One Sale, Hundreds of Herefords
Breeders and commercial producers consigned approximately 1,200 Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves to the Annual North Dakota Hereford Feeder Calf Sale, Feb. 21, at Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, N.D.
The sale has been in existence for 10-plus years, says Steven Pollestad, consignor and sale contact from Halliday, N.D. Pollestad started consigning to the sale several years ago, hauling his cattle more than 100 miles to Kist. “I can bring in a smaller number of steers, and still sell them for a good price,” he says.
Some consignors come from an even greater distance, up to 200 miles away, to participate in this marketing opportunity.
Pollestad explains that the sale is not only a marketing opportunity for individual producers, but also for the breed. For the last two years, organizers have set up a table in the sale barn with Hereford promotional materials, North Dakota Hereford directories, breeder flyers, etc. They’ve also hung up Hereford posters throughout the sale barn.
To top off the Hereford offering this year, Certified Hereford Beef® hot beef sandwiches were served in the sale barn cafe.
The Hereford sale is hosted on a normal sale day, so more than 3,000 cattle of other breeds were also marketed on Feb. 21. The Hereford and Hereford-crosses received competitive prices. Appropriately, top-quality Herefords saw market-topping prices. More than 600 head sold into Hereford-specific branded beef programs.
“I think it’s a big success,” says Jim Williams, CHB LLC vice president of supply. He commends organizers for their cooperative efforts to bring together the large numbers that feeders demand.
Pollestad says that Kist has helped a lot in getting buyers to the sale, and that organizers also rely on Herfnet.com as an advertising tool.
Consignments must be at least 50% Hereford; about 75% of the sale offering has typically been straightbred Herefords.
The third Wednesday of February each year is the date for this special Hereford sale; contact Pollestad for more information at (701) 938-4648.
CHB LLC President Brings Passion to the Plate
Fellow board members elected Bill Cox, Pomeroy, Wash., as the 2007 CHB LLC president. Cox has served on the CHB LLC and American Hereford Association (AHA) boards since 2004, and will now focus primarily on issues related to marketing the CHB brand.
As a passionate Hereford breeder, Cox is especially excited to help advance a brand that creates demand for Hereford genetics. More than 37.9 million lb. of CHB were sold in fiscal year 2006, creating pull demand for 465,261 head of commercial Hereford cattle.
For the rest of the story, visit Hereford.org.
Past AHA President Named Stockman of the Year
Jack Vanier, Brookville, Kan., was honored as the 2007 Stockman of the Year at the 37th Annual Stockmen's Dinner, March 1, in Manhattan, Kan. The event is hosted by the board of directors of the Livestock and Meat Industry Council and Kansas State University (K-State) department of animal sciences and industry.
Vanier owns CK Ranch, which was established in 1933 by his father, J.J. Vanier. After graduating from K-State, Vanier completed his military duty during the conflict in Korea. He then returned in 1953 to the central Kansas ranch that became the largest registered Hereford ranch in the world. The Vanier family enjoyed much success in the showring as well as in the sale ring. Vanier now oversees commercial ranches in Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma and several locations in Kansas.
Vanier has held various leadership positions in the livestock industry including president of the AHA and Kansas Livestock Association, as well as director of the National Cattlemen’s Association.
When the family’s Gooch Milling Co. sold to Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in 1970, Vanier served on the ADM board of directors from 1978-2004.
Hop Dickenson, Overland Park, Kan., former AHA executive vice president; Michael Dockterman, Chicago, Ill.; and Pat Koons, Lakin, Kan., were part of the induction ceremony that honored Vanier with stories that painted a picture of his dedication to the livestock industry.
Rex Daniels & Sons Consigns Champion Over All Breeds
Congratulations to Rex Daniels & Sons, Malad City, Idaho, for consigning the champion bull over all breeds in the Annual Fallon All Breeds Bull & Heifer Sale, Feb. 17, in Fallon, Nev. RD Devo 572 was named champion Hereford bull and then selected as the champion over six other breed winners as well. Devo was also the high-selling Hereford bull, selling for $3,000 to Willow Stay Ranch, Minden, Nev. He is a son of Allen 23C Devo 7.
Hereford Breeders Raise Money for “Water for Life”
England Ranch, Prineville, Ore., and BB Cattle Co., Connell, Wash., each donated a bull to be sold at the 66th Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale in Red Bluff, Calif., Jan. 23-27, with proceeds going to Water for Life Inc.
Water for Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting agricultural water rights while advocating responsible stewardship of the land.
The England family — Dick, Mary, Jim and Jon — donated an embryo transfer son of CL1 Domino 8164H. The coming 2-year-old sold to Northern California Farm Credit for $9,200 and was donated back to be sold again. Tree Top Ranches, Princeton, Ore., then purchased the bull for $3,700.
The Bennett family — Bill, Norma, Joe, Leslie, Jay, Jolene, Traci and Whitney — donated an Angus bull sired by SAF Connection. He sold for $5,000 to Western Stockman’s Market, McFarland, Calif.; Five Star Land and Livestock, Wilton, Calif.; Tehama Angus Ranch, Gerber, Calif.; Camp Cooley Ranch, Franklin, Texas; and Oak Ridge Angus, Calistoga, Calif. The group of buyers then donated the bull back to be sold again, this time to Dale Wyatt, Alderpoint, Calif., for $3,350.
Together, these donators and buyers raised $21,250 for Water for Life!
Hereford 101: Expert Advice on AI and Synchronization
The next Hereford 101 is scheduled for March 22 at 7 p.m. Dave Patterson, state Extension beef reproduction specialist at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will join Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss the importance of AI. Included will be information on synchronization practices that can enhance AI results.
Visit Hereford.org for participation information, or contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make Sure You’re in the Hereford Handbook
Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) has sent letters to state Hereford and women’s association secretaries to request information for the Hereford Handbook in July’s Hereford World. By submitting your association’s leadership and event information, you ensure that Hereford World readers are accurately informed of your state’s activities. If you are the secretary of your association, and did not receive such a letter, please fill out the appropriate form linked below and submit by March 15 via fax, e-mail or mail, using the following contact information:
(816) 842-6931, Attn: Christy Benigno
American Hereford Association
Attn: Christy Benigno
P.O. Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101
2007 State Association Directory Form (PDF)
2007 State Women’s Association Directory Form (PDF)
Join Fellow Hereford Enthusiasts at the JNHE — July 7-14
The “Western States Hereford Breeders” along with various state junior Hereford associations invite you to attend the 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), “A Hereford Celebration.” This year’s junior extravaganza is July 7-14 at the National Western Complex.
Rooms at the JNHE headquarters hotels — Renaissance Denver Hotel and Doubletree Hotel Denver — are sold out. Other room blocks have been reserved at the Courtyard Denver Stapleton (across the street from the Renaissance), (303) 333-3303, and the Radisson Hotel Denver Stapleton Plaza (next door to the Renaissance), (303) 321-3500. There are a limited number of hotel rooms in the area, so it is recommended that you make your reservation soon. The reservation cutoff date is June 1. Ask for the Junior National Hereford Expo rate.
Junior Associations – Contact Info Needed!
The AHA youth activities department needs current officer information for all state junior associations with complete addresses and telephone numbers. You may also want to include e-mail addresses for your officers and advisors if available. To ensure that your state receives mailings about important summer activities, complete and mail the form linked below or e-mail the information to Chris Stephens at email@example.com.
Officers and Directors Form (Word)
Summer and Regional Junior Shows Fast Approaching
If you are planning a summer or regional junior show, details must be submitted to the AHA as soon as possible. Please complete and mail the form linked below or e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show Information Form (Word)