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Volume 11, Issue 4

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Herefords Headline Denver

Hereford excitement abounded from the Yards to the Hill at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Jan. 15-18 in Denver. A total of 632 Herefords were exhibited throughout the three-day event. There was 328 head in the open show, 120 in the junior show, 31 pens of bulls, 17 heifer pens and four carloads. For complete results visit

  • Supreme Hereford and champion horned bull: Curtis & Jackie Castle, Crawford, Okla.; Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho; Iron Lake Ranch, Athens, Texas; and Sullivan Farms, Dunlap, Iowa, with C Miles McKee 2103 ET by NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET.
  • Reserve grand champion horned bull: Ned & Jan Ward, Sheridan, Wyo., Pablo Martin Y Herrera, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Colyer Herefords, with C Stockman 2059 ET by NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET.
  • Champion polled bull: Fawcett’s Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D.; Bushy Park Farms, Mitchell, S.D.; John Tucker, North Platte, Neb.; and Sullivan Farms, with ECR Who Maker 210 ET by DKF RO Cash Flow 0245 ET.
  • Reserve grand champion polled bull: Ned & Jan Ward, and Perks Ranch, Rockford, Ill., with NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET by SHF Wonder M326 W18 ET.
  • Champion horned female: Kaine Warnken, Schulenburg, Texas, with RW KLD Mindy Too 4080 2020 ET by RW Ballistic 552 4080 ET.
  • Reserve champion horned female: Korbin Collins, Flanagan, Ill., with Purple SV Gypsy 27Z ET by Purple Kingsley 23X ET.
  • Champion polled female: Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., and Paul Gross, London, Ohio, with H JT Miranda 2033 ET by AH JDH Cracker Jack 26U ET.
  • Reserve champion polled female: Trent Ray, Abingdon, Ill., with Chez Strawberry Wine ET 204Z by CRR About Time 743.
  • Horned premier exhibitor: Jess Hawk, Earlville, Ill.
  • Horned premier breeder: Colyer Herefords
  • Horned get-of-sire: Colyer Herefords and Gary & Kathy Buchholz, Waxahachie, Texas, with a group sired by NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET.
  • Polled premier exhibitor: Ned & Jan Ward
  • Polled premier breeder: Purple Reign Cattle Co., Toulon, Ill.
  • Polled get-of-sire: Showtime Cattle Co., Mooreland, Ind., with a group sired by H Excel 8051 ET.
  • Champion carload: Hoffman Herefords with a group sired by H Payback 807 ET, KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET, CL 1 Domino 955W, WLB Lego 83T 90X, GO Excel L18 and CL 1 Domino 144Y 1ET.
  • Reserve champion carload: Delaney Herefords, Lake Benton, Minn., with a group sired by CRR About Time 743, KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET, AH JDH Cracker Jack 26U ET and EPHR Range Ready 938W.
  • Champion bull pen: Colyer Herefords with a group sired by by NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET, K&B Sentinel 0042X and TH 89T 743 Untapped 425X ET.
  • Reserve champion bull pen: Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kan., with a group sired by SHF York 19H Y02, CRR About Time 743 and SHF Kennedy 502R X36.
  • Champion female pen: Dakitch Hereford Farms, Ada, Minn., with a group sired by .TH 12L 63N Tundra 62T.
  • Reserve champion female pen: Delaney Herefords with a group sired by KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET and TH 122 71I Victor 719T.
  • Junior show champion polled female: Sara Sullivan, Dunlap, Iowa, with Sull TCC Ms Harley 322 ET by H Excel 8051 ET.
  • Junior show reserve champion polled female: Aidyn, Rylee and Bryden Barber, Channing, Texas, with BR Anastasia 3023 ET by UPS TCC Nitro 1ET.
  • Junior show champion horned female: Bailey Buck, Madill, Okla., with Happ Kool Aid Points 1213 ET by DeLHawk Kahuna 1009 ET.
  • Junior show reserve champion horned female: Korbin Collins, Flanagan, Ill., with Purple SV Gypsy 27Z ET by Purple Kingsley 23X ET.

Mile High Night Sale Grosses $1.1 million

In the second year in its new venue, the Mile High Night Hereford Sale upped the ante again. The sale is a highlight of the NWSS in Denver and this year it was Jan. 17 and again on the stadium floor. The sale continues to astonish, as this was the second year in a row the gross sales nearly doubled.

The crowd was record-setting with some saying it was the largest crowd they’d ever seen at a cattle sale. An estimated 5,000 people were in attendance.

The Hereford offering, as always, was elite. The bull average was up $8,000 to $55,043 and 31.5 females commanded $15,749 per head, which is more than $5,000 above last year. The average on five flushes was $10,550, which jumped 63% over last year’s. And the average price of embryos more than tripled, with 12 embryos bringing a whopping $3,000 average.

The Mile High Sale has been managed for the past 12 years by Eddie and Ruth Sims, National Cattle Services. They have brought this sale out of the dust to the level of envy among all breeds in Denver. A big thanks goes to the both of them as they retire as sale managers.

$136,500 Raised to Benefit HYFA

Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho; GKB Cattle, Waxahachie, Texas; Bar One Ranch, Eugene, Ore.; and Elm Tree Farms, Paris, Ky., generously bid $125,000 for the foundation female to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).

Gary and Kathy Buchholz, Waxahachie, Texas, donated GKB 8144 Notice Me Too B19 ET to sell as Lot 1, the foundation female, 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 that sold bred to NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET.

