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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 7, Issue 34
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Keystone Hereford Champions Named

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) National Hereford Show was Oct. 1 in Harrisburg, Pa. Cody Lowderman, Macomb, Ill., judged the 171-head.

Winners included:

  • Champion Female - Matthew Compton, Greenfield, Ind., with MSC Ramseys Sylvia Powerload by AA Powerload.
  • Reserve Champion Female - Karey Howes, Taneytown, Md., with JB Remetee by Purple Millsap 45S.
  • Champion Bull - David and Beth Burns, Pikeville, Tenn., and Doug Le Tourneau, Gallatin, Tenn., with BF 7055 Stonewall 902 by BR DM CSF Wallace ET.
  • Reserve Champion Bull - Able Acres, Wingate, Ind.; Mud Creek Farms, German Valley, Ill.; and Thousand Hills Herefords, Stockton, Ill., with AA Airline 972 ET by Remitall Online 122L.

For complete results, visit Hereford.org.


Oct. 12 Deadline for October BuyHerford.com Sale

Looking for elite Hereford genetics? BuyHereford.com features regular online consignment auctions as well as breeder hosted sales. The next BuyHereford.com sale is Oct. 26 and the consignment deadline is Oct. 12.


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 Hereford.org.

Meet Board Candidate Richard Gebhart

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 Richard Gebhart.

Oklahoma Hereford breeder Richard Gebhart and his wife, Susan, own and operate Beacon Hill Ranch near Claremore. Beacon Hill Ranch was started in 1907. The land and the cattle have been handed down from one generation to the next, giving five generations the opportunity to live the legacy and pass on the commitment and passion for both the land and Hereford cattle.

The Beacon Hill herd currently consists of about 100 Hereford females as well as a smaller commercial herd.

Since assuming responsibility for the herd in 1992, the Gebhart family has worked to find the optimal mix of practices handed down from Susan’s granddad combined with “book learning” and experience learned elsewhere which best suits their cattle and environment. The Gebharts use both AI and ET to propagate the genetics that fit the needs of their customers.

The goal of their breeding program is simple: they breed for good cattle — those who do their job with minimal assistance, calm dispositions, do-ability, superior fertility and carcass merit.

Working with organizations at the state and national levels to promote Hereford cattle and encourage youth has been a priority for Richard for the last 15 years. He is the immediate past president of the Oklahoma Hereford Association and served as chairman of the 2009 Junior National Hereford Expo hosted in Tulsa.

He is also active in various cattle organizations, including National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, where he is currently serving as a federation division director and a member of the federation structure working group. He’s also a past Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association director and currently serves as a director on the Oklahoma Beef Council and the Oklahoma Club Calf Association.

In addition, he currently works off the farm at the University of Tulsa as professor of operations management and director of assessment in the Collins College of Business. Richard and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and a granddaughter.


Plan to Attend NHW Activities During Annual Meeting

There will be an NHW Board Meeting Friday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. in the Library at AHA for all current NHW directors.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, there will be an NHW general membership meeting from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Florentine Room at the Clubhouse on Baltimore. Topics of discussion will be introduction of queen candidates, election of new officers and directors, and presentation of the Outstanding Hereford Woman Award.

Then later in the day, from noon to 1 p.m. there will be an NHW Board Meeting with the newly elected directors in the Florentine Room at the Clubhouse on Baltimore.


Ladies of the Royal Sale Catalog Now Available

The Ladies of the Royal Sale is slated for Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, starting at 5:30 p.m. The sale will feature 29 show heifer/brood cow prospects, eight Hereford steers and five embryo packages.

The catalog is now available at HerefordMarketplace.com. If you would like to receive a sale catalog in the mail please send an e-mail request to hyoho@hereford.org or call Heather at 816-842-3757.

This sale has a reputation of presenting a really good set of show heifers and Hereford steers. With the Junior National Hereford Expo being in Kansas City next summer this would be an ideal sale to select a show prospect for it.


K&B Herefords Dispersion Grosses More Than $1 Million

Ken, Bonnie, Brooke and Kirk Bieber of K&B Herefords, Onida, S.D., hosted a complete dispersion sale Oct. 4 with total sales of $1,077,075 on 346 head. 92 bulls averaged $3,071 and 254 females averaged $3,116. Congratulations to the Bieber family.


Hereford Bull Named Supreme Over All Breeds at
2010 World Beef Expo

PHH PCC 750P Moler 934 ET was chosen as the Supreme Grand Champion Bull at the 2010 World Beef Expo. The March 2009 son of BR Moler ET is owned by Pierce’s Hereford Haven, Baraboo, Wis.; Lamb Bros. Beef, Wilson, Wis.; and Windy Hills Herefords, Roberts, Wis.


Submit Data by Nov. 1 for Spring Analysis

All data needs to be submitted by Nov. 1 in order to be included in the next genetic evaluation. The AHA performance department requests all breeders submit cow weights and body condition scores when sending weaning weights. These weights and scores are imperative to the development of longevity and fertility genetic selection traits.


Hereford Youth Named 2011 National Beef Ambassador

Kristen Stufft, Lewistown, Pa., was chosen as one of five 2011 National Beef Ambassadors Oct. 3 in Rapid City, S.D. The program is funded in part by the beef checkoff. After the event, as youth ambassadors, they speak to industry issues and misconceptions, while educating peers and others about food safety, nutrition and the Beef Checkoff Program at consumer events, in the classroom and online.

Kristen is an NJHA member and is currently a sophomore at Penn State studying animal science. Kristen served as board member and secretary of the Pennsylvania Junior Hereford Association.


National Show Season Underway

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.org.


Herefords Headin’ to Denver

Plan now to attend the Hereford activities scheduled during the 2011 NWSS in Denver, Jan. 13-15. For a complete schedule, visit Hereford.org and the December Hereford World.

Make reservations now at the AHA headquarters hotel:

Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80207
(888) 238-6762 or (303) 399-7500

Rate: $109 • Cutoff date: Dec. 9

Ask for “American Hereford Association” block. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the Denver International Airport and the National Western Stock Show.


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.


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 artolsen@daltontel.net.


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


Advertise on Hereford.org

In one month, visitors to Hereford.org viewed 30 banners ads 94,961 times and clicked on them 870 times. Hereford.org is the perfect place for breeders to advertise their operations or businesses to offer services or products. Banner ads serve as direct links to the breeders’ or business’ Web site.

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 Hereford.org.


JNHE Photos Available for Purchase

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

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

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