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Volume 10, Issue 27

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Hereford Highlights

Hereford Demand Continues to Increase

Despite drought and escalating costs in the beef industry, Hereford breed demand continues to increase as production sale averages increased $500 during fiscal year 2013. Hereford breeders continue to experience a dramatic increase in production sale prices and reports of private-treaty sales continue to out-pace the previous year reports.

A total of 182 Hereford production sales were reported by American Hereford Association (AHA) field representatives this fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31. Bull sales averaged $4,671, up nearly $700 and females $3,329, up almost $300 per head.
The second largest cattle breed in the U.S., Hereford reports 67,930 registrations and 35,957 transfers with 100,494 cows on inventory. The Association has 3,507 active adult members and 2,490 active junior members.

"Hereford demand continues to climb as referenced by record sale prices for bulls and females during fiscal year 2013," says Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president. "AHA experienced a near 5% increase in membership, further evidence of the popularity in the Hereford breed."

Hereford semen demand in the commercial industry is also increasing. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), domestic Hereford semen sales increased 2% compared to last year and export sales increased 31%. Since 2006 Hereford domestic semen sales has increased 90% a testament to the increasing demand for Hereford genetics in the commercial industry.


Selling Today: Churchill Donates 3 Lots to HRF

Churchill Cattle Co. is graciously donating proceeds from Lots 31A, 31B and 31C in its World Class Female Sale to the Hereford Research Foundation (HRF).

The sale will take place Friday, Sept. 20 at the ranch near Manhattan, Mont. Dale and Nancy Venhuizen have generously donated two semen lots as well as a dining experience in Kansas City during the AHA Annual Meeting. Here's more lot info:

  • Lot 31A — Dinner for four people at Houston's Steakhouse in Kansas City during the American Royal and Annual Meeting time. Four people can join Dale and Nancy for dinner at Houston's. They will pick up the entire tab for anything you order! This will be sold by the plate/person.
  • Lot 31B — Five straws conventional semen of Golden Oak Outcross 18U.
  • Lot 31C — Five straws conventional semen of CL 1 Domino 144Y.

For more information, download the World Class Female Sale Catalog, visit the Churchill Cattle Co. website or contact Dale at 406-580-6421.

This is truly a unique opportunity. Thank you Dale and Nancy for your commitment to HRF!

September Sale Starts Tomorrow

Bidding opens 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and runs through 8 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The offering includes one open heifer, four bred polled Hereford cows, group of five bred miniature Hereford cows, a pair of bred miniature Hereford heifers, five embryo packages, two flush packages, five semen packages, one sexed semen package and two polled Hereford bulls.

For complete descriptions and photos, visit

Honors Top 50 Industry Leaders – Bennett           

Hereford breeder James Bennett of Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Va., was named one of BEEF Magazine’s Top 50 Industry Leaders. Read all about it on the BEEF Magazine website.

Annual Meeting Weekend Planned

The 2013 American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 2, in Kansas City, Mo.

The AHA headquarters hotel will be the Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa. To make reservations, call 1-800-270-7711. Ask for the AHA $99 rate. Cutoff for reservations is Oct. 9.

The four Board candidates are Terri Barber, Austin, Texas; Dave Bielema, Ada, Mich.; Mike Taylor, Petersburg, W.Va., and Joe Van Newkirk, Oshkosh, Neb. Candidate bios are in the October Hereford World and starting the first week of October we will feature a candidate in eNews each week.

Visit for a complete schedule and more information about the Annual Meeting weekend.

Saddle & Sirloin Club to Induct David Hawkins, Raise Funds

David Hawkins, Michigan Hereford breeder and enthusiast, is being inducted into the Saddle and Sirloin Gallery. Hawkins has made a profound impact on beef cattle genetic improvement programs worldwide through teaching, leadership of the Michigan State University Beef Cattle Teaching Center and international outreach efforts. Combined with this impact, his direct interaction with more than 7,000 students has molded the careers and characters of many of today¹s livestock industry leaders.

The portrait committee has set a goal to raise $60,000 to fund the expenses of the portrait and presentation festivities, and to establish the David and Kathleen Hawkins Meats and Livestock Judging Team Endowment Fund to aid Michigan State University judging team members with travel scholarships.

In keeping with Hawkins' reputation as an early adopter of technology and innovation, the committee is organizing an online auction to create an opportunity for potential supporters to support the fund drive by making a purchase of progressive Hereford and Angus genetics. will host the online auction broadcast from Sept. 19-24. Visit the or to preview the offering.

The portrait presentation and banquet will be Sunday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.

Plan to Attend Nebraska Hereford Tour

The 2013 Nebraska Hereford Tour is Sept. 22-23 in Western Nebraska. For more information including reserving a spot on the tour bus, visit the Nebraska Hereford Association website. Tour stops will include:

  • Van Newkirk Herefords
  • Monahan Cattle Co.
  • Vin Mar Ranch
  • Sellman Ranch
  • Dyer Ranch LLC.
  • Lambert Family Livestock
  • Earl Henderson & Sons
  • Olsen Ranches Inc.

NOTE: At Olsen's attendees will have a chance to view Olsen's National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) test herd as well as the GrowSafe system.

Grandview CMR Donate Lot X to Benefit Hereford Youth

William and Jackie Adair along with Walt and Jill McKellar of Grandview CMR, Como, Miss., have made a gracious donation of a lot in their sale with all proceeds to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).

During Grandview CMR’s “The Big One” Dispersal Sale on Friday Nov. 8, Lot X, a heifer pregnancy sired by RST Time’s A Wastin’ 0124 and out of DJB 46B Beth 1L, will sell to benefit HYFA.

