Herefords Showcase Largest Breed Show in Denver
Hereford excitement abounded from the Yards to the Hill at the recent National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Jan. 14-17. The Hereford breed laid claim to the largest show in Denver with 640 head of cattle being exhibited throughout the four-day event. There were 354 head in the open show, 121 in the junior show, 30 pens of bulls, seven heifer pens and six carloads. Congratulations to all the Hereford exhibitors who made the 2009 NWSS a success. Visit Hereford.org for complete results.
Star Lake Wins 10 in a Row Carload Titles
In the Yards, excitement was at an all-time high for the Star Lake Cattle Ranch crew from Skiatook, Okla., as they proudly exhibited the champion carload for the 10th consecutive year. The load of junior bull calves had an average weight of 1,330 lb. and a weight per day of age (WDA) of 3.70 lb. Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D., showed the reserve champion carload. Their group of spring bull calves averaged 1,076 lb., and had a WDA of 3.65 lb.
Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kan., showed the champion pen of three bulls and Delaney Herefords Inc., Lake Benton, Minn., showed the reserve champion pen. In the heifer division it was Baumgarten Cattle Co., Belfield, N.D., leading the champion pen of three and Greives Herefords, Otterbein, Ind., showing the reserve champion pen of heifers. Visit Hereford.org to see a complete list of pen and carload winners with all the data and statistics on the bulls and females.
CRR About Time 743 ET Named Supreme Hereford
Hoffman Herefords, McAurthur, Calif.; Topp Herefords, Grace City, N.D.; Pelton Polled Herefords, Halliday, N.D.; and Coyote Ridge Ranch, LaSalle, Colo., exhibited the supreme champion Hereford at the end of the two-day show on the Hill at the NWSS. CRR About Time 743 is by THM Durango 4037 and was selected grand champion polled and yearling champion bull prior to the supreme drive.
Coyler Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, dominated the horned show, exhibiting grand and reserve grand champion national bulls. C 146 Domino 8172 ET by DM BR L1 Domino 146 was slapped champion spring calf and overall champion followed by C Reno 6142 ET who is co-owned with Aaron Wilbourn, Tulare, Calif.
Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla.; Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla.; Adams-Hirsche Ranch, High River, Alta.; and BJ Herman and Sons, Continental, Ohio; claimed the banner for reserve champion polled bull with STAR KKH SSF Bright Kelly 408 by STAR Bright Future 533P ET.
National Junior Hereford Association members outshined the competition in the female shows. Taylor Schrick, Sayre, Okla., led her horned spring yearling female to win grand champion honors in the open and junior shows. C Chanel ET is a daughter of DM BR L1 Domino 146. Winning the polled open female show was Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev., with BF Flirtatious 713T by BR Moler ET. Rylee Barber and her intermediate champion female, BR Bonita 7093 by DM BR Sooner, were selected reserve champion polled female. Drew Perez, Nara Visa, N.M., exhibited the reserve champion horned female, C&M New Mexico Lady 8040, by KJ BJ Bounty Hunter 741P.
Blake Tucker, N. Platte, Neb., exhibited the champion polled female in the junior show, C Ms Absolute 7111 ET. Chance, John, Austin and Nick Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa, showed the reserve champion polled female, C 146 Notice Me 8020 ET. Reserve female in the horned junior show was Payton Farmer, Plainfield, Ind., with H Calamity Jane 8014 ET.
In the horned show: Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn., was awarded premier exhibitor and Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, was premier breeder: At the conclusion of the polled show, Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla. secured premier breeder, premier exhibitor, best 6 head and get-of-sire titles.
Foundation Female Sells for $50,000
Hereford enthusiasts proved loyal to the breed, as they supported Hereford youth with a generous bid of $50,000 for the Hereford Youth Foundation Female Friday, Jan. 16 in the Beef Palace Auction Arena at the NWSS in Denver. Ten businesses and families pooled their efforts to make the final bid, purchasing the heifer for $50,000.
