class 4. Sr. Heifer Calves- 9/1-10/31/09
1. DF Sapphire–DuVal Farms/Megan Veach, Silverton, OR; 2. St. Paulie Girl– Sweet Sippin Acres, Whitmore, CA; 3. SSR Candance 968–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA
Fall Heifer Calf Champion
DF Silver Belle– DuVal Farms, Silverton,OR
Fall Heifer Calf Reserve Champion
DF Sullivan’s Pearl– Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR
Class 5. Late Summer Yearling Heifer- 7/1-8/31/09
1. DF Aurora Borealis–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR; 2. Diamond S Willamina– Diamond S Herefords, Kennewick, WA
Class 6. Early Summer Yearling Heifer- 5/1-6/31/09
1. o5’s Mo Eva–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA; 2. DF Serenade–Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR; 3. DF Princess Mia–DuVal Farms/, Silverton, OR; 4. PJR Little Ariana–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA; 5. SSR Tulip 963–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA; 6. SSR Micky 965–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA
Intermediate Heifer Champion
DF Aurora Borealis–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR
Intermediate Heifer Reserve Champion
o5’s Mo Eva–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA
Class 7. Spring Yearling Heifer- 3/1-4/30/09
1. DF Coral’s BJ–Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR; 2. DF Abby Rose–Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR; 3. Cinder–Margaret Aldridge, Bayfield , CO; 4. RR Miss Lala Tikette–Riverslide Ranch, Stevensville, MT; 5. Tokima–DuVal Farms/Megan Veach, Silverton, OR; 6. SSR Cary 960–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA
Yearling Heifer Champion
DF Coral’s BJ–Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR
Yearling Heifer Reserve Champion
DF Abby Rose–Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR
GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE
DF Aurora Borealis–DuVal Farms
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE
RR Miss Samantha Silver–Riverslide Ranch
Class 10. Cow/Calf Pairs
1. RR Ali Hi–Riverslide Ranch, Stevensville, MT; 2.KAP Baby Pudge Pudge–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA; 3. o5’s Mo Emma–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR; 4. SSR Josy 718–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA
RR Ali Hi–Riverslide Ranch, Stevensville, MT
Reserve Champion Cow/Calf
KAP Baby Pudge Pudge–PJ Ranch, Winton CA
Class 11. Pair of Heifers
1. DuVal Farms; 2. PJ Ranch; 3. Silver Peaks Farm; 4. Alyssa DuVal; 5. Straitside Ranch; 6. Straitside Ranch
Class 12. Spring Bull Calves- calved after 3/1/10
1. RR Hi & Tike–Riverslide Ranch, Stevensville, MT; 2. SSR Legcay 03–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA; 3. SSR Cobalt 04–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA; 4. DF Cascade’s High Caliber–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR
Class 13. Jr Bull Calves- 1/1-2/28/10
1. PJR Mischief Blaze–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA
Champion Jr Bull Calf
PJR Mischief Blaze–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA
Reserve Champion Jr Bull Calf
RR Hi & Tike–Riverslide Ranch, Stevensville, MT
Class 14. Winter Bull Calves- 11/1-12/31/09
1. Bud Light Lime–Sweet Sippin Acres, Whitmore, CA
Class 15. Sr. Bull Calves- 9/1-10/31-09
1. DF Mister Showtime–DuVal Farms/Megan Schmaltz, Silverton, OR; 2. Diamond S Rocks Lad–Diamond S Herefords, Kennewick, WA
Champion Fall Bull Calf
DF Mister Showtime– DuVal Farms/Megan Schmaltz, Silverton, OR
Reserve Champion Fall Bull Calf
Bud Light Lime–Sweet Sippin Acres, Whitmore, CA
16. Summer Yearling Bull- 5/1-8/31/09
