Junior AI Deadline Today
National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members wishing to participate in the Junior AI Program must submit their forms today — Feb. 1. Visit JrHereford.org for the sire listing and 2013 program nomination forms.
Mile High Night Grosses $666,925
It was a full house in the new venue for the Mile High Night Hereford Sale, Jan. 18, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Moving to the stadium floor seemed to take the sale up another notch, almost doubling in gross sales from last year.
The Hereford offering was again top-notch and the bidding proved it. When Eddie Sims, National Cattle Services Inc., silenced the gavel for the final time, $666,925 was spent. The bull average was up about $6,000 to $47,109.16 and 21 females commanded $10,157 per head, which is about $2,000 more than last year. Four flushes brought $6,437.50 per flush, also, and 25 embryos averaged $701.
Topping the sale at a remarkable $120,000 was Lot 3, half-interest and half-possession in WORR Owen Tankeray Y79D ET who the day before was name reserve grand champion polled bull. He is an Oct. 6, 2011, son of NJW FHF 9710 Tank 45P and was also named reserve champion at the American Royal and the North American International Livestock Shows. The Tankeray Group, Mason, Texas, was the buyer and Worrell Enterprises, Owen Bros. and J Bar L Cattle were the consignors.
Watch for more Denver highlights in the March Hereford World.
Creamer Honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year
Jay Creamer, Waxahachie, Texas, was selected as the 2013 Hereford Herdsman of the Year in Denver.
Jay grew up in Whitney, Texas, and was active in the cattle industry from the start. He worked for Sullivan Ranch in Hillsboro, Texas, throughout high school and during his time attending EMT school. Soon after graduating, he began working for Talmo Ranch in Talmo, Ga., where he met his wife, Lindsey. He and Lindsey were married in 2005 and moved back to his home state of Texas. Today, they have two sons: 4-year-old Grady, and 9-month-old Gage.
In 2006 Jay began doing custom work for GKB Cattle in Waxahachie. He then transitioned to the role of herdsman. Gary and Kathy Buchholz, GKB Ranch owners, say Jay is a true asset to their operation. “He’s a true herdsman, and he is able to maximize the cattle for show day,” Gary says. “He’s a hard worker, he never complains and he’ll do anything. And, he’s the type of guy I completely trust. I’ve always said I can train a person to clip and pull calves. But I can’t train honesty and morals. And you can’t buy them. But Jay has them both.”
Stahlys, Lowdermans Named Hereford Innovators
Mike and Judy Stahly of Stahly Ranch, Cavour, S.D., and Brent and Kris Lowderman, Carthage, Ill., were presented Hereford Innovator Awards during the NWSS Carload and Pen Show Jan. 18 in Denver.
Mike and Judy were chosen because of their contribution to the Hereford industry by using young Hereford sires in the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) on their commercial cow herd.
Through the NRSP, the family has tested two to three new sires each year resulting in about 80 to 100 calves. Over the years they’ve reported data on 1,187 calves representing 45 sires.
Brent and Kris were chosen because of their contribution to the Hereford industry. Brent was raised on his family’s Hereford operation, Lowderman Cattle Co. He is still a part of that operation today.
Brent and Kris own and operate the Carthage Livestock Auction Co. in Carthage, Ill. Through their involvement in the auction business and their love of Herefords, Brent and Kris helped start the Greater Midwest Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale in 2007, which was one of the first of its kind and has helped create demand for Hereford and Hereford-cross feeder calves. The sale helps smaller producers pool their cattle and draws buyers looking specifically for Hereford feeder calves.
Hereford Offers Internship/Ambassadorship
The AHA is offering several opportunities this summer for college students hoping to further their education and gain valuable real-world experience working with youth activities.
The AHA youth department is offering college juniors or seniors the opportunity to assist with the planning and execution of junior shows and leadership events and to gain experience in association work.
Applicants must be enrolled in an agriculture-related major and should be self-starters who are detail-oriented and outgoing and have the ability to work well with all types of people. Travel to the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) and other shows should be expected as part of the internship.
