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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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The 2022 AHA Annual Membership Meeting and Conference will be held Oct. 21-23 at the Loews Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo. To download the schedule, click here.

American Hereford Association (AHA) Educational Forums offer something for everyone. Educational Forums will be held in City Beautiful B&C at the Loews Kansas City Hotel on Friday, Oct. 21.

COFFEE CONVERSATION: AHA FEEDOUT FACTS | 7 a.m.

Lee Mayo, General Manager/Partner, HRC Feed Yards LLC
Garrett Parsons, Consulting Nutritionist, Midwest PMS
Trey Befort, Director of Commercial Programs, AHA
Join those involved with the Hereford Feedout Programs for coffee and donuts to kick off the educational forum. The conversation will entail information about past programs as well as tips to prepare for the 2023 programs. Adult and junior members are invited to attend the event.

A Strategic Outlook for the Association | 8 a.m.

Kevin Ochsner, president, Agcellerate
Developing the AHA’s new five-year strategic plan included the candid, gracious input of industry leaders from every sector of the beef industry, as well as Hereford breeders. Find out what’s in the plan, how it can help you and how you can ensure its success.

Building on Hereford Research | 9 a.m.

Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D., Director of AgNext, Colorado State University
Shane Bedwell, Chief Operations Officer and Director of Breed Improvement, AHA
Learn more about the Hereford research initiatives that will further leverage the Hereford breed’s strengths to serve the evolving beef industry and the next generation of consumers. This session will detail two exciting current research projects: maternal efficiency with the University of Illinois and the genetics of sustainability with Colorado State University.  

Handle on Animal Health | 10:30 a.m.

Todd Bilby, Ph.D., Director of Dairy Technical Sales, Merck Animal Health
Reproductive hormones and estrus synchronization offer a myriad of benefits in both cows and heifers bred through AI or natural service. Advantages include shortening the calving interval to increase pounds of beef at weaning and to improve replacement heifer fertility. Learn more about these benefits as well as the use of hormones to improve embryo transfer pregnancy retention.

1881: A Story to Tell | 11:15 a.m.

Taylor Belle Matheny, Director of Communications, AHA
Wes Ishmael, Hereford World Executive Editor, AHA
Every compelling tale has a hero. Hereford cattle came to America to answer specific challenges. The breed continues to meet the dynamic demands of cattle producers, beef consumers and society. Now, Hereford faces its most extraordinary opportunity yet.

Fuel the Future of CHB® | 1:30 p.m.

Amari Seiferman, CEO, Certified Hereford Beef®
Certified Hereford Beef® is much more than a unique premium branded beef product delivering consistently high quality and consumer satisfaction. Certified Hereford Beef is also an opportunity for restaurants and retailers to build business revenue with a premium product backed by unwavering customer service and curated marketing support. You are key to its success.

Engineering Success with MyHerd | 2:15 p.m.

Stacy Sanders, Director of Records Department, AHA
AHA members use MyHerd as the predominant tool to handle their registrations, transfers, performance data, DNA testing, etc. More than 80% of AHA registry work comes from members via MyHerd. Learn about new features that make MyHerd even more useful for breeding selection, marketing and general management information tasks.

InfiniSEEK™ for Cattle: The Next Step in Genomics | 2:45 p.m.

JR Tait, Ph.D., NEOGEN Genomics
InfiniSEEK is the future of genomic advancement for Hereford cattle and the beef industry.  This new genomic testing technology offers new genomic insights that will drive faster genetic change. NEOGEN is proud to unveil InfiniSEEK to Hereford breeders.

Create Your Future | 3:30 p.m.

Jack Ward, Executive Vice President, AHA
Tom Brink, Chief Executive Officer, Red Angus Association of America
Harnessing the power and efficiencies of heterosis has never been more important in U.S. beef cattle production. The need for objective value determination has never been greater. Existing and unfolding AHA programs and research aim at both.

Meet the six Hereford breeders vying for a position on the American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors.

Jim Coley

Coley Hereford Farm, Lafayette, Tenn.
615-804-2221; coleyherefords@gmail.com

Jim Coley is a third-generation Hereford breeder from Lafayette, Tenn. Jim and his wife, Kay, married in 1980. They have two adult children, Denise and Michael, and four grandchildren. Coley Hereford Farm began with Jim’s grandfather, dad and uncle as V.H. Coley and Sons in 1938. They had successful production sales from 1952 through 1978 before dispersing the original herd in 1978 after Jim’s father passed away. Jim started his own herd of Hereford cattle after college graduation in 1976.