The 10 contributors to the cause were: Red Hills Herefords, Clinton, Okla.; Sparks/Kimbrough, Connerville, Okla.; Little Creek Ranch, Parma, Idaho; Split Butte Livestock, Minidoka, Idaho; Frank & Margaret Rodgers, Buhl, Idaho; Starr Polled Herefords, Manawa, Wis.; Eva Hamman, Jacksboro, Texas; Pollard Farms, Waukomis, Okla.; MCS Cattle Co., Elgin, Okla.; and Wooden Shoe Farms, Blackfoot, Idaho.
Much thanks goes to Grandview CMR, Como, Miss., for donating this outstanding heifer, CMR Super Lady 8021ET.
AHA Awards Three Hereford Industry Innovator Awards
Lacey Livestock, Ford County Feeders and National Beef Packing Co. LLC were presented AHA Hereford Industry Innovator Awards during the NWSS Hereford Carload and Pen Show Jan. 15.
John and Mark Lacey of Lacey Livestock, Independence, Calif., have been cooperating with AHA, Harris Feeding Co. and Harris Ranch Beef Co. since 2005, in a research project studying the value of heterosis. The objective of the project is to conduct a controlled crossbreeding system comparing progeny sired by Hereford and Angus bulls under commercial conditions, emphasizing economic differences at the ranch, feedlot and packing plant.
Ford County Feedyard, Ford, Kan., has been a licensed Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) cattle feeder since 2004 and a participating Hereford Verified yard since the program's inception in 2005.
National Beef Packing Co. LLC, Kansas City, Mo., is the only rancher-owned, fully-integrated beef processor in U.S. National Beef is the fourth-largest packer and has been a licensed CHB processor since July 2003.
Look for more about NWSS award recipients in the March Hereford World.
Mile High Night Sale Averages $12,624
Excitement and enthusiasm filled the air for the Mile High Night Hereford Sale in the packed Beef Palace Auction arena, Jan. 16, in Denver. The Hereford offering was top-notch and the bidding proved it. When Eddie Sims, National Cattle Services Inc., silenced the gavel for the final time, $441,550 was collected on 28.35 lots. The 10.85 bulls averaged $15,346 and 17.5 females commanded $10,937 per head. Three flushes brought 6,633 per flush and 31 embryos averaged $444.
Topping the sale at $57,500 for half interest was DBLL 4002 Patton 8018 ET consigned by Double L Cattle, Hearne, Texas. T-Bone Ranch Co., Antonito, Colo.; Jenkins Family Cattle, Jonescreek, Texas; OJJ Ranch, Shelley, Idaho; Stuber Ranch, Bowman, N.D.; K7 Herefords, Lockridge, Iowa; Churchill Cattle Co., Manhattan, Mont.; and River Ridge Ranch, Durand, Ill., bought half interest in this excellent yearling herd sire prospect.
Perez Honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year
Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, N.M., was selected as the 2009 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the NWSS in Denver. Perez was selected for the award by his peers and honored prior to the selection of the champion horned Hereford bull on Jan. 17.
Perez is a third generation Hereford breeder. He grew up participating in junior Hereford activities. And since graduating to the adult ranks has bred and shown numerous national champions including the 2009 National Western reserve grand champion horned female.
Day Selected National Queen
Kirbie Day, Waxahachie, Texas, was crowned the 2009 National Polled Hereford Queen during the NWSS in Denver. Day competed against 10 other state queens for the 35th national title, which was announced prior to the selection of the grand champion polled Hereford bull Jan. 17.
First runner-up went to Jessica Acheson, Woodbine, Kan., and second runner-up to Arika Bohnsack, Taylor Ridge, Ill. Mary Porter, Jesup, Ga., was selected as Miss Congeniality.
Mead Named Poll-ette of the Year
Robin Mead, Midville, Ga., was named Poll-ette of the Year at the National Organization of Poll-ettes Annual Meeting in Denver Jan. 15. Lynn Sumner, Axtell, Texas, was the first runner-up. Complete bios on the award winners will appear in the March Hereford World.