1. TM Royal Moon Tracer–TM Ranch, Atwater, CA; 2. DF Cascades Mountain Man–DuVal Farms/Colby Qualey, Silverton, OR; 3. DF Jazzy-Dan-Sir–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR
Class 17. Spring Yearling Bull- 3/1-4/30/09
1. DF Sullivan’s Pride–DuVal Farms/, Silverton, OR
Class 18. Jr. Yearling Bull- 1/1-2/28/09
1. PJR Faras Beau–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA; 2. SSR Hayden 951–Straitside Ranch, Sequim, WA
Champion Jr Yearling Bull
TM Royal Moon Tracer–TM Ranch, Atwater, CA
Reserve Champion Jr Yearling Bull
DF Sullivan’s Pride–DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR
Class 20. Two-year-old Bull- 1/1-8/31/08
1. DF Prince EB–Ace High Cattle Co., Redmond, OR; 2. PJR Mischiefs Porthos ET–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA; 3. Schlitz–Sweet Sippin Acres, Whitmore, CA; 4. DF Majestic King–Alyssa DuVal, Silverton, OR
Champion Sr. Bull
DF Prince EB–Ace High Cattle Co, Redmond, OR
Reserve Champion Sr. Bull
JPR Mischiefs Porthos ET–PJ Ranch, Winton, CA
GRAND CHAMPION BULL
DF Prince EB–Ace High Cattle Co
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL
Royal Moon Tracer–TM Ranch
Class 21. Pair of Bulls
1. PJ Ranch; 2. DuVal Farms; 3. Straitside Ranch
Class 22. Get of Sire
1. Alyssa DuVal; 2. DuVal Farms
Class 23. Produce of Dam
1. DuVal Farms
Class 24. Best 4 Head
1. PJ Ranch; 2. Riverslide Ranch; 3. DuVal Farms; 4. Alyssa DuVal; 5. Straitside Ranch
Class 25. Oregon State Fair Award
1. Alyssa DuVal; 2. DuVal Farms
2010 Iowa State Fair
Judge: Roger Allen, Emerald, WI.
Class 001A: Junior Heifer Calf
1. Eagle Rock Miniature Herefords with JSH Shania’s Angel; 2. Meyer Farms with MF Cher; 3. D&S Mini Herefords with D&S Miss Josie
Class 001B: Junior Heifer Calf
1. KP Ranch with KAP Magma Huntress ET; 2. Strong Miniature Herefords with Miss Miley Meyer; 3. Meyer Farms with MF Dory; 4. D&S Miniature Herefords with D&S Miss Princess Dawn
Class 001C: Junior Heifer Calf
1. KP Ranch with KAP Hapi Huntress 2. Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Pretty Penny; 3. River Ridge Mini Herefords with Lilly; 4. Sandy Hills Farm with RLR Magnolia; 5. K-lane Farms with K-lane Mountain Princess; 6. River Ridge Mini Herefords with Pretty Girl
Champion Junior Heifer Calf: KP Ranch with KAP Magma Huntress ET
Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf: KP Ranch with KAP Hapi Huntress
Class 002: Senior Heifer Calf
1. Ronnie Klimesh with SHF Disco Cat; 2. Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Delia ET; 3. Ronnie Klimesh with SHF Queen Sadie; 4. Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Lady Bella ET; 5. Rolling Hills with RHH Holly; 6. River Ridge Mini Herefords with Miss Jenna; 7. Lakes Area Miniature Herefords with Lakes Area Emma 909W
Champion Senior Heifer Calf: Ronnie Klimesh with SHF Disco Cat
Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Della ET
Class 003A: Summer Senior Heifer
1. KP Ranch with KAP Viking Lil Gracie; 2. River Ridge Mini Herefords with MLU Stella; 3. Dave Thompson with DJS Josie
Class 003B: Summer Senior Heifer
1. Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Kim; 2. Old School Genetics with SS Miss Kitty; 3. Lakes Area Miniature Herefords with RRR Christi Breeze
Champion Summer Senior Heifer: KP Ranch with KAP Viking Lil Gracie
Reserve Champion Summer Senior Heifer: Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Kim
Class 004A: Spring Senior Heifer
1. KP Ranch with KAP Lil Reni Quip; 2. Mark Ulrich with MLU Maggie; 3. Eagle Rock Miniature Herefords with JSH Miss Kyra; 4. Lakes Area Miniature Herefords with Lakes Area Miss April 904W; 5. D&S Mini Herefords with MVF Lil Urban Jolene
