Daily Archives: December 12, 2006

Young Man’s Hereford Wish Comes True

Young Man’s Hereford Wish Comes True

American Hereford Association

Chris Cummings’ wish came true on Dec. 2 as he stood in the livestock arena at the 2006 Hoosier Beef Congress in Indianapolis. This 15 year old from Union Mills, Ind., who is battling cancer, was able to show a Hereford steer at the Congress because of a wish granted by the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

When Chris was in Indianapolis for chemotherapy earlier in the year, Clarian North’s Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases staff presented him with the paperwork to apply for a wish, any wish. Most folks wouldn’t understand why of all the gifts he could’ve requested, Chris chose to receive and show a steer.

He explains, “I thought it’d be neat to get a steer instead of a video game or something like that. You get a real-life experience out of raising an animal.” Chris chose Hereford because he likes the look of the breed and has shown a Hereford steer before at the La Porte County Fair.

Chris tells that the Congress was a whole new experience because of its caliber, with more than 1,400 cattle exhibited. He enjoyed the event with his dad and mom, Tom and Carol, as well as his brother, Tom.

“We had a lot of fun showing,” Chris says. “I’d never shown at anything bigger than the county fair.” His brother adds, “It definitely helped Chris, and we all enjoyed it too. It took our minds off things.” The Cummings family hadn’t been able to enjoy a fun weekend together in more than a year.

In addition to the steer, the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund gave Chris an aluminum grooming chute, combs, halters and other fitting supplies to make the day complete.

Members of Chris’ community also played a large role in the success of his wish. Les Craft, a family friend and rancher in La Porte County helped acquire the Hereford steer from Larry Vukonich of Joliet, Mont. Les then broke the steer to lead. Neighbor and 4-H leader Dan Youngreen helped with clipping and grooming. More friends — Joy Griffin, Rob Fisher and Dave Ambers — helped with items like transportation and show entries. Joy also gifted a crossbred steer to Chris to add to his 4-H project, and helped him and his brother in preparation for the Congress. The family tells that Joy’s guidance helped make this first experience a memorable one for the whole crew.

When all was said and done, Chris’ steer stood sixth in its class of 11 at the Congress, and Chris stood by his side, proud of his accomplishment and grateful for those who helped him along the way. “We really appreciate the help and support,” he says.

The Hereford steer, Bob, remains at the Cummings farm, and Chris plans to show him at the county fair this summer, and possibly even at the Michigan Beef Expo.

“If people knew what the wish does for a kid, a lot more people would be donors,” Carol says. “It’s absolutely phenomenal.” She explains that when Chris found out about the wish, his chemotherapy went a lot easier, and that now Chris looks forward to feeding his steer each morning.

The Cummings would like to thank all the “wish” staff, friends, family, and their church family for their support and prayers.

Broad-spectrum Parasite Control Yields Heavier Heifers in Feedlot Trials

Broad-spectrum Parasite Control Yields Heavier Heifers in Feedlot Trials


Treating heifers with Safe-Guard® and then treating with Ivomec® yields more effective parasite control than a single treatment

DESOTO, Kan. (Dec. 8, 2006) – Broad spectrum parasite control from a treatment of a fenbendazole oral drench, like Intervet’s Safe-Guard, and a treatment of an ivermectin pour-on, such as Ivomec, provides a number of benefits according to the results of two large trials involving feedlot heifers published this year by the American Society of Animal Science in the organization’s Journal of Animal Science, a prestigious, peer-reviewed publication of research.


Sheep and Cattle Inventory Planned

Sheep and Cattle Inventory Planned

Meat News.com

UNITED STATES: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct sheep, goat and cattle surveys this winter to gather information about inventories for all states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct 2007 January sheep and goats and cattle surveys this winter to gather reliable information about inventories for all states.

Producers will be asked to report during the Dec. 29-Jan. 12 data collection period.


Purdue University receives INDOT funding to conduct study

Purdue University receives INDOT funding to conduct study

Brownfield Network

by Dave Russell

The growth in biofuels has the attention of the Indiana Department of Transportation. So much so, Dr. Wally Tyner, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University says INDOT is funding a study by Purdue University to look into the transportation issues that come with the growth taking place in Indiana. “So we are going to try to study this whole set of transportation logistics issues and try to do a little forward planning in that area,” said Tyner.


Quality grades continue downward trend

Quality grades continue downward trend

By Donna Farris, For Lee Agri-Media / Farm and Ranch Guide

A gradual trend of declining marbling levels in beef has become more dramatic in the past 18 months, and a session during the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention will delve into why and what can be done about it.

“Marbling, because of its relationship to flavor in beef, is very important,” said Larry Corah, vice president of Certified Angus Beef. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen a decline in marbling levels over the past 25 years, which has been particularly accentuated in the last 18 months.”

While the exact cause for the decline in marbling and quality is unknown, there are a number of changes in the cattle industry that could be contributing factors.


The latest buzz on beef

The latest buzz on beef


We are now getting more and better beef available in the US like grass fed, wet vs. dry aged, natural, organic, and certified humanely treated. There is more high quality Choice and Prime grades available than ever before, including some of the super high Japanese grades, like the famous and hard to get Kobe / Wagyu premium beef which comes in 12 quality grades. The finest US Prime, of which only 2% of US beef gets graded and most goes to restaurants, tops out equal to Japanese grades 4-6 .


Beef Producer University Will Focus on Professional Heifer Development

Beef Producer University Will Focus on Professional Heifer Development


Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Beef Producer University will be offered as a one day program in early February 2007. Beef Producer University locations are Wytheville, VA (February 7) and Charlottesville, VA (February 8). The topic of Professional Beef Heifer Development applies to producers of replacement beef heifers as well as producers that purchase bred heifers.

This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Patsy Houghton, President and General Manager of Heartland Cattle Company. Heartland Cattle Company, located in McCook, Nebraska, is a custom heifer development operation that has developed over 60,000 bred heifers in the past 16 years. In addition, Heartland Cattle Company conducts research on heifer reproduction and health programs for backgrounding cattle.