As a youth, Jim was active in the Tennessee Junior Hereford Association and 4-H. He assisted with all aspects of the farm. While attending the University of Tennessee, Jim was active in clubs, worked on the university’s cattle farm and participated on the livestock and meats judging teams. Jim served on the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board from 1973-1976. After graduating with an animal science degree, Jim spent nine years working as a farm manager for farms in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. In 1985, he moved back to Tennessee and began a 30-year career working in sales and management at farmers co-ops. He retired in 2017 and works full-time on his cattle operation.

Jim has been active in Cattlemen’s Association boards in several counties. He has been active in the Tennessee Hereford Association, serving as president and on the Tennessee Beef Agribition (TBA) committee. He also managed the TBA Hereford sale. In 2014, he served on the merger committee joining the Tennessee Hereford Association and the Tennessee Polled Hereford Association. In 2003, Jim and his family donated the first heifer sold to support the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA). That heifer raised more than $30,000. Additionally, Jim was recognized as a Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) Gold Hereford Breeder by the American Hereford Association (AHA) in 2022.

In 2017, Jim moved his cattle back to the “home place” just east of Lafayette, Tenn. Today, his herd includes 50 cows, mostly Line 1, both polled and horned, in addition to five to 10 contract ET calves. Coley Hereford Farm produces commercial bulls, bred heifer replacements, and bulls for use in their own and other seedstock operations. Jim maintains complete performance records and uses genomic testing. The calves not sold for breeding are fed and sold directly to consumers as freezer beef.
Candidate Speech

Hampton Cornelius

Coyote Ridge Ranch, LaSalle, Colo.
970-396-2935; hampton@coyoteridgeherefords.com

Hampton Cornelius is a family partner, along with his mother, Jane Evans Cornelius, of Coyote Ridge Ranch in LaSalle, Colo. He has been married to his wife, Kay, for 29 years, and they have a 22-year-old son, John Hampton. Coyote Ridge Ranch (CRR) is a purebred Hereford cattle ranch with an extensive hay operation located on the northern High Plains near the Rocky Mountains. They develop Hereford bulls suitable for commercial and seedstock customers. They run 170 registered Hereford pairs with their noted CRR cow families serving as the hallmark of their operation. The ranch also markets embryos, high-quality show heifers and purebred replacement females. CRR produces balanced genetics — maternally efficient, functional, high-quality females, which produce quality replacements and marketable steers with highly accepted carcass traits. This is done through balanced trait selection — utilizing performance records and expected progeny differences (EPDs).

Bulls are genomic tested, and yearlings are ultrasounded for carcass measurements. CRR has retained ownership on all steers for three decades. CRR has provided the American Hereford Association (AHA) with 30 years of carcass performance data on their steers, and they have been recognized as a Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) Gold Hereford Breeder. Hampton’s cattle have topped national Hereford shows, and he is proud that the CRR National Western Stock Show pen show entries have been purchased by fellow Hereford breeders across the country.

Hampton was active in the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA), 4-H and FFA as a youth. He attended Northeastern Junior College and Colorado State University (CSU) and judged livestock at both. At CSU, Hampton received the Tom Blackburn Award for being an outstanding member of the livestock judging team. Hampton has judged numerous shows across the U.S., and in Canada and Uruguay.

He strongly believes in developing young people and promoting Hereford beef. CRR often provides a quality judging team workout and hosts the United States Meat Export Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Colorado Beef Board tours. CRR has welcomed culinary experts, chefs, high school agriculture teachers and meat-buying delegations from China, Taiwan, Korea and other countries. When Hampton is not ranching or making hay, he enjoys fishing, camping, hunting, and spending time in the Colorado mountains with his family.
Candidate Speech

Austin Snedden

Snedden Ranch, Maricopa, Calif.
805-423-0248; sneddenranch@gmail.com

Austin Snedden is a fifth-generation rancher from Maricopa, Calif., where his family has been raising cattle in the same county for more than 150 years. Snedden Ranch was founded in 1867 by Anna and Samuel Snedden and has been passed down through the generations. Austin grew up on the ranch in southwest Kern County and graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2005 with a degree in business administration. Ranching is Austin’s full-time job; Austin and his wife, Sarah, partner with his parents, Richard and Susie, to operate Snedden Ranch.