Class 004B: Spring Senior Heifer
1. Mark Ulrich with TAC Rowd; 2. KP Ranch with KAP Lil Kid Payge; 3. Meyer Farms with KAP Lil Quay Viking; 4. Strong Miniature Herefords with KAP Lil Faye Viking
Class 004C: Spring Senior Heifer
1. Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Mary Lou; 2. Dave Thompson with MLU Jojo; 3. KP Ranch with KAP Quip’s Lil Celic; 4. Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Shirley ET; 5. Meyer Farms with SMH Miss Gertie; 6. D&S Mini Herefords with SHF Queen Gracie; 7. Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with SS Miss Abbie ET
Champion Spring Senior Heifer: KP Ranch with KAP Lil Reni Quip
Reserve Champion Spring Senior Heifer: Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Miss Mary Lou
Grand Champion Heifer: KP Ranch with KAP Lil Reni Quip
Reserve Champion Heifer: KP Ranch with KAP Magma Huntress ET
Iowa Champion Female: River Ridge Mini Herefords with Miss Jenna
Class 005: Cow/Calf Pair
1. Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with SS Miss Val ET; 2. KP RAnch with KAP Teddy’s Lil Ayla; 3. Kath Family Farm with KAP Teddy’s Lil Qutie; 4. D&S Mini Herefords wtih CRCS Miss Snow
Champion Cow/Calf: Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with SS Miss Val ET
Reserve Champion Cow/Calf: KP RAnch with KAP Teddy’s Lil Ayla
Class 011: Pair of Females
1. KP Ranch; 2. Steve & Judy Splitt; 3. Meyer Farms
Class 006: Junior Bull Calf
1. KP Ranch with KAP Lil Kid Lyle; 2. KP Ranch with KAP Inch of Fletcher; 3. EAgle Rock Miniature Herefords with Mr. Stetson; 4. Kath Family Farm with MPK Fletcher Bright Eyed Jet; 5. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Maro; 6. River Ridge Mini Herefords with Dewey
Champion Junior Bull Calf: KP Ranch with KAP Lil Kid Lyle
Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf: KP Ranch with KAP Inch of Fletcher
Class 008: Summer Senior Bull
1. D&S Mini Herefords with D&S Tikes Red Baron
Champion Summer Senior Bull: D&S Mini Herefords with D&S Tikes Red Baron
Class 009: Spring Senior Bull
1. KP Ranch with KAP Orson Hunter; 2. Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Sir Wyatt; 3. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF King Willie Kiel
Champion Spring Senior Bull: KP Ranch with KAP Orson Hunter
Reserve Champion Spring Senior Bull: Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Sir Wyatt
Class 010: Two Year Old Bull
1. Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with SS Mr Moses ET; 2. Strong Miniature Herefords with TAC Full Ride ET
Champion Two Year Old Bull: Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with SS Mr Moses ET
Reserve Champion Two Year Old Bull: Strong Miniature Herefords with TAC Full Ride ET
Grand Champion Bull: KP Ranch with KAP Orson Hunter
Reserve Champion Bull: Steve & Judy Splitt with SS Sir Wyatt
Class 012: Pair of Bulls
1. KP Ranch
Class 013: Get of Sire
1. KP Ranch; 2. Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords; 3. D&S Miniature Herefords
Danielle Riley from Cedar, Kansas
received Reserve Champion in her
class at the 2010 Smith County
Fair with an Angus/Mini Hereford cross
Bulls Eye was born on 3/17/09. His
momma was a big black Angus cow that
calved late the year before. We used Hugo, a Miniature Hereford bull, on
all of our late calvers and for clean-up at the end of the breeding season,
so we had about half a dozen Angus/Mini Hereford crosses. Bulls Eye has
a crazy freeze brand looking mark on his left front shoulder that Dani
wished would have been on his “show side.” He was an average size calf
when he was born and was pretty square and boxy looking from day 1.
The girls immediately took a liking to him.
