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Volume 10, Issue 22

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Hereford Highlights

Hereford Youth Exhibit 1,213 Entries at JNHE

Hereford youth gathered in Kansas City, Mo., July 14-21 for the 2013 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). During the event, 1,213 entries were evaluated plus Hereford youth were presented scholarships totaling nearly $25,000 and participated in more than 20 contests outside the showring.

Tyler Coleman, Modesto, Calif., and his heifer H B/R Addison 2018 ET, won the polled show and Bailey Buck, Madill, Okla., came out ahead in the 204-head horned owned heifer show.

The reserve grand champion owned polled heifer banner went to Trent Ray, Abingdon, Ill., with Chez Strawberry Wine ET 204Z. Coleman also won reserve grand honors in the horned show with H Kinsey 2508 ET.

Payton Vogel, Hartley, Iowa, and his heifer, MAV Cotton’s Blessing 221Z, came out on top of the 255 exhibited in the bred-and-owned heifer show. Mitchell and Blake Tucker, North Platte, Neb., with TCC BPF Shelby Z03 ET claimed the reserve champion title.

Visit for all the details on show winners, scholarship winners, contest winners and more.

Visit the Gammon Barn

While at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 8-18, Hereford enthusiasts are encouraged to tour the Gammon Barn and Museum — the birthplace of the polled Hereford breed. It’s located north of the beef barn on the Iowa Sate Fairgrounds.

Also, if you’re in the area, stop by the National Historic Site, the “original birthplace of polled Herefords at New Virginia, Iowa.

For more information, download the Gammon Barn advertisement.

Notice on New EPD Release, Udder Score EPDs Research Run

The new expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the spring evaluation have been released online. However, for animals that have had data turned in after the June 15 data deadline for the evaluation, there still could be slight adjustments to their EPDs due to modifications in the interim EPD calculations.  We expect these adjustments to be complete within two weeks. Again, the new EPDs are current on animals with data turned in before the deadline. Also recently released was a research run for Udder Score EPDs.

NHW Deadlines to Note

Upcoming deadlines for National Hereford Women (NHW) are as follows:

  • Aug. 15 - NHW board of director nominations due.
    Please contact Shellie Collins, 580-305-7751.
  • Aug. 30 - NHW Woman of the Year nominations due.
    Please contact Jill Bielema, 616-292-7476.

You can also visit the NHW website or email NHW.

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.

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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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Industry Insight


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