Annual Meeting

The American Hereford Association Annual Membership Meeting and Conference is held each fall in Kansas City, Mo., and brings together the membership for a trade show, educational sessions, Honorees Reception and meeting where three new members of the Board of Directors are elected.

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Wyatt Agar
Durbin Creek Ranch
Thermopolis, Wyo.
Wyatt.agar@gmail.com
307-867-2404

Raised on a multigenerational operation based in eastern Oregon, Wyatt Agar is a manager and a partner in Durbin Creek Ranch, Thermopolis, Wyo., and Washakie Feeders, Worland, Wyo. The seedstock division runs 500 head of females, where artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET) technologies are used to produce three-fourths and full siblings. At weaning half of the heifers are retained for the cow herd while the other half are marketed as bred females. Bulls are sold as 2-year-olds in a February production sale, which also includes baldy replacement females and ranch geldings. Calves that do not make the bull pen are fed and used to collect data on the sire groups.

The commercial division runs approximately 1,200 Angus and Red Angus mother cows that are exposed to Hereford bulls to produce first generation (F1) calves. The program collects data from birth to harvest on sires used in the seedstock division. At weaning females are sold in the February production sale. Light steers go to the operation’s stocker program in Oregon, and heavy steers are backgrounded at Washakie Feeders along with 5,000 to 6,000 of the ranch’s bull customers’ calves. These steers are fed to 900 pounds and are finished in Colorado.

Wyatt and his brother grew up on the family’s cow-calf and stocker operation in Oregon, which they later expanded to include the Wyoming divisions. Wyatt and his wife, Joey, strive to raise their children, Rylee, Taylor and Cooper, in the same manner — working side-by-side with family to produce high-quality beef cattle off the land and backed by the cowboy ethic.

As a junior, Wyatt was the vice president of the Oregon Junior Hereford Association. Now, he is a senator in Wyoming’s Senate District 20 and is the first freshman senator in the state’s history to serve on the Appropriation Committee and the Select Capital Finance Committee. Prior to, he served a term as the vice chairman and a term as secretary of the Hot Springs County Republican Party. Wyatt is a former vice chairman of the Transportation Committee, a board member of the Hot Springs County Weed and Pest and a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Thermopolis.

Jerome Ollerich
Ollerich Bros. Herefords
Winner, S.D.
Jeromeo@goldenwest.net
605-557-3246

In Winner, S.D., Jerome Ollerich operates Ollerich Bros. Herefords along with his brother, James. With their father’s help, the brothers got their start in the Hereford business with a 4-H project, sparking a lifelong passion for the breed. More than 50 years later, the Olleriches have grown their project into an operation consisting of approximately 100 Hereford cows and 30 bulls, which are marketed through annual private treaty sales. Ollerich cattle have been sold to producers in 13 states and three foreign countries.

With an extensive background in the cattle industry, Jerome is knowledgeable on many aspects of the business. Before relocating to Winner, he grew up on a diversified farm in Sioux Falls, S.D., which included corn, soybeans, oats and a commercial cow herd. Additionally, his father owned a livestock auction barn and co-owned a grain elevator and a 10,000-head commercial feedlot. Jerome’s brother is involved in the trucking business and primarily hauls cattle.

Jerome is very active with the South Dakota Hereford Association (SDHA). A past president, he has served two terms on its board of directors. In 2019 the SDHA recognized Ollerich Bros. Herefords with the Seedstock Producer of the Year award, the same year in which the brothers received the Golden Breeder award from the AHA. They have also hosted the South Dakota Junior Hereford Association Field Day back-to-back years and look forward to hosting the event in the future.

In his community, Jerome served two terms on the township board and has served on the local church board. He was also a director of the South Dakota Rodeo Association for seven years.

Bob Schaffer
Deer Track Farm
Spotsylvania, Va.
Bob@DeerTrackFarm.com
540-582-9234

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland, Bob Schaffer owns Deer Track Farm in Spotsylvania, Va. The farm produces high-quality female seedstock and performance-tested bulls.