New Udder Scoring System Implemented
In July the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) adopted a two-score system for evaluating udders. The AHA Board of Directors followed suit and adopted the same system during its August meeting.
With the new system, producers score both teat size and udder suspension. The scores for both characteristics range from 1 to 9.
Information about the new system was printed in the January 2009 Hereford World Page 20.
Visit the Hereford Booth in Phoenix
Plan to visit the AHA and CHB booth during the Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show next week in Phoenix. Stop by booth No. 1323 and register to win a custom-made, top-quality Beaver hat from Bar None Hat Co. and AHA. While at the booth have your hat shaped and cleaned while learning about AHA-sponsored research projects that are documenting the value of Hereford-influenced cattle, what's new in CHB LLC and how Hereford cattle are gaining market share.
Junior AI Deadline Moved to Feb. 13
Attention juniors: the 2009 junior AI program deadline has been moved to Feb. 13. The packets mailed last week. One packet was sent to each family, so if you need to fill out more than one nomination form please make copies. Please complete the nomination form and return to the AHA Youth Department by Feb. 13, 2009.
Spring 2009 EPDs Online
The Spring 2009 Hereford expected progeny differences (EPDs) are now available online. Printed sire summaries will be available in early February. Contact the AHA to request a copy. For more information, contact Jack Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 842-3757.
Order Your Hereford Photos Today
To view and purchase NWSS, North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) and Western Nugget photos taken by AHA staff, visit the Hereford Photo Shop Web site. Call Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757 with questions.
Hereford AI Book Back in 2009
The Hereford AI Book will be back in 2009. Make sure that your sire is included by submitting all advertising information and photos to the HPI office by Jan. 26.
This artificial insemination (AI) source will be distributed with the March Hereford World. In addition, reprints will be placed in AHA new member packets and distributed at trade shows, meetings and AHA events. The source will also be posted at Herfnet.com and a summary listing of the sires will be included in April’s Hereford World.
The price for a half-page, four-color ad is $725. A full-page, four-color ad is $1,150. If you purchase two pages, you receive a discounted rate of $2,050. There is no charge for the bull’s photo.
For more information, contact your AHA field representative. A field staff listing can be found in Hereford World or at Hereford.org.
Attention Ft. Worth Hereford Exhibitors
Hereford exhibitors please make sure that all cattle planning to show at national shows are registered as any entry that is pending or not registered 30 days prior to a national show will be scratched and not allowed to show. Also if you intend to have EPDs printed in the show program, please make sure you are a compliant and a Whole Herd TPR breeder as EPDs will not be added to any animal upon arrival at the show. We appreciate your cooperation with getting all show animals registered 30 days prior to the show and any EPD problems worked out ahead of time.
Take Me Back to Tulsa
The 2009 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) will be July 4-11 at the Expo Square, Tulsa, Okla. Look for more information in upcoming Hereford World issues. The Doubletree Hotel Tulsa at Warren Place is the headquarters hotel. The room rate is $99. Call (800) 222-1317 and ask for AHA room block. The other hotel option is the Embassy Suites Hotel (918) 622-4000 or 1-800-Embassy. The room rate is $109. Please ask for reservation code JAH.
Another lodging option is the RV Park at Expo Square. Visit the RV Park Web site for camping information. The park will fill up fast, so please make your reservations today.
Bucket O’ Bulls Fund-raiser to Support 2009 JNHE
The Oklahoma Hereford Association has introduced a semen package fund-raiser to support the 2009 JNHE. Five lucky ticket holders will win semen packages that include 48 total units from elite Hereford bulls — two units from each of 24 bulls.
Tickets are $50 each or buy five tickets and get the sixth one free. To purchase tickets, contact any Oklahoma Hereford Association member or you can order by calling (918) 342-0327 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Winners will be selected at the JNHE in Tulsa. For a list of the bulls included in the package and for more information, visit the Bucket O’ Bulls Web site.