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Volume 9, Issue 12

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Hereford Highlights

Mile High Night Sale Surprise HYFA Lot Keeps On Giving;
HYFA Embryo Packages Total $28,752

Another $8,752 was raised for Hereford youth during the auction March 8. The 20 embryos donated for the 2012 Mile High Night National Hereford Sale in Denver as the surprise lot to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) were re-sold in six lots after originally purchased by David McMahon, Belle Point Ranch, Ft. Smith, Ark., for $20,000. The McMahon family graciously donated these 20 embryos back to HYFA.

There were 122 total bids on the lots. The high seller was Lot 6, three embryos donated by Topp Herefords, Grace City, N.D. This exciting mating between TH 71U 719T Mr Hereford 11X and GO MS 3196 Advance T90 brought $2,220 from Raap Hereford Ranch, Gene Raap, Pierpont, S.D.

Joseph Skavdahl, Columbus, Mont., paid $1,650 for Lot 1, three embryos from Fawcett's Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D. They were from a mating of HH Advance 8050U ET and OXH Christi 0028.

The top bid on Lot 4 was $1,560 for six embryos from a mating of CRR About Time 743 and Ankony Miss Excel 011U ET donated by Sunset Ridge Herefords, Billy Martin, Cumming, Ga. Iron Lake Ranch, Dimitri Matargas, Dallas, Texas, purchased this lot.

Two embryos from TH SHR 605 57G Bismarck 243R ET and KJ 520E Pure Vickie 750P ET sold as Lot 2 from Jensen Bros., Kevin and Sheila Jensen, Courtland, Kan., for $1,300 to Elm Tree Farm, LLC, Jody Huckabay, Paris, Ky.

Solsma Show Steers, Jay Solsma, Sanborn, Iowa, stepped up and purchased Lots 3 and 5. Lot 5 brought $1,240 for four embryos donated by Mill Creek Ranch, Dave Breiner, Alma, Kan./Pied Piper Farms, Bob Moore, Hamlin, Texas, from a mating of TH 75J 243R Bailout 144U ET and MCR Harlands Dominet 682ET.

Lot 3 was two embryos also from Jensen Bros. from a mating of TH SHR 605 57G Bismarck 243R ET and KJ HVH 33N Radisson 471T ET. Solsma paid $782 for this lot.

Many thanks to all those who donated and purchased embryos.

March Sale Closes March 27

If you are looking for some elite Hereford genetics, check out this month's offering at This month's auction features one open heifer, five lots of embryos, three semen packages and 11 bulls. Bidding will close at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday March 27.

Attention Juniors: JNHE Packets in the Mail

The entry packets for the 2012 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Grand Island, Neb., will be mailed by the end of the month. Remember, memberships must be current to receive the packet, so if you haven't already, please pay your dues. The early bird deadline for entries is May 1 and the final deadline is June 1.

Hereford Youth Scholarship Applications Due April 2

Hereford youth can now begin the application process for Hereford scholarships to be presented at the 2012 JNHE. This year all applications will be filled out online. Visit the Hereford Scholarship website to begin the process today.

New Show Circuit Scholarships

The Show Circuit magazine has a brand new scholarship opportunity for livestock industry youth. Seven scholarships will be offered. Log on to The Show Circuit website for more information. Applications are due May 1.

Support Youth, Become a Member of Hereford Foundation Club

HYFA supporters will have the best seats in the house at the 2012 JNHE in Grand Island, Neb.

Hereford enthusiasts can join the Hereford Foundation Club and have access to the “club” that overlooks the showring in Grand Island as well as earn other perks for their support of Hereford youth.

There are four levels of membership but benefits include a special membership pin, access to the VIP parking area, and admittance to the club area, which overlooks the showring.

For the highest levels of membership, unlimited guests are also allowed in the club area where beverages, snacks, and hors d'oeuvres will be served all day July 5-8 (show days). Members will also be featured on promotional materials and signs as well as acknowledged in the post-publicity of the event. Of course, all membership fees will be considered a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) donation to HYFA.

Visit or contact Amy Cowan, HYFA director at 816-842-3757 for more information or to become a member.

New JNHE Ambassador Program Launched

The National Junior Hereford Association has created a new opportunity for cattle show enthusiasts -- the JNHE Ambassador Program. The JNHE continues to grow each year. As the number of cattle and exhibitors increases, so does the contest participation.

The 2012 ambassadors will assist the NJHA board and American Hereford Association (AHA) staff throughout the JNHE week -- July 2-8 in Grand Island, Neb.

There will be four JNHE Ambassador positions: contest coordinator, event coordinator, technology coordinator and operations assistant. Visit for position descriptions and to download an application. Applications are due April 15.

