Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 7, Issue 30
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Hereford Highlights

Consign Now to Next Sale

The next sale is Tuesday, Sept. 28, and will feature superior cattle genetics including show heifer prospects, flush options, embryos, rare semen, pregnancies and cattle from the nation's most high profile Hereford breeders. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this sale, the consignment deadline is Sept. 14. To consign contact your AHA field representative.

Collect Feed Efficiency Data At Olsens’

Art and Douglas Olsen are looking for cattle to test for feed efficiency at their new state-of-the-art facility with GrowSafe system at Harrisburg, Neb. Bulls, steers or replacement heifers can be tested. Olsens can also collect ultrasound data and even artificially inseminate your heifers for you.

Stop by the ranch or give Art or Douglas a call to discuss the options for your cattle. Office - 308-673-5597; Douglas’ cell - 308-641-1273 or

Cattlemen to Cattlemen Segment Promotes Hereford

The Aug. 31 Cattlemen to Cattlemen broadcast on RFD-TV included a segment featuring Kendal Frazier, National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) senior vice president of governance, discussing his 25 years of service to NCBA. In the segment he talked about the value of Hereford genetics and the resurgence of the breed. Watch online.

Sept 20  Entry Deadline for Bluegrass Stakes Sale

Hereford breeders interested in consigning to the Bluegrass Stakes Sale in Louisville need to submit consignment information by Sept. 20. To consign, send entry information,  registration number, footnote, picture and entry fee of $150
payable to AHA to John Meents,  21555 SR 698, Jenera, OH  45841.

For more information about the sale, contact Meents at or 419-306-7480.

Consign Now to Hereford Feeder Calf Sales

Looking to market Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder calves this fall or winter? Consign now to one of the following special Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder calf sales.

  • Oct. 22 - Kansas Hereford Feeder Calf Sale, Manhattan, Kan., contact Gus Gustafson 785-238-7306 or John Cline 785-776-4815
  • Oct. 25 - Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Feeder Calf Sale, Columbia, Tenn., contact John Woolfolk 731-225-2620 or Darrell Ailshie 931-212-8512
  • Oct. 26 - Kentucky Hereford Assn. Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Stanford Ky., contact Lowell Atwood 606-669-1455 or AHA Field Rep John Meents
  • Nov. 17 - Montana Hereford Assn. Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Three Forks, Mont., contact Jerry Gereghty 406-662-3375   
  • Jan. 4, 2011 - Greater Midwest Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Carthage, Ill., contact Jerry Huth 920-583-3223

AHA Announces FY 2010 Registrations, Sales Numbers

The American Hereford Association’s (AHA) fiscal year (FY) ended Aug. 31. During FY 2010 the average price paid for a Hereford — both females and bulls — increased. This is exciting considering the state of the economy and the decreasing national cow herd size. The breed also experienced increases in registrations and transfers.

Fiscal year numbers totaled 64,907 registrations, up from 64,293 last year, and 34,767 transfers, up from 31,747 last year. Cows on inventory totaled 101,677 and there were 3,441 active adult members and 2,244 active junior members.

A total of 161 Hereford production sales were reported by Hereford World staff this fiscal year. Bull sales averaged $3,261 up from $3,194 last fiscal year and females averaged $2,587, up $103 from last year. Across the board the Herefords averaged $97 more per lot on 9,573 total lots reported by AHA field representatives.

The top five states by registrations:

  • Texas 7,858
  • Nebraska 5,288
  • South Dakota 4,765
  • Kansas 3,853
  • Oklahoma 3,709

The top 10 breeders by registrations:

  • Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D. 798
  • Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb. 700
  • Imig Herefords, Lakeside, Neb. 502
  • Alexander Mih, Indianapolis, Ind. 474
  • Colin Hoffman, Leola, S.D. 396
  • Dudley Bros, Comanche, Texas 378
  • Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb. 368
  • Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla. 338
  • Jamison Herefords, Quinter, Kan. 338
  • Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D. 309

Watch for more about FY 2010 in the November Hereford World.

