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Volume 11, Issue 11

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Hereford Highlights

AHA Announces 2013 Dams, Sires of Distinction

For 2013, 2,386 Hereford cows from 679 Hereford performance herds in 43 states earned the honor of being named a Dam of Distinction by the American Hereford Association (AHA).

For 33 years Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D., has led Hereford breeders with the most cows qualifying as Dams of Distinction. With 381 cows recognized, South Dakota is the top state again this year.

The 2013 Dams of Distinction list honors the Hereford breed’s cows who meet the highest standard of production and recognizes the cattlemen who produce them. Read more about the Dams of Distinction program and see a complete list at

Also recognized are Sires of Distinction. The Sires of Distinction program recognizes superior Hereford bulls. The American Hereford Association Board of Directors initiated the program in August 2007 to recognize Hereford bulls that sire efficient, fertile and productive females. To be honored as a Sire of Distinction a bull must have produced daughters that have received at least seven Dams of Distinction awards.

Bulls attaining the Sire of Distinction status are recognized with “SOD” after their names when doing an animal or EPD inquiry. You can also view a complete list at

An article reviewing the 2013 Dams of Distinction will be published in the April issue of the Hereford World magazine. The top 20 states and breeders of Dams of Distinction are listed below.

Top 20 States

1. South Dakota (381 Dams)
2. Nebraska (257 Dams)
3. Kansas (230 Dams)
4. Montana (162 Dams)
5. Missouri (143 Dams)
6. North Dakota (118 Dams)
7. Idaho (110 Dams)
8. Wyoming (96 Dams)
9. Texas (76 Dams)
10. Minnesota (72 Dams)
11. Wisconsin (62 Dams)
12. Illinois (61 Dams)
13. Iowa (59 Dams)
14. Oregon (56 Dams)
15. Colorado (51 Dams)
16. Oklahoma (44 Dams)
17. Georgia (43 Dams)
18. Virginia (35 Dams)
19. California (33 Dams)
19. Indiana (33 Dams)

Top 20 Breeders

1. Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D. (126 Dams)
2. Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho (35 Dams)
3. Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb. (30 Dams)
4. Fawcetts Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D. (27 Dams)
4. Ridder Hereford Ranch, Callaway, Neb. (27 Dams)
6. Journagan Ranch/Missouri State University, Mountain Grove, Mo. (26 Dams)
7. Monahan Cattle Co., Hyannis, Neb. (25 Dams)
7. O.R. Perkes, Etna, Wyo. (25 Dams)
9. Oleen Bros., Dwight, Kan. (24 Dams)
9. Feddes Herefords, Manhattan, Mont. (24 Dams)
11. MM Ranch, Chanute, Kan. (22 Dams)
12. Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock, Neb. (21 Dams)
13. Elkington Polled Herefords, Idaho Falls, Idaho (20 Dams)
13. Duvall Polled Herefords, Lockwood, Mo. (20 Dams)
13. Thorstenson Hereford Ranch, Selby, S.D. (20 Dams)
16. Beery Land & Livestock Co., Vida, Mont. (19 Dams)
16. Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore. (19 Dams)
18. Bar JZ Polled Herefords, Holabird, S.D. (18 Dams)
18. VJS Polled Herefords, Hays, Kan. (18 Dams)
20. Falling Timber Farm, Marthasville, Mo. (17 Dams)

JNHE Ambassador Application Due Tomorrow

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

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.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Advertise in the Hereford World

  • May/June deadline - March 25
  • July (herd book) early bird deadline - April 21 (receive 5% discount)
  • July (herd book) final deadline - May 16

Bud Snidow Award Moves to the JNHE

The National Hereford Women (NHW) has moved the selection of the Bud Snidow award to the JNHE in an effort to encourage a greater number of nominations from advisors. Please note we have allowed for an extended deadline for these nominations. This award honors a great man that the Hereford breed lost in 2013, and the NHW wishes to continue with this tradition.

The Bud B.C. Snidow Award, sponsored by the National Hereford Women (NHW), is given annually to a deserving NJHA member who exemplifies the qualities most admired in Bud B.C. Snidow. Some of these qualities are: honesty, fairness, hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the Hereford breed and its people.

In an effort to properly select the most deserving junior member, advisors of each state junior association are asked to officially nominate one junior from their state for this award. Nominations are due May 1.

Nomination process:

  1. A letter of recommendation from the state advisor(s). Letter should include nominees' background and evidence that he/ she is worthy of the award.
  2. Nominee's address, phone number, age on Sept. 1 of current year and parents' names.
  3. One 5x7 black & white or color bust photo of nominee.
  4. Current NJHA officers or directors are not eligible to be nominated.

Send to:

American Hereford Association Department of Youth Activities
P.O. Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101
Fax 816-842-6931

Hoge Honored with Reception, Endowed Scholarship

Dan Hoge, ag professor and livestock judging coach at Black Hawk College East Campus, will be inducted into the Black Hawk College East Foundation’s Wall of Fame at a special ceremony on April 4 at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, Ill. The reception is open to the public provided reservations (along with payment) are made by March 24.

Hoge’s commitment to developing future leaders in the livestock industry is immeasurable. As a nationally known livestock judge, coach and educator, his experience and commitment to teaching, as well as his dedication to the livestock industry, make him one of the most respected leaders in his field.

To recognize his impact on the livestock judging program, the Foundation is establishing an endowed scholarship in his name which will provide financial assistance to livestock judging students for many years to come. The Dan Hoge Livestock Judging Scholarship will be invested with only the interest earnings to be used to fund scholarships for livestock judging team students for generations to come.

Contact Liz Breedlove, 309-854-1715, Black Hawk College East Foundation Executive Director for more information and to register.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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