The recipient cow is due to calve Feb. 25, 2014, and this will surely be an amazing heifer calf sired by the 2013 Denver Supreme Champion Hereford and out of a full sister to PW Victor Boomer P606.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) providing education, scholarship and leadership opportunities for the next generation of Hereford youth. Read more about Lot X on Page 67 of the Grandview CMR sale catalog, which can be viewed at

GKB Cattle Donates Heifer to Benefit Hereford Youth

Gary and Kathy Buchholz, GKB Cattle, Waxahachie, Texas, generously donated GKB 8144 Notice Me Too B19 ET to sell as Lot 1, the foundation female, Jan. 17 during the Mile High Night Sale during the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

GKB Notice Me Too is an exceptional January 2011 daughter of BR Currency 8144 ET and sells bred to NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET.

Don’t miss this opportunity. All proceeds from the sale will go to HYFA's "Growing a Lasting Legacy" campaign. Visit the HYFA website for more information.

Association updates

Just a reminder: The American Hereford Association (AHA) has approved two rule changes.

  • Rule 17A: new embryo transfer policy — For embryo transfer (ET) calves born after Jan. 1, 2014, there will no longer be an ET certificate required for registration. The new requirement for registering an ET calf will be the reporting of the recovery date of the embryo at the time of registry. ET calves will be charged an additional $15 per head over and above the normal registry rate.
  • Steers need registration papers — Starting in 2014 all steers showing at the Junior National Hereford Expo must be registered by the American Hereford Association and out of a registered sire and dam. No steer certificates will be accepted, only registration papers. The AHA will still offer traditional steer certificates for those state and regional shows not requiring a registration paper on steers at this time.

Fifth “Chaney Twins” Book Available for Pre-Order

The fifth book in the “The Chaney Twins' Ag Series” is available for pre-order. Titled “Our Star Goes West” and pre-ordering by Oct. 1 earns a discount.

  • Pre-order: $9 per book plus $6 shipping & packaging
  • Box orders for groups: $6.50 per book for minimum order. 1 box (49 books) plus shipping ($16.85 per box) (Books are usually $12 each)

The book will be released November 2013. To pre-order, contact Rebecca Chaney at 240-446-4557.

Take advantage of Hereford-influenced feeder calf sales

Consigning Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves to a special Hereford sale not only provides a great outlet for buyers interested in Hereford genetics but may also result in a premium for the seller. Contact these organizers today for the specific requirements of each sale. Many have a consignment deadline, and the earlier you commit your stock, the better advertisement your calves will get. Whether you have one head or 100, one of these sales may be the perfect marketing outlet for you:

Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Feeder Calf Sale
Date: Oct. 17
Location: Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, Tenn.
Contact: John Woolfolk 731-225-2620 or Darrell Ailshie 931-212-8512

Montana Hereford Association Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calf Sale
Date: Nov. 13
Location: Headwaters Livestock Auction, Three Forks, Mont.
Contact: Montana Hereford Association board of directors or visit

Kentucky Certified HerefordInfluenced Sale
Date: Dec. 4
Location: Bluegrass Stockyards South, Stanford, Ky.
Contact: John Meents 419-306-7480

Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale
Date: Jan. 2, 2014
Location: Carthage Livestock Auction, Carthage, Ill.
Contact: John Meents 419-306-7480

Show Entry Deadlines Approaching

Listed below is contact information and entry deadline for upcoming National Hereford shows:

North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, Ky.
Entry deadline: Oct. 1
Show date: Nov. 21

Western Nugget, Reno, Nev.
Entry deadline: Oct. 15 early, Oct. 30 final
Show dates: Dec. 5-7

National Western Stock Show, Denver
Entry deadline: Nov. 20
Show dates: Jan. 16-18, 2014

Southwestern Exposition National, Fort Worth
Entry deadline: Nov. 15
Show date: Feb. 3, 2014

Order your JNHE Photos, Collages at

Have you checked out You can view backdrop, contest and candid photos from the showring and barns. This year we are offering custom-made collages that can include text, such as a quote, and photos taken by AHA staff or Heidi Anderson of Legacy Livestock.

Two collage sizes are available including 11x14 with five to seven photos and 16x20 with up to 10 photos. Collages can be ordered as a print, a digital file or both. AHA staff is working with Legacy Livestock to produce the collages.

Download the collage order form or call 785-562-6197 to place your order.

Hereford Banner, Flag Available for Purchase

Hereford breeders can order the Profitabull Hereford banner and the Hereford flag that were displayed in Denver. The 3' by 8' banner costs $125 and the 1' by 4' flag is $50.

Order now on the Boelte-Hall website. Select "Boelte-Hall Greeting Cards" and then it should take you to a page with Hereford cards. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the banner and flag options.

GE-EPD Results Turn Around Time

If you are wanting genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) be sure to allow for plenty of time for the lab to get the results to you. Do not wait until the last minute.

The minimum turn around time at the lab is three weeks from the time they receive the sample until you can expect updated GE-EPDs. If you have already submitted a sample on the animal for another test, then it is possible that the lab can use some of the leftover sample to run the GE-EPD test.

There aren’t any guarantees there will be enough remaining sample for a successful test so it is recommended that you submit your request at least a month or more before the results are needed.

Remember that if you are putting a catalog together for a sale you need to plan well ahead so that the GE-EPDs are available at the time the information for the catalog is needed. If you wait to submit your request for GE-EPDs until you start putting your catalog together, there is no way you will have GE-EPDs for the catalog.

AHA cannot rush the GE-EPD tests through the lab for you due to the nature of the tests and technical limitations beyond our ability. Thanks for understanding.

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Market Update

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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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