On April 9, 2013, the American Hereford Association (AHA) released new genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) based on new correlations updated because of the addition of more than 2,000 animals with 50K genotypes. There have been some questions and concerns. Get all the latest information at Hereford.org.
Herd Sire DNA Errors
In November 2010 the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board implemented a policy requiring DNA on all future walking herd sires. Therefore, any sire born after Jan. 1, 2011, must have DNA on file at the AHA. If there isn’t, a DNA error will be returned when you process data. For more infomation download the "DNA Policy for Walking Herd Sires" fact sheet.
2013 July Hereford World Early Bird Deadline is April 22
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.
JNHE Early Entry Deadline May 1
The 2013 Junior National Hereford Expo will be July 14-21 in Kansas City. Visit the JNHE Entry page for more information.
Here are some ways you can support the JNHE.
- Join the Club
Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) supporters will have the best seats in the house at the 2013 JNHE in Kansas City.
Hereford enthusiasts can join the Hereford Foundation Club and have access to the “club” that overlooks the showring in Kansas City as well as earn other perks for their support of Hereford youth.
There are four levels of membership, but benefits include a special membership pin, access to the VIP parking area and admittance to the club area.
Visit HerefordYouthFoundation.org or contact Amy Cowan, HYFA director, at 816-842-3757 for more information or to become a member.
- JNHE sponsorship, trade show opportunities available
If you are interested in reserving booth space or placing an ad in the show program, please contact Darla Aegerter at 402-643-8122. For information on how you can support the largest Hereford event of the year, visit JrHereford.org.
- HYFA to host golf tournament
HYFA will host its fourth annual golf tournament with all proceeds to benefit the foundation. Hosted in conjunction with the JNHE, the event will kickoff at 8:30 a.m. July 17 at the Falcon Lakes Golf Club, Basehor, Kan.
The tournament will be a four-man scramble with shotgun start. Hole sponsorships are available for $750 and include a team entry. Single hole sponsorships are $500. To register or for more information, visit JrHereford.org, or contact Bailey Clanton or Amy Cowan.
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.
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
Check Out DNA Sample Collection Video
American Hereford Association (AHA) has released a new educational video highlighting tips on collecting hair samples for DNA testing. The video is now available on the Hereford YouTube channel.
If you've not had a chance to check out the Hereford educational videos take time to visit the Hereford YouTube channel or Hereford.org and see what's available.
For more about Hereford DNA testing download the DNA Testing Procedures Fact Sheet. To request DNA kits or for more information, contact Toni Shapiro at 816-842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.