AHA/CHB LLC Host Journalist Symposium Day
During National Beef Cook-off
The American Hereford Association (AHA) and Certified Hereford Beef LLC were co-sponsors of the National Beef Cook-off Journalist Symposium during the National Beef Cook-off in Sonoma, Calif., last week.
More than 15 media professionals representing publications with a combined circulation of more than 12.4 million subscribers attended the event Sept. 22.
A highlight of the day was a tour stop at Kunde Family Estate winery. Hereford breeders Jim and Marcia Mickelson treated attendees to a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery including a stop to look at some fall-calving cows and new babies. Following the tour a luncheon featuring Grilled CHB® Denver Cut Steak and Kunde wine was enjoyed at Kunde's beautiful Boot Hill.
After the luncheon, the group returned to the The Lodge at Sonoma for a symposium that included presentations on new cuts from the chuck roll. CHB product was used for the cutting, preparation and tasting demonstrations.
Visit the Beef Board Web site for information about the Cook-off winners.
Plan To Be In KC Next Month;
Meet Board Candidate Dale Micheli
The 2009 AHA Annual Membership Meeting will be Monday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton President Kansas City. Visit Hereford.org for a tentative schedule.
During the meeting, 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.
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 Dale Micheli.
Dale Micheli, Ft. Bridger, Wyo., along with his father and brother, manage a 600-head cow-calf and yearling outfit. They have about 150 purebred Hereford cows, 125 registered Angus and 300 commercial cows. The family hosts an annual fall production sale at the ranch and market about 80 bulls.
The Micheli family has had Hereford cattle since about 1917 and has been a seedstock supplier for nearly 80 years. Dale also owned and operated a meat processing plant and has experience in cutting meat and marketing beef. Dale has been actively showing and judging cattle his entire life. He is past president of the Wyoming Hereford Association and served as a director for 25 years. He has been a delegate to the AHA Annual Membership Meeting many times.
Dale has traveled the country and judged Hereford shows at Ft. Worth, the Cow Palace, San Antonio and numerous field days and state and county fairs. Dale, along with other members of his family, is an active member of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association. Dale served on the Wyoming Livestock Board and as chairman of that group for a two-year term. He has been a dedicated volunteer judging coach for 4-H and FFA for 30 years. He has coached numerous state champion teams that went on to place in the top five at the national meat judging contest.
Dale also officiated basketball for 30 years and was inducted into the Wyoming Officials Hall Of Fame. He says refereeing helps him maintain a level head and calm demeanor when in tough situations.
Dale and his wife, Terry, have six children and four grandchildren.
Uruguay Hereford Breeders Host National Show
Uruguay Hereford breeders hosted the national Hereford show in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sept. 15-16. The Hereford Breeders' Society of Uruguay organized the two-day show during the Prado Expo, a 10-day livestock and trade show. Judging the show was Montana Hereford Breeder Jack Holden.
Holden says the Prado Expo is comparable to the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Holden developed a relationship with breeders in Uruguay during his tenure on the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors, and says the cattle shown had a heavy influence of U.S. genetics.
The 130 entries were evaluated not only on phenotype but also on their expected progeny differences (EPDs) as they were released in the first-ever Pan-American Cattle Evaluation (PACE). PACE was released in July and includes Hereford cattle from the U.S., Canada, Argentina and Uruguay.
The quality of the cattle at the show was impressive, Holden says. “They showed very consistent, good cattle. I chose cattle that blended good balance, volume, capacity and muscle shape. And they had to have good EPDs to go with it.”
Holden traveled to Uruguay with Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement. Ward and Holden also visited the organization's bull test facility near Kiyu, where about 80 bulls are tested annually and sold. Throughout the remainder of the year, approximately 400 steers are grass-finished at the facility.
“They fatten them on grass with very little supplement,” Holden explains. “That's why they push so much for feed efficiency. They need cattle that can grow efficiently and they are very conscious of that. The Uruguay breeders are very performance-oriented and they are definitely excited about the PACE EPDs. They've been pushing for it and wanting it all along.”
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.
Kansas Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale
Date: Oct. 23
Location: Manhattan Commission Co., Manhattan, Kan.
Contact: Tom Graznow: (785) 466-6790
John Cline: (785) 776-4815
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
Bluegrass Stockyards South, Stanford, Ky.
Lowell Atwood: (606) 669-1455
John Meents: (419) 306-7480
Montana Hereford Association Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale
Headwaters Livestock Auction, Three Forks, Mont.
Jerry Gereghty: (406) 662-3375 or email@example.com
Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale
Carthage Livestock Auction, Carthage, Ill.
(920) 583-3223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Enter Now for the Western Nugget National Hereford Show
The Western Nugget National Hereford Show (WNNHS) will be Dec. 3-4 in Reno, Nev. The early entry deadline is Oct. 15. The Western Nugget Junior Show will be Dec. 2. Visit the NJHA Web site for more information. For information about all upcoming national shows, visit Hereford.org.
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 Hereford.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.