After high school, Bob served in the Navy from 1968-72. Leveraging the skills he learned from his naval training, Bob spent 38 years in the computer-services industry, retiring in 2012 as a director for corporate program management. Although he had little exposure to agriculture growing up, Bob learned about his family’s agricultural roots from his grandfather, who had moved to Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression. Inspired by his grandfather’s stories, Bob established Deer Track Farm in 1979 with his wife, Shirley, and their children.

From the word go, the farm has incorporated leading industry tools and technology to assure superior standards. Registered Herefords were introduced in 1996, and to grow the herd, Bob flushed high-end cows and transferred the embryos into his commercial cow herd. Five Deer Track Farm bulls have been accepted into the AHA’s National Reference Sire Program. Bob is one of the original 40 Gold Whole Herd Total Performance Record (TPRTM) breeders and has been recognized as a Gold TPR breeder every year since the program’s inception. Naturally, he achieved Platinum TPR breeder status in the fall of 2020.

Bob joined the Virginia Hereford Association (VHA) in 1997 and served on the board for 18 years, seven of which he held the role of president or vice president. He spearheaded and managed the VHA’s Bull Development Program, which has tested over 800 bulls since 2001 and has increased the marketability of Hereford bulls in Virginia. He also produced a historical video featuring original charter members of the 1968 Virginia Polled Hereford Association.

In 2017 Deer Track Farm hosted both a VHA Field Day and a Certified Hereford Beef® Field Day, where the Sysco® sales team learned about beef production firsthand. With conservation a priority, the farm is part of the United States Department of Agriculture Conservation Easement Program to ensure land will not be subdivided and developed. Deer Track Farm was recognized with the Clean Water Farm Award in both 1994 and 2013 by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation and was honored as the 1994 Conservation Farmer of the Year for Spotsylvania County.

This year’s educational sessions were hosted through Zoom webinars. Find recordings of each session below.

Follow along and take notes! Access these Hereford Homecoming Educational Sessions Supplement Sheets for each session.


Hereford Homecoming Virtual Kickoff & Utilizing the Tools for Victory | Monday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m.


Scouting Consumer & Political Climate Change | Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:00 p.m.


Setting up for Success | Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6:00 p.m.

2020 Headquarter Hotel

Loews Kansas City Convention Center
1515 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-281-7600
Reservations: 1-877-748-1451
AHA Group Rate

Updated Sept. 30, 2020

Alabama
Ron Dugger
Morning Glory Farm
Jasper, AL

Darrell Hicks
Hicks Herefords
Cullman, AL

Arkansas
Craig Bacon
Bacon Herefords
Siloam Springs, AR

Scott Sullivan
Triple S. Ranch
De Queen, AR

California
Steve Lambert
Lambert Ranch
Oroville, CA

Jim Mickelson
Sonoma Mountain Herefords
Santa Rosa, CA

Carrie Morrell
Morrell Ranches
Willows, CA

Colorado
Jane Evans Cornelius
Coyote Ridge Ranch
La Salle, CO

Marshall Ernst
Ernst Herefords
Windsor, CO

Bryan Sidwell
Sidwell Herefords
Carr, CO

Idaho
Guy Colyer
Colyer Herefords
Bruneau, ID

Katie Colyer
Bruneau, ID

Sam Shaw
Shaw Cattle Co.
Caldwell, ID

Illinois
Joe Ellis
Ellis Farms
Chrisman, IL

Steve Lorenzen
Lorenzen Farms
Chrisman, IL

James Milligan
Milligan Herefords
Kings, IL

Ron Severson
White Willow Polled Herefords
Morris, IL

Mark Stephens
Stephens Hereford Farms
Taylorville, IL

Indiana
William Doig
River Bend Farms
Waldron, IN

Jill Duncan
Able Acres
Wingate, IN

Bruce Everhart
Everhart Farms
Waldron, IN.

