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Volume 11, Issue 10

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Hereford Highlights

Hereford Cattleman Named NCBA Treasurer

Richard Gebhart of Beacon Hill Ranch, Langley, Okla., has been appointed treasurer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The appointment was made by NCBA President Bob McCan at the NCBA annual meeting during the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 7.

Gebhart operates his family owned Beacon Hill Ranch, which has been in operation since 1909. He is a fourth generation Hereford breeder, and former recipient of the Golden Hereford Breeder Award. In addition to his ranching operation, Gebhart is professor of operations management and director of assessment in the business college at the University of Tulsa (TU). He is also a retired U.S. colonel, holds a law degree from TU, an MBA from Syracuse, a master’s degree in agricultural economics/animal science from Mississippi State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas.

Most recently, Gebhart served as chairman of NCBA’s Federation Division. He has held numerous volunteer leadership positions with the Oklahoma Beef Council, the Oklahoma Hereford Association, the Rogers County Cattlemen’s Association and NCBA.

Plan to attend BIF Symposium and Convention

The 2014 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention is set for June 18-21 in Lincoln, Neb. For nearly 50 years BIF has hosted its annual research symposium and convention. The convention serves to facilitate discussion and provide education on current issues facing the beef industry.

For the latest information about our 2014 BIF Symposium and Convention go to the BIF website. For more information on registering, e-mail the UNL Event and Conference Planning Office. For questions on the conference, e-mail Matt Spangler or call him at 402-472-6489.

US-MARC (U.S. Meat Animal Research Center) will also host pre-conference tours on Tuesday (all day) and Wednesday morning. Tours can be arranged by contacting Janel Nierman at 402-762-4110.

March Sale Entry Deadline is Today

The March entry deadline is today, Friday, March 7. 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 March sale will run Saturday, March 22 through Tuesday, March 25, 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT).

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

AHA Seeks Nominations for Board

The nominating committee is requesting volunteers who are willing to serve a four-year term on the board of directors of the American Hereford Association (AHA). They encourage interested members and state leaders to contact them regarding prospective candidates within their state and region.

Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.
580-331-8534 •

Bill Cox, Pomeroy, Wash.
509-566-7050 •

Steve Folkman, Ixonia, Wis.
262-617-6346 •

Vern Rausch, Hoven, S.D.
605-948-2375 •

David Parker, Bradyville, Tenn.
615-765-5359 •

BQA Certification offer for Beef Producers

Are you doing your part for the beef industry by earning your BQA certification? For a second year, your checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is giving you the chance to become certified for free thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the Beef Cattle Institute housed at Kansas State University. The cost of BQA certification is normally $25 to $50; however, from Feb. 3, through April 15, 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim will defray the cost of the certification or recertification, making it free. Log on to the BQA website for more information and to sign up.

February “Performance Matters” Correction Notice

On Page 8 of the February Hereford World, KCF Bennett Revolution X51 was accidentally left out of Table 2. The article has been updated on and you can download the corrected PDF. You can also look up X51’s expected progeny differences by going to the “EPD Search” at His registration number is 43081556. We apologize for the error.

CattleMax Offers Online Class

CattleMax is offering 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. The class will be Wednesday, March 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. CDT. Register for the class.

Thank You from National Hereford Women

The National Hereford Women (NHW) would like to thank Curtis Younts of Curtis Younts & Sons, Belton, Texas, for purchasing the artwork, Reflections, at the Cowtown auction in Fort Worth. The proceeds from this artwork go for Hereford youth programs sponsored by the NHW, including scholarships, contests at the Junior National Hereford Expo and the National Hereford Queen program. Prints can be purchased — all four in the series, which are: Reflections, Majestic, Secrets and the first one: Setting Precedence. Each are priced at $90.

Contact Alise Nolan at 903-841-2726.

To learn more about the NHW organization and the artwork, visit the NHW website.

JNHE Ambassador Application Due March 15

Youth can also apply for the Junior National Hereford Expo ambassador positions. Log on to for details and how to apply. Ambassador applications are due March 15.

Scholarship Applications due April 1

April 1 is the deadline to submit applications for scholarships and awards given during the Junior National Hereford Expo. Apply online at

New this year is the HYFA Bluegrass and Buckeye Hereford Youth Foundation of America Scholarship. The Kentucky and Ohio Hereford Associations along with The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) are presenting a scholarship to provide recognition for an outstanding member of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA). Its purpose is to encourage individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership, academic success and achievement among youth and to develop successful individuals as good leaders for both the Hereford breed and the beef industry. This scholarship is made possible by excess funds from the 2006 Junior National Hereford Expo held in Louisville, Ky., and hosted by the Ohio and Kentucky Hereford Associations.

Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University Scholarship Applications due March 15

Sullivan Supply and Stock Show U are offering 20 Scholarships worth $1,000 to youth involved in the livestock industry. Application deadline is March 15. Apply on Sullivan Supply’s website. Winners will be announced on April 15.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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