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Volume 9, Issue 35

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Hereford Highlights

Copeland Elected AHA President

Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M., was announced as the new president of the American Hereford Association (AHA) during the Annual Membership Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 3.            

A Hereford enthusiast since birth, Cliff currently co-manages Copeland and Sons LLC with his wife, Pat; parents, Clifford and Barbara; and Cliff and Pat’s son, Matt.

Copeland and Sons was established in 1943 and cattle are its only business. The family’s 500-head herd includes 90 registered Hereford females, 80 cows used to produce club calves and 330 commercial Hereford cows.

Steve Lambert, Oroville, Calif., was selected to serve as the 2013 AHA vice president.

Steve is a second-generation Hereford breeder. His family owned and operated Creekside Ranch, which was one of the largest Hereford cattle operations in California. Steve was active showing cattle as a youth on the state and national levels.

Completing their terms on the AHA Board were outgoing president, David Breiner, Alma, Kan.; Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.

Delegates elected three new Directors during the membership meeting. Curtis Curry, McAlester, Okla.; Jonny Harris, Screven, Ga.; and Sam Shaw, Caldwell, Idaho, will serve four-year terms on the 12-member Board.

For more, visit or see the December Hereford World.

Hall of Fame, Merit Inductees Honored

During the Annual Meeting the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees were honored: Lilla Bell, Paradise Valley, Nev.; Jackie Davis, Lincoln, Calif.; the Douthit family, St. Francis, Kan.; and Gene Wiese, Manning, Iowa. H.H. "Hop" Dickenson and T.D. "Dusty" Rich were also inducted into the Hall of Merit. For more about the inductees, visit or see the December Hereford World.

Chism and New Mexico Lady Top American Royal

BPH 262 Chism 515Y and C&M New Mexico Lady 2008 won the grand champion bull and female titles at the 2012 American Royal National Hereford Show Nov. 4, in Kansas City, Mo.

Grand and champion yearling bull honors went to Joel Butler of Republic, Mo., with BPH 262 Chism 515Y.  Reserve grand and champion fall bull calf honors went to WORR Owen Tankeray Y79D ET, owned by Jarrett Worrell of Mason, Texas; Rylee Owen, Mason,Texas; and Miller Cattle Co., Douglas, Wyo.

In the female show, grand and champion junior heifer calf honors went to C&M New Mexico Lady 2008, owned by Michael Perez of Nara Visa, N.M. Reserve grand and champion intermediate female honors was awarded to LCC Patton Kiwi 116 ET, owned by Rhett Lowderman, Macomb, Ill.

Prior to the open show, Judge Mark Ebeling of Cleburne, Texas sorted the 96- head junior heifer show. RRO TRM Grace 1125 ET shown by Jacob Sims, Edmond, Okla., was selected the grand champion heifer. Reserve grand honors went to BLL LCC She’s All Good 150, owned by Marie Lock of Avon, Ill.

For complete results, view the press release or visit

Watch for More Annual Meeting Highlights Next Week

Watch for more Annual Meeting highlights in next week's Hereford eNews. Including annoucements about the 2012-13 National Hereford Queen Whitney Andras, NHW Hereford Woman of the Year Ruth Espenscheid; Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) scholarship winners and the 2011-12 Hereford Show Award Winners.

Check Out Two Sales on

Two sales open tomorrow Nov. 10 at The McMullin-Spearhead-Hidden Oaks sale will close on Nov. 13 and features 29 select lots of prominent Hereford genetics - bred and open females, bulls and embryos bred for performance, moderate frame and excellent EPDs plus a great group of baldie heifers.

Genoa Livestock LLC will close Nov. 15 and features 18 select individual bred female lots, and 20 females selling in groups of six to eight. The Genoa Livestock breeding program is built by selecting for; calving ease moderate to high weaning and yearling growth and the top 20% of the breed for carcass merit and profit indexes.

Check out these sale opportunities at

New From AHA – Herd Benchmark Reports

The Herd Benchmark Report is a new herd management tool available to Whole Herd TPR participants. It is a summary of genetic trends within a herd and compared to the entire Hereford breed. It is important to know that this report reflects ONLY the animals that have contributed genetically to the herd and does not sync with the herd inventory.

Note: Some Mac users are having a problem viewing graphs in the new Benchmark Reports. Mac's use a built-in, non-Adobe piece of software to open and view PDF files and that it doesn't always play nice with files created with non-adobe applications. We encourage members to download a free version of Adobe Reader, which will allos members to view the graphs — download Acrobat Reader.

The Benchmark Reports contains expected progeny differences (EPDs) for sires and dams in the herd that have contributed progeny to the herd and are found on the bull or heifer list. The list of dams DOES NOT include purchased females that do not have a calf found on the bull or heifer list.

It also contains a list of heifers and bulls that are progeny of the herd but have not yet reached breeding age or produced progeny of their own. A chart and graph show the herd’s average EPDs over several years, if applicable. It also includes a table showing adjusted average values for phenotypic traits (weights and scanning).

The graphs depict the trends for weight, carcass, fertility and selection index trends for the herd. There are graphs displaying breed genetic trends as well as graphs comparing the herd’s genetic trends to the breed’s overall genetic trends.

At the end of the report, a table is provided showing the genetic trend for all animals and for dams only.

This report will be created for members with the release of each new set of EPDs (spring and fall) as a download that can be retrieved from a member's Enhanced Internet Account. Just click on the button in the right hand column labeled “Herd Benchmark Report.”

If you don’t have internet access or are unable to download a copy of the report for your herd, you may call the AHA at 816-842-3757 and request this report. Downloads from your internet account are available at no cost but copies that are printed and mailed from the AHA cost $10.

To set up an online account, please contact the AHA. This is a useful tool for breeders trying to build an economically efficient herd through genetic selection.

DNA Testing and GE-EPDs Explained

Is DNA testing and genomic-enhanced EPDs challenging to understand? AHA has posted two updated resources to help explain the process: a new fact sheet and video.

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.

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.

Check out the new video posted to the Hereford YouTube channel about DNA testing.

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:

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

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.

  • 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
  • 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
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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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Industry Insight


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