Robert Greives
Greives Herefords
W. Lafayette, IN

Iowa
Bill Goehring
Goehring Herefords
Libertyville, IA

Marilyn Lenth
Lenth Herefords
Postville, IA

Charles Rife
R&R Cattle Co.
Wilton, IA

Mike Simpson
Simpson Polled Herefords
Redfield, IA

Chance Wiese
Wiese & Sons
Manning, IA

Kansas
Craig Beran
B&D Herefords
Claflin, KS

Dave Breiner
Mill Creek Ranch
Alma, KS

Dean Davis
Davis Herefords
Maple Hill, KS

Tom Granzow
Granzow Herefords
Herington, KS

Gus Gustafson
Gustafson Herefords
Junction City, KS

Tom Krauss
Bookcliff Herefords
Russell, KS

Glenn Oleen
Oleen Cattle Co.
Falun, KS

Kevin Schultz
Sandhill Farms
Haviland, KS

Kentucky
Ben Clifford
Clifford Farms
Cynthiana, KY

Ben Smith
Brandenburg, KY

Tony Staples
Tk4 Herefords
Brandenburg, KY

Louisiana
Jimmie Varnado
Dogwood Trace Polled Herefords
Greensburg, LA

Michigan
Bob Goble
Ridgeview Farm
Alto, MI

Scott McDonald
Ye Ole McDonalds Farm
Grand Rapids, MI

Minnesota
Ross Carlson
Carlson Farms
Murdock, MN

Jerry Delaney
Delaney Herefords
Lake Benton, MN

Jeff Reed
Reed Stock Farm
Hampton, MN

Mississippi
Jim O’Mara
Broadlawn Farm
Lena, MS

Joe Waggoner
Waggoner Cattle
Jackson, MS

Missouri
Jim Bellis
JD Bellis Family Herefords
Aurora, MO

Larry Day
Day’s Family Farm
Pilot Grove, MO

Marty Lueck
Journagan Ranch/ Missouri State Univ.
Mountain Grove, MO

Travis McConnaughy
WMC Cattle Co.
Wasola, MO

Jim Reed
Reed Farms
Green Ridge, MO

Matt Reynolds
Reynolds Herefords
Huntsville, MO

John Ridder
Falling Timber Farm
Marthasville, MO

Montana
Jack Holden
Holden Herefords
Valier, MT

Carl Loyning
Loyning & Walen Cattle Co.
Absarokee, MT

Fred McMurry
McMurry Cattle
Billings, MT

Bruce Thomas
Thomas Herefords
Gold Creek, MT

Dale Venhuizen
Churchill Cattle Co.
Manhattan, MT

Nebraska
Doug Bolte
Blueberry Hill Farms Inc.
Norfolk, NE

Marie Farr
XA Cattle
Moorefield, NE

Dave Goertz
Double Heart Diamond Cattle
Brock, NE

Denny Hoffman
Hoffman Herefords
Thedford, NE

Mike Nolles
Nolles Cattle Co.
Bassett, NE

Arthur Olsen
Olsen Ranches Inc.
Harrisburg, NE

Ronald Schutte
Alfred Schutte & Sons
Guide Rock, NE

Russ Tegtmeier
Clarence Tegtmeier & Sons
Burchard, NE

Joe Van Newkirk
Van Newkirk Herefords
Oshkosh, NE

Nevada
Donald Brumley
Brumley Farms
Orovada, NV

New Mexico
Cliff Copeland
Copeland & Sons LLC
Nara Visa, NM

Bill King
Bill King Ranch
Moriarty, NM

Becky King-Spindle
Moriarty, N.M.

