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Volume 10, Issue 20

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Hereford Highlights

Happy Independence Day!

The American Hereford Association offices will be closed July 4 and 5 to allow our employees to celebrate the holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

JNHE starts July 14

Hereford enthusiasts will be in Kansas City, Mo., July 14-21 for the VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). For a complete schedule, visit or see Page 54 of the May/June Hereford World.

Hereford youth are encouraged to check out and the NJHA Facebook page to keep up-to-date with information about this year's JNHE.

Juniors and parents can visit for a list of JNHE resources. There you’ll find a stalling chart, state entry list and more.

At the JNHE, four new National Junior Hereford Association board members will be chosen. Delegate packets will not be sent in the mail this year, so please download the board bios at and read about each of the following:

  • Taryn Adcock, Assumption, Ill.
  • Amanda Bacon, Siloam Springs, Ark.
  • Sara Beanblossom, Bradford, Ohio
  • Bridget Beran, Claflin, Kan.
  • Aleesha Howe, Wagontown, Pa.
  • Cody Jensen, Courtland, Kan.
  • Tommie Lynne Mead, Midville, Ga.
  • Mark Nebeker, Kuna, Idaho
  • Kelsey Repenning, Mitchell, S.D.

Hereford enthusiasts are invited to visit the AHA headquarters Tuesday-Friday from 10-11 a.m. for tours of the office.

Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) supporters will have the best seats in the house during the JNHE. 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.

During the JNHE, HYFA will be hosting its fourth annual golf tournament with all proceeds to benefit the foundation. The event will kick off 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.

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

Hereford Events App Now Available

Hereford enthusiasts with smart phones can now download a Hereford Events app to keep up-to-date with Hereford events, including the upcoming Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) and the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting.

By downloading the Hereford events app users can:

  • Receive exclusive alerts during events
  • Download resources including show programs, bios, FAQs
  • Access maps and directions to show facilities, hotel headquarters and more
  • Submit event photos

The app is available on Google Play and Apple stores, search for “Hereford Events.” For more information about the app, visit or contact Angie Denton.

Register Now for NCBA’s Cattle Industry Summer Conference

If cattlemen and women want a seat at the table and involvement in shaping the future of the beef industry, then Denver, Colo., is the place to be Aug. 7-10, for the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. The conference features meetings of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB), American National CattleWomen, Inc. and National Cattlemen's Foundation. It is where cattle producers discuss current issues as a group, work on programs and initiatives and set the course the industry should take with various projects for the betterment of the beef cattle industry. Read more about the conference and register on the NCBA website.

Don’t Miss Opportunity to Advertise Online

July is the No. 1 month for total visits to If you have an upcoming production sale, private treaty offerings or just want to increase awareness of your farm or ranch, now is the time to purchase a banner ad on

Last July, banner ads had 193,479 views. One-month, six-month and yearly contracts are available. A one-month contract is $500, 6-month is $800 and 12-month is $1,500. With the 6-month and 12-month contract you also receive appearances in Hereford eNews.

For more information, contact Caryn Vaught at 816-842-3757.

NHW Summer Annual Meeting

Members of the National Hereford Women (NHW) are invited to attend the annual Junior National meeting at noon Tuesday, July 16 in the Governor’s room of the American Royal building, Kansas City. It will be followed by the Queen’s Tea, hosted by National Hereford Queen Whitney Andras. For more information, email: or visit the NHW website.

Nebraska Hereford Association Position Announcement

The secretary/manager of the Nebraska Hereford Association (NHA), Joe Brockman, has announced his retirement from that position effective July 31, 2013, after five years of service to the NHA. A search is underway to replace Brockman. Interested applicants should contact Art Linton, NHA president, for a position description and information about the search process. E-mail Art or call 308-293-5816. Screening of applications will begin July 5.

Get Prepared for New “Princess” Program at the JNHE

Young ladies, start planning now. This year in Kansas City at the JNHE, the NHW 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.

Nominations sought for NHW Board Candidates

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 Aug. 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.

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

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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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