Austin and Sarah met in college and married in 2004. They have four children: Ryah, Rainey, Sonora and Ezra. Snedden Ranch is family business with family members of all ages working in every aspect of the operation. Snedden Ranch consists of 350 to 400 commercial cows, 120 Hereford cows, and 40 Red Angus cows. The Snedden family raises bulls for their commercial herd and their annual production sale, held on the second Saturday of October every year. In addition to the cow herd and hosting a production sale, Snedden Ranch markets a select group of commercial replacement females every year. Their steer calves are merchandised at weaning or yearling age and sold off the ranch through auction and video markets.

Snedden Ranch has raised primarily Hereford cattle for more than 100 years and registered its first cattle with the American Hereford Association (AHA) 50 years ago in 1972. The ranch was recognized as a Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) Gold Hereford Breeder by the AHA in 2022. Austin and Sarah served as advisors for the California/Nevada Junior Hereford Association in 2017 and 2018. Austin has been involved with the Kern County Cattlemen’s Association for many years and served as president from 2014 to 2015. He was appointed to serve on the Trump Administration’s Rural and Agriculture Advisory Committee. Austin served as a delegate for the California Republican Party from 2021 to 2022 and is a contributing columnist to the Valley Ag Voice, a regional agricultural publication. Additionally, Austin was recognized as the Kern County Cattleman of the Year in 2020, and Snedden Ranch was recognized in 2013 as California’s 18th Senatorial District’s Small Business of the Year.
Candidate Speech

 

2022 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

Madison Katzenberger

Monroe, Wis.

Madison Katzenberger is the daughter of Eric and Rosie Katzenberger. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP) with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in Spanish. While at UWP, Madison served as the Block and Bridle Club president, and served on the Pioneer Showdown Beef Show Committee as chair and public relations chair. She was a member of the homecoming court her senior year and volunteered as a manager for the men’s baseball team. Madison has been a member of the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association for 15 years and is currently serving as the association president. She has attended JNHE 14 times, and she has participated in a broad array of activities. She was voted Outstanding State Junior representing the state of Wisconsin at the 2022 JNHE. Her FFA achievements include the State Degree and Gold Section Winner for Beef Entrepreneurship. Outside the showring, Madison enjoys playing music for her church and sewing banners to hang in the sanctuary. Madison is currently employed as an embryologist for Boviteq USA in Madison, Wis.

 

Each state Hereford association elects delegates to represent their association at the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. Delegates vote on the candidates competing for positions on the Board of Directors. Below are this year’s delegates.

 

Alabama

No delegates nominated.

 

Arizona/Nevada

No delegates nominated.

 

Arkansas

Craig Bacon
Bacon Herefords
Siloam Springs, Ark.
Phillip Moon
Moon Herefords
Harrison, Ark.

 

California

Steve Lambert
Lambert Ranch
Oroville, Calif.
Mark St. Pierre
Pedretti Ranches
El Nido, Calif.

 

Colorado

Jane Evans Cornelius
Coyote Ridge Ranch
La Salle, Colo.
Marshall Ernst
Ernst Herefords
Windsor, Colo.

 

Georgia

Johnny Harris
Greenview PLD HFD Farms Inc.
Screven, Ga.
Mead Cattle Enterprises
Midville, Ga.
Whitey Hunt
Innisfail Farm
Madison, Ga.
Hardy Edwards
Winterville, Ga.

 

Idaho

Guy Colyer
Colyer Herefords
Bruneau, Idaho
Katie Colyer
Bruneau, Idaho
Sam Shaw
Shaw Cattle Co. Inc.
Caldwell, Idaho

 

Illinois

Tom Boatman
Perks Ranch
Rockford, Ill.
Joe Ellis
Ellis Farms
Chrisman, Ill.
Mark Stephens
Stephens Hereford Farms
Taylorville, Ill.
Gene Stumpf
Stumpf Land & Cattle
Columbia, Ill.

 

Indiana

Jill Duncan
Able Acres
Wingate, Ind.
Bruce Everhart
Everhart Hereford Farms
Waldron, Ind.
Scott Lawrence
S E Lawrence Polled Herefords
Avilla, Ind.

