Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 7, Issue 33
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Hereford Highlights

Education to be Focus of 2010 Annual Meeting

Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 for the 2010 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy a full schedule of events and activities including educational forums, the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.

The weekend kicks off Saturday morning at the Clubhouse on Baltimore Tudor Room with educational forums. All Hereford breeders are encouraged to attend these meetings. The forum will begin at 7:30 a.m. Topics to be included are: genomics, reproduction, advocating for agriculture, animal welfare and a panel will discuss how to strategize for the future in order to meet the needs of the commercial industry.

During the educational forums a lunch will be available. To reserve your meal ticket e-mail Mary Ellen Hummel by Oct. 15.

The Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at the Clubhouse on Baltimore Tudor Room in downtown Kansas City.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit

Meet Board Candidate: Tom Boatman

The five AHA Board candidates are Tom Boatman, Rockmart, Ga.; Keith Fawcett, Ree Heights, S.D.; Richard Gebhart, Claremore, Okla.; Steve Lambert, Oroville, Calif.; and Dale Venhuizen, Manhattan, Mont. 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 Tom Boatman.

A third generation Hereford breeder, Tom Boatman, along with his wife, Tammy, manages JWR Land & Cattle Co., Rockmart, Ga.

JWR was established in 1990 by the late Wesley Rakestraw with about 20 cows. Today, the farm includes 600 acres in northwest Georgia with 125 registered Hereford females along with 75 commercial females utilized in an embryo transfer program. JWR hosts an annual production sale managed by the Boatmans on the first Saturday in May, consisting of approximately 60-70 lots. In addition, 20 bulls are sold private treaty each year; steers are marketed through special Hereford steer sales; and other cattle are also marketed through various consignment sales.

Through the years the junior show heifer market has increased for JWR with a lot of new customers enthusiastic to learn more about the show industry. Two years ago the Boatmans started hosting an annual JWR show clinic for their customers, covering topics such as feeding, breeding, health care, daily care (rinsing, brushing, blowing), showmanship, clipping and fitting.

Since being at JWR, Tom has helped host the Georgia Junior Field Day, National Hereford Tour and several Farm Bureau tours. Prior to joining JWR in 2003, Tom worked as show and sale cattle manager for Hereford breeders including Tennessee River Music and McMinn Ranches. While at TRM, Tom had the opportunity to attend and display cattle at the World Hereford Conference in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Born and raised in Alabama, Tom has been involved in 4-H his whole life and has been a member of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and a board member for the Alabama Hereford Association.

Tom is currently a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, has served on the Georgia Hereford Association board for four years and is also on the board for the Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program. He has also judged several shows throughout the Southeast.

Tom and Tammy have two children.

National Show Season Starts Today

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition National Hereford Show is today, Oct. 1 in Harrisburg, Pa. The judge will be Cody Lowderman. Visit for more show results.

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.

The Western Nugget National Hereford Show is Dec. 2-4. The early entry deadline for the open show is Oct. 15 and the final deadline is Oct. 30.

Download Entry Form and Entry Letter

The Western Nugget National Junior Hereford Show is Dec. 2. Cody Helms, New Enterprise, Pa., is the judge.

Download Junior Entry Form and Junior Entry Letter

For more information on all the national shows visit

Hereford Bull Named Supreme Champion at World Beef Expo

PHH PCC 750P Moler 934 ET was chosen as the Supreme Grand Champion Bull at the 2010 World Beef Expo Sept. 23-26, West Allis, Wis. The March 2009 son of BR Moler ET is owned by Pierce’s Hereford Haven, Baraboo, Wis.; Lamb Bros., Wilson, Wis.; and Hidden Springs Ranch, Poynette, Wis.

Foundation Female Offered as Embryo Package

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) is excited to announce The 2011 Foundation Female Offering Selling as Lot 1 in the 2011 National Western Mile High Night Sale Friday, Jan. 14.

Lot 1 will be 40 Grade 1 Embryos from the heart of Hoffman Ranch LLC and Hoffman/W4 LLC’s elite donor program.

This year’s foundation female lot is taking a new shape as Hoffman Ranch LLC and Hoffman/W4 are offering you the opportunity to purchase an embryo package that is based around proven genetics will take your Hereford operation to new levels. Hoffman Ranch is home to numerous national champions that are leaving their mark in the Hereford industry. These champions have left the show ring to become donor dams. Watch for more information including terms and conditions.

Ernst Named NWSS Livestock Manager

Hereford breeder Marshall Ernst, Windsor, Colo., has been named the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) livestock manager.

Ernst, owner of Ernst Herefords, has a long history with National Western. He’s showed both in the Yards and on the Hill and serves on the NWSS livestock Yards committee. Marshall is currently Certified Hereford Beef LLC chairman and is serving on the AHA Board of Directors.  

Test Bulls at OBI

Oklahoma Beef Inc. (OBI) is looking for more good Hereford bulls to performance test. Bulls born from December 2009 to February 2010 are eligible for this test. Bulls may be delivered to OBI in Stillwater, Okla., Oct. 5-6 for this fall’s test. For more information, call OBI at 405-744-6060 or 405-744-6058.

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


Looking for elite Hereford genetics? features regular online consignment auctions as well as breeder hosted sales. Upcoming sales include:

Journagan Ranch Genetically Yours XVIII — Saturday, Oct. 2

Offering includes 128 lots. Sale catalog and videos now posted.

October — Tuesday, Oct. 26

Entry deadline is Oct. 12.

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

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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.

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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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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