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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 6, Issue 8
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Hereford Highlights

Harrell Herefords Nominated for BIF Award

Harrell Herefords, Baker City, Ore., has been nominated by the American Hereford Association (AHA) for the Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year Award.

Harrell Hereford Ranch is a family run operation, consisting of Bob Jr., his wife, Becky, daughter, Lexie, and Bob’s mother, Edna, as well as sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Wannie Mackenzie, who are also involved and are partners in the Harrell-Mackenzie Quarter Horse operation.

The operation has grown to include six ranches, and currently consists of 300 registered Hereford cows, 400 black baldie commercial cows, an 800-head backgrounding feedlot, and 45 Quarter Horse broodmares. The Harrell herd has been performance testing since its inception in 1970, and for more than 39 years the goal has been to produce performance cattle that work under a variety of management systems and branded beef programs. The calving season is matched to the environment and the need to market yearling bulls at a desirable age and weight. Calving begins on Feb. 1 for registered cows, and March 1 for commercial cows, with bulls being pulled after 60 days.

The Harrell family is also very involved in programs designed to improve Hereford genetics, and grow market share for Hereford beef, while promoting sustainable management practices for its customers and their families. The Harrells hosted their 30th Annual Production Sale this spring.

The BIF Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting will be in Sacramento, Calif., April 30-May 3. Visit the BIF Web site for a complete schedule of events.

Rausch Herefords Tops Dams of Distinction List for 28th Year

For 2008, 1,938 Hereford cows from 641 Hereford performance herds in 45 states earned the honor of being named a Dam of Distinction by the AHA.

For the 28th consecutive year, South Dakota Hereford operation Rausch Herefords owns the most Dams of Distinction honored at 56 head, and again leads its state to the top of the list with 319 cows recognized. Following South Dakota and rounding out the top five states were Nebraska, Kansas, Montana and North Dakota.

Donald Dubois, Wosley, S.D., recorded 36 dams of distinction follwed by Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D., and Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb., with 29 and Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., with 28.

The 2008 Dams of Distinction list honors the Hereford breed's cows that meet the highest standard of production and recognizes the cattlemen who produce them. In order to be named a Dam of Distinction, a Hereford cow must meet all the job requirements for an ideal cow. She should produce a healthy, growthy calf every year; she should calve as a 2-year-old, and she should cause her owner absolutely no problems. A Dam of Distinction is the standard by which all Hereford cows can be judged.

For more information about the Dams of Distinction Program visit  Females attaining the Dams of Distinction status are recognized with “DOD” after their names on the AHA Web site. An article recognizing the 2008 Dams of Distinction will be in the April 2009 Hereford World.

The Whiteface Available for Download, Order

The heterosis articles printed in the February Hereford World have been reformatted and are available in a new issue of The Whiteface. American Hereford Association (AHA) members can request printed copies to distribute or the file can be downloaded and printed at home.

The Whiteface issues are available for download at These newsletters make excellent reading materials at Hereford sales this spring. To request printed copies or if you would like high-resolution files for high-quality printing, please contact Angie Stump Denton at (785) 363-7263 or

Spring Cow Herd Inventory Deadline Extended to March 16

The AHA has extended the spring cow herd inventory deadline to March 16. AHA encourages all breeders enrolled in the Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) Program to submit their spring inventory report to the AHA by the deadline to avoid a $2-per-head increase in the inventory fee charged.

If you still need to update herd inventory and use the online registry service, you can find a report in the download files area of your AHA Internet account. Using the online registry service is the quickest and most efficient way to update your inventory to ensure you meet the deadline.

If you use traditional paper forms to submit your herd information and have misplaced your original inventory report, contact the AHA records department.

Make Sure You’re in the Hereford Handbook

Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) has sent e-mails 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 an e-mail, please fill out the appropriate form linked below and submit by March 15 via fax, e-mail or mail, using the following contact information:

Fax: (816) 842-6931, Attn: Christy Benigno
Mailing address:
American Hereford Association
Attn: Christy Benigno
P.O. Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101

Download 2009 State Association Directory Form (PDF)
Download 2009 State Women’s Association Directory Form (PDF)

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 officer and advisor e-mail addresses if available. We are working on mailings for important summer activities and have received very few updated lists this year.

Complete and mail the form linked below or e-mail the information to Amy Cowan at We also need current information for all state advisors.

Download Officers and Directors Form (Word)

Visit Junior Web Site for Important Information

The NJHA Web site has been updated and will continue to be updated in the next few weeks with important information you need to know for all the upcoming junior activities this summer. Visit the NJHA Web site for the most up-to-date junior information.

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) 801-1317 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 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.

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Market Update

Cattle Outlook

Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, University of Missouri-Columbia

Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To view this information, visit the University of Missouri AgEBB Web site.

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Industry Insight


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