The internship spans approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific starting and ending dates depending on applicant’s availability. Applications are due Feb. 15.
Applicants may send a cover letter, résumé and references to Amy Cowan, AHA director of youth activities, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101. For more information, contact Cowan at 816-842-3757.
College students can also apply for the JNHE Ambassador Program. The 2013 ambassadors will assist the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Board and AHA staff throughout the JNHE week — July 14-21 — in Kansas City, Mo.
The five ambassador positions are:
- Contest coordinator — help with the facilitation of the 22 contests including room set up, starting on time, judge gifts, etc.
- Event coordinator — assist with organization of opening ceremonies, awards banquet and shows.
- Technology coordinator — assist with show office, data entry, social media, etc.
- Operations assistant — help coordinate people and cattle check-in and assist with oversight of tie outs, showring and facility setup.
- Communications assistant — assist with press releases, photos and daily newsletter as well as contribute to the September Hereford World.
Candidates must be a 2013 high school graduate or older and have had national show experience. Ambassadors can not be exhibitors or competitors at the 2013 JNHE. Ambassador applications are due March 15 and are available online at JrHereford.org.
Hereford Named Supreme at the Sioux Empire Farm Show
The champion Hereford bull, SMAK LHF 10R Inferno 65Y, was also named supreme champion over all breeds at the Sioux Empire Farm Show, Sioux Falls, S.D., Jan. 22-26. The son of LaGrand Inferno 42R was shown and consigned to the sale by Starmak Herefords, Tea, S.D. He sold to Rich Fiene, Echo, Minn., for $4,000. Because he was named supreme champion, the seller received a $3,500 check and the buyer received $2,500.
Texas Hereford Association Honored with Award
The Texas Hereford Association, organized Nov. 7, 1899, in a San Antonio boot shop during the International Livestock Exposition, has been named as recipient of the Fort Worth Farm & Ranch Club’s 2013 W. A. “Bill” King Award for Excellence in Agriculture. Read more about it from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Blinson Promotes Raising Kids the Farm Way on Fox
Former National Junior Hereford Association Chairman Rossie Blinson is currently serving as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Public Policy Intern. Rossie spoke to Fox & Friends anchors about the benefits of growing up on a farm, both for mental and physical health. Watch it on Fox News website.
Consign Now for February BuyHereford Sale
The consignment deadline for the February BuyHereford.com sale is Feb. 8. Don’t miss this opportunity to consign your superior cattle genetics like bulls, heifers, semen and embryos. The sale starts Feb. 26. Visit BuyHereford.com and click on “Entry Forms” for consignment information or call Dennis Schock at 903-815-2004.
New Hereford Print to Be Unveiled at Ft. Worth
Add to your rare collection of Hereford artwork with the third piece of colored pencil artwork by nationally recognized show cattle artist, Amanda Raithel. It will be unveiled at the Southwestern Livestock Exposition at Ft. Worth, Texas, with the original piece being auctioned off in the Cowtown Select Sale on Feb. 3.
The 11x14 artwork is a one-of-a-kind piece that depicts both horned and polled Hereford bulls. Prints will be available in Ft. Worth. The newest artwork piece may be previewed on the National Hereford Women (NHW) Facebook page as well as the NHW website.
Prints may be ordered in advance by contacting Denise Billman at 330-204-5865. All proceeds from the sale of the original as well as the prints ensure the continuation of all the programs and scholarships that are administered by NHW.. Your continued support is pertinent to the continuing education and enrichment of Hereford youth.
This piece will accompany the first two prints, “Setting Precedence” and “Secrets” very nicely.
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).
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.
- Feb. 20, 2013 - Northern Plains Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, at Kist Livestock, Mandan, N.D., contact Steven Pollestad, 701-974-3970 or Kist Livestock, 701-663-9573.
- May 16, 2013 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Stanford, Ky., contact: John Meents 419-306-7480 or Lowell Atwood 606-669-1455.