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Volume 9, Issue 32

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Hereford Highlights

Herefords Top Visalia Bull Sale

At the annual all breeds Visalia Bull Sale in Visalia, Calif., Loren Mrnak of Mrnak Herefords West, Whitmore, Calif., consigned the winning and top selling bull: MHW 716 Ruger 124. He is a son of MHW Monument 716 and sold for $7,416 to John and Robbin Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, Calif. The eight Hereford bulls in the sale averaged $4,437, $1,100 more than the second-place breed.

Ladies of the Royal Sale Catalog Now Online

The Ladies of the Royal sale is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3, and will be held at the Wagstaff Sale Arena on the American Royal grounds. The sale will start at 3 p.m. and this year the sale features 22 heifers, eight steers, four embryo lots, one pregnant recipient, one flush and two semen lots. 

The catalog now appears on Hereford Marketplace. Anyone wishing to receive a sale catalog should send an email with a return mailing address to This sale annually features great show heifers and steer prospects.

JR Beef Sale Opens Today

The JR Beef auction starts today, Friday, Oct. 19, and bidding is open through 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 23. Top quality January to March show heifer prospects are up for bid. Don’t miss this chance.

Hereford Christmas Cards Available

If you’re planning to send Christmas greetings this year, consider Hereford-themed Christmas cards available through online ordering. Information about the cards are available at

Christmas card orders will be accepted and shipped through Boelte-Hall through mid December, subject to availability. A portion of the card sales will benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).

Historic Hereford Prints For Sale

Show your support of Hereford youth and get a piece of history when you purchase a set of beautiful prints being offered by HYFA. The original Anxiety 4 and Silver oil-on-canvas paintings currently grace the walls of the AHA and, in an effort to preserve the authentic artwork, limited-edition canvas prints were made and sold at “The Harvest” event.

The Giclee prints generated close to $25,000, and now HYFA is offering 11x 14 prints of the historic bull and female. The prints can be purchased as a set or individually today at The set is $50, or each individual print is $30.

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.

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 Weekend Planned for Nov. 2-4

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. 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.

Harold Sidwell

A Hereford breeder for 54 years, Harold Sidwell, Carr, Colo., partners with his son to manage Sidwell Herefords. The Sidwell family has been in the Hereford business for 104 years, and today the Sidwell herd includes 125 registered Hereford cows and 200 commercial cows.

The family buys 100 heifers each year to breed to their home-raised bulls and then sells the bred females in late fall or early winter. They usually keep 35 bulls to sell private treaty. Any bulls not sold are consigned to the Oklahoma state sale. 

The Sidwells also retain a select group of 30 heifer calves each fall.  All steer calves and remaining heifer calves are marketed in the fall of the year.  They also sell a few show prospects on a private basis. Sidwell Herefords can also be found exhibiting cattle at the NWSS, in the Yards and on the Hill.

Harold was inducted into the AHA Hall of Fame in 2011. He is a member of the Wyoming and Oklahoma Hereford Associations and has served as a director for the Colorado Hereford Association. He is a current member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, a past member of the Weld Re-9 School Board and past president of the Belvoir Grazing Association and has served as a church deacon. He currently attends Carr Community Church. 

Harold and his wife, Marlene, have three  grown children, four grandchildren and two  great-grandchildren.

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. 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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