Spring Advantage Newsletter Now Online; JNHE Entry Forms Included
The National Junior Hereford Association’s Spring Advantage Newsletter is now available at Hereford.org. Included in the newsletter are details on the upcoming Junior National Hereford Expo as well as entry forms.
Watch For Release of Updated GE-EPDs
During the week of April 7, the American Hereford Association will release updated genomic-enhanced expected prorgeny differences (GE-EPDs) based on new and much stronger correlations that provide more accurate genomic predictions.
Since November, there have been more than 2,000 bulls 50K genotyped and a high percent of those are high accuracy bulls. With this additional information, Dorian Garrick and Mahdi Saatchi have re-calibrated the genomic predictions and as expected we have seen a tremendous jump in the correlations.
The AHA Board of Directors met by conference call and voted unanimously to go ahead and update the correlations as soon as possible in order to give breeders the most current information to make breeding decisions this spring.
We will send out an email and make a news post to Hereford.org when the updates are live.
State and Women’s Association Information Needed by April 15
The July issue of the Hereford World is the Herd Reference Edition. We are compiling lists of state Hereford associations and women organizations to be included in the Hereford Handbook which is part of the reference edition. Please submit the information for your association’s officers/directors and upcoming events by April 15.
If your association has not had its election of officers/directors yet, but will by early-May, please contact Christy Benigno, 816-842-3757, and make arrangements to get the information in by the last possible date of May 17.
Consign Now for April BuyHereford.com Auction
Consignments for the April BuyHereford.com BuyNow Sale and Auction are due next Friday, April 12. To consign, log on to BuyHereford.com.
Gold TPR Correction
Regrettably, Tim Dolcini, Canyon Gem Livestock, Jerome, Idaho, was not listed as a Spring 2013 Gold TPR Breeder in eNews. We apologize for the error.
Hall of Fame, Merit Nominations Due May 1
Nominations for the Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit are due May 1.
The Hall of Fame honor recognizes Hereford breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed. Hall of Merit recipients aren’t necessarily Hereford breeders but have, in their own ways, greatly influenced the Hereford breed and the cattle industry.
For more information on how to nominate deserving individuals for the 2013 induction at the AHA Annual Meeting in November, contct Karla Richardson at 816-842-3757
BuyHereford.com Introduces BuyNow Option
BuyHereford.com is excited to introduce a new service to continually meet the needs of customers and clients alike: BuyHereford BuyNow. The first BuyNow sale is now open. Now available at BuyHereford.com, BuyNow allows consignors to set their selling price. Buyers can then choose to purchase the consignment at that price — bypassing the auction setting.
Consignors follow the same entry process as with the auction service, and can choose to either sell via the traditional auction option, or through BuyNow. Consignments will be listed for a month, until the following month’s BuyNow goes live, and fees will be similar to those of the auction.
Dennis Schock, BuyHereford.com manager, says this option was created in response to the needs of consignors and buyers.
For more information about BuyHereford.com or the new BuyNow option, contact Dennis Schock, 903-815-2004.
National Western Highlight Video Online
Visit the Hereford YouTube channel to check out a the 2013 National Western Stock Show Hereford highlight video.
Free AHA Record Keeping Classes From CattleMax April 18
There is another opportunity to participate in a free one-hour online class on using CattleMax Online to exchange information with AHA. This time the topics will be Spring 2013 Inventory will be registering calves. See a live demonstration of the AHA interface right from your computer and ask any questions along the way. CattleMax customer service reps and AHA staff will be available to answer your questions.
The class will be 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Log on to CattleMax.com to register.
Sign Up Now for Hereford Breeder Pages
Looking for an efficient way to market your cattle for a small price? In this year's July Hereford World we will again have a new section that features state inch ads available to you for only $150. If you wish to do a state ad AND be listed in the Hereford Register the price is only $200. Download the form (PDF). Please email your completed PDF form to Caryn Vaught, 816-842-3757, or print and mail the completed form to:
American Hereford Association
Attention: Caryn Vaught
PO Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101
2013 July Hereford World Deadlines Are Just
Around the Corner!
Don't miss your chance to be a part of our largest issue of the year! Take part in our early-bird deadline — have all your ad materials to the AHA office by April 22 and receive an additional 5% off the price of your ad. Final deadline for all ad materials is May 15. Contact your field representative today, or Joe Rickabaugh at 816-842-3757.
Advisor Handbook Online
The Advisor Handbook including 2013 JNHE contest updates is now posted on Hereford.org.
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.
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.
Hereford Prints 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.
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.