At weigh-in on July 16, 2010 he weighed 1188 pounds and was the
lightest calf in his class, but was definitely the most finished. Hugo’s mini
features really popped in Bulls Eye in the last 60 days, from his nice wide
frame to his full brisket. The combination of that and his momma’s tall
and long lines were perfect to receive Reserve Champion in his class. We
fed him Honor Show Chow from Pro Ag in Kensington, Kansas. Bulls
Eye sold for the maximum price at the premium auction, $1,042.00 over
This is Danielle’s 4th year in 4-H and 4th year in the beef project. She
already has a mini Hereford/Angus cross calf picked out for next year. Dani
and little sister Matti both like the same calf, so hopefully there will be a
couple Angus/Mini Hereford cross calves at next year’s Smith County Fair.
Rain,floods and heat will not keep the breeders of our wonderful Miniature herefords away. This is Bev Strong,region 5 director saying hello and hope everyone had fun at Iowa. We had a couple of cancellation due to the floods so keep CT Miniature Herefords in your prayers. We had 16 breeders and 82 head of cattle at the show. Every year the quality gets better. I would have hated to be judge. We had a Pasta supper on Thursday and most attended. The celebrity class had all new company’s represented.Our only repeat was Sophia from Des Moines Register. She sported new cowboy boots instead of flip flops this year. The excitement of our miniature herefords are growing in midwest. We have went from 8 breeders to 36 and growing everyday We welcome the new families that showed and also members that came in just to enjoy.I would like to thank all that attended and thank all who helped make show go smooth. So I must sign off and dream up a new class for our show. The stands were full and that’s what a show is all about.
Strong Miniature Herefords
Marketing and selling Miniature Herefords is no different than selling any other product. You must define your product, know your prospective buyers, and develop the tools necessary to inform them of your product.
In my opinion the miniature cattle industry is a niche industry within an industry, therefore requiring some level of education to prospective buyers. Many of your potential buyers will be new to the cattle industry and have limited knowledge of cattle. So it may help to offer assistance after the sale.
How do people know you have cattle for sale? Most folks driving by your property will not realize that you he some for sale. You need to have some or all of the following tools in place to assist you in informing the public that you have cattle for sale; 1) sign in front of property , 2) advertisement in magazines or other publications, 3)internet web sites, 4) stock shows, 5) word of mouth.
It does not matter if you are selling show cattle, seedstock, or beef cattle. You must know your product and choose your market. Inform people about your product. They cannot buy from you if they do not know you exist. In my opinion the best advertisement you can ever get is word of mouth.
A sign in front of your property so people who drive by will know you raise Miniature Herefords can be a good way of advertising your cattle. A sign on your trailer is like a traveling billboard.
Magazines and printed publications can be great for advertising your cattle. There are lots of magazines, so you should make sure the magazine or periodical of your choice is targeting the demographic that will be most likely to purchase cattle.
Livestock shows are a great way to market your premier show stock. Buyers, enthusiasts, and fellow breeders will be there to view cattle and select new breeding stock.
What about livestock auctions? Your standard livestock auctions may not be the best place to sell Miniature Herefords. Registered cattle auctions or specialty auctions may work out okay for you. Remember, you have a specialty product and you are in a niche market. You have a premium product and you need to market it as such.
On July 26 after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Bill Bryan passed away. He had only a few more tests to complete and hopefully he would have been on the transplant list in September. God seemed to know best.
He really missed not being able to go to the shows the last couple years. I remember the first time Bill asked me if I would like to take a little trip to Nebraska to look at some little cows. Well, I was always up for a trip but I was a town girl so how little were these cows. We went to KP Ranch and we met the 6 cattle they had picked for us. It was instant love. We wanted to take them with us that day. Bill was so happy on the flight home because it had been 25 years since he had lived on a farm. Everyone in our town (and neighboring towns) knew the minis were coming. He built a barn put up fences. Laid water and electric lines. We were ready. Little did we know at that point of the impact the cows would have on us. As much as he enjoyed the cattle he enjoyed meeting all the members of MHBA. Bill was a people person and he loved his cattle so this was the perfect relationship.
