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Volume 10, Issue 32

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Annual Meeting Events Start Next Friday

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

The AHA headquarters hotel, Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, is booked at this time. 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 we will feature a candidate in eNews each week.

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

Joe Van Newkirk

Nebraska Hereford breeder Joe Van Newkirk, Oshkosh, Neb., has been involved in the Hereford business his entire life. The ranch was established in 1892 by Joe’s grandfather, L.D. Van Newkirk. Joe’s father, A.J., started the registered operation in the 1940s.

Van Newkirk Herefords is managed much like most commercial ranching operations in the Nebraska Sandhills. The cow herd grazes Sandhills’ grass and crop residues nine months a year. The calves are weaned and wintered on the ranch.

Sale bulls are summered on grass and offered for sale at the Van Newkirks’ annual bull sale in January. The Van Newkirk family calves out approximately 450 registered Hereford cows each spring. They usually raise enough feed along the North Platte River to sustain the cow herd and calves.

They have used AI since the early ’70s, using predominately their own herd sires’ semen. To ensure accurate comparison between cows, the Van Newkirks have never creep fed their calves. Complete performance and ultrasound data are taken on each calf crop.

This year will be their 41st annual sale. They will be selling 120 2-year-old bulls, 50 yearling bulls and about 100 heifer calves. Most of the sale bulls and heifers are sold to area commercial ranches.

Van Newkirk’s objective in his breeding program is to raise practical cattle that will thrive in their climate — cattle with substance and good-doing ability to handle the extreme weather swings of western Nebraska.

Joe is a member of the Nebraska Hereford Association (NHA) and served on the NHA board in the 1980s. He is also a member of the Sandhills Cattle Association and the Nebraska Cattlemen.

He is currently serving on the Western Cooperative Association board of directors. He is a past president of the Garden County board of education and served several years as chairman of the Garden County Livestock Committee.

Joe and his wife, Cyndi, have three grown children.

Help Us to Grow a Lasting Legacy

On Friday, Nov. 1 during the Annual Meeting and the American Royal weekend, The Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa will be hosting the kick-off for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America's "Growing A Lasing Legacy" campaign during the Hereford Honoree reception.

The reception starts Friday evening at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. we will be honoring Hall of Fame, Hall of Merit and HYFA scholarship winners. Then at approximately 8 p.m. the HYFA fund-raising auction will begin.

During the Growing a Lasting Legacy Campaign celebration, Hereford and Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) enthusiasts will have some unique opportunities to support the future of the JNHE for year's to come.

In honor of the late Bud Snidow, it is only fitting to start the auction by offering an original Snidow painting in memory of the countless lives Bud touched through the Bud Snidow Award and the many paintings he created that were sold to benefit Hereford youth.

Next up on the auction block will be the third print in the serioes of historic GiClee canvas print that HYFA is offering from the authentic artwork hanging at the AHA headquarters. The first historic prints were very popular at the 2011 Harvest event  and this Hereford Ox from 1840 looks to be a sale feature. HYFA will only offer 10 of the canvases and print No. 1 sells framed and ready to hang in your home or office.

To complete the artwork line up, Heidi Anderson of Legacy Livestock has donated her photograph titled "Out at Tie Outs" taken in the historic West Bottoms during the recent JNHE in Kansas City. Print No. 1 will sell framed in Kansas City, while numbers 2-99 will be available after the sale and No. 100 will sell next year in the NJHA silent auction in Pennsylvania.

HYFA is also excited to auction off Lifetime Foundation Club memberships. Foundation Club members experience the best seat in the house at the Junior National Hereford Expo. From Kansas City, to Pennsylvania, to Grand Island and beyond, club members will receive special VIP treatment while attending the greatest show in the world. The Club is in its third year and is already ensuring the success of Junior National events for years to come. Lifetime members will have special recognition each year in the Club at the JNHE and will be founding members of the Growing a Lasting Legacy Campaign.

Rounding out the fundraiser will be a package of four embryos out of Churchill Lady 7202T and by the popular sire NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET and two packages of 5 units of Churchill Red Bull 200Z sexed heifer semen donated by Churchill Cattle Co., Manhattan, Mont. The proceeds from the semen and embryo lots will directly support the 2014 JNHE in Pennsylvania.

A dessert bar and entertainment will conclude the evening. The "Growing a Lasting Legacy Campaign" will help ensure the sustainability of future Junior National Hereford Expos and leadership events for generations to come. Please plan to attend and support Hereford youth.

Record High Prices Set at Tennessee Hereford Feeder Calf Sale

The 14th annual Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program (THMP) Sale gathered record high prices for consignors. The sale was Oct. 17 at the Tennessee Livestock Producers’ facility in Columbia, Tenn. A total of 360 Hereford-influnced cattle sold in the sale.

The average weekly price for calves selling across the state, as determined by the USDA Market News, has always been the benchmark to determine the level of success, which the marketing efforts were working. The 2013 sale saw nearly every weight group return a premium above the state average price to consignors. Those premiums ranged from $.40/hundredweight (cwt.) on 8-weight steers to as high as $14.93/cwt on 6-weight heifers.

Gibson Farms, Columbia, Tenn., consigned the top selling group of steers, a group of 27 red whiteface and black whiteface averaging 632 lb. that sold for $1.60/lb. Tom Cooper, Shelbyville, Tenn., a long time consignor, consigned the highest selling group of heifers, 25 fancy black whiteface weighing 600 lb.,that brought an outstanding $1.62/lb.

Buyer demand was strong throughout the sale with 10 to 12 different buyers bidding on various groups.

Ladies of the Royal Sale is Nov. 2

The Ladies of the Royal is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The sale will be held in the Wagstaff Auction Arena located at the American Royal in Kansas City. This year the sale will feature 21 show heifer/brood cow prospects, 2 registered Hereford steers, 5 bred heifers, 3 embryo lots, 2 right-to-flush lots and 1 semen lot. The sale catalog is posted at Scroll down to "Ladies of the Royal" catalog. If you wish to receive a hard copy e-mail Joe Rickabaugh.

Hereford Women Invite You to Membership Meeting, Announce Queen Candidates

The National Hereford Women (NHW) invite all ladies to its Annual Membership Meeting at noon, Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Casablanca room at the Argosy Hotel. Visit with fellow NHW ladies, meet Whitney Andras, the National Hereford Queen, get updated on new projects, and vote for three new board members on the NHW. Remember if you aren't a member, there's no better time or place than that day! The NHW board looks forward to seeing all of you!

The NHW Queen Committee is pleased to announce the following young ladies are in the running for the 2014 title of National Hereford Queen:
Katie Burns – Illinois
Ashley Elizabeth Cline – Texas
Nicky Folkman – Wisconsin
Amy Green – Kentucky
Brooke Jensen – Kansas
Ella Meyer – Iowa
Morgan Wood – Texas

The coronation of the new National Hereford Queen will be prior to the announcement of grand champion bull during the Hereford show on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Bidding Opens Tomorrow for Sale

The October Sale opens tomorrow with bidding continuing until Oct. 29, 8 p.m. EDT. Check out the offering of bred cows, bulls, embryos, semen and a heifer at

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. 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!

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 and an increase in fees.

  • Rule 17A: new embryo transfer policy — For embryo transfer (ET) calves 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 flush. As previously, ET calves are charged an additional $10 per head over and above the normal registry rate (same cost as an ET certificate). This change is effective Nov. 1, 2013.
  • 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.
  • New registration and enrollment fees — Starting Jan. 1, 2014, registration fees will increase 50 cents per head and Total Performance Records (TPR) cow herd enrollment fees will increase by 50 cents.

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:

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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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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