Hereford Bull at the Top of Test
A bull consigned by Bruce and Joyce Leach, Lindon, Colo., has recorded (77-day report) an average daily gain (ADG) of 4.79 lb. in the 32nd Annual Southeast Colorado Bull Test. This son of STAR Geronimo 335K is ahead of 45 other consignments in ADG.
Final weights will be taken on March 13 and 14. The sale will be held at noon on April 11 at the Winter Livestock Commission Company in La Junta, Colo. All bulls will have passed a breeding soundness exam and tested negative as persistently infected bovine viral diarrhea carriers. They will also come with ultrasound data.
For more information, visit kiowacounty.colostate.edu/ag.html or call (719) 438-5321.
Holdens on America’s Heartland
Holden Herefords, Jack and Tresha Holden, Valier, Mont., was featured on America’s Heartland, a weekly public television series that celebrates U.S. agriculture. A summary of the feature can be found at www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_107/cattle.htm.
Hereford Junior Chosen for Academic All-State Program
National Junior Hereford Association member, Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., was selected as one of 16 members of the inaugural class of the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) – Chesapeake Energy Academic All-State Program. The Program is designed to provide leadership opportunities and internship possibilities to the top 16 OYE scholarship applicants. Applicants are exhibitors of cattle, sheep, swine or goats.
Gebhart will receive a $5,000 scholarship. She also will be recognized at the OYE Grand Champion Selection and presented with an All-State leather jacket during the Oklahoma State FFA Convention.
The 16 students chosen for this honor will assist with promoting the OYE and its scholarship program. Students will be involved in public speaking and public relations opportunities and the Advanced College 101 Program. They will also have the unique opportunity to closely experience Oklahoma’s Legislative Process and will have their registration fees covered for attendance at the Agriculture Future of America Leadership Conference held in Kansas City, Mo.
Huffhines to Speak at WCA/WSU Bull Test Forum
Craig Huffhines, American Hereford Association executive vice president, will be the featured speaker at the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA)/Washington State University (WSU) All Breed Bull Test Social Hour and Breeders’ Forum on March 21. The event will be held at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Prosser, Wash.
Huffhines’ presentation “Proof Will Matter More and More” will cover source verification and the value of documented bulls. Consignors, buyers and other interested individuals are welcome to attend. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Huffhines’ presentation at 7 p.m.
Sale day activities will begin at 10 a.m. on March 22 with the Trade Show. WCA Allied Industry members have organized the Trade Show and will host a lunch at 11:30 a.m.
The bull sale starts at 12:30 p.m., selling the top 123 bulls of the 163 bulls on test. Complete test data, including 120-day test gain and ultrasound carcass information, will be available online at www.prosser.wsu.edu/Faculty/Linton.html or by contacting Jean Smith at (509) 735-3551. For more information about the tested bull sale or the Social Hour and Breeders’ Forum, contact Art Linton at (509) 786-9268.
Hall of Fame and Merit Nominations Due May 1
Nominations for the Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit are due May 1.
The Hall of Fame recognizes those breeders or Hereford ranch managers who have had a dynamic influence on the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed for at least 20 years.
The Hall of Merit honor is bestowed on those influencers within the beef industry and the Hereford breed, be it businessmen, communicators, educators, research scientists, public affairs or policy makers, or those impacting Hereford youth in America. These contributors must have also been involved in the beef cattle business for a minimum of 20 years.
All nominations must be in the form of a letter with detailed biographical information on the individual nominee, plus at least three other supporting letters.
One letter must be from a state Hereford or polled Hereford association, while the other two letters should be from Hereford breeders.
Send your nominations to the American Hereford Association, Attn.: Hall of Fame or Hall of Merit, P.O. Box 014509, Kansas City, MO 64101. Questions can be directed to Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757.
Hereford 101 in the Comfort of Your Home, March 2
The American Hereford Association (AHA) is webcasting Hereford 101 using the LiveAuctions.tv Web site on March 2, 7 p.m. Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, and Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, will cover the state of the AHA and basic performance issues. A question and answer session will follow. Details on how to submit questions will be provided during the Webinar.
In order to view the video, your computer needs to have a broadband connection to the Internet. Dial up Internet will allow you to participate, but will only facilitate the audio portion of the Webinar.
If you go to LiveAuctions.tv, you will see an item in the calendar (list of sales) for Hereford 101. Click on it and you will be prompted to enter a user name and password. If you haven't previously set up an account you can do so via the Web site. It only takes a minute or two; just click on the appropriate link. It is strongly suggested that you set up an account before the night of the Webinar as many participants are expected.
Important Whole Herd TPR Deadline
Make sure to have all whole herd inventories submitted to the AHA Records Department before the $2 surcharge goes into effect on March 15.
Attention State Junior Associations
The AHA Youth Activities Department needs each state junior association’s current officer information complete with addresses and telephone numbers. You may also want to include e-mail addresses for your officers and advisors if available. We are working on mailings for important summer activities and have received very few updated lists so far this year. Even if you think we have your most updated lists please send them anyway. You can e-mail your officer and advisor information to Chris Stephens, AHA director of youth activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Regional and State Preview Shows
Summer will come quickly, and the AHA Youth Department needs to hear from you. The deadline is March 1 for state field day and complete regional show information to be received by AHA Youth Activities. For those who are in the process of planning these summer events, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or email@example.com to ensure that the proper information is submitted. This is essential to get your event the best possible coverage and to guarantee that information is passed along to all Hereford youth.