Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 6, Issue 28
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Hereford Highlights

Take Advantage of Feeder Calf Sales In Your Area

Consigning your Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves to a special Hereford sale not only provides a great outlet for buyers interested in Hereford genetics, but may also result in a premium for the seller. Contact these organizers today for the specific requirements of each sale. Many have a consignment deadline, and the earlier you commit your stock, the better advertisement your calves will get. Whether you have one head or 100, one of these sales may be the perfect marketing outlet for you.

Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Feeder Calf Sale
Oct. 26, Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, Tenn.
John Woolfolk: (731) 225-2620
Darrell Ailshie: (931) 212-8512

Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale
Oct. 27, Bluegrass Stockyards South, Stanford, Ky.
Lowell Atwood: (606) 669-1455
John Meents: (419) 306-7480

Montana Hereford Association Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale
Nov. 16, Headwaters Livestock Auction, Three Forks, Mont.
Jerry Gereght: (406) 662-3375 or

Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale
Dec. 3, Carthage Livestock Auction, Carthage, Ill.
Jerry Huth: (920) 583-3223 or

Missouri Hereford Association Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale
Dec. 3, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, Mo.
Matt Reynolds: (660) 676-3788
Marty Lueck: (417) 948-2669 or

South Dakota Tour, Genetic Defect Seminar Planned

The South Dakota Hereford Association invites Hereford enthusiasts to tour north central South Dakota, Sept. 18-19. Buses will depart from Huron, S.D., Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. For a complete schedule, download the tour brochure.

Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a live Internet broadcast from Rausch Herefords on The broadcast will include highlights from the various tour stops as well as a genetic defect seminar presented by Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president. Huffhines' presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Join Us for HYFA Boots and Brew Reception

During the 2009 American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Hereford enthusiasts are invited to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Boots and Brew reception. The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31 in the American Royal Governor’s Room. Shuttle service back to the hotel will be available at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting Draws Closer;
Meet Board Candidate Cliff Copeland

The 2009 AHA Annual Membership Meeting will be Monday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton President Kansas City. To make hotel reservations please call (816) 221-9490 or (800) 445-8667. The reservation cutoff deadline is Sept. 30. Visit for a tentative schedule.

The six AHA Board candidates are Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M.; Marty Lueck, Mountain Grove, Mo.; Dale Micheli, Ft. Bridger, Wyo.; Les Midla, Marianna, Pa.; Phillip Moon, Harrison, Ark.; and Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kan. Watch for more information on each of the candidates in the October Hereford World. Each week we will feature a new Board candidate in Hereford eNews, this week we feature Cliff Copeland.

Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M., has been involved in the Hereford business since birth. A family operation established in 1943, Copeland and Sons LLC is currently managed by three generations of Copelands — Cliff and his wife, Pat; Cliff’s parents, Clifford and Barbara; and Cliff and Pat’s son, Matt.

Cattle is their only business, with a 500-head herd that includes 90 registered Hereford females, 80 cows used to produce club calves and 330 commercial Hereford cows. The registered division produces all of the bulls for the family’s commercial herd. This arrangement allows the Copelands to test their registered genetics under real-world commercial conditions. They try to get feedlot and carcass information on the steer calves. The family strives to provide bulls to its commercial and purebred customers that have complete performance testing and Total Performance Records (TPR) data.

The Copelands show at regional and national shows and have started to make Denver a must each year. They have found that exhibiting cattle gives them contact with and exposure to potential customers from all over the country. Cliff has judged Hereford shows at the local, regional, national and international levels.

During his youth, Cliff was a member of the American Junior Hereford Association board and served as president. He attended New Mexico State University and earned an animal science degree. Cliff is a member, director and past president of New Mexico Hereford Association. Cliff and Pat were New Mexico Junior Hereford Association advisors for 17 years. Committed to help the breed, Cliff has helped with Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) promotions in his area. He has been a member, board member and past committee chair of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. He currently serves as New Mexico Beef Council vice chairman. He’s a past director and chairman of the New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association.

AHA Announces FY 2009 Registrations, Sales Numbers

The American Hereford Association’s (AHA) fiscal year (FY) ended Aug. 31. During FY 2009 the Association experienced an increase in registrations and sale prices kept consistent with previous years. This is exciting considering the state of the economy and the decreasing national cow herd size.

Fiscal year numbers totaled 64,293 registrations and 31,747 transfers with 103,093 cows on inventory. The Association has 3,434 active adult members and 2,256 active junior members — both an increase compared to FY 2008.

A total of 164 Hereford production sales were reported by Hereford World staff this fiscal year. Bull sales averaged $3,194 and female sales $2,811.

The top five states by registrations:

State No. of Head
Texas 8,707
Nebraska 5,125
Kansas 4,101
South Dakota 3,804
Oklahoma 3,719

The top 10 breeders by registrations:

Breeder No. of Head
W4 Ranch, Morgan, Texas 742
Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D. 643
Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb. 594
Imig Herefords, Lakeside, Neb. 469
Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla. 406
Dudley Bros, Comanche, Texas 389
Coates Ranch Co., Mertzon, Texas 370
Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb. 336
Jamison Herefords, Quinter, Kan. 323
Langford Herefords, Okmulgee, Okla. 319

Watch for more about FY 2009 in future eNews issues and in the November Hereford World.

Youth Mark Your Calendars:
2010 PRIDE Convention Planned

The 2010 Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention will be Aug. 2-4 in Boise, Idaho. Look for more information in future issues of eNews and at

The Whiteface Available for Download, Order

Articles highlighting the Harris Ranch and Circle A Ranch heterosis projects printed in recent Hereford World issues 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 fall. 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

JNHE Photos, Videos Available for Purchase

All pictures taken by AHA staff at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) may be viewed and ordered at

Also this year a video of the show is available for purchase. Order your copy on DVD at

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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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