Hereford eNews
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Volume 10, Issue 30

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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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 is the Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa At this time the headquarters is booked. However, we've received notice that it is full. If you have made hotel reservations at the Argosy and you wish to cancel rooms, please contact Amy Cowan, 816-842-3757. This will allow AHA to keep the rooms in our block so other Hereford breeders can use the rooms at our group rate.

We have arranged for an "overflow" hotel. It is close to the Argosy and offers a shuttle to and from the Argosy.

Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff
4000 Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO 64116, 816-841-3300
AHA rate: $99

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 this week we will feature a candidate in eNews each week.

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

Dave Bielema

Michigan Hereford breeder Dave Bielema got his start in the Hereford business when his daughters began showing 4-H cattle.

Today, Grand Meadows Farm, Ada, has grown to 50 registered Hereford spring calving cows along with a dozen fall-calving recipient cows. A family operation, with no outside help, the Bielemas transfer about 30 embryos per year and have a strong AI program.

In 2009 Dave started Great Lakes Hereford Beef (GLHB) to pool Michigan Hereford-influenced feeder calves and to provide price support by selling cattle to feedlots on a grid and to offer an entry point for Michigan cattle into the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) program. GLHB purchases the feeder calves from local breeders, and after a short backgrounding period, the cattle are hauled to a Kansas feedlot. GLHB retains half ownership and at harvest collects carcass data, which is provided back to the breeders.

The Bielemas also have a produce farm that direct markets locally grown produce to more than 100 customers.

Dave is a member, as well as a previous board member, of the Michigan Hereford Association. He is also currently serving on the AHA online systems development test committee.

Along with managing the farm-related businesses, Dave is an orthopaedic surgeon and a partner in Orthopaedic Ventures LLC. He is and has been a member of various hospital and orthopaedic boards and committees. He's also a partner in LFP Ventures LLC (a real estate company) and owner of Pink Truck LLC.

Dave and his wife, Jill, have three daughters — Lindsay (Gandy), Kara (Loney) and Kristin. All three daughters have been active in the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA). Kristin, his youngest daughter, is currently serving on the NJHA board. Jill is also a member of the National Hereford Women and is serving on its board.

Using CattleMax to exchange information with AHA

A free one-hour online class on using CattleMax Online to exchange information with AHA. Topics include updating TPR Inventory and registering calves. See a live demonstration of the AHA interface right from your computer and ask any questions along the way. CattleMax customer service reps and AHA staff will be available to answer your questions. Click the links below for more information.

Keystone Hereford Champions Named

Purple Rosie 44Z and RS 45P Magnum 91Y topped the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) National Hereford Show in Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 4. Jirl Buck, Madill, Okla., judged the 134-head show.

The champion female, Purple Rosie 44Z, was exhibited by Kyle Lemmon, Manchester, Md. The March 2012 daughter of Purple MB Womanizer 14U ET was first named champion spring yearling heifer. Reserve champion female was also reserve champion spring yearling, SHF Coyotte Done, an April 2012 daughter of LCC Back N Time ET, owned by Melissa Grimmel, Jarrettsville, Md.

Chosen champion in the bull grand drive was RS 45P Magnum 91Y, owned by Lowderman Cattle Co., Macomb, Ill.; Rylee Stockdale, Dayton, Pa.; and Behrends Farms, Mason City, Ill. The bull is a May 2011 son of NJW FHF 9710 Tank 45P. Judge Jirl Buck followed with the champion yearling bull, DLL Nick of Time, a January 2012 son of CRR About Time 743 bred and owned by Doug LeTourneau, Gallatin, Tenn.

Just like last year, Lowderman Cattle Co. dominated the group awards, being named premier exhibitor, premier breeder and exhibited best six head.

To view complete results of the 2013 Keystone International Hereford Show visit

Herefords Top Keystone, Montana State Fair

A Hereford heifer won supreme champion heifer over all breeds in the junior show at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 4. Melissa Grimmel, Jarretsville, Md., is the proud owner of SHF Coyotte Done, an April 2012 daughter of LCC Back N Time ET. Congratulations Melissa!

Rachael Buzanowski, Pompeys Pillar, Mont., exhibited the supreme champion steer over all breeds at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls. He is a son of Snowshoe 743 Regulator. Congratulations Rachael! October Sale Deadline Is Friday

The October entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 11.

This is an excellent marketing opportunity! Consignments can include females, bulls, steers, pairs, donor dams, show prospects, embryos, semen, commercial female lots, recipient cows, groups of feeder calves, or picks of herd or flush rights. Additional consignments could include ranch or show equipment.

The October sale will run from Saturday, Oct. 26 through Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT).

You can consign directly on website or contact your AHA field representative; Dennis Schock, 903-815-2004; or Joe Rickabaugh, 816-218-2280.

Register now for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show

Registration for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show is underway. The 116th Annual Convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4-7, 2014 and advanced registration is open until Jan. 10, 2014. Visit the NCBA website for more information and to register.

Buy Circle L Boots, Support NJHA

Hereford enthusiasts can buy Hereford mud boots from Circle L Boots between now and Oct. 31 and Circle L Boots will donate $20 (per purchase) to the National Junior Hereford Association. Show keep your feet warm and dry this winter and support Hereford juniors at the same time. Log on to the Circle L Boots website and buy today!

Upcoming Events on Check Out These Fall Sale Offerings

Texas Breeders Online Auction Offerings from McMullin Ranch and Spearhead Ranch
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 - 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT)
Sale photos, videos and information will be posted by Oct. 10. October Internet Auction
Saturday, Oct. 26 - Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 -8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT)
Entry deadline - Friday, October 11, 2013
Sale photos and information will be posted by Oct. 17.

Submit Data by Nov. 1 for Spring Analysis

Don’t forget Nov. 1 is the deadline to submit data to be included in the Spring 2013 Sire Summary. Contact Jack Ward or call 816-842-3757 with any questions or concerns.

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.

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 deadlines for upcoming National Hereford shows:

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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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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