 

Iowa

Marilyn Lenth
Lenth Herefords
Postville, Iowa
Charles Rife
R & R Cattle Company
Wilton, Iowa
Mike Simpson
Simpson Polled Herefords
Redfield, Iowa
Chance Wiese
Wiese & Sons
Manning, Iowa
Matt Woolfolk
MRW Cattle
Adair, Iowa

 

Kansas

Craig Beran
B&D Herefords
Claflin, Kan.
David Breiner
Mill Creek Ranch
Alma, Kan.
Dean Davis
Davis Herefords
Maple Hill, Kan.

 

Tom Granzow
Granzow Herefords
Herington, Kan.
Gus Gustafson
Gustafson Herefords
Junction City, Kan.
Tom Krauss
Bookcliff Herefords
Russell, Kan.
Glenn Oleen
Oleen Cattle Company
Falun, Kan.

 

Kevin Schultz
Sandhill Farms LLC
Haviland, Kan.

 

Kentucky

Lincoln Clifford
Cynthiana, Ky.
Andrew Matheny
Matheny Herefords
Mays Lick, Ky.
Ben Smith
Smith Family Farm
Brandenburg, Ky.

 

Louisiana

No delegates nominated.

 

Michigan

Jill Bielema
Grand Meadows Farm
Ada, Mich.

 

Minnesota

Ross Carlson
Carlson Farms
Murdock, Minn.
Jerry Delaney
Delaney Herefords Inc.
Lake Benton, Minn.
Robert Werk
Werk Herefords
Herman, Minn.

 

Mississippi

Ryan McGuffee
McGuffee Polled Herefords
Mendenhall, Miss.
Joe Waggoner
Joe A. Waggoner LLC
Jackson, Miss.

 

Missouri

Mike Choate
Choate Polled Herefords
Pleasant Hope, Mo.
Marty Lueck
Journagan Ranch, Missouri State University
Mountain Grove, Mo.
Travis McConnaughy
WMC Cattle Co.
Wasola, Mo.

 

Jim Reed
Reed Farms
Green Ridge, Mo.
John Ridder
Falling Timber Farm
Marthasville, Mo.
Amy Phillips
Richmond, Mo.

 

Montana

Mark Cooper
Cooper Hereford Ranch
Willow Creek, Mont.
Jack Holden
Holden Herefords
Valier, Mont.
Bruce Thomas
Thomas Herefords
Gold Creek, Mont.

 

Dale Venhuizen
Churchill Cattle Co.
Manhattan, Mont.
Richard Sidwell
Sidwell Herefords
Columbus, Mont.

 

Nebraska

Doug Bolte
Blueberry Hill Farms, Inc.
Norfolk, Neb.
Joe Brockman
Lawrence, Neb.
Marie Farr
Moorefield, Neb.

 

Dave Goertz
Double Heart Diamond Cattle
Brock, Neb.
Scott McGee
Valley Creek Ranch
Fairbury, Neb.
Brett Nelson
Nelson Herefords
Burwell, Neb.

 

Art Olsen
Olsen Ranches Inc.
Harrisburg, Neb.
Ron Schutte
Alfred Schutte & Sons
Guide Rock, Neb.
Russ Tegtmeier
Tegtmeier Polled Herefords
Burchard, Neb.

 

Joe Van Newkirk
Van Newkirk Herefords
Oshkosh, Neb.

 

New England

(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)

Kathi Wagner
Catskill, N.Y.

 

New Mexico

Bill King
King Herefords
Moriarty, N.M.
Becky King-Spindle
Moriarty, N.M.

 

New York

Tim Dennis
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Zack Welker
SK Herefords
Medina, N.Y.

 

Nevada

Donald Brumley
Brumley Farms
Orovada, Nv.

 

North Carolina

Kim Yates Prestwood
Prestwood Beef Cattle
Lenoir, N.C.
Bryson Westbrook
Shelby, N.C.

 

North Dakota

Roger Stuber
Stuber Ranch
Bowman, N.D.

 

Ohio

Jeff Harr
J & L Cattle Services
Jeromesville, Ohio
Keayla Harr
Jeromesville, Ohio
Alexis Stitzlein
Mohican Polled Hereford Farms
Glenmont, Ohio

 

Oklahoma

Joel Birdwell
Birdwell Ranch
Fletcher, Okla.
Leslie Harrison
Harrison Cattle Co.
Arapaho, Okla.
Jimmie Johnson
Red Hills Herefords
Clinton, Okla.

