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Volume 9, Issue 31

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Hereford Highlights

Keystone Hereford Champions Named

Brothers Kyle and Drew Perez, Nara Visa, N.M., judged the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) National Hereford Show in Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 5. Results were:

  • Supreme over all breeds and champion Hereford bull: Richard Watson, Shady Valley, Tenn., and Rogan Hereford Farms, Rogersville, Tenn., with RF Endurance 1301 ET by CRR About Time 743.
  • Reserve champion bull: Rylee Stockdale, Dayton, Pa., with RS 45P Magnum 91Y by NJW FHF 9710 Tank 45P.
  • Champion female: Lowderman Cattle Co., Macomb, Ill., with LCC Kee Wee 208X by LCC Back N Time ET.
  • Reserve champion female: Marie Lock, Avon, Ill., with BLL LCC She's All Good 150 by LCC Back N Time ET.  
  • Champion cow-calf pair: Brooke, Chase, Hanna and Abigail Billing, Greendell, N.J., with Boyd Paula 0058 by TH 75J 243R Bailout 144U ET with a March heifer calf at side by HCC Advantage X24.
  • Reserve champion cow-calf pair: R&T Acres, Frederick, Md., and Tara Hausner, Thomasville, Pa., with RTA Telma 71T by Purple Tonic 10M with a March heifer calf at side by STAR Bright Future 533P ET.
  • Best six head, premier breeder and exhibitor: Lowderman Cattle Co.

TPR Management Codes Fact Sheet Now Online

The American Hereford Association (AHA) Whole-Herd Total Performance Records (TPR) program requests breeders turn in different codes throughout the year. For example, birth codes are used to distinguish twins in a mating and weaning management codes are used to separate calves within a herd into contemporary groups based on how they were managed. A new fact sheet posted to summarizes the different codes produers will use throughout the year. Visit to download the fact sheet.

Consign Now for October Sale

Don’t miss your chance to consign to the October sale. The deadline to consign to the Oct. 30 sale is next today, Oct. 12. provides a great opportunity to market cattle, embryos, semen or other items. Log on to for more information.

Attention Youth: Check Out New Advantage Newsletter

The fall 2012 Advantage newsletter is now online. Visit to download your copy today.

Fall NHW Newsletter Now Online

The fall National Hereford Women (NHW) newsletter is now available to view online at

It has also been sent electronicallly to members. Postal mailings will follow to those who are unable to receive it via e-mail. If you would like to receive the NHW newsletter by e-mail, please send a message to

NHW Board Nominees are Slated

The slate has been completed for nominees to be voted on at the National Hereford Women annual meeting on Nov. 3 in Kansas City.

  • Southwest Region — Alise Nolan, Texas
  • Southeast Region — Beth Blinson, North Carolina
  • Northeast Region — Carol Priefert, Michigan

The NHW annual meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the Governor’s room at the American Royal complex.

If NHW members unable to attend the annual meeting would like to receive an absentee ballot, please email Shellie Collins, nominating committee chair, at

NHW Seeking Southwest Area Board Member

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

Submit Data by Nov. 1 for Spring Analysis

Don’t forget Nov. 1 is the deadline to submit data to be included in the Spring 2013 Sire Summary. Contact Jack Ward or call 816-842-3757 with any questions or concerns.

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.

Sam Shaw

Sam Shaw, Caldwell, Idaho, has been involved in the Hereford business since birth. His family owns and operates Shaw Cattle Co. The Shaw family has been in the Hereford business for 68 years, and Sam's children represent the fourth generation involved with Hereford cattle. 

The Shaws currently run more than 1,250 cows including registered Herefords, Angus and Red Angus. Two thirds of the Shaw herd calves in the spring with the remainder calving in the fall.  The Shaws host an annual production sale in the spring and market 500 bulls and females. They also sell bulls and females private treaty throughout the year.

The Shaws' breeding philosophy is based on their customers' needs including production, soundness and performance. They have an extensive artificial insemination (AI) program. All females are synchronized once and then heat detected for a second cycle. They also collect feed intake data using the GrowSafe program. The entire crop of bulls from their fall calving herd is placed in the program.  

Growing up, Sam was active in the American Junior Hereford Association, serving as president of the junior board. He represented AHA at the Young Cattlemen's Conference (YCC) in 2003 and served as chairman of YCC in 2004. He served as the Idaho Cattlemen's Association purebred council chairman from 2006-2008.

Sam and his wife, Janel, have three children.

New Edition of The Whiteface Available

Focusing on the Hereford-sired advantage in the south, a new edition of The Whiteface is now available at It will be published as an insert to the October Florida Cattleman and Livestock Journal.  

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 (PDF).

National Show Season Is Here

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

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.

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!

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
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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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