New York
Tim Dennis
Glade Haven Herefords
Penn Yan, NY

John Kriese
Spring Pond Farm II
Branchport, NY

North Carolina
James Davis
Terrace Farms
Lexington, NC

Kim Prestwood
Prestwood Beef Cattle
Lenoir, NC

North Dakota
Carl Olson
Olson Hereford Ranch
Argusville, ND

Roger Stuber
Stuber Ranch
Bowman, ND

Ryan Topp
Topp Herefords
Grace City, ND

Ohio
Jeff Harr
J&L Cattle Services
Jeromesville, OH

John Ostgaard
Ostgaard Cattle Co
Dayton, OH

Oklahoma
Kent Barnes
Hulbert, OK

Joel Birdwell
Birdwell Ranch
Kingfisher, OK

Curtis Curry
Curry Herefords
McAlister, OK

Leslie Harrison
Harrison Cattle Co.
Arapaho, OK

Jimmy Johnson
Red Hills Herefords
Clinton, OK

John Loewen
Loewen Herefords
Waukomis, OK

Milton Messner
Messner Herefords
Laverne, OK

Max Stotz
MKS Ranch
Skiatook, OK

Randy Ward
Ward Ranch
Edmond, OK

Oregon
David Bird
Bird Herefords
Halfway, OR

Bob Harrell Jr.
Harrell Hereford Ranch
Baker City, OR

George Sprague
Bar One Ranch
Eugene, OR

Pennsylvania
CJ Furlong
Chiques Creek Cattle Co.
Mt. Joy, PA

Les Midla
Flat Stone Lick
Marianna, PA

South Dakota
Pete Atkins
Atkins Herefords
Tea, SD

Phill Eggers
Eggers Southview Farms
Sioux Falls, SD

Keith Fawcett
Fawcett Elm Creek Ranch
Ree Heights, SD

Nate Frederickson
Frederickson Ranch
Spearfish, SD

Mark Johnson
Sleepy Hollow Farm
Centerville, SD

Jerome Ollerich
Ollerich Bros. Herefords
Clearfield, SD

Vern Rausch
Rausch Herefords
Hoven, SD

Tennessee
Billy Ashe
Ashewood Farms
Selmer, TN

Russell Crouch
Crouch Polled Hereford Farm
McMinnville, TN

Rob Helms
Candy Meadow Farms, Inc.
Lexington, TN

David Parker
Parkers Bros.
Bradyville, TN

Eric Walker
Walker Herefords
Morrison, TN

Texas
Claudia Atlas
Atlas Farms
Grandview, TX

Precious Atlas Beaver
Grandview, TX

Gary Buchholz
GKB Cattle
Waxahachie, TX

Jack Chastain
Chastain Cattle Co.
Fort Worth, TX

Stephen Coates Jr.
Coates Ranch Co.
Mertzon, TX

Mike Doyle
Doyle Hereford Ranch
Garland, TX

John Dudley
Dudley Bros.
Comanche, TX

Paul Funk
Spearhead Ranch
Copperas Cove, TX

Lee Haygood
Indian Mound Ranch
Canadian, TX

Lee Larson
Larson’s Polled Herefords
De Soto, TX

Joe Dan Ledbetter
Ledbetter Cattle Co.
Wheeler, TX

Erin Lockhart
Double L Cattle
Bryan, TX

Scott Nolan
Nolan Herefords
Gilmer, TX

Steven Rader
Rader Herefords
Mount Vernon, TX

Keith Rogers
Hidden Oaks Ranch
Hamilton, TX

Brad Stuart
DBA B-Bar Herefords
Roby, TX

Loyd Whitehead
Rocking Chair Ranch
Menard, TX

Utah
Shannon Allen
Phil Allen & Son
Antimony, UT

Virginia
Paul Bennett
Knoll Crest Farm
Red House, VA

Robert Schaffer
Deer Track Farm
Spotsylvania, VA

Washington
Bill Cox
CX Ranch
Pomeroy, WA

Gary Ottley
Ottley Herefords
Quincy, WA

West Virginia
Neil Litton
Cottle Bros.
Summerville, WV

Mike McDonald
McDonalds Polled Herefords
Jane Lew, WV

Wisconsin
Steve Folkman
C&L Hereford Ranch
Ixonia, WI

Jerry Huth
Huth Polled Herefords
Oakfield, WI
William (BJ) Jones
Wildcat Cattle Co.
Darlington, WI

Fred Larson
Larson Hereford Farm
Spring Valley, WI

Wyoming
Daniel Cocco
Whitehorn Ranch
Rock River, WY

Dale Micheli
Micheli Herefords
Fort Bridger, WY

Jan Ward
NJW Polled Herefords
Sheridan, WY

Southern Atlantic
Hardy Edwards
HME Herefords
Winterville, GA

Brad Forrest
Forrest Polled Herefords
Saluda, SC

Greg Fowler
Fowken Farm
Jonesville, SC

Johnny Harris
Greenview Polled Hereford
Screven, GA

Gary Hedrick
White Hawk Inc.
Marietta, GA

Whitey Hunt
Innisfail Farm
Madison, GA

Upper Atlantic
No delegates nominated

New England
No delegates nominated