 

John Loewen
Loewen Herefords
Waukomis, Okla.
Amber Willits
Double Seven Ranch LLC
Ft. Cobb, Okla.

 

Oregon

George Sprague
Bar One Ranch
Eugene, Ore.

 

Pennsylvania

Les Midla
Flat Stone Lick
Marianna, Pa.
Paul Slayton
Bear Dance Farm
Bedford, Pa.

 

South Carolina

Tina Fowler
Grana Farm
Jonesville, S.C.
Greg Fowler
Fowken Farm
Jonesville, S.C.

 

South Dakota

Pete Atkins
Tea, S.D.
Boyd Dvorak
Dvorak Herefords
Lake Andes, S.D.
Nate Fredrickson
Fredrickson Ranch
Spearfish, S.D.

 

Jerome Ollerich
Ollerich Bros Herefords
Clearfield, S.D.
Vern Rausch
Rausch Herefords
Hoven, S.D.
Ben Roudabush
Mitchell, S.D.

 

Southern Atlantic

(Florida and Georgia)

Hardy Edwards
Winterville, Ga.
Jonny Harris
Greenview PLD HFD Farms Inc.
Screven, Ga.
Tommy Mead
Mead Cattle Enterprises
Midville, Ga.

 

Whitey Hunt
Innisfail Farm
Madison, Ga.

 

Tennessee

Billy Ashe
Ashewood Farms
Selmer, Tenn.
Jim Coley
Coley Herefords
Lafayette, Tenn.
Russell Crouch
Crouch Polled Hereford Farm
McMinnville, Tenn.

 

Rob Helms
Candy Meadow Farms Inc.
Lexington, Tenn.
Eric Walker
Walker Polled Hereford Farm
Morrison, Tenn.

 

Texas

Brett Barber
Barber Ranch
Channing, Texas
Gary Buchholz
GKB Herefords
Desdemona, Texas
Jack Chastain
Chastain Cattle Co.
Fort Worth, Texas

 

Stephen Coates Jr.
Coates Ranch Co.
Mertzon, Texas
Paul Funk
Spearhead Ranch
Copperas Cove, Texas
Pete Johnson
Sunny Hill Ranch
Lufkin, Texas

 

Joe Dan Ledbetter
Ledbetter Cattle Co.
Wheeler, Texas
Ronnie McClendon
McClendon Polled Hereford
Lavon, Texas
Robert Meischen
Meischen Polled Herefords
Yorktown, Texas

 

Barbara Metch
Metch Polled Herefords
Canton, Texas
Steven Rader
Rader Herefords
Mount Vernon, Texas
Keith Rogers
Hidden Oaks Ranch
Hamilton, Texas

 

E.C. Rosson Jr.
White Rock Hereford Ranch
Milford, Texas
Mike Willis
Willis Polled Herefords
Emory, Texas
Mike Doyle
Doyle Hereford Ranch
Wolfe City, Texas

 

Upper Atlantic

(Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey)

Lindsey Jacobs
Gambrills, Md.

 

Utah

Scott Rees
Rees Bros Herefords
Morgan, Utah

 

Virginia

Paul Bennett
Knoll Crest Farm
Red House, Va.
Robert Schaffer
Deer Track Farm
Spotsylvania, Va.

 

Washington/Alaska

Brian Gallagher
Emumclaw, Wash.
Marcy Olsen
Olsen’s Timberline Ranch
Raymond, Wash.

 

West Virginia

Neil Litton
Cottle Brothers & Litton Livestock
Summersville, W.Va.
Christopher Scott
Grandview Hereford Farm
Beaver, W.Va.

 

Wisconsin

Steven Folkman
C & L Hereford Ranch
Ixonia, Wis.
Jerry Huth
Huth Polled Herefords
Oakfield, Wis.
Eric Katzenberger
Plum River Ranch
Monroe, Wis.

 

Fred Larson
Larson Hereford Farm
Spring Valley, Wis.

 

Wyoming

Wyatt Agar
Durbin Creek Ranch
Worland, Wyo.
Briley Miller
Deep Creek Land & Livestock LLC
Newcastle, Wyo.
Jan Ward
Ned & Jan Ward
Sheridan, Wyo.