AHA Announces 2012 Dams, Sires of Distinction
For 2012, 2,469 Hereford cows from 729 Hereford performance herds in 42 states earned the honor of being named a Dam of Distinction by the American Hereford Association (AHA). The number of dams qualifying for this prestigious honor jumped 184 head since last year.
For the 32nd consecutive year, South Dakota Hereford operation Rausch Herefords owns the most Dams of Distinction honored at 112 head, and leads its state to the top of the list with 349 cows recognized.
Also recognized are Sires of Distinction. The Sires of Distinction program recognizes superior Hereford bulls. Initiated in August 2007, the program recognizes Hereford bulls that sire efficient, fertile and productive females. To be honored as a Sire of Distinction a bull must have produced daughters that have received at least seven Dams of Distinction awards.
Read more about the Sires of Distinction program, and download the list of sires at Hereford.org.
An article reviewing the 2012 Dams and Sires of Distinction will be published in the April issue of the Hereford World magazine. The top 20 breeders of Dams of Distinction are listed below.
Top 20 Breeders
1. Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D. (112 Dams)
2. Journagan Ranch/Missouri State University, Mountain Grove, Mo. (30 Dams)
2. Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho (30 Dams)
2. Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb. (30 Dams)
5. Monahan Cattle Co., Hyannis, Neb. (27 Dams)
6. Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock, Neb. (23 Dams)
7. Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb. (21 Dams)
8. Alexander Mih, Indianapolis, Ind. (20 Dams)
8. Oleen Bros., Dwight, Kan. (20 Dams)
8. Ridder Hereford Ranch, Callaway, Neb. (20 Dams)
8. Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D. (20 Dams)
12. Jeffrey Boehnke, Kramer, N.D. (19 Dams)
12. Elkington Polled Herefords, Idaho Falls, Idaho (19 Dams)
12. Duvall Polled Herefords, Lockwood, Mo. (19 Dams)
15. Thorstenson Hereford Ranch, Selby, S.D. (18 Dams)
15. Feddes Herefords, Manhattan, Mont. (18 Dams)
15. Fawcetts Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D. (18 Dams)
18. O.D. Perkes, Etna, Wyo. (17 Dams)
19. Springhill Herefords, Blue Rapids, Kan. (16 Dams)
19. Helbling Herefords, Mandan, N.D. (16 Dams)
Advisor Handbook Online
The Advisor Handbook including 2013 JNHE contest updates is now posted on Hereford.org.
Ambassador Applications Due Next Week
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.
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.
Start early if you have any problems with the site, so you have plenty of time to ask questions or make the needed changes. Please be sure to read the requirements for each of the scholarship/awards carefully.
State Junior Advisors: State Show, Officer Info Needed
Attention all state junior advisors: please submit state show and state officer information to the AHA Junior Activities Department.Visit the JrHereford.org to download the forms.
March BuyHereford.com Consignments Due Today
Consignments for the March BuyHereford.com are due Friday, March 8. To consign, visit BuyHereford.com.
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.
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.
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.