Currently on BuyHereford.com: Whispering Pine Farms Sale
Whispering Pine Farms Internet Sale featuring 14 selected show heifer prospects, one herd bull prospect and embryos with excellent genetics is now open for bidding through 8 p.m. EDT (7 CDT), Tuesday, Oct. 2. For the complete descriptions of the offering, including photos and videos, visit BuyHereford.com.
Annual Meeting Approaches: Make Room Reservations Now
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.
The board candidates are: Craig Beran, Curtis Curry, Jonny Harris, Sam Shaw, Harold Sidwell and Jay Wright. Each week we will feature a different candidate.
Oklahoma breeder Curtis Curry has been in the registered Hereford business since 1989.
Curtis and his family reside in McAlester. They run approximately 75-100 females in Okfuskee and Pittsburg counties. They sell mostly private treaty, marketing approximately 40 to 50 bulls per year. Curry Herefords also hosted a BuyHereford.com sale last fall — making the Curry family the first to host its own BuyHereford.com sale. The family has also consigned to most National Hereford Sales through the years.
His marketing goal is to obtain enough land to increase his herd and be able to have the numbers to host a production sale each year. He’d also like to be able to sell all bulls to one operation annually.
Curtis and his family participate in national shows including the Junior National Hereford Expo, American Royal, Ft. Worth Stock Show and the NWSS.
He is currently president of the Oklahoma Hereford Association (OHA) and has served on the OHA board for 10 years. He’s also served as the Junior Hereford Association of Oklahoma advisor for six years.
Curtis is a member of the Pittsburg County Cattlemen’s Association and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. Curtis and his wife, Donna, have two children.
NHW Seeking Southwest Area Board Member
National Hereford Women (NHW) is looking to fill an opening on the board from the Southwest area. This includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. The position will be filled within 60 days and members from that area may nominate candidates by e-mailing NationalHerefordWomen@gmail.com.
Take Care When Collecting DNA
GeneSeek Inc., Lincoln, Neb., is the new American Hereford Association (AHA) DNA lab. The switch has not been without its challenges and one of those is that the new technology, SNP based, requires a lot more DNA than the previous technology. In other words, we have had several requests that have not fully been reported because the lab will not have enough DNA for each of the tests. Assays are different for the abnormalities, parent verification, horned/polled and 50k GE-EPD.
The bottom line is the lab needs a minimum of 80 hairs with the follicles and the best place to pull is right above the switch on the tail. This technology is also very sensitive to contamination due to pour-ons and other insecticides, so please keep that in mind. If you have any questions, contact Jack Ward at 816-842-3757.
DNA testing fees and options:
- 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.
- GE-EPD panel: Results will be blended with EPDs — $85 per sample.
- GE-EPD panel plus basic — $100 per sample.
- Horned/polled test (stand-alone test): This test identifies homozygous or heterozygous polled genotypes. It does not identify the scur genes — $48 per sample.
- 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 Hereford.org (PDF).
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
Mark Your Calendars for Mid-Atlantic Junior Round-Up Show
Hereford youth are invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Junior Round-Up Show, Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Va. The show is held in conjunction with the Fall Bonanza Sale. For more information about the show, contact Jerry Funkhouser at 540-333-1020 or Bob Schaffer at 540-582-9234.
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 Hereford.org. The newest editions include information about BuyHereford.com and about the Certified Hereford Beef Program. If you haven’t already, check them out today!
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. 18, 2012 - Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Feeder Calf Sale, Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, Tenn., contact John Woolfolk 731-225-2620 or Darrell Ailshie 931-212-8512contact John Meents, 419-306-7480
- Oct. 19, 2012 - Kansas Hereford Feeder Calf Sale, Manhattan Commission Co.,
Manhattan, Kan., contact Gus Gustafson 785-238-7306, Tom Granzow 785-466-2247 or John Cline 785-776-4815
- Oct. 23, 2012 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, contact John Meents, 419-306-7480
- Nov. 5, 2012, and Jan. 7, 2013 - 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
- 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