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Volume 11, Issue 11

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Hereford Highlights

Scholarship Applications due April 1

April 1 is the deadline to submit applications for scholarships and awards given during the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). 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.

Bud Snidow Award and NJHA board of directors applications are due May 1. Log on to to apply.

Attention Juniors: Make sure your membership is current

Be sure your NJHA membership is current, as all active members will be receiving the JNHE entry packet around April 1. The early bird deadline for entries is May 1 and the final ownership deadline is June 1.

American Hereford Association Seeks Additional Summer Intern

The AHA is seeking a college student interested in developing skills in the area of breed improvement in a beef breed association. The intern will assist with event planning, data analysis and breed preservation.

The intern’s major responsibilities will be to assist the AHA staff in compiling and analyzing data associated with breed improvement tools for the 2014 Hereford Genetic Summit in September. In addition, the student will be involved in planning the event and helping with tasks that will include securing speakers and working with them for travel, compensation and hotel accommodations.

This student will also work with AHA staff to develop videos and power point presentations that will be used at the summit and made available for other AHA teaching activities. The applicant will also work with staff to properly preserve pictures and information in the AHA library.


  • Individual must be a self-starter with organization skills to assist with this important AHA event.
  • Applicant must be able to work in a team environment as they will be required to work with various AHA staff members in various departments.
  • Applicant must be familiar with breed improvement tools and knowledge of seedstock industry.
  • Applicant must be familiar with various computer programs including PowerPoint and Excel.

Please send cover letter, resume and a list of references to Jack Ward by April 1.

Don't Miss CattleMax Online Class Wednesday

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.

Bidding Opens Tomorrow for Sale

The March Sale opens tomorrow with bidding continuing until 8 p.m. EDT March 25. The offering includes seven bulls, one open heifer, 30 embryo packages, 10 semen packages, and four sexed semen packages.

For complete descriptions and photos, visit

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

Contact Alison Marx at 816-842-3757.

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.

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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