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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 8, Issue 28
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Hereford Highlights

“The Harvest” Auction Raises $292,000
for Hereford Youth

“The Harvest” auction benefiting the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Aug. 20 raised more than $292,000 to support Hereford youth.

The event was hosted at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, Calif., by the Jim and Marcia Mickelson family. All proceeds went to HYFA’s $5 million capital endowment campaign to benefit scholarships and education for Hereford youth across the nation.

The auction featured embryos from the breed’s most prominent donors, flushes and heifer calf pregnancies, as well as one-of-a-kind items including vacation get-aways, a 2012 National Finals Rodeo package, exquisite artwork and something special for everyone.

Special labeled wine bottles generated $20,400, historic Hereford prints raised $21,700, Hereford genetics $xxxx and travel packages and other consignments totaled xxx.

A highlight of the evening was when George and Karen Sprague of Bar One Ranch, Eugene, Ore., gifted $100,000 to HYFA. Because of this generous donation, an annual Bar One Ranch Scholarship will be presented by HYFA and given in memory of Ken Tracy of Split Butte, who lost his battle with cancer prior to “The Harvest.”

Churchill Offers Bred Heifer to Support Foundation

Dale and Nancy Venhuizen at Churchill Cattle Co., Manhattan, Mont., have graciously offered a bred heifer to benefit the Hereford Research Foundation. She will sell Friday, September 16, as lot 79 in their “Pick of the Pasture Female Sale” in the new sale barn at the ranch. Lot 79 is Churchill Lady 094X, a January 2010 heifer by CJH Harland 408. She is bred to Churchill’s most exciting young bull Churchill Sensation 028X to calve January 27.  She is a very nice, complete heifer that will make an excellent cow for anyone, Venhuizen says.

The entire sale price will go directly to the foundation. For more information on her, log on the Churchill website for more on the HRF, go to

NRSP Open House Planned

Hereford breeders are invited to an open house at the Olsen Ranch on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Located near Harrisburg, Neb., the Olsens have been a test herd for the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) for more than 10 years.

Beginning at 10 a.m. attendees will have a chance to tour the facility and view cattle as well as hear updates from American Hereford Association staff and advisors regarding Hereford genomic and research efforts.

Olsens are located three hours from Denver, one hour from Cheyenne, Wyo., and 45 minutes from Scottsbluff, Neb. Guests flying into Denver are encouraged to contact Douglas Olsen at 308-641-1273 to coordinate travel arrangements.

For more information, contact Olsen or Jack Ward at 816-842-3757.

Wisconsin Hereford Tour is Sept. 10-11

Make plans to attend the Wisconsin Hereford Association tour Sept. 10 and 11. The tour will kick off Saturday morning at Maple Crest Farm, Cedarburg, Wis., with breakfast and a judging class. Eight other farms will be stops on the tour which continues on Sunday. Other tour highlights include presentations from embryologist Dr. Dan Lapin,  and the AHA’s Jack Ward along with a Certified Hereford Beef® steak dinner. Door prizes and awards for judging contest winners will be given away, along with a hot pink blower donated by Kegley Show Supplies. Download the event brochure (PDF) or log on to

Extra meals were ordered so all are welcome!

MacNeil, Cundiff Awarded Animal Science Awards

The American Society of Animal Science this summer has honored Larry Cundiff and Mike MacNeil with awards. Cundiff, a 2008 Hereford Hall of Merit honoree, was given the 2011 Morrison Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate excellence of direct importance to livestock production. MacNeil, a 2006 Hereford Hall of Merit honoree, was given the Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics. The purpose of this award is to stimulate research excellence in breeding and genetics. Learn more on the American Society of Animal Science website.

Grayson Honored with Clarke-Oconee Cattlemen’s Association’s Outstanding Service Award

In July, at the Clarke-Oconee Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Banquet, National Junior Hereford Association director Hunter Grayson was honored with the Outstanding Service Award. He was chosen for this award based on his work in establishing The Rope-A-Dream Foundation, which raises money for scholarships in honor of the late Jordan Ellis. Jordan was Hunter’s team roping partner and  a fellow junior Hereford member who enjoyed showing Hereford cattle.

Note Annual Meeting Schedule Changes

Make plans now to attend the 2011 American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting Oct. 28-30 in Kansas City, Mo. Hyatt Regency Crown Center, located at 2345 McGee St., will host the event. The hotel is conveniently connected via a glass-enclosed skywalk to the Crown Center Complex, which is home to more than 60 shops and restaurants.

To reserve rooms, call 816-421-1234 or 800-233-1234.

Below is a tentative schedule of events.