While it was my idea to buy King Henry Hunter at the sale, he became Bills greatest joy.
The AP press came to the farm to do an informal interview that ran in at least 2000 papers nationwide.. I remember the day that Bill had a call from Brazil. A gentleman had seen the article and wanted a job as our herdsman. Of course, he did not get the job but by the end of the call he sure knew all that he needed to know about mini Herefords. We received calls from all over the country and Bill enjoyed talking with each and everyone.
Bill loved the mini Hereford breed and I think through his friendly personality he did a great job in promoting them.
For those of you who did not get to meet Bill let me share just a little about him.
Bill had the biggest heart and always had a story to share. He was what we would call a redneck cowboy want to be. He loved his many cowboy boots and hats. Any family member, friend or employee with a problem came to Bill. He loved life and he lived it to the fullest in his 60 short years. To say that I will miss him is an understatement. He filled my life with joy for 40 years.
Bangs disease or Brucellosis is caused by the organism brucella abortus and is spread from the vaginal discharge of an infected cow or from an aborted fetus. Brucellosis or contagious abortion causes abortion and premature births in cattle usually between the fifth and eight month of gestation. The infection is concentrated in the reproductive organs of the animal where it localizes in the uterus, udder and placenta of the female and testicles of the male. The disease can cause undulant fever in humans through the intake of infected milk. While the occurrence has been drastically reduced in modern times due to aggressive vaccination programs, failure to meet the window of opportunity can have devastating consequences for a uniformed or unsuspecting buyer. Bangs vaccinations are required by most states but not all as most are able to maintain the status designated as Brucellosis Free. Although state and federal regulations have helped to control the disease, there is still a threat.
Humans can become infected with the bacteria by either eating or drinking something contaminated with Brucella, breathing in the organism or having the the organism enter through a skin wound. While ingestion is the most common source of the contamination, hunters and butchers may be infected through skin wounds or by accidental ingestion of the bacteria after cleaning deer, Elk, Moose, or wild pigs. Encounters with infected herds of wild game remain the primary reason for continuation of a regulated vaccination program.
States having the vaccination requirement also have established timeframes for delivery. Most including, California mandate the vaccination be provided to females between the ages of 4-12 months. This vaccination must be given by a licensed veterinary and appropriate documentation including a numbered ear tattoo is required.
Symptoms and Transmission:
Abortions, retained placenta, weak calves and infertility frequently occurs
Milk produced by an infected cow may also be contaminated with the organism
The organism is usually transmitted orally but can penetrate unbroken skin or drainage from an infected eye
Breeding bulls which are infected, can transmit the disease to cows at the time of service by infected semen
Infected animals are slaughtered, infected herds quarantined, and carrier animals identified and traced back to their place or origin.
Recovery, Testing and Infected Animals:
There is no treatment for Brucellosis
Diagnosis is made by a blood test of the dam and examination of the fetus
Some degree of immunity as animals that abort can conceive again and carry the fetuses to term, although the disease remains in a latent form and the infected animal remains a source of infection for others
Infected animals are slaughtered, infected herds quarantined, and carrier animals identified and traced back to their place of origin
Buy replacement animals only from a clean herd, have aborted fetuses checked.
As there is no treatment for Brucellosis, the main source of prevention is accomplished by official calf hood vaccinations of heifer calves. An accredited veterinarian must provide these vaccinations at calf ages of two-four months with standard dosage vaccine, or from four to twelve months using reduced dosage vaccine. Each calf must be identified by an official vaccination in compliance with state and federal regulations. Quarantines are imposed on infected herds by state and federal authorities until the heard has been proven free of the disease.
When it comes to the Bangs vaccination, it is Breeder and Buyer beware. Never buy a heifer without an appropriate state regulated vaccination, documentation and accompanying ear tag. Breeders should never sell a female without providing proof of Bangs vaccination. In our state, females over the age of 12 months can never be vaccinated; therefore, they can never be exposed to other animals through shows or sales. Animals vaccinated after this age usually test positive thus requiring the whole herd to be quarantined; therefore be a responsible breeder and vaccinate your animals prior to their first birthday.
