Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 7, Issue 36
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IMPORTANT - AHA Internet Services Offline

Due to construction around the American Hereford Association (AHA) office, the electricity at the office will be off from 5 p.m. CDT Saturday, Oct. 23, until early Monday morning, Oct. 25. This will affect the Hereford Internet server, meaning no data submissions, no registrations submissions or e-mails will be possible.

HYFA Foundation Female Keeps on Giving

Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla., sold two lots Oct. 17 in its fall female sale to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA). Both lots are progeny of the $100,000 foundation female sold in 2008. Lot 5, STAR HYFA KCL Xtraspecl 35X ET, sold for $9,000. Lot 44, three frozen embryos by Remitall Online 122L and out of STAR 29F Bethany 2T ET sold for $1,050. Both lots were purchased by Bent Creek Farms.

The proceeds from these lots will be earmarked for future Junior National Hereford Expos (JNHEs).

Annual Meeting Starts Next Week;
Reserve Meal Ticket Today

AHA members 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.

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 Dale Venhuizen

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 Steve Dale Venhuizen.

Dale Venhuizen, and his wife, Nancy, own and operate Churchill Cattle Co., near Manhattan, Mont.

Dale grew up on his family’s Hereford ranch and graduated from Montana State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. In 1980 Dale and Nancy formed Churchill Cattle Co., which is devoted exclusively to the production and marketing of superior Hereford seedstock.

Churchill Cattle Co. produces about 200 registered calves per year, mostly from AI and ET. Dale markets bulls by private treaty and females through an auction or Internet sale. The products of the Churchill program are working in many states and several foreign countries. The couple also markets commercial replacement heifers and feeds out Hereford steers.

Dale served on the AHA Board from 2000-2004 and was president in 2004. He was a delegate to the 2004 World Hereford Conference and has served as Montana Hereford Association president. He has been involved in facilitating Hereford feeder calf sales for 10 years. Dale has also judged Hereford shows throughout the U.S. and Canada.

He is currently serving on the board of trustees of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich. He is a past president of the Manhattan Christian School Board and has served on his local church council as elder and deacon. Dale and Nancy have four daughters.

Calling for Century, Golden Breeders

Each year AHA recognizes breeders who have been in the business for 100 years as Century Breeders, and 50 years as Golden Breeders. If your operation is eligible for this recognition and you haven’t already done so, please contact Jack Ward at 816-842-3757.

Ladies of the Royal Sale Catalog Available

The Ladies of the Royal Sale is slated for Saturday, Oct. 30 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 If you would like to receive a sale catalog in the mail please send an e-mail request to 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.

Boots & Brew Returns to the American Royal

Make plans now to attend the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Boots & Brew II Oct. 30 in the Governor’s Room at the American Royal. The event will follow the sale at about 6:30 p.m.

The event will include live and silent auctions to benefit HYFA, including a painting by Amanda Raithel commissioned by the National Hereford Women (NHW) called “Setting Precedence” featuring a Hereford heifer being chosen supreme champion. Prints will also be available on a limited basis. Proceeds will benefit NHW and HYFA. For more information about the painting contact Denise Billman at 330-204-5865.

Also during the reception a special gift and many scholarships will be presented. For more information contact Amy Cowan at 816-842-3757. 

Order JNHE Videos

Just in time for Christmas, Hereford enthusiasts can now order a DVD of 2010 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) highlights.

Included are clips from the championship drives of the owned horned and polled females, bred-and-owned females and bulls, cow-calf pairs and steers. Also included are highlights of the four showmanship championships, the fitting contest and opening ceremonies.

You can order your copy at for $25 plus $5 shipping.

You can also watch highlight videos on

Consider Earning Your MBA

The AHA encourages Hereford producers and youth to complete the Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program. It’s a self-directed online learning experience designed to assist producers across the country in becoming effective spokespersons for the industry. To learn more about the program, funded by the beef checkoff, contact NCBA’s executive director of communications at Daren Williams or 303-850-3346.

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.

Oct. 26 Next Sale

Looking for elite Hereford genetics? features regular online consignment auctions as well as breeder hosted sales. The next sale is Oct. 26. The catalog is online now.

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.

National Show Season Underway

The North American show date is Nov. 18 in Louisville. 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 final entry 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

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 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.

For more information about the offering visit

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

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.

JNHE, Keystone Photos Available for Purchase

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

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

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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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