Welcome to Kansas City!
The American Hereford Association (AHA) Board and staff would like to welcome everyone coming to Kansas City for the Annual Meeting on Monday, Oct. 23. A lot of good things have happened in the breed during the last fiscal year; we’re excited to share. We’re also looking forward to getting your feedback to further strengthen the Association in the future.
The Annual Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Westin Crown Center. The Annual Report will be presented and distributed to the membership, along with other reports on activities within the Association, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI), Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC and the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).
This year’s Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit recipients will be recognized, as well as national show point winners.
Also, three new AHA Board members will be announced. Running for the Board are Mark Cooper, Willow Creek, Mont.; Marshall Ernst, Windsor, Colo.; Bob Harrell Jr., Baker City, Ore.; Denny Hoffman, McArthur, Calif.; Steve Lorenzen, Chrisman, Ill.; and Ken Stephens, Valentine, Neb.
For more information about the Annual Meeting and related weekend activities, see the “Announcements” at Hereford.org. The American Royal junior Hereford show and National Hereford Show will begin at the American Royal facilities Sunday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m.
Help David Stand Auction and Fund-Raiser
David Faust, long-time friend of the Hereford industry from Bryan, Texas, has developed pressure sores due to his paralysis. This new affliction makes it necessary for him to have a special type of wheelchair. The chair will elevate David to a standing position, allowing his body to heal and minimizing the risk of further infections.
The needed chair is a “LifeStand.” It can be viewed at the LifeStand Web site and is the LS manual standing model. The cost is $11,000. Donations of any size would be greatly appreciated. If funds are received in addition to the price of the chair, they will be used to set up a scholarship in David’s name.
Friends of Faust will also be selling the following items via silent auction in the barns at the American Royal, Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 20-22:
- Five straws and two certificates of KP Real Deal 446, owned by C and M Herefords and Daughtery Ranch.
- A framed “The Color of Money” print by Amanda Raithel.
- Three straws and one certificate of GH Rambo 279, owned by Four L Hereford Farm, Perks Ranch, Spencer Herefords, Dean Thompson, and C and M Herefords.This bull sold for $270,000 in Adams Hirsche Herefords sale and semen packages are just now being released!
- Five embryo placement package with TK Land & Cattle.
- Handcrafted Native American jewelry.
- Kansas City Chiefs football tickets.
It is our hope that you will join the Friends of Faust in helping to raise funds to purchase this life-changing chair. David is a loving father of two young men, Harrison and Nathan, and an honored friend. He has been involved in the cattle industry all of his life and has touched many people’s lives. Please help us change his life for the better.
Donations payable to:
Friends of Faust
For more information, contact:
3301 S. 505 Rd.
Miami, OK 74354
Shellie Collins, (580) 471-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Thompson, (918) 541-3005 or email@example.com
Kade Thompson, (918) 541-5874
CHB® in American Royal BBQ Contest
CHB® briskets were part of the American Royal BBQ contest on Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Mo. Local group, Smokin Mother Ruckers BBQ & Catering, used Hereford beef briskets. They competed in both invitational and open events. Look for a story in the next CHB LLC newsletter.
Breeders Invited to Watch Hereford 101 at AHA Office
Since many of you will be in Kansas City for the Annual Meeting on Oct. 23, the AHA would like to invite you to come by the office to watch the next online Hereford 101, titled “So You Think You Know EPDs.” The Webinar is Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. CDT.
Dan Moser, Kansas State University associate professor, will join Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss why expected progeny differences (EPDs) are more important than actual individual performance.
Those in town who don’t have computer access but would like to participate will gather in the AHA library to watch the Webinar and ask questions. Please note that due to construction, 16th Street is closed from Broadway to the office. Visitors will have to take Baltimore to 16th Street to get to the office.
Those who can’t make it to Kansas City for the Annual Meeting, American Royal and other weekend events are encouraged to participate in the Webinar from home.
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 auctions) 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 “Hereford 101” item, and then on “Create a New User.” It is strongly suggested that you set up an account before the night of the Webinar.
