See You in Kansas City
Hereford youth are making final preparations for the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), July 12-19, in Kansas City. If a trip to Kansas City is not in your plans, real-time coverage will be available online at LiveAuctions.tv. To view the coverage, you must first set up a simple user account. If you haven’t done so already, visit the site before it’s time to watch your junior member show.
You can either go to the American Hereford Association (AHA) Web site and from there be directed to LiveAuctions.tv, or go directly to the site. There, you’ll find a link for the JNHE. You’ll be prompted to enter the user name and password you establish in the account setup process. There is no charge to use this service. Enjoy!
For class placings and pictures, look under the “Shows” menu on the AHA Web site.
Thanks again to this year’s JNHE sponsors — UMB Bank, R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust, Vita Ferm, Tyson and Fort Dodge Animal Health.
With the Vita Ferm headquarters being in St. Joseph, Mo., the staff at BioZyme Inc., will be rolling out the red carpet and hosting a tour for families attending the JNHE at its corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant along with a hamburger luncheon. The buses will leave the American Royal complex at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15 and will return from St. Joseph by 4.p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know the folks behind the brand at BioZyme and see where the Vita Ferm product lines are produced.
Along with Fort Dodge's sponsorship will be an animal health seminar on Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for Hereford youth and their families to interact with Fort Dodge representatives and learn about the importance of a quality herd health program.
Download JNHE preview and schedule (PDF)
Yoho Joins HPI Staff
Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) welcomes Heather Yoho to its Creative Services department as coordinator. Heather will be responsible for working with Creative Service customers, collecting information for projects as well as editing copy and proofing advertisements.
Heather is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in fine art with an emphasis in graphic design. She has previously worked as a graphic designer/coordinator for Dotzler Creative Arts, designing advertisements, coordinating layouts and communicating with clients.
Most recently she worked for CattleNetwork as content manager. In that role she researched, formatted and posted content to the CattleNetwork Web site; communicated with clients, subscribers and ranches; and assisted with other office responsibilities.
Heather and her daughter live in Platte City, Mo. She can be reached at email@example.com or (816) 218-2282.
U.S. Herefords on the Range in Kazakhstan
A jumbo jet full of Herefords was recently delivered to the Dinara Ranch located in Kazakhstan. Approximately 126 cows, 115 calves and 12 bulls have arrived at their new home. Mark McClintock, manager of Rocking Chair Ranch, Ft. McKavett, Texas, and Gary Wilson, representing the Winrock Foundation, accompanied the cattle.
This deal was started when a group of Kazakhstan ranchers attended the Fort Worth Stock Show and were given a ranch tour of Texas by the Texas Department of Ag.
Rocking Chair sold the group of 10 bulls and Mark and Teresa McClintock provided two additional bulls. The cows and calves were put together from Imig Herefords of Nebraska, Hoffman Herefords of South Dakota, and Douthit Herefords of Kansas.
Dinara Ranch is a 700-head Hereford ranch in southeastern Kazakhstan. The ranch owners hope to add size and muscle to their herd to keep up with a growing demand for beef in Kazakhstan’s booming economy.
This first shipment is expected to be the first of many to come. Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world. It is bordered by Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China.
BIF Honors Hereford Leaders
The 2008 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting and symposium was recently held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. During the event BIF honored several leaders in the Hereford industry.
- Louis Taylor Latimer, Remittal Cattle Co., Olds, Alta., was honored with the 2008 Pioneer Award.
- Duncan Porteous, past Canadian Hereford Association CEO won the BIF Continuing Service Award.
- Kniebel Farms & Cattle Co., White City, Kan., owned by Kevin and Mary Ann, Chuck and Kim, and Charles and Mona Kniebel were tapped as the BIF Top Commercial Producer.
This year’s event attracted more than 400 seedstock and commercial producers, feedlot operators, leading beef industry service providers, academics and industry experts.
Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, attended the event and serves on the BIF board of directors
Former APHA Chairman Leland Herman Passes
Leland Herman, 85, Wayne, Neb., passed away July 2.
Leland’s early beginning in purebred livestock started when he won the grand champion honors while showing at Ak-Sar-Ban in Omaha, Neb., in 1940 and 1941. After serving in the military in the 40s, he returned to the farm and raised polled Herefords.
In 1950-52 he served as president of the Nebraska Hereford Association and was later the first president of the Nebraska Polled Hereford Association.
He exhibited cattle nationally at shows in Chicago, Baton Rouge, Ft. Worth, Denver, San Francisco, and Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, and lots of state fairs in between. In 1965 he showed and sold the national champion female.
In 1974 he was elected to the American Polled Hereford Association (APHA) board of directors and served as APHA board chairman in 1975 and 1976. He represented the APHA Board on a trip to South America and in 1976 was a delegate to the World Hereford Conference in Calgary, Alberta.
He was active in Wayne County Farm Bureau and at Salem Lutheran Church. He was active for more than 40 years on the Wayne County Fair board. He was campaign chairman for two U.S. congressmen and was active in all political races.
Many will remember Leland for the poems he wrote.
Survivors include his nephew and niece, William and Julie Claybaugh, and his brother-in-law, Joseph Claybaugh.
Vo Ag Instructors Visit AHA
Members of the Missouri NW District of Vocational Agricultural Instructors met earlier this week at AHA headquarters in Kansas City.
Jack Ward visited with the group about the Hereford breed and AHA programs. The Association intends to develop more communication activities with the nation’s vocational agriculture instructors in hopes of education future beef producers about the efficiencies of Hereford genetics.