January 6, 2023
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Super Barn Sale Arena held a standing room only crowd for the Hereford Night in OKC National Hereford Sale hosted Jan. 6 at the third annual Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City, Okla. After the final tap of auctioneer Eddie Burks’ gavel, the sale grossed $583,000. The excitement from breeders and buyers was a true testament to where the Hereford breed is progressively headed moving forward.
Topping the sale was the high selling heifer, Lot XC, ASM 016H E33 Tera 207K, consigned by Matheny Herefords, Mays Lick, Ky. The lot commanded $57,000 for full possession. GKB Cattle, Desdemona, Texas, purchased the female. Leading off the bulls was Lot 9A, BK Jet Smooth J18 ET, consigned by Buck Cattle Co., Madill, Okla., with Six Mile Creek, El Reno, Okla., and Ella Weldon, Piedmont, Okla., purchasing half interest and half possession for $55,000.
Kicking off the sale was the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) with a female consigned by T/R Cattle Company, Glencoe, Okla. Lot 1, T/R 8424 Ms Merlot K23, a March daughter of T/R BPF AmericanClassic 561CET garnered $30,000. Purchasers were Cottonwood Springs Farm, Cedar, Mich., and Everhart Herefords, Waldron, Ind.
Hoffman Ranch, Thedford, Neb., consigned Lot 3, the high selling pick. The pick of the fall calf crop was purchased by Stumpf Land and Cattle, Columbia, Ill., for $30,000. Kansas State University consigned the high-selling embryo interest lot, with KSU Misty 151 ET commanding $30,000 for half embryo interest and no possession. GKB Cattle purchased the lot.
Five and two-thirds bulls grossed $158,500 with an average of $27,974. Sixteen females grossed $252,575 with an average of $15,785. Picks from prominent herds across the country always create a buzz for buyers. The seven picks grossed $110,500 with an average of $15,786.
“We would like to extend a thank you to the consignors who brought elite genetics to the national Hereford Night sale in OKC,” says Joe Rickabaugh, AHA director of field management and seedstock marketing. “The sale gross and averages prove the consignors bring sought after genetics proving the strong demand for the Hereford breed. ”
The American Hereford Association, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries — Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) and American Beef Records Association (ABRA) — provides programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For press releases and photos, visit Hereford.org/media.