The Dave McMahon family of Belle Point Ranch, Lavaca, Ark., paid $11,500 for the pick of the P&R Herefords, Leedey, Okla., 2014 heifer calves. P&R Herefords graciously donated that “pick” as Lot 19 in the Mile High Night Sale to benefit HYFA.

Fawcett Honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year

Daniel Fawcett, Ree Heights, S.D., was selected as the 2014 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Daniel was selected for the award by his peers — other Hereford herdsmen and breeders — and was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan. 18.

Daniel has been active in the cattle industry since birth. He grew up showing cattle and is still very involved with the show steers and heifers on the family ranch, Fawcett’s Elm Creek Ranch in Ree Heights.

He is the primary manager of the family’s registered cow herd, responsible for the bred heifer development program and the breeding program, which includes AI (artificial insemination) and embryo transfer.

Daniel and his wife, Kari, have two children: Hollis, 4, and Ivy, 2.


Bidding Opens Tomorrow for Sale

The January Sale opens tomorrow with bidding continuing until Jan. 28, 8 p.m. EDT.

The offering includes a pen of three open heifers, seven embryo packages, 13 semen packages and three Hereford bulls.

For complete descriptions and photos, visit

GE-EPD Results Update

If you want 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. It takes a minimum of SIX weeks to get results after the lab acknowledges the sample, not when it arrives at GeneSeek.

2014 AI Book Deadline is Today

Reserve your space today! Deadline for ad materials is Jan. 24.

  • Two page spread — $2,300
  • Full page, four color — $1,150
  • Half page, four color — $725

The first photo of the bull is free, any additional photos are $20 each. Ads are placed in book according to date all ad info is received in the AHA office.

March Hereford World Deadline Today

The deadline for all ad materials for the March Hereford World is Jan. 24. For questions or to advertise, contact Alison Marx at 816-842-3757.

Dvorak Herefords Donates Heifer to Rancher Relief

Dvorak Herefords, Lake Andes, S.D., donated a heifer to the Black Hills Stock Show Hereford Sale Feb. 5 in Rapid City, S.D., to benefit the Rancher Relief Fund. The Rancher Relief Fund is helping those who lost livestock in the October blizzard – Atlas. For more info on the heifer, which sells as lot 2, check out this YouTube video. For more on the sale, including a catalog (PDF) visit the Black Hills Stock Show website.

Junior AI Program Discontinued

The Junior AI Program has been discontinued, but those offspring born from program semen will still be eligible to show at the 2014 and 2015 Junior National Hereford Expos.

The Pulse: Powered by Sullivan Supply

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Go to Sullivan Supply’s website to read the Pulse and watch for complete, in-depth results from Denver, Fort Worth and winter beef expos on all breed and junior shows.

For more information, contact The Pulse manager, Luke Bolin at 870-754-1160 or e-mail.

Hereford-Sired Replacement Average $529
More Than Angus-Sired

Real-world research utilizing Hereford bulls has led to documented real-world results in baldie female demand compared to straight-bred Angus females.

During the recent Circle A Ranch Sale Oct. 19, 29 black-baldie heifers averaged $2,960, and the top-selling lot was black-baldie heifers bred with heifer-calf-confirmed pregnancies at $3,450 each. The average price paid for the 269 straight-bred Angus heifers was $2,431. That’s a Hereford-sired advantage of $529 per head in price.

In 2007 Circle A Ranch, Iberia, Mo., began a research project with the American Hereford Association (AHA) designed to determine and measure the advantages of using Hereford genetics on commercial Angus cows.

Results from the project documented the Hereford efficiency advantage with a 7% increase in conception rate along with improved feed efficiency and average daily gain. Utilizing the Circle A data, economist Vern Pierce developed an economic model which projected that over a 10-year period, using Hereford bulls on Angus-based females would add $514 net over the life of a cow or approximately $51 per cow per year to a rancher’s bottom line.

Now, six years later, Circle A is still using Hereford genetics and having great success. Circle A’s Nick Hammett says that since the completion of the research project, the ranch has purchased four Hereford bulls that it is utilizing natural service and collecting for artificial insemination.

The Hereford bulls are mated to Angus cows, and the resulting heifers are highly sought-after. Each fall Circle A Ranch offers bred replacement heifers in its production sale, and in recent years, the Hereford-sired heifers have been topping the sale.

Hammett says the Circle A Ranch staff plans to continue using Hereford bulls: “We will keep using Hereford genetics. If they keep selling like this, it’s a win-win for us. We harvest all the steer progeny, and the F1 females sell really well.”

AHA Announces Spring 2014 EPDs

AHA has released the updated EPDs for spring 2014. Producers can visit to look up the new EPDs and download updated Trends, Traits and Distributions reports.

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Statistics show website traffic increases in January, with new expected progeny differences (EPDs) online and the National Western Stock Show around the corner. 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

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


NHW Looking for Board Member

The National Hereford Women has a board position open representing the Northwest area.This is a four-year term. The northwest region includes: Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

A board member nominee must be of current paid status (as of 7-21-13). The duties of an NHW board member are centered on the promotion of our Hereford youth. Events/meetings required include the annual meetings in Kansas City; semi-annual meeting and events at the National Junior Hereford Expo and teleconferences. For more information on being a board nominee, please contact: Alise Nolan, NHW nominating committee chair, 903-797-6131 or 903-841-2726.

Hereford Photos Online

Visit to view and order photos from the Denver Western Nugget National Hereford Show, American Royal National Hereford Show, AHA Annual Meeting and Hereford Honorees Reception.

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.

Check Out Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights

Check out the Fiscal Year 2013 Highlight Video

Download the 2013 Annual Report

Download Annual Meeting PowerPoint

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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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