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Hereford Annual Meeting Weekend Planned

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Nov. 1-3 for the 2013 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy three days of events and activities including educational forums, the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.   

The Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, located in Riverside, Mo., will host the event again this year.  The hotel’s two restaurants — Crazy Olives and the Journey steakhouse — will feature Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) entrées during the annual meeting weekend.

To make reservations at the Argosy call 1-800-270-7711 and ask for the AHA rate. Reservations must be made by Oct. 9 for the block rate of $99/night.

Friday afternoon an educational forum will kick off the weekend at the Argosy, followed by a “Hereford Honoree” reception. The educational forum will include an update on AHA’s DNA testing and genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) and the development of an udder quality EPD. Oklahoma State University animal scientist David Lalman will share his thoughts on cow size and efficiency and how Hereford fits the needs of the commercial industry.

During the Honoree Reception, this year’s Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit recipients will be recognized as well as the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) scholarship winners. During the reception, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.    

That evening HYFA will kick off its “Growing a Lasting Legacy” campaign at approximately 8 p.m. A dessert bar and entertainment will conclude the evening at the Argosy Hotel.   

Saturday, the Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 9 a.m. Association members selected 141 delegates to conduct the Association’s business and to elect three members to serve on the AHA Board of Directors. The four Board candidates are Terri Barber, Austin, Texas; Dave Bielema, Ada, Mich.; Mike Taylor, Petersburg, W.Va., and Joe Van Newkirk, Oshkosh, Neb.

Buses will be available to shuttle attendees to the American Royal complex for the Ladies of the Royal Sale and the junior Hereford show. Shuttles will start at 1 p.m. and run every half hour between the hotel and the American Royal complex. The last shuttle will leave the American Royal complex at 8 p.m.

The sale starts at 2 p.m. followed by the junior Hereford show that will begin at 5 p.m. at the American Royal complex. The junior show judge will be Ken Guens, Bath, Mich.

Sunday the National Hereford Show will begin at 8 a.m. in Hale Arena at the American Royal complex. Between the female and bull shows, 2012-13 National Show Award winners will be recognized. Prior to the selection of the champion bull, the 2013-14 National Hereford Queen will be crowned.

The National Hereford Show will be judged by Kyle Colyer, Bruneau, Idaho. For those who can’t make the trip to Kansas City, show results will be available online at

At 8:30 a.m. the AHA Board of Directors will be available in the American Royal Governor’s Room at the American Royal complex to answer questions about the Association and its programs.

AHA Annual Meeting Schedule of Events
Friday, November 1
1 p.m.    Educational Forum, Argosy Hotel Grand Ballroom
    Fertility, Feed Efficiency and Sequencing — Jerry Taylor
    Hereford Genomics Update: Correlations and Blending — Dorian Garrick
    AHA’s New EPD: Udder Quality — Heather Bradford
    Cow Efficiency: How Herefords Stack Up — David Lalman
3 p.m.    National Hereford Women (NHW) board meeting, Argosy Hotel
6 p.m.    Hereford Honorees Reception, Argosy Hotel Grand Ballroom
7 p.m.    Honoring Hereford Legacies — Past. Present. Future., Argosy Hotel Grand Ballroom
8 p.m.    HYFA’s “Growing a Lasting Legacy” campaign kickoff, Argosy Hotel Grand Ballroom
9 p.m.    Entertainment and dessert bar, Argosy Hotel Grand Ballroom

Saturday, November 2
9 a.m.    Annual Meeting, Argosy Hotel Grand Ballroom
             Following the Annual Meeting, MyHerd Online Registry System Q&A
Noon      NHW Annual Meeting, Argosy Hotel Casablanca Room
2 p.m.    Ladies of the Royal Sale, American Royal Wagstaff Sale Arena
5 p.m.    Junior Hereford Show, American Royal Hale Arena

Sunday, November 3
8 a.m.    National Hereford Show, American Royal Hale Arena
8:30 a.m    Board Q&A Session and MyHerd Online Registry System Q&A,
               American Royal Governor’s Room

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