Friday, October 28

  • 9 a.m. — New member orientation, AHA Headquarters
    (to reserve your space at the orientation, contact Mary Ellen Hummel)
  • 1 p.m. — Educational Forum, Hyatt Regency Crown Center
    • Hereford Genomics Update — Dorian Garrick
    • EPD Basics — Matt Spangler
    • Getting ’em Bred — Bill Beal
  • 4 p.m. — National Hereford Women board meeting, Hyatt Regency Crown Center
  • 6 p.m. — Hereford Homecoming reception, Hyatt Regency Crown Center

Saturday, October 29

  • 9 a.m. — Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Crown Center
  • 1 p.m. — NHW Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Crown Center
  • 3:30 p.m. — Ladies of the Royal Sale, American Royal Complex Wagstaff Sale Arena
  • 7:30 p.m. — American Royal Rodeo and Reba, Sprint Center

Sunday, October 30

  • 8 a.m. — National Hereford Show, American Royal Complex
  • 9 a.m. — Board Q&A Session, American Royal Complex Governors's Room

AHA has reserved a block of tickets for the rodeo and Reba concert. To reserve tickets in the block, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at 816-842-3757.

These are the candidates for the Board. In future eNews issues we will give biographical information about each.

  • David DeLong, Earlville, Ill.
  • Fred Larson, Spring Valley, Wis.
  • Les Midla, Marianna, Pa.
  • David Schubel, Medina, N.Y.
  • David Trowbridge, Tabor, Iowa
  • Eric Walker, Morrison, Tenn.

Fall Scholarship Applications Due

HYFA, Bud Snidow and Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship applications need to be emailed to Amy Cowan by Sept. 1.

Also, the OXO World Traveler Scholarship will be awarded this year and is due Dec. 1. This scholarship enables a Hereford youth to attend a World Hereford Conference held every four years, and be a member of the American tour group traveling throughout the host country. The scholarship winner receives $3,500 cash toward the air, hotel and land package of the World Hereford Conference.

Visit the Scholarship page at to download applications and more information. Winners will be announced during the Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

Bred Heifer Contract Offered for Shipment to Kazakhstan

A contract for registered Hereford heifers bred to calve in March and April 2012 has been offered by Decotah Cattle Growers, Center, N.D. This contract is to assemble a large group of bred heifers for shipment to the country of Kazakhstan.

Heifers must be registered, bred to a registered Hereford bull, calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis, and test negative for Leukosis and Johnes. Download full contract details and pricing.

With drought conditions in several parts of the country this contract might offer another marketing opportunity to producers faced with the decision of reducing their cowherd.

This contract needs to be fulfilled by Sept. 5, 2011. Questions concerning this contract may be directed to Ryan Topp at 701-674-3152 or Tom Biglieni 417-827-8482.

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One-month, six-month and yearly contracts are available. A one-month contract is $500, 6-month is $800 and 12-month is $1,500. With the 6-month and 12-month contract you also receive appearances in AHA's eNewsletters. For more information, contact Caryn Vaught at 816-842-3757.

Fall 2011 EPDs Online

The Fall 2011 Hereford expected progeny differences (EPDs) are now online. Updated Trends, Trait Leaders and Distributions are also posted.

Take Advantage of Unique Opportunity to Own Superior Genetics, Support Foundation

John and Mona Loewen have graciously donated a young sire, Loewen Foundation 34X, 43074983 (PDF), to the Hereford Research Foundation (HRF). Additionally, this young sire has been leased by ABS Global and both the proceeds from the sale of the bull and the semen sale royalties will go to the HRF. Here is an outline of how we will offer this exciting young sire:

  • Selling 20 shares at $2,500/share, buyers will receive 100 straws of semen over the next three years. (Semen shipment at buyer's expense).
  • All shareholders will be entered into a drawing for three frozen embryos from the dam of “Foundation.”
  • The AHA will designate a spot in the young sire test program to test his progeny, including feed intake information.
  • “Foundation” will be in the non-certificate AI program.

Special thanks to John and Mona and ABS for this very gracious donation and exciting opportunity. To find out more on how to become a stockholder in this great young bull, please contact Craig Huffhines, Stacy Sanders or Jack Ward at the AHA office at 816-842-3757.

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.

  • October 24, 2011 - Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Sale, Columbia, Tenn., contact John Woolfolk, 731-225-2620 or Darrell Ailshie, 931-212-8512.
  • October 25, 2011 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Stanford, Ky. Contact: Lowell Atwood 606-669-1455 or John Meents 419-306-7480
  • January 3, 2012 - Great Midwest Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Carthage, Ill. Contact - Brent Lowderman 309-221-9621 or John Meents 419-306-7480
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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 website.

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