Hereford Named Supreme at Agribition
Congratulations to Hirsche Herefords, High River, Alberta; WSV Farm & Ranch LLC, Calhan, Colo.; and Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., for winning supreme champion bull on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, Saskatchewan, with UPS Uptown ET. Uptown, bred by Upstream Ranch, is an April 2010 son of CRR About Time 743.
Hereford Breeders Weigh in on Estate Tax for FOX News
“'Death tax' a death sentence to family farms, businesses?” is the name of a video done by FOX News, during which James, Paul and Scott Bennett of Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Va., are interviewed. The story includes good information about this issue, one that affects all cattlemen and farmers.
High Accuracy Bulls Sought, Cost-Share Option Available
During the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board meeting the Board discussed its continued commitment to DNA testing more high accuracy sires. Hereford breeders who have a bull that does not have a genomic-enhanced expected progeny difference (GE-EPD), has a weaning weight accuracy of better than .50 and was born in 2001 or after, can contact Toni Shapiro at the AHA office, and the AHA will pay $40 of the fees to have the bull DNA tested.
A list of high-use Hereford sires that the Association would like tested has been generated. To see if a bull you own is on that list, contact Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 816-842-3757.
For more about Hereford DNA testing visit the Hereford YouTube channel or Hereford.org (PDF).
Hereford Denver Activities Planned;
Headquarters Hotel Booked
Hereford enthusiasts will be in Denver Jan. 16-19 for the National Western Stock Show.
Hereford events in Denver will kick off in the Stadium Arena on the Hill with the bull show on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. followed by the junior heifer show. Friday will be the pen and carload show in the Yards starting at 8 a.m.
The Mile High Night National Hereford Sale is changing venues this year. The sale will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Stadium Arena on the Hill.
Judging the National Hereford Show on the Hill will be Hampton Cornelius, La Salle, Colo. Pen show judges are Blake Oschner, Torrington, Wyo.; Brooke Bieber, Onida, S.D.; and Bill Goehring, Libertyville, Iowa.
We received notice that the block at the Renaissance Denver Hotel is full. If you'd like to get on a waiting list please contact Karla Richardson at 816-842-3757. Or if you have made hotel reservations at the headquarters hotel and you wish to cancel rooms, please contact Karla. This will allow AHA to keep the rooms in our block so other Hereford breeders can use the rooms at our group rate.
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207
Ask for “American Hereford Association” block. A one-night, non-refundable deposit is required at reservation time. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the Denver International Airport.
Join Hereford Enthusiasts in the Suite
National Western Stock Show (NWSS) attendees will again have a chance to meet with other Hereford producers in the Hereford hospitality suite in the Yards. Sponsored by Hereford breeders, the suite will again be on the first floor of the Exchange Building. It will be a great place for breeders to discuss business transactions or just visit with old friends.
The suite will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, through Friday, Jan. 18.
A big thank you goes to the breeders who help sponsor this gathering place. For information about the suite or to inquire about sponsorship, contact Amy Cowan at or 816-842-3757.
Please Note: Western Nugget Health Permit Change
For those hauling cattle to show at the Western Nugget National Hereford Show the correct health permit number for the Nugget show and sale cattle is: KS111312-10672.
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.
Christmas is Coming: Order Your Historic Hereford Prints and Hereford Christmas Cards Today
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).
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.
National Show Season Is Here
Listed below is contact information and entry deadline for the upcoming National Hereford shows:
Western Nugget, Reno
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