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Smaller-framed Cows May Help Contain Input Costs
By SUE ROESLER, for The Prairie Star, reprinted with permission.
Sunday, August 1, 2010 3:25 PM MDT
Cows and their calves are different sizes here in Mandan, ND but ARS research is aiming for a smaller-framed cow herd.
“Grazing as long as possible in the Winter and having a smaller-framed cow herd that eats less are some of the ways that may help keep input costs low and ranches profitable,” says Dr. Scott Kronberg, an ARS research range scientist with an animal focus. “A lot of us think it will cost more to feed cattle in the future, Kronberg said as he explained that oil has a trickle down effect and other prices tend to be tied in with oil. “As oil prices rise, other costs such as fertilizer and fuel to run farm equipment, also rises. When it comes to a choice between driving their cars or paying high prices for beef, consumers are more likely to buy cheaper cuts of beef and continue to drive,” Kronberg said. For some, beef may even be a luxury if it is unaffordable.
So for producers to stay profitable in the future, they have to be able to break-even and continue to have an efficient operation when cattle prices are low. Then they can be really profitable when prices are high, he said.
Kronberg was one of several speakers on the crop tour at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory’s annual Friends and Neighbors Day in Mandan, ND. “There are a lot of ways to cut the cost of livestock production and still be productive,” Kronberg said. We’re looking at grazing more and feeding less. If I could graze all year I would, he said.
Kronberg said even in heavy snow, cows will eat the grass sticking up through the snow. They grew Altai wild rye, which grows very tall, and allowed the cow herd to graze well into January. If the snow is just too high, they can supplement when needed. He said he is just building a smaller-framed cow herd to base his research on, and wants cows to be smaller and thicker, in the 1,100 pound range producing calves who are 500 to 600 pounds by the end of October.
It might seem a little different to raise smaller cows. It is probably not what your neighbors are doing. But these smaller-framed cows are really efficient and live a long time, Kronberg said. In addition, he wants cows that will produce a nice calf for 20 years. At the ARS ranch, they calve in May instead of March. The reason is so the calves will not become bigger cows who could end up in their last trimester in the Winter and need a higher-quality feed for good nutrition.
A lot of producers really don’t know how much their cows weigh because they don’t weigh them, he said. Instead, an average of the cattle is usually obtained when cattle are weighed in bulks of about 10 at a feedlot. He challenged the crowd to guess the weight of three Angus cows who gathered in front of an electric fence with their Spring calves. There really isn’t a cow here who is one I’m looking for yet, he said.
Cow #1 was the largest of the three and weighed 1,483. She is a pretty common size for cattle in many regions up here, Kronberg said. Last year, the cow weaned a heifer calf that was 472 lbs. on April 20. This year, her calf was 76 lbs. at birth. Cow #2 was 1,280 lbs. and weaned a bull calf that was 520 lbs. in October. This year, she gave birth to a 86-pound calf on May 12. Cow #3 weighed 1,005. The calf size was not given.
While Kronberg does not know for sure that smaller-framed cows will eat less and still be efficient, his research is focusing on that. If you have a cow that has to be culled in year eight because of no calf, that is not efficient to your cattle production because it costs a lot to bring her into the herd, he said.
Range scientists in Miles City, MT have devised a new method of determining exactly how much forage grazing calves are consuming. It does not involve inserting a cannula into the calf. We can’t look at production efficiencies until we know what goes into the feeding expense everyday, he said.
Winter feeding is usually the most expensive feed for producers if cattle are kept in a feedlot or in the yard. In addition, if cows are in their third trimester, feeding a lot of hay is expensive. Smaller cows that calve in late Spring or Summer would not run into that problem. If we can graze well into the Winter, the costs go way down, he said.
Vern Anderson, livestock specialist at Carrington, ND Research Extension Center, asked how land prices fit into the schematic. Kronberg agreed that if a producer owns his own land, costs can be contained better.