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Volume 10, Issue 17

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Hereford Highlights

Price Change for DNA Testing

The American Hereford Association (AHA) has worked closely with GeneSeek Inc. and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) to adopt a new pricing structure for genomic-enhanced expected progeny difference (GE-EPD), parentage and abnormality testing.

The new cost will be $85 and will be inclusive of all of testing except horned/polled (H/P), that cost will still be an additional $48.

This $15 savings will allow breeders the opportunity to do more comprehensive herd testing. The basic panel for parentage and abnormality testing is still available for $30 or $20 if you do 50 animals or more. The procedure is still the same and hair follicles from the tail are still the preferred method of DNA. You can find an instructional video for proper hair collection on the Hereford YouTube Channel.

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

If you've not had a chance to check out the Hereford educational videos take time to visit the Hereford YouTube channel or and see what's available.

Natural Service Sires Born After Jan. 1 2011 Need a DNA Profile

In November 2010 the 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 official AHA lab — GeneSeek Inc. — prior to registering calves out of that bull.

In order to get the profile completed, you will need to order the DNA kit from the AHA. To order the kit you need the registration number of the sire and the kit can be mailed, emailed or faxed to you.

You will need to collect a DNA sample and send it with the kit to GeneSeek. The address is on the DNA kit. You can find an instructional video for proper hair collection on the Hereford YouTube Channel.

If there is not DNA on file for a sire, a DNA error will be returned when you process data. For more information download the "DNA Policy for Walking Herd Sires" fact sheet.

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

Summer Interns Start Next Week

Luke Bolin

Luke Bolin, Fayetteville, Ark., has been selected as the 2013 AHA junior activities intern. Bolin is a senior at the University of Arkansas majoring in agricultural communications.

Luke grew up showing Shorthorns and served on the junior board for the American Shorthorn Association. But, he was the operations assistant ambassador at the 2012 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), and enjoyed Hereford people so much he wanted to come back.

Luke’s duties will focus around the JNHE in Kansas City, Mo., as he will manage the JNHE Ambassador team and help the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board with the organization of the contests and events. He will also work closely with the entry process and assist with marketing and social media and communications to the exhibitors, state advisors and all JNHE attendees.

Prior to the junior national show, he will represent the AHA at a few state and regional junior events and will be instrumental in coordinating the Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention in Brookings, S.D.

Jaime Hanson

Jaime Hanson, Comfrey, Minn., has been selected as the 2013 AHA communications intern. Jaime just wrapped up her junior year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she’s majoring in animal science and minoring in ag leadership and communications.

Jaime has a long history with the NJHA, showing cattle and serving on the board of directors. She also has quite a bit of professional experience for her age, having been an intern for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the Cattle Industry Convention, the Nebraska Beef Council and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Service.

Jaime will put her skills and Hereford knowledge to use this summer working on marketing and communications projects.

May Consignment Deadline Today

The consignment deadline for the May sale is today, May 10. Don’t miss this opportunity to consign your superior cattle genetics like bulls, heifers, semen and embryos. The sale closes on May 28. Visit and click on “Entry Forms” for consignment information or call Dennis Schock at 903-815-2004.

Two Hereford Youth Win Sullivan Supply Scholarships

Erica Bianchi of Gilroy, Calif., and Bethany Nolan of Gilmer, Texas, were the recipients of a $1,000 scholarship from the Sullivan Supply’s Youth Scholarship Program. The two National Junior Hereford Association members competed against 1,121 other applicants for this honor.

Seeking Board Candidates

The AHA nominating committee’s responsibility is to identify six candidates to run for the three Board positions that are selected during the AHA Annual Membership Meeting.

To make a Director recommendation, contact one of the following committee members:

  • Randy White, Albuquerque, N.M., 505-856-0056
  • Jim Coley, Catalian Springs, Tenn., 615-451-2567
  • Kyle Colyer, Bruneau, Idaho, 208-250-3924
  • Bob Goble, Alto, Mich., 616-868-0319
  • Ned Ward, Sheridan, Wyo., 307-672-3428

GE-EPD Update

On April 9, 2013, AHA released new 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

JNHE Final Deadline June 1

The 2013 JNHE 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 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

  • 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, or contact Bailey Clanton or Amy Cowan.

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.

No eNews Next Week

From May through July, Hereford eNews is only distributed every other week. Therefore, there will be no eNews next week.

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Market Update

Cattle Outlook

Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, University of Missouri-Columbia

Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To view this information, visit the University of Missouri AgEBB website.

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