Andras Crowned National Hereford Queen
Whitney Andras, from Checotah, Okla., was crowned National Hereford Queen during the 2012 American Royal National Hereford Show in Kansas City Nov. 4.
Whitney is a fifth generation Hereford breeder on the Andras side and a fourth-generation Hereford breeder on the Ellis side. She comes from a family with a long history of Hereford dedication.
With generations of Hereford involvement, it only seems natural for Whitney to represent the Hereford breed first as the Oklahoma Hereford Queen and now as the National Hereford Queen.
Currently a freshman at Connors State College in Warner, Okla., Whitney is pursuing an associate’s degree in science and serving as a member of the freshman livestock judging team.
After Connors, Whitney plans to transfer to either Texas Tech or Oklahoma State University, where she hopes to dual major in agricultural communications and agribusiness.
First runner-up honors went to MaKayla Rutt, Minden, Neb.; Bridget Beran, Claflin, Kan., was named second runner-up, and the Miss Congeniality award was presented to Cara Cummings, Gilmer, Texas.
Espenscheid Named Woman of the Year
Ruth Espenscheid, Argyle, Wis., was honored as the 2012 Hereford Women of the Year during the National Hereford Women (NHW) annual meeting Nov. 3 in Kansas City, Mo. Each year the NHW recognizes and honors one woman for her achievements and dedication to the Hereford breed.
Espenscheid is extraordinarily dedicated to Hereford youth, enthusiastic in the promotion of Hereford cattle and dedicated to education of youth in agriculture generally. She is very active within the Hereford breed and the cattle industry as well as within her community.
Read more about Ruth in the December Hereford World.
Hereford Youth Presented $36,000 in Scholarships
National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were awarded $36,000 in scholarships from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) during the American Hereford Association Annual Meeting Nov. 3 in Kansas City, Mo.
Chandler Mulvaney, Opelika, Ala., and Tyler Schultz, Haviland, Kan., were awarded $5,000 Bill and Jo Ellard Scholarships. Schultz also won the B.C. “Bud” Snidow Award sponsored by the National Hereford Women.
Keysto Stotz, Skiatook, Okla., was awarded the $5,000 Bob & Dolores Call Scholarship. Whitney Andras, Checotah, Okla., was presented the $2,500 Whitehead/Rocking Chair Ranch Scholarship and the $1,250 Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship.
Morgann Gregory, Houstonia, Mo., was awarded the $2,500 Bob & Lucy Kube Scholarship, and Tamar Adcock, Assumption, Ill., was awarded the $1,250 Jack & Donna Vanier Scholarship.
Seely Sayre, Arenzville, Ill., was awarded the $1,250 Blin Family Scholarship, and Jaime Hanson, Comfrey, Minn., was awarded the $2,500 Owen Family/Tennessee River Music Inc. Scholarship.
Hayley Miller, Thorntown, Ind., was awarded the $2,500 Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm Scholarship, and Bethany Nolan, Gilmer, Texas, was awarded the $1,250 Larson Polled Herefords Scholarship.
Krissi McCurdy, El Dorado, Kan., was awarded the $1,250 Bar One Scholarship, given in honor of Ken Tracy, a fellow Hereford breeder who lost his battle with cancer last year.
Four Hereford juniors were presented $1,250 HYFA scholarships, including Brady Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; Cody Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; Kathleen Ochsner, Torrington, Wyo.; and Shelby Rogers, Hamilton, Texas.
Congratulations to all the scholarship winners.
Show Awards Presented
Hereford exhibitors were honored for showcasing their breeding programs at national and regional shows throughout the past year during the National Hereford Show at the American Royal in Kansas City Nov. 4.
Awards for champion Hereford show heifer, show bull and premier exhibitor were presented to exhibitors in each of four U.S. regions.
- Horned Show Bull of the Year — Gary and Kathy Buchholz, Waxahachie, Texas; Jacqueline Rosson, Milford, Texas; and Mallorie Phelps, Grandview, Texas, with GKB EJE B627 Full Tank B927 ET.
- Horned Show Heifer of the Year — Cameron and Staci Ann Curry, McAlester, Okla., with CH JR Judy 0040 ET.
- Horned Premier Exhibitor — Curtis and Jackie Castle, Crawford, Okla.
- Polled Show Bull of the Year — Jackie Pullen, Rockwall, Texas, with PH 533P Shining Star 36X.
- Polled Show Heifer of the Year — Kyra Stierwalt, Leedey, Okla., with GO Ms Outcross X76.
- Polled Premier Exhibitor — Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla.
- Horned Show Bull of the Year — Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn., with Four L Mulholland X0144 ET.
- Horned Show Heifer of the Year — Haley Hudson, Harrison, Ark., with Churchill Lady 0230X ET.
- Horned Premier Exhibitor — Four L Hereford Farm
- Polled Show Bull of the Year — River Circle Farm, Hartsville, Tenn., with RC BF American Made 973 ET.
- Polled Show Heifer of the Year — Doug LeTourneau, Gallatin, Tenn., with DLL Boom Boom Lady 09X.
- Polled Premier Exhibitor — Doug LeTourneau.
- Horned Show Bull of the Year — Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, and Curtis & Jackie Castle with C Thriller ET.
- Horned Show Heifer of the Year — Brad and Dawn Gohr, Madras, Ore., with FCC 225 Carmen 0153.
- Horned Premier Exhibitor — Colyer Herefords
- Polled Show Bull of the Year — Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., and OJJ Ranch, Ririe, Idaho, with H WCC/WB 668 Wyarno 9500 ET.
- Polled Show Heifer of the Year — Colyer Herefords, Gary and Kathy Buchholz, Jacqueline Rosson with C New Era Lady 1225 ET.
- Polled Premier Exhibitor — OJJ Ranch
- Horned Show Bull of the Year — Jake Bloomberg, Berwick, Ill., and Lowderman Cattle Co., Macomb, Ill., with JB LCC Quagmire 506.
- Horned Show Heifer of the Year — Korbin Collins, Flanagan, Ill., with Purple RRO Ruby 41X.
- Horned Premier Exhibitor — Lowderman Cattle Co.
- Polled Show Bull of the Year — Kelsey Diehl, Fairfield, Pa., and Hastings Cattle, Townsend, Del., with CHF MST Dozer 009X.
- Polled Show Heifer of the Year — Karey Howes, Taneytown, Md., with KPH Purple Snooki 002.
- Polled Show Heifer of the Year — Jessica, David, Jacob & Josie Hockett, New Palestine, Ind., with Ramsey’s Adrianna 17X.
- Polled Premier Exhibitor — Oak Ledge Farm, Belmont, N.H.
Make Room Reservations for Reno, Get Free Tickets
The Western Nugget National Hereford Show is Dec. 7-8, with the junior show on Dec. 6, in Reno, Nev. There is a special block of rooms reserved at John Ascuaga’s Nugget for American Hereford Association members. Visit the Nugget website or call 800-843-2427 and mention the room code GHEREWT for the special rate.
The Courtyard is closed; therefore, Courtyard rates apply to the West Tower and West Tower rates apply to the East Tower.
Plus: Steven Ascuaga is offering two complimentary tickets to any Hereford guest that books a room at the Nugget for the country western singer, Aaron Watson, in the Celebrity Showroom, Friday night at 8.
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 allow 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 Hereford.org/ChristmasCards.
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 HerefordYouthFoundation.org. The set is $50, or each individual print is $30.
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 Hereford.org (PDF).
National Show Season Is Here
Listed below is contact information and entry deadline for the upcoming National Hereford shows:
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 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.
- 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