Participants will be encouraged to ask questions, either by calling in or through the online “chat.”
For more information, contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impressive Offering at 2006 Ladies of the Royal Sale
The 2006 Ladies of the Royal sale is Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in the American Royal Auction Center, Kansas City, Mo. The sale will feature 15 show heifer/brood cow prospects, 10 Hereford prospect steers, two embryo packages, one confirmed pregnancy and a flush.
This sale annually offers some of the top show heifers that consistently compete with success on the regional and national level. The champion Hereford female at the Illinois preview show this year was purchased as a lady of the Royal. The champion Hereford steer at the Wisconsin State Fair two years ago came from this sale as well.
Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., has donated a flush on 8184H. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to the 2007 JNHE in Denver. The buyer will be guaranteed six embryos, and any embryos in excess will also become the property of the buyer.
This female has produced herd sires for Churchill Cattle Co., Montana; Loehr Hereford Farm, Illinois; Four L Hereford Farm, Tennessee; Robert Pfluger, Texas; and one of her sons has been retained in the Cooper bull battery. In Cooper’s last female sale she produced a daughter that commanded $16,000 from Churchill, Loehr and Four L. For more information about this lot, download the Cooper Hereford Ranch advertisement (PDF, 170KB).
For more information on any of the lots or animals in the sale, visit Herfnet.com or call Joe Rickabaugh at (816) 218-2280 or (785) 633-3188. To request a printed catalog, e-mail Rickabaugh at email@example.com or Michelle Clogston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whole Herd TPR™ Deadline
Nov. 1 is the deadline for submitting Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) data to the AHA for inclusion in the genetic analysis and resulting EPDs, which will be released in early 2007.
Attention Junior Hereford Exhibitors
Entries for the 2006 Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show are due Oct. 31. The show will take place at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev., Thursday, Nov. 30. The fee for junior cattle is $35 per entry. Please add a $10 late fee per entry if mailed after Oct. 31. Checks should be made payable to “Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show” and entries mailed to Lawrence Goss, P.O. Box 8770, Reno, NV 89507.
Download 2006 Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show entry form (PDF, 88KB)
New Online Registry Features
The AHA has been working on a few new online registry features that will make it easier to keep track of artificial insemination (AI) certificates and their use when registering calves.
A few months ago the AHA added an AI certificate inventory for online registry users, which allows you to view how many AI certificates are available for your use for specific sires. To find the AI certificate inventory available for your use, click on your AHA member number after you have logged into your AHA Internet account (found in the upper right corner of the intro screen, once logged in). Below your AHA account details, you will see an item titled “AI certificates available for use.” Click on the link telling you how many sires have certificates available to view, which sires and how many AI certificates are available for each.
We are just finishing up another feature that uses this AI certificate inventory to let you know if you need to request additional AI certificates when registering your calf crop. When you are using the online registry to register calves, the number of calves out of AI sires are kept track of and if your batch contains more calves by sires than you have available AI certificates for, then once you have submitted the batch of registrations, the batch summary tells you how many additional AI certificates you need to request and also provides contact details for the sire owners. This should make it easier for you to contact a sire owner to have the AI certificates released to you.
Another feature that is now available will be of use to sire owners who regularly market semen and need to release AI certificates to their customers. When using the online registry you are able to create a new type of batch for requesting AI certificates for your customers. All you have to do is create a batch selecting the AI certificate as the type of batch to create. Once you have made the batch you can go in and enter the sire registration number, number of AI certificates you wish to release and the account number of the AHA member you are releasing them to. Then submit the batch.
If you have any questions regarding these new features or any of the features of the online registry system, be sure to stop by the breeders’ forum at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City on Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. There will be a few computers set up outside the meeting room and staff to answer any questions you might have. Look forward to seeing you there.
If you can’t make it to the breeders’ forum and have questions, don’t hesitate to call any of the folks in the AHA customer service department at (816) 842-3757.