AHA Releases New Strategic Plan

The American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors and eight advisors met in April for a strategic planning session to discuss and establish goals and objectives for the Association. In August the Board approved seven core strategies and corresponding objectives for the future.

The seven new core strategies are:

  1. Improve the overall quality, consistency, predictability and profitability of Hereford genetics.
  2. Build strategic alliances.
  3. Continue to grow the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) program.
  4. Increase investment in member and customer education and service.
  5. Increase focus of communicating the profitability advantage of Hereford genetics.
  6. Grow non-traditional revenue.
  7. Cultivate the growth and development of juniors and young breeders.

Download the plan or watch for it in the September Hereford World.

CHB Launched by Sysco Minnesota

Sysco, the largest foodservice distributor in North America, is launching the Certified Hereford Beef line from its Minnesota branch. Wyatt and Brian Lawrence of Lawrence Herefords along with other Hereford breeders helped Sysco employees kick off the CHB sales with a meeting in Minneapolis on Aug. 27.

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View banner advertising rates. To read how other Hereford breeders are utilizing the banner ads as a marketing tool read “Most Bang For your Banner” in the July Hereford World.

For more information about banner advertising options including bundling with Hereford World advertising and Creative Service packages, contact your AHA field staff member or Caryn Vaught 816-218-2282.

National Show Season Is Approaching

The American Royal National Hereford Show and Junior Show entry deadline and junior ownership deadline is Sept. 10. Visit the American Royal Web site for more information.

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition National Hereford Show is scheduled for Oct. 1 in Harrisburg, Pa. The judge will be Cody Lowderman. Visit the Keystone Web site for more information.

The North American show date is Nov. 18 in Louisville and entries are due Oct. 1. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Spring Hill Suites. Block rate is $99. Refer to American Hereford Association.

Western Nugget National Hereford Sale Consignments
Due Sept. 15

The Western Nugget National Hereford Sale is Dec. 4 in Reno, Nev. This has consistently been the second largest Hereford event behind Denver for many years. If you have never been, it is worth being part of, ask anyone who has been to this special sale! If you have any interest in consigning a herd bull prospect, bred or open heifer, flush, pregnancy or embryos please contact Matt Macfarlane, Sheridan, Calif., at 530-633-4184 or 916-803-3113. Visit the Western Nugget Web site for more information on the sale and show.

AHA Nominating Committee Announces Board Candidates

Nominating Committee Chairman Lee Haygood has submitted five candidates for election to the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board this fall including:

  • Tom Boatman, Georgia
  • Keith Fawcett, South Dakota
  • Richard Gebhart, Oklahoma
  • Steve Lambert, California
  • Dale Venhuizen, Montana

You can look for these men’s biographies in the October Hereford World and future issues of eNews.

Hereford and Brahman Breeders to Host F1 Field Day

The American Brahman Breeders Association and the AHA along with their Mississippi affiliates will jointly host a field day at the Smith County Ag Complex in Raleigh, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 25.  The Field Day will start at 9 a.m. and will provide an opportunity for beef cattle producers to hear and learn of the new era version of the age old Brahman x Hereford F1 cross.        

This will be the first time these two breeds have joined forces in the Magnolia State to promote the superiority of this popular cross. An outstanding program and meal are being planned.

Watch for a complete schedule in a future issue of Hereford eNews.

Don’t Forget Chute Scores

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is asking breeders to begin collecting data on dispositions this fall by using chute scores. There is a column on the new weaning sheet or if you have already registered your calves and have a weaning sheet, contact the AHA customer service department to request a new form with the chute score column.

If you use the online system, download the updated forms for use this fall. The information is needed to prove Herefords’ superiority in good disposition and to identify genetic differences within the breed. For more information read the “Performance Matters: Focus on Disposition” column in the August Hereford World.

Watch JNHE Videos Online

Watch highlight videos from the 2010 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) on

JNHE Photos Available for Purchase

All pictures taken by American Hereford Association (AHA) staff at the JNHE may be viewed and ordered at

If you have any questions, contact Angie Stump Denton at or 785-363-7263.

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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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