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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 7, Issue 9
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Hereford Highlights

AHA Announces 2009 Dams, Sires of Distinction

For 2009, 1,941 Hereford cows from 639 Hereford performance herds in 43 states earned the honor of being named a Dam of Distinction (DOD) by the American Hereford Association (AHA).

For the 29th consecutive year, South Dakota Hereford operation Rausch Herefords owns the most Dams of Distinction honored at 76 head, 20 more than last year, and again leads its state to the top of the list with 306 cows recognized.

There were 74 Sires of Distinction recognized for 2009. For more information on the programs, including a complete list of sires recognized and a list of operations with DODs by state visit or check out the April Hereford World.

Top 20 States — 2009 Dams of Distinction

Rank State Number of Dams
1 South Dakota 306
2 Nebraska 213
3 Kansas 140
4 Montana 135
5 North Dakota 117
6 Missouri 94
7 Illinois 82
8 Texas 75
9 Minnesota 69
10 Idaho 65
11 Oregon 59
12 Wyoming 58
12 Iowa 58
14 Wisconsin 54
15 Oklahoma 50
16 Colorado 47
17 Indiana 29
18 Tennessee 28
18 Utah 28
20 California 27

Top 20 Breeders — 2009 Dams of Distinction

Rank Owner Number of Dams
1 Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D. 76
2 Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb. 33
3 Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D. 28
4 Larry & Carol Gildemaster, Virgil, S.D. 27
5 Fawcetts Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D. 26
6 Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb. 24
7 Fort Keogh Livestock & Ranch Research Station, Miles City, Mont. 21
8 K&B Herefords, Onida, S.D. 20
9 Wiese & Sons, Manning, Iowa 18
10 Alexander Mih, Indianapolis, Ind. 17
11 Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho 16
11 Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore. 16
11 Tim Shaw Herefords Inc., Cascade, Idaho 16
14 Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock, Neb. 15
14 Helbling Herefords, Mandan, N.D. 15
14 Journagan Ranch/Missouri State Un., Mountain Grove, Mo. 15
17 The Poplars Ranch Inc., Silver Lake, Ore. 14
17 Ridder Hereford Ranch, Callaway, Neb. 14
17 Keith Carmichael, Meadow, S.D. 14
17 O.D. Perkes, Afton, Wyo. 14

Breed Improvement Department Requests

Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, is requesting breeders to submit to the Association all the feed intake data they have collected. This includes steers, bulls and heifers. The Association is collecting as much data as possible to put together some discovery and validation populations for genomics.

In order to continue to move the breed forward and assure commercial cattlemen that Hereford breeders are proactive in their approach to breed improvement, the Association is collecting DNA on any animals that will be culled due to cosmetic issues such as cancer eye or prolapse.

Also, this is the final call for breeders who would like to nominate a bull for the Young Sire Test program.

For information on these or any other breed improvement issues, contact Jack Ward at 816-842-3757 or

Hereford Bull Sells for $85,000 for 3/4 Interest

Boyd Worldwide 9050 ET, a Feb. 22, 2009, son of SHF Rib Eye M326 R117 brought $85,000 for 3/4 interest in the Boyd Beef Cattle Bull Sale, Mays Lick, Ky., March 1. The Worldwide Group purchased the ¾-interest in the bull. Members of the group include:

  • Genex Cooperative Inc.
  • Grassy Run Polled Herefords, Winfield, W.Va.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Morrison Stock Farm, Lexington, Ohio
  • Berg Polled Herefords, Dalton, Ohio
  • Doug Harrison, Broadway, Va.
  • Whaley Polled Herefords, Dalton, Ga.
  • Greg Sloan, Danville, Ky.
  • Outback Farms, Fond du Lac, Wis.
  • Peter & Pattie Andersin, Long Eddy, N.Y.
  • Oak Hill Farm, Gallipolis, Ohio
  • Trowbridge Farm, Ghent, N.Y.
  • Doss Hereford Farm, Smithville, Mo.
  • Twin Oaks Farm, Keezleville, Va.
  • John Doctora, Franklin, Tenn.

Your Hereford AI Source — Now Available

The 2010 Hereford AI book is now available. This Hereford AI Source was mailed along with the March Hereford World magazine on Feb. 26. This AI source features 130 bulls from 102 different owners.  If you are not a subscriber, and would like to receive a copy of the Hereford AI Source, e-mail Debbie Rush at and include your mailing address in the e-mail. Don't wait, AI season is just around the corner.

You can also download a copy of the AI book at

Cattleman Wins Custom Hat at NCBA Convention

For the second year, visitors to the Hereford booth at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio Jan. 27-30, were entered into a drawing for a custom-made felt hat from Bar None Hat Co., Thedford, Neb. This year’s winner is James Dangelmayr of Muenster, Texas. Special thanks to Kaycee Hoffman, owner of Bar None, for shaping and cleaning hats in the booth.

Hall of Fame, Merit Nominations Due May 1

Nominations for the Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit are due May 1.

The Hall of Fame honor recognizes Hereford breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed. Hall of Merit recipients aren’t necessarily Hereford breeders but have, in their own ways, greatly influenced the Hereford breed and the cattle industry.

For more information on how to nominate deserving individuals for the 2010 induction at the AHA Annual Meeting in November, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at 816-842-3757.

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 26 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 2010 State Association Directory Form (PDF)
Download 2010 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)

Sire Summary
Now Online

The Spring 2010 Sire Summary is now online at Hard copies will be available and can be requested by contacting American Hereford Association (AHA) staff at 816-842-3757.

The new summary includes detailed listings on sires from U.S., Canada, Uruguay and Argentina to help producers make informed buying, breeding and other management decisions. A total of 2,214 sires are listed in the summary. There are 938 proven sires, 796 young sires and 181 reference sires from the National Reference Sire Program. The balance of the sires can be found in the carcass section, which is a list of the 783 highest accuracy bulls for carcass traits.

Next Auction March 30

Looking to market elite Hereford genetics? features regular online consignment auctions. To consign to the March sale visit

National Show Photos For Sale

Photos from Fort Worth and the National Western are available to purchase 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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