Herd Bull Breeder Pages Are Back

Looking for an efficient way to market your cattle for a small price? In this year’s July Hereford World we will again have a new section that features state inch ads available to you for only $150. If you wish to do a state ad AND be listed in the Hereford Register the price is only $200. Download the form (PDF). Please email your completed PDF form to Caryn Vaught, 816-842-3757, or print and mail the completed form to:

American Hereford Association
Attention: Caryn Vaught
PO Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101

2012 July Hereford World Deadlines Are Just
Around the Corner!

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of our largest issue of the year! Take part in our early-bird deadline -- have all your ad materials to the AHA office by April 9 and receive an additional 5% off the price of your ad. Final deadline for all ad materials is May 15. Contact your field representative today, or Joe Rickabaugh at 816-842-3757.

Be A Part of the Hereford Register

The sixth edition of the Hereford Register will be published as a special section in the July 2012 Hereford World. These “yellow pages” of Hereford breeders throughout the U.S. and Canada will include basic listings of July 2012 advertisers with a quarter-page or larger ad and July 2012 seedstock advertisers.

Hereford Register listings include: name, address, telephone, e-mail and website. Listings can be purchased for $50 if you are not a July advertiser meeting the aforementioned specs. Listings are organized by state, then alphabetically by ranch or farm name. Seedstock ads are added at the end of the section and are available for $350 per inch per year.

The section will be printed on special paper and bound in the magazine. The yellow pages will be posted on

Download the Hereford Register and seedstock ad form (PDF). Please email your completed PDF form to Caryn Vaught, 816-842-3757 or print and mail the completed form to:

American Hereford Association
Attention: Caryn Vaught
PO Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101

2012 CHB Sires' List Updated

The Certified Hereford Beef Sire of Distinction (CHBS) program recognizes Hereford bulls that have excelled in carcass traits. The new list is now available at

2012 AI Book is Online

The 2012 Hereford AI Bookis now available for viewing online. Visit Hereford Marketplace and on the right side choose to view it as a pdf or in flip format.

Plan to Attend BIF Research Symposium and Meeting

The 44th Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and annual meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston on April 18-20. The symposium features a variety of valuable information on topics like cow size, efficiency, economically relevant traits for commercial cow-calf production, stress free cattle handling and more.

Get more information on the symposium as well as registration and hotels on the BIF website.

View Educational Hereford Videos on YouTube

American Hereford Association (AHA) has released two educational videos about expected progeny differences (EPDs). They are the first in a series of educational video that will be posted to the Hereford YouTube channel.

World Hereford Conference 2012 in Canada

It's not too early to think about attending the World Hereford Conference, hosted by our neighbors to the north, the Canadian Hereford Association. This world-wide event is held every four years and will kick off with pre-tours in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, July 8. From there the group will make its way east to Calgary for the main part of the conference that starts on Friday, July 13. During the next six days there will be tours, a day-long technical conference, the World Hereford Conference Cattle Show and Junior Show and of course, the famous Calgary Stampede. This is the 100th anniversary of the Stampede that will make this year's event even more spectacular. After a farewell barbecue dinner on Wednesday, July 18, a post-conference tour will continue going east and end in Niagara Falls on July 24.

There are many options that allow you to take in the entire 17 days or parts of the event. We will continue to give you more details on the various travel options through the next months. Deadline for registrations is May 15. To view the schedule, fees and tour options go to the World Hereford Conference website.

Diane Johnson is the event concierge for the American Hereford Association group and is available to answer your questions and assist with your travel arrangements. An overview document is available on

Hereford enthusiast can also visit the World Hereford Council website for information about the 2012 conference.

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.

  • April 9, 2012 - Missouri Hereford Association Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sales, Miller Co. Regional Stockyards, Eldon, Mo., contact: Matt Reynolds 660-676-3788 or Marty Lueck 417-948-2669
  • April 19, 2012 - Tennessee Hereford Influenced Sale, Columbia Livestock Center, Columbia, Tenn., contact: Darrell Ailshie 931-388-7872 or Frank Poling 931-212-9962
  • May 8, 2012 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Blue Grass Stockyards South, Stanford, Ky., contact Lowell Atwood, 606-669-1455 or John Meents, 419-306-7480
  • July 9, 2012 - Missouri Hereford Association Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sales, Miller Co. Regional Stockyards, Eldon, Mo., contact: Matt Reynolds 660-676-3788 or Marty Lueck 417-948-2669
  • Jan. 3, 2013 - Greater Midwest Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf, Carthage, Ill., contact: John Meents 419-306-7480 or Brent Lowderman 309-221-9621
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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 website.

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