Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The American Hereford Association (AHA) staff extends their best holiday wishes to all Hereford enthusiasts and their families. May your Christmas and New Year celebrations be joyous and 2008 prosperous for you and the Hereford breed!
Because of the holiday, there will be no Hereford eNews next week. Please look for the next issue Jan. 4.
National Western Hotel Update
The AHA room block at the Renaissance Denver Hotel is completely full. If you have a reservation and decide to cancel your reservation, please contact Mary Ellen Hummel at the AHA to handle your cancellation. We have a waiting list of Hereford breeders who would like a room at the Renaissance and if you cancel with the hotel or online we lose the room for those breeders. So please help us in retaining as many rooms as possible for this great Hereford event. For cancellation, call (816) 842-3757 and ask for Mary Ellen.
Come on Up for Some Hereford Hospitality
During your visit to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) plan on dropping by the Hereford hospitality suite on the second floor of the Livestock Exchange Building in the Yards. The suite will be open Jan. 16-18 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and Jan. 19 from 9-11 a.m. The suite is a great place where Hereford breeders and guests may come to congregate and relax while enjoying light refreshments during their visit to the NWSS.
Some of this year’s sponsors will have promotional booths on display and the suite will be filled with unique Hereford items and AHA apparel you won’t find anywhere else in the Yards.
Thank you to this year’s sponsors. If anyone is interested in being a part of the sponsorship group, please contact Amy Cowan at AHA at (816) 842-3757.
Hereford Breeders Named to Beef Board
Three Hereford breeders — Brian Healey, Oklahoma; and David Schubel and Dan Kniffen both from Pennsylvania — were recently appointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. These three individuals were among the 39 announced appointments to the Beef Board.
The Beef Board oversees collection of $1/head on all cattle sold in the U.S., and $1/head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products. The Beef Board is also responsible for approving the annual budget for its national checkoff-funded programs.
Foundation Female Package to Sell in Denver
Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla., has donated the inaugural heifer package to sell as Lot 1 in the 2008 Mile High Night National Hereford Sale, Jan. 18 in Denver. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) $5 million capital endowment campaign.
The heifer, STAR 29F Bethany 2T ET, is a Jan. 1, 2007, daughter of CS Boomer 29F. Her dam, STAR Bright Ogina 239P, is a full sister to the past national champion Bright Future. For more information about the foundation female package, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or email@example.com. Or contact Montie Soules, Star Lake Cattle Ranch, at (918) 396-4322.
A very special thanks to Jim and Randy Blin and the entire team at Star Lake for donating this heifer to the HYFA and their continued support and enthusiasm for the youth of the Hereford breed.
Heterosis Study Reports Available
The first-year results of a heterosis study being conducted in cooperation with California State University, Chico; Lacey Livestock; Harris Feeding Co.; and Harris Ranch Beef is available in a complete report, “Impacts of Crossbreeding on Profitability in Vertically Coordinated Beef Industry Marketing Systems.”
To view the report, visit Hereford.org or contact David Mehlhaff, AHA director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org for copies of this report to distribute at your next sale or meeting.
This preliminary research shows a $78 advantage for Hereford-sired calves compared to Angus-sired calves in a real-world commercial setting.
Wanted: Hereford 101 Program Ideas
We are looking for topics you would like to see discussed during future Online Hereford 101 programs. We have changed the time to noon and as a result experienced a dramatic increase in participants. The last program was Nov. 29 and featured Dan Moser, Kansas State University, discussing recent research on fertility, longevity and survivability. Please let David Mehlhaff know what kind of topics you would like to see covered in the future. Send your ideas and comments to email@example.com. We will resume Online Hereford 101s after the holiday season.