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Volume 9, Issue 26

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Hereford Highlights Auction Raises $25,108 for Hereford Research Foundation

More than $25,000 was raised for Hereford research during the auction Aug. 21. The 26 donated lots generated lots of excitement from charitable bidders for the benefit of the Hereford Research Foundation.

The top seller was Lot 5, a pick of the herd from Olsen Ranches, Harrisburg, Neb., purchased by Kevin Schultz of Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kan., for $4,500. That price earned him the right to select a bred heifer from the 2011 natural-born calf crop from Olsen’s, one of the most performance-oriented herds in the world.

At $3,700, Lot 17 was the second high-selling lot. Dan and Nancy Bowling, Blackwell, Okla., bought four embryos from a top donor cow at Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont.

Close behind was a unique opportunity to go fly-fishing at the Bar Z Riverside Ranch in Montana. Dave Hanson of the Bar Z Riverside Ranch donated this world-class two-day fishing trip for two people and Robert Rogers of Hidden Oaks Ranch, Hamilton, Texas, paid $3,600 for the lot.

There were 26 lots total averaging $965, including a variety of hunting and fishing packages, semen and embryos, mineral and fencing equipment.

Churchill Donates Bred Heifer to Hereford Research Foundation

For the second year in a row, Churchill Cattle Co., is graciously donating proceeds to the Hereford Research Foundation from the sale of an outstanding bred heifer during its fall sale.

This year, the “World Class Female Sale” will take place Sept. 14 at the ranch near Manhattan, Mont. Dale and Nancy Venhuizen have generously donated a top-quality heifer by Golden Oak Outcross 18U that is bred to the popular HH Perfect Timing and due to calve in early January.

For more on the lot, visit and browse the Churchill catalog.

Annual Meeting approaches

The 2012 American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 3. The weekend schedule will follow the same format as 2011 with an educational forum on Friday, Annual Meeting and sale on Saturday, and the American Royal National Hereford Show on Sunday.

The AHA headquarters hotel will be the Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa. To make reservations, call 1-800-270-7711. Ask for the AHA $99 rate. Cutoff for reservations is Oct. 16.

Restaurants at the Argosy will feature Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) during the annual meeting weekend. Be sure to enjoy a delicious CHB steak while you are in the Kansas City area.

Hereford Tops Kentucky State Fair Junior Show

Laurel Alexis Culp, Nicholasville, Ky., exhibited the supreme Kentucky bred-and-owned champion over all breeds in the Kentucky State Fair Junior Show. The heifer, GOP Your Dream Come True 108, is an April 7, 2011, daughter of CRR About Time 743.

Show Entry Deadlines Approaching

Listed below is contact information and entry deadline for the six National Hereford shows:

Keystone International Livestock Exposition, Harrisburg, Pa.
Entry deadline: Aug. 3
Show date: Oct. 5

American Royal, Kansas City
Entry deadline: Sept. 10
Show date: Nov. 4

North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville
Entry deadline: Oct. 1
Show date: Nov. 15

Western Nugget, Reno
Entry deadline: Oct. 30
Show dates: Dec. 7-8

National Western Stock Show, Denver
Entry deadline: Nov. 21
Show dates: Jan. 17-19, 2013

Southwestern Exposition National, Fort Worth
Entry deadline: Nov. 15
Show date: Feb. 4, 2013

Hereford Genomic-Enhanced EPDs Available

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is the first beef breed to develop and market its own genomic predictions.

The AHA approach is the first of its kind to work with the scientific community and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) to build its own training and validation population. This approach is important because AHA now has access to all of the genotypes, phenotypes and pedigrees, which will allow the Association and its members to continue to train and build the Hereford-specific panel.

Today more than 1,200 high-accuracy Hereford sires have been 50k genotyped and eight sires whole-genome sequenced. This population has been used to train and validate the Hereford-specific panel. Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University Lush Chair in animal breeding and genetics and NBCEC executive director, has led the research and development.

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HYFA Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 15

A total of $28,000 in scholarships will be awarded to members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) to assist in financing their college educations. These scholarships are made possible by the late Bill and Jo Ellard, EE Ranches Inc.; Bob and Dolores Call, CBY Polled Herefords; Lloyd Whitehead, Whitehead Ranches; Bob Kube, Fauquier Farms; the Vanier family of CK Ranch; the Blin family; and Randy and Kelly Owen and Edmond F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm. New this year is the Bar One/George and Karen Sprague Scholarship that is given in memory of Ken Tracy.

The Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded this fall at the Annual Meeting on Nov. 3 in Kansas City. Applications are due Sept. 15 and may be filled out at

Consign Now for Reno

The Western Nugget National Hereford Show and Sale will be Dec. 5-8 in Reno, Nev. Consignments are now being accepted. M3 Cattle Marketing is managing the sale. Download Entry Form (PDF).

Watch Hereford Educational Videos on YouTube

American Hereford Association (AHA) has released two more educational videos. The seven videos are available on the Hereford YouTube channel and at The newest editions include information about and about the Certified Hereford Beef Program. If you haven’t already, check them out today!

2012 South Dakota Hereford Association Tour Postponed

The 2012 South Dakota Hereford Association Tour slated for Sept. 21-22, 2012 has been postponed until 2013. Due to drought conditions this year the decision has been made to postpone the tour for one year. Feel free to call Phil Eggers at 605-351-5438 with any questions.

DNA Testing Update

Since June 26, American Hereford Association (AHA) has transitioned all DNA testing to GeneSeek Inc., Lincoln, Neb.

The new testing fees and options:

  1. AHA basic panel: The panel tests for parentage, tenderness (calpain) and genetic abnormalities — hypotrichosis (HY) and idiopathic epilepsy (IE) and dilutor — $30 per sample/$20 bulk rate of 50 or more.
  2. GE-EPD panel: Results will be blended with EPDs — $85 per sample.
  3. GE-EPD panel plus basic — $100 per sample.
  4. Horned/polled test (stand-alone test): This test identifies homozygous or heterozygous polled genotypes. It does not identify the scur genes — $48 per sample.
  5. Legacy animal retest: this test is for animals that have previously been tested utilizing microssatellite technology and now need to be retested using SNP — $15 per sample.

More details on DNA testing and the new lab can be found at (PDF).

Check Out CHB on Pinterest

You can now find Certified Hereford Beef on Pinterest! Visit the Pinterest website for pins of recipes, beef and the farming and ranching life. Follow Certified Hereford Beef, and let’s have fun pinning together!

And, if you’re not already a fan of Certified Hereford Beef on Facebook, “like” the page today at CHB Facebook page.

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. 23, 2012 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, contact John Meents, 419-306-7480
  • Nov. 14, 2012 - Montana Hereford Assn. Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Headwaters Livestock, Three Forks, contact: Montana Hereford Association Board of Directors
  • 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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