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.
“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
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:
Coyote Ridge Ranch, LaSalle
Doug Hall, Fruita
Leroux Herefords, Windsor
Colyer Herefords, Bruneau
Elkington Polled Herefords, Idaho Falls
Jack & Colleen Filipowski, Sandpoint
JBB/AL Herefords, Gooding
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
Bellefy Herefords, Bagley
Dakitch Hereford Farms, Ada
Dose Family Herefords, Arlington
Krogstad Polled Herefords, Fertile
Kruse Polled Herefords, Harris
Lester Schafer, Buffalo Lake
Beery Land & Livestock, Vida
Mark Cooper, Willow Creek
Holden Herefords, Valier
Storey Hereford Ranch, Bozeman
Richard & Shirley Thomas, Gold Creek
Wichman Herefords, Moore
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
Bell Ranch, Paradise Valley
Timothy J Dennis, Penn Yan
John and Kathi Wagner, Catskill
Harry W. Myers Jr., Statesville
Mrnak Herefords, Bowman
Stuber Ranch, Bowman
Douglas Banks, Hamilton
Rex Bradford, Saint Marys
Brielmaier Farm, Cincinatti
NS Polled Herefords, Shaker Heights
J.M. Birdwell, Fletcher
Express Ranches, Yukon
Headquarters Ranch, Carney
Hacklin Hereford Ranch, Redmond
High Desert Cattle Co., Canyon City
Greg Thomas, Bonanza
White Hereford Ranch, Burns
Flat Stone Lick, Marianna
Kniffen Livestock, Spring Mill
Fowken Farm, Jonesville
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
Billy Ashe, Selmer
Stan Webster, Chestnut Mound
Crouch Polled Hereford Farm, McMinnville
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
Bay Brook Farm, Dabneys
Deer Track Farm, Spotsylvania
Meadow Ridge Farms Inc., Broadway
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg
Ottley Herefords, Quincy
Henry-Charlotte Handzel Jr Whiskey Run Farms, Cottage Grove
Huth Polled Herefords, Oakfield
Owego Stock Farm, Argyle
Five Star Polled Herefords, Smithville
West Virginia University, Morgantown
–American Hereford Association