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Hereford assoc news: spring Gold TPR Breeders; Carcass Weight EPD

A record number, 118, Hereford breeders achieved Gold TPRTM (Total Performance Records) status for spring 2016, according to the American Hereford Association (AHA).

With the release of the spring 2016 Pan-American Cattle Evaluation (PACE), the AHA has also released a new Carcass Weight (CW) expected progeny difference (EPD). CW, expressed in pounds, is a predictor of the differences in hot carcass weight of a sire's progeny compared to the progeny of other sires at an age constant endpoint.

CW is a moderately heritable trait (.18), which means that changes within CW in a herd can be made through selection. However, the heritability for CW is a bit lower than for other end product traits.

"Please remember that carcass traits are reported in a real carcass measure and not on an ultrasound measure," says AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward. "Ultrasound is a great indicator for carcass traits, and we see the correlation up in the .8 range, but the true economically relevant trait is real carcass endpoint such as marbling and not the percent of IMF (intramuscular fat)."

The EPDs and the updated Trends, Traits and Distributions report as well as more information about the CW EPD is available online at Hereford.org.

The Gold TPR Breeder recognition is presented to progressive Hereford breeders who have measured traits and collected and promptly submitted performance data at all levels of production.

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"The reason the Gold TPR program was established was to recognize those breeders who go the extra mile to collect data at all levels of production and report that data in a timely manner," Ward explains.

Since the program's inception in 2005, Hereford breeders have increased their data collection efforts.

Breeders must meet a specific set of requirements in order to be eligible for the program. They are:

• Herd inventory submitted prior to date inventory surcharge goes into effect.

• Complete reporting of calving ease and reproductive status for each dam on inventory.

• Complete reporting of birth weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.

• Complete reporting of weaning weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.

• Complete reporting of yearling weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.

• Complete reporting of scrotal measurements for each bull calf with a recorded

yearling weight.

• Ultrasound data reported on 25% or more of the calf crop.

Note: For weaning and yearling weights, disposal codes are accepted if the animal has been removed from the herd.

The following Hereford breeders were recognized as spring 2016 Gold TPR Breeders, organized by state:

Colorado

Coyote Ridge Ranch, LaSalle

Doug Hall, Fruita

Leroux Herefords, Windsor

Idaho

Colyer Herefords, Bruneau

Elkington Polled Herefords, Idaho Falls

Jack & Colleen Filipowski, Sandpoint

JBB/AL Herefords, Gooding

Kansas

Alexander Farms, Gypsum

Brannan & Reinhardt, Otis

CK Ranch, Brookville

Douthit-Downey Land & Cattle, St. Francis

Mike Flory, Lawrence

GLM Herefords, Marysville

Gustafson Herefords, Junction City

Frank Hug & Sons, Scranton

Kevin Jensen, Courtland

Reed Seedstock, Clifton

Sandhill Farms/Kevin Schultz, Haviland

Schu-Lar Polled Herefords, Lecompton

Allan Shumaker, Wetmore

Springhill Herefords, Blue Rapids

VJS Polled Herefords, Hays

Minnesota

Bellefy Herefords, Bagley

Dakitch Hereford Farms, Ada

Dose Family Herefords, Arlington

Krogstad Polled Herefords, Fertile

Kruse Polled Herefords, Harris

Lester Schafer, Buffalo Lake

Montana

Beery Land & Livestock, Vida

Mark Cooper, Willow Creek

Holden Herefords, Valier

Storey Hereford Ranch, Bozeman

Richard & Shirley Thomas, Gold Creek

Wichman Herefords, Moore

Nebraska

Blueberry Hill Farms Inc., Norfolk

Joe Brockman, Lawrence

Cargill Herefords, Scotia

JB Ranch, Wayne

Linton Polled Herefords, Miller

Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock

TWJ Farms, Carroll

Nevada

Bell Ranch, Paradise Valley

New York

Timothy J Dennis, Penn Yan

John and Kathi Wagner, Catskill

North Carolina

Harry W. Myers Jr., Statesville

North Dakota

Mrnak Herefords, Bowman

Stuber Ranch, Bowman

Ohio

Douglas Banks, Hamilton

Rex Bradford, Saint Marys

Brielmaier Farm, Cincinatti

NS Polled Herefords, Shaker Heights

Oklahoma

J.M. Birdwell, Fletcher

Express Ranches, Yukon

Headquarters Ranch, Carney

Oregon

Hacklin Hereford Ranch, Redmond

High Desert Cattle Co., Canyon City

Greg Thomas, Bonanza

White Hereford Ranch, Burns

Pennsylvania

Flat Stone Lick, Marianna

Kniffen Livestock, Spring Mill

South Carolina

Fowken Farm, Jonesville

South Dakota

Bar JZ Polled Herefords, Holabird

Fawcetts Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights

Frederickson Ranch, Spearfish

Hillsview Farms, Eureka

Eldon Lee Olthoff, Emery

Mike & Lori Peskey, Iroquois

Rausch Herefords, Hoven

Ravine Creek Ranch, Huron

Tennessee

Billy Ashe, Selmer

Stan Webster, Chestnut Mound

Crouch Polled Hereford Farm, McMinnville

Texas

Eric Daniels, Dalhart

Flying S Herefords, Dallas

Indian Mound Ranch, Canadian

JP Family Limited Partnership, San Angelo

Ledbetter Cattle Co., Wheeler

P&J Polled Herefords, La Vernia

Still River Ranch, Van Alsytne

Texas 2T Farms, Nacogdoches

Texas Stardance Cattle LLC, Hamilton

Trinity Farms, Mount Pleasant

Virginia

Bay Brook Farm, Dabneys

Deer Track Farm, Spotsylvania

Meadow Ridge Farms Inc., Broadway

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg

Washington

Ottley Herefords, Quincy

Wisconsin

Henry-Charlotte Handzel Jr – Whiskey Run Farms, Cottage Grove

Huth Polled Herefords, Oakfield

Owego Stock Farm, Argyle

West Virginia

Five Star Polled Herefords, Smithville

West Virginia University, Morgantown

–American Hereford Association

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