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Volume 10, Issue 18

Welcome to Hereford eNews, your source of the most current news affecting Hereford breeders. We aim to focus on newsworthy events pertaining to the Hereford seedstock industry. Sponsored by the American Hereford Association (AHA). Information sent to subscribers comes from material available on or authored by AHA, Hereford World and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC staff.
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Hereford Highlights

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Bidding opens 8 a.m. Saturday, May 25, through 8 p.m. EST, Tuesday, May 28 for the May Auction. This month’s offering includes six embryo packages, seven semen packages and one semen basket. For full descriptions and photos, visit

The May BuyNow sale is now open for purchasing.  This month’s sale includes two bulls, one open heifer and nine semen packages.  For prices, full descriptions and photos, visit

June 1 is Fall 2013 Data Deadline

All birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data must be submitted by June 1 to be included in the fall 2013 evaluation.

Attention Juniors: Deadlines Fast Approaching

June 1

  • Advisor of the Year Award nominations due
  • Creative Design entries due
  • Final online entry and showmanship deadline (Online only. No late entries accepted.)
  • JNHE ownership deadline
  • Mentor forms due
  • National director candidate nomination forms due
  • Photo contest entries due
  • Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Award applications due

June 15

  • Early bird PRIDE registration online at
  • Extemporaneous Speaking Contest entries due
  • Great American CHB Grill-off recipes and entries due
  • Illustrated Speech Contest applications due
  • National Scrapbook Contest entries due (if unable to attend the JNHE)
  • Peewee Speech Contest applications due
  • Promotional Poster Contest entries due (if unable to attend the JNHE)

Visit the JNHE Entry page for more information.

New Activity at 2013 JNHE: State Super Stakes Contest

We are introducing the super states award  that can only be won by participating in all of the great opportunities provided to you through the NJHA year after year. Participation is the key to bringing home the super states award.

The super states is split into two divisions — less than 25 head of cattle and 25 or more head of cattle exhibiting at the JNHE. Points will be tallied based on showring exhibition for placings of grand and reserve champion, champion and reserve division, class winner, and group winner. Showmanship is our biggest, most prestigious contest where the top 10 in each category will be awarded points.

Now, where you can be sure to rack up plenty of points is by getting involved outside of the showring. Did you know we have more than 12 contests for you to participate in? Simple participation in each of the contests can guarantee you a point, but why not work to get more? First place in each of the contests will get your state 10 points, second receives five points, and third brings in three points.

Now is the time to look into all of the contests available. Think of all the great skills you will gain by participating in these outstanding contests and not to mention the bragging rights, priority cattle check-in for 2014, and a plaque in honor of your state to hang in the American Hereford Association headquarters.

We created the sweepstakes to reward the state junior associations for their members’ involvement in contests and exhibition of their cattle throughout the week at the JNHE. Visit and look for a more detailed listing of the point system under contests and awards on the junior page.

JNHE Needs Your Support

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.

Nominations sought for NHW Board Candidates

National Hereford Women (NHW) is seeking potential candidates for the Board of Directors of the NHW, to be elected this fall during the annual meeting in Kansas City. NHW members may nominate up to three candidates.  Nominations are due August 15.  For detailed information, please reference the NHW article in the May 2013 Hereford World (Page 18), or contact Nominating Chair Shellie Collins at 580-305-7751.

Hereford Research Foundation Auction Scheduled for July 25

A variety of unique items and opportunities will be up for bid July 25 on with all proceeds benefiting the Hereford Research Foundation.

For the last three years, has been hosting annual auctions filled with unique lots to benefit the foundation, and each auction has garnered more than $20,000 to help fund research. Watch for more information in future eNews and the July Hereford World.

Lend a Helping Hoof Community Service Project – Hope House in Kansas City

Again this year Hereford youth will be participating in a service project during the JNHE. Hereford enthusiasts are encouraged to start gathering hotel toiletries during their summer travels! Each state will compete for the top three prizes based on number of items gathered. All items must be turned in on location by Friday, July 19. Let’s make a difference in the JNHE host community. For more information, contact Amanda Bacon, 479-957-1039

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

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

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.

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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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