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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 6, Issue 37
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AHA Launches New Tools for Online Registry

The American Hereford Association (AHA) has added new tools to the enhanced Internet accounts and online registry system. These features have been developed based on comments and responses to a survey conducted earlier this year regarding the AHA’s online registry service.

The new features focus on making the system easier to navigate and easier to understand as well as provide Whole Herd Total Peformance Records (TPR™) breeders an overview of what information has been recorded on a specific year’s calf crop and what information still needs to be recorded.

To see these new features, log on to your AHA Internet account. The first screen you see will show the new “user control panel,” which makes it much easier to locate reports or files of certain types and makes it much easier to view an existing batch you may be working on or create a new batch to submit new information.

For Whole Herd TPR breeders, the “calf-crop tracker” seen in the upper portion of the control panel will provide a detailed breakdown on specific season calf crops so you can see what has been recorded at the AHA and what still needs to be updated. Detailed instructions for using these new features can be found in the lower section of the control panel. You don't have to be an online registry user to benefit from using the “calf-crop tracker.” However, online registry users will find it easy to create batches of needed information from the to-do lists in the “calf-crop tracker.”

If you have any questions regarding these new tools or the online registry in general, contact the records department at 816-842-3757 or records@hereford.org


Maxxam Test Profile Now Includes HY

Maxxam Analytical, AHA's official DNA laboratory now has Hypotrichosis (HY) as part of its DNA profile test. The cost for the DNA test continues to be $32 per sample for up to 50 samples and then discounted to $19 per sample for more than 50. Contact AHA for DNA test kits. Note: all tests done by Maxxam will have results listed on pedigrees.


AHW, NOP Members Approve Combination
to Form National Hereford Women

The National Hereford Women (NHW) was born Oct. 31, 2009, as the result of an overwhelmingly positive vote by the American Hereford Women (AHW) and National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) memberships.

The vote was the culmination of 10-months of preparation by the Strategic Planning Committee. The members considered the proposal and approved it to move forward as ONE.

Two significant changes were made to the proposal as a result of member input and board action during the Kansas City meeting. 

  1. A simplification of the name to National Hereford Women in response to member suggestion and approval at the membership meetings
  2. A change in dues to $20 per year or $400 for lifetime in response to financial forecasts discussed at our board meeting

Otherwise the proposal as presented in early September was unchanged and will be the plan the group will follow during the coming year.

For more information about the National Hereford Women and the process, visit The Barn Aisle Web site.


Hereford Woman, Poll-ette and Queen Honored
During Annual Meeting

AHW chose Sherry Pope Smith, Tulsa, Okla., as the 2009 Outstanding Hereford Woman. NOP recognized Bev Beeson, Wayne, Neb., as the 2009 NOP Poll-ette of the Year.

Also Katie Killian, Stratford, Texas, was crowned the first National Hereford Queen.

Congratulations to these outstanding women who were recognized during the Annual Meeting. Look for more about them in the December Hereford World.


Western States Hereford Association Fund-raiser

The Western States Hereford Association is hosting a draw down fund-raiser to help raise funds for the Western Nugget National Hereford Show, Dec. 4-5 in Reno, Nev.

A $50 (tax deductible) ticket gives participants the chance to win the $2,000 grand prize, or $3,000 in smaller cash prizes. Only 200 tickets will be sold, giving each ticket holder a 1 in 10 chance to win $50.

The drawing will take place during the Nugget Show, with the last five numbers drawn before the selection of the champion bull. Contact Bill Cox at 509-566-7050 for tickets.


Year-In-Review Video Online

The video shown at the 2009 AHA Annual Meeting is now available on the YouTube Web site. The video includes highlights of the 2009 fiscal year.


American Royal Photos For Sale

Photos from the American Royal are available to purchase at HerefordPhotoshop.com. Backdrop photos of champions and award winner photos are available.


Consign to BuyHereford.com

Looking to market or purchase elite Hereford genetics? BuyHereford.com features regular online consignment auctions.

The second BuyHereford.com auction will be Dec. 1. Another BuyHereford.com sale is scheduled for Dec. 29, 2009, and the consignment deadline is Dec. 9, 2009.


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.

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

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

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 mvlueck@centurytel.net

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