Now Showing at the Western Nugget
The Western Nugget National Hereford Show started Thursday, Dec. 6, and continues through tomorrow. Live coverage is available on LiveAuctions.tv and for up-to-date results visit Hereford.org.
HYFA Offerings Headline Mile High Night Sale
Tennessee River Music Inc. (TRM), Ft. Payne, Ala., has generously donated this year’s Mile High Night Sale Lot 1 Foundation Female, supporting the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA). Proceeds from this sale will provide education, scholarship and leadership opportunities for today and tomorrow’s Hereford youth.
The Lot 1 female, TRM 6104 Lulu 2044 ET, is a March 12, 2012, daughter of CS Boomer 29F. This tremendous power cow family has been generations in the making at TRM.
The HYFA offering in the Mile High Night Sale does not end with Lot 1. Bushy Park Farms, Mitchell, S.D., and Tucker Cattle Co., North Platte, Neb., have also donated two embryo packages from two of the most powerful and exciting donor dams in the Hereford breed. Bushy Park Farms and Tucker Cattle Co. are really backing up their commitment to Hereford youth by including one guaranteed pregnancy on each mating.
Lot 38A is a package of three embryos from the proven cross of one of the best cows in the country, LCC Two Timin 438 ET “Harley,” and one of the top sires, NJW FHF 9710 Tank 45P. Lot 38B is a package of two embryos from 2012 National Champion TCC Ms Diana 01 and NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET.
T-Bone Ranch Co., Antonito, Colo., is donating from the heart of their donor program four embryos out of two-time Denver Supreme Champion STAR TCF Shock & Awe 158W ET and DBLL DCC 4002 Patti 4266 ET.
For more details on these lots vist HerefordYouthFoundation.org.
December BuyHereford.com Sale Consignment Deadline is Today
The consignment deadline for the December BuyHereford.com sale is today, Dec. 7. Don’t miss this opportunity to consign your superior cattle genetics like bulls, heifers, semen and embryos. The sale starts Dec. 27. Log on to BuyHereford.com and click on “Entry Forms” for consignment information or call Dennis Schock at 903-815-2004.
Clanton Hired as National Shows Coordinator, Junior Activities Assistant
Bailey Clanton, Bucyrus, Kan., has been hired in a new role at the American Hereford Association (AHA), national shows coordinator and junior activities assistant. Clanton graduated from Kansas State University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics and served as AHA’s junior activities intern this summe an fall. Read more about her and her new role on Hereford.org.
Great Christmas Idea — Buy One/Get One Half Off
For the non-shoppers and the “I don't know what to get” dilemma – at the touch of e-mail or a phone call you can have a beautiful Amanda Raithel print shipped to your address in days and in time for Christmas. Pick from the National Hereford Women's “Setting Precedence” and “Secrets” prints.
Mix or match (unframed). Buy one, get one half off the price, plus shipping. $90 for one, $135 for two plus S&H. View prints on the National Hereford Women website.
Contact: Denise Billman, 303-204-5865, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Paula Acheson, 785-257-3541, email@example.com.
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.
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:
National Western Stock Show, Denver
Show dates: Jan. 17-19, 2013
Southwestern Exposition National, Fort Worth
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