Press releases

Hereford Youth Plan to Attend “Home Again in 2010”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­ — Hereford youth, their families and supporters, will travel to Indianapolis for the 11th annual Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) sponsored by VitaFerm®, a product line of BioZyme® Inc., July 3-10, 2010.
National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members look forward to the event all year, preparing not only their cattle, but also themselves, for a variety of fun-filled and educational activities and contests. Last year, the JNHE drew more than 2,000 people to Tulsa, Okla.

Kentucky Hereford Feeder Calf Sale Repeats Success

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­ — The second Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale replicated the success of the first sale that was hosted last October. On May 11 sellers earned premiums of more than $4 per hundredweight (cwt.) for heifers and about $3 per cwt. for steers compared to the weekly average price for each weight range. The 733 head of Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves were sold at the Blue Grass Stockyards South in Stanford, Ky.

Hereford Females Soar to the Top at Big East Regional and Jackpot Show

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Junior exhibitors traveled to W. Springfield, Mass., on May 1 for the Big East Regional Heifer and Jackpot Show. The Hereford breed was competitive at the weekend show as the champion Hereford female was also named reserve supreme female.

Duysen Hired as AHA Junior Activities Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­– Corey Ann Duysen will serve as the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) junior activities intern this summer. Duysen grew up showing livestock and is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) agricultural communications program.

AHA Announces 2009 Dams of Distinction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­– A total of 1,941 Hereford cows from 639 Hereford performance herds in 43 states earned the honor of being named a 2009 Dam of Distinction by the American Hereford Association (AHA).

For the 29th consecutive year, South Dakota Hereford operation Rausch Herefords owns the most Dams of Distinction honored at 76 head, 20 more than last year, and again leads its state to the top of the list with 306 cows recognized.
The 2009 Dams of Distinction list honors Hereford cows that meet the highest standard of production and recognizes the cattlemen who produce them. In order to be named a Dam of Distinction, a Hereford cow must meet all the job requirements for an ideal cow. She should produce a healthy, growthy calf every year; she should calve as a two-year-old, and she should cause her owner absolutely no problems. A Dam of Distinction is the standard by which all Hereford cows can be judged.

Shock & Awe, Gran Torino Win Fort Worth Hereford Show

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — C -S Gran Torino 8172 ET won the champion horned bull title at the Fort Worth National Hereford Show Feb. 1. The champion polled bull honors went to STAR TCF Shock & Awe 158W ET.

Judging the 214-head show was the father-son team of Dan Hoge, Kewanee, Ill., and Mark Hoge, Macomb, Ill. “There is no breed of cattle that is enjoying popularity like the Hereford breed is right now,” said Dan prior to selection of the champion horned female. “When you talk about breed progress, you look at the average of the class. All breeds can have good cattle in the upper end but where this breed is really making such progress, in my mind, is the average of the cattle were really, really good.”


Schmidt Awarded Snidow Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) member Erick Schmidt, Gonzales, Texas, was awarded the B.C. “Bud” Snidow Award Jan. 16 during the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

The Snidow Award is sponsored by the American Hereford Women (AHW) and is given annually to a deserving NJHA member who exemplifies the qualities most admired by Snidow, including honesty, fairness, hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the Hereford breed and its breeders.

Hain Honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kirk Hain, Seward, Neb., was selected as the 2010 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Kirk 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. 16.

Kirk has been hooked on Herefords since attending the 1998 Junior National Polled Hereford show in Springfield, Ill., with then Hereford junior member Tony Bye and his uncle Larry Hafer, Martell, Neb.

Hereford Female Sells for $38,000 to Benefit Hereford Youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A big supporter of youth in the beef industry made a sizeable contribution to the future of the Hereford breed Jan. 16 in the Beef Palace Auction Arena at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Belle Point Ranch and Dave and Mary Ann McMahon and family, of Ft. Smith, Ark., bought Lot 1 for $38,000. All of the proceeds go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).

Shock & Awe Named Supreme Hereford; Champions Selected at 2010 National Western Hereford Show


KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­– Hereford excitement abounded from the Yards to the Hill at the National Western Stock Show Jan. 13-16 in Denver. A total of 647 head were exhibited throughout the four-day event. There were 342 head in the open show, 89 in the junior show, 34 pens of bulls, 18 heifer pens and six carloads.
The Hereford activities got underway with Kurt Thomas, Gold Creek, Mont., judging the junior show Jan. 13. Pen and carload competition followed Jan. 14. Herefords filled the Stadium Arena on the Hill with the open bull show Jan. 15 and the female show Jan. 16.
Gary Buchholz, assisted by his wife, Kathy, Bardwell, Texas, judged the open show and said he was impressed with the quality. “The Hereford breed has never forgotten the beef industry,” he said. “These cattle have been real.”

Star Lake, Hoffman, K7 Take Top Honors in Hereford Yard Show

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­— Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla., reigned victorious in the Hereford carload show capturing win number 11 and the coveted bronze trophy at the 2010 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) on Jan. 14. Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., topped the pen of three bull show and K7 Herefords, Tom Heidt and Family, Lockridge, Iowa, won the pen of three female show in the Denver Yards.

Circle A Presented Hereford Innovator Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Circle A Ranch was recognized as a Hereford Innovator by the American Hereford Association (AHA) Jan. 14. Mark Akin, general manager, was presented the award during a ceremony at the National Western in Denver. Circle A Ranch was chosen for this award because of its commitment to the heterosis project began in 2007 in partnership with the AHA.



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