Upgrade Allows for Easier Use
The recent upgrade to the website search system was strictly a database upgrade that allows some new features to be brought online in the future. No new tools or facilities at this time, although the recent upgrade does make the system a bit more user friendly in the following ways:
- Using the "Name" field when searching for an animal name now allows for wild cards to be used at the start of your search. For example if you are looking for MSU TCF REVOLUTION 4R but all you can remember is that is name is "Revolution" then you can search using %REVOLUTION% and it will find all animals with Revolution in their name. The list of animals returned will be pretty lengthy so you may want to use other criteria in your list such as "sex" of the animal, birth year, etc.
- From such a search you will notice that 1,839 results are returned. The database upgrade has allowed us to increase the number of results returned in a search. The limit used to be 600 but is now 2,000.
- Additionally, you don't have to select a criteria to sort by when conducting a search that involves specific parameters for a specific trait(s). Even if you do select a specific sort order for the search results to be returned to you, you don't have to back up to the search form to change the item to sort by. You can simply click on a column heading for any column shown in the results and results will be resorted by that item. Note the first time you click the column heading it will sort on the default order for that trait and an additional click on the column heading (same column) will reverse the sort order.
These new functions are available for authorized users or visitors to the site. Visit Hereford.org to check out the updated features. If you have questions or problems, contact the AHA office at 816-842-3757.
Herefords Top Iowa Beef Expo
Herefords had the highest sale average of 11 breeds at the 2013 Iowa Beef Expo. The Hereford sale posted an average of $3,969 on 64.4 live lots. 39.4 bulls averaged $4,000 with a $7,500 top and 35 females averaged $3,920 with a top of $9,550. Simmentals had the second high average at $3,875 and Angus averaged $3,725. Congratulations to the Iowa Beef Expo consignors.
View all breeds sale results on the Iowa Beef Expo's website.
February BuyHereford.com Sale Starts Tomorrow
The February BuyHereford.com sale will begin at 8 a.m. EST, Saturday, Feb. 23, and run through 8 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 26.
This month’s offering includes three bulls, seven embryo packages, one pregnant recip, 17 semen packages and one sexed female semen package. For full descriptions and photos, visit Buyhereford.com.
Hereford Youth Scholarship Applications Due April 1
Hereford youth can now begin the application process for Hereford scholarships to be presented at the 2013 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). Again this year all applications will be filled out online. Visit the Hereford Scholarship website to begin the process today.
Sire Summary Now Online
The Spring 2013 Sire Summary is now online at Hereford.org. The Sire Summary includes a listing of all active sires. The summary also includes an explanation of expected progeny differences (EPDs), genetic trends, heritability estimates, trait correlations and percentile breakdown of EPDs.
Stanley Stout Center Dedication Planned March 1 At K-State’s 100th Annual Cattlemen’s Day
If anyone knew about the marketing of livestock, it was Stanley Stout. The famed auctioneer, who passed away in 2006, will be honored March 1 when Kansas State University dedicates the new Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan as part of its 100th Cattlemen’s Day celebration. Read all about it at and get registered to attend this historic event at Kansas State’s Research and Extension website.
Hereford AI Book is on its way
The Hereford AI Book, your resource for the latest and greatest Hereford genetics, will be mailed along with the March issue of the Hereford World. Watch for it in your mailbox the first full week of March. You can view it online now by visiting HerefordMarketplace.com.
Get Prepared for New “Princess” Program at the JNHE
Young ladies, start planning now. This year in Kansas City at the Junior National Hereford Expo, the National Hereford Women and 2012-13 National Hereford Queen Whitney Andras will be hosting the Queen’s Tea. New this year, along with the fun activities, and socialization there is going to be random drawings for our young queen “wannabe’s.”
So young Hereford enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 10, start planning your “Princess” outfit, now. Polish your boots, practice your smile and cross your fingers. It will be exciting… and worth looking forward to. Watch for more details to be released.
New Hereford Print Now Available
The National Hereford Women unveiled their third print in their exclusive Hereford Collection at the Ft. Worth Stock Show. The newest piece “Majestic” depicts polled & horned Hereford bulls bedded down in a winter mountain scene. This piece, like the others, was created by Amanda Raithel, renowned cattle artist.
The original colored pencil drawing, sealed and framed with acid free matting sold to the highest bidder for $1,750 at the Cowtown Select sale. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Younts Jr., of Younts & Sons Herefords, Belton, Texas. The back up bidder was Robert Miller from Oklahoma City who then purchased a framed Artist Proof for $1,150. The weekend wrapped for the NHW when the #16 print, matted and framed was auctioned off at the Texas Polled Hereford Social to Jordan Glaze of Glaze Herefords, Gilmer, Texas, for $550. The weekend was a huge success with this artwork already raising a total of $3,450. We owe a huge thank you for all of the support we received, and for assisting us in continuing all of our wonderful programs.
Prints are available on “Setting Precedence,” “Secrets,” and now “Majestic.” They are $90 plus shipping. Pick your favorite, or start a collection. All funds raised stay within the Hereford cattle family and go right back out to our future: our youth! Contact Denise Billman, NHW president, at 330-204-5865.
JNHE Ambassador Opportunities Available
College students can 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.
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.
- May 16, 2013 - Kentucky Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, Stanford, Ky., contact: John Meents 419-306-7480 or Lowell Atwood 606-669-1455.