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Hereford Champions on the Red Dirt

January 18, 2022

Hereford exhibitors and enthusiasts gathered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Jan. 5-8 for the 2nd annual Cattlemen’s Congress. Coming from all across the country, cattlemen congregated on the red dirt to exhibit the best of the …

Hereford exhibitors and enthusiasts gathered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Jan. 5-8 for the 2nd annual Cattlemen’s Congress. Coming from all across the country, cattlemen congregated on the red dirt to exhibit the best of the best in Hereford genetics. The enthusiasm for the breed shined through each day as exhibitors and spectators alike took in the event.

Junior Show
Hereford junior exhibitors’ hard work culminated as they stepped onto the red dirt during the 2022 Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City. Judge Lydell Meier, Clinton, Tenn., sorted the show of 269 females. Paige Lemenager, Hudson, Ill., exhibited the grand champion polled female, BOY Harley 018H ET. BK CMCC Highness 082H ET received the reserve grand champion polled female honors and was owned by Mason Allan of Nocona, Texas.

Blake Bruns of North Platte, Neb., won the grand champion horned female title with H Pixie 0635 ET and Aidyn Barber, Channing, Texas, exhibited the reserve grand champion horned female with her bred-and-owned female, BR Gabriella 0142.

Pen Show
Sam Shaw, Caldwell, Idaho; Keith Phillips, Maysville, Ky.; and Bruce Thomas, Gold Creek, Mont., evaluated the pen show, which included 11 female pens, four pen-of-five bulls and 16 pen-of-three bulls for a total of 101 Hereford cattle.

The grand champion pen-of-three females and champion junior yearling pen was exhibited by Peréz Cattle Co., Nara Visa, N.M. Matheny Herefords, May’s Lick, Ky., showed the reserve grand champion pen-of-three females.

Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla., brought home the champion pen-of-five bulls with their champion junior bull calves. The reserve champion pen-of-five and reserve champion junior bull calves went to Delaney Herefords, Lake Benton, Minn.

Champion honors for the pen-of-three bull show went to Buck Cattle Co., Madill, Okla., with the group first winning the senior bull calf division. In recognition for their champion pen of bulls, Buck Cattle Co. received the first Arlo Janssen Memorial Award in remembrance of long time Hereford exhibitor and herdsman, Arlo Janssen, Klamath Falls, Ore. Perks Ranch, Rockford, Ill., won the champion pen-of-three spring bull calves before being selected as the reserve grand champion pen.

Open Show Champions
The stakes were high as judges Matt and Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M., sorted the 91-head Hereford bull show and 266-head Hereford female show at the 2022 Cattlemen’s Congress. The champion polled bull went to Crayton and Cora Belle Chapman, Seneca, Ill., and Michael Pérez, Nara Visa, N.M., with PCC 7009 173D Maverick 0183 ET. Ben and Kevin Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; Bar A Cattle Co., Nocona, Texas; and TWJ Farms, Carroll, Neb., were named reserve champion polled bull with KJ TWJ 907E Liberty 159H ET.

Aidyn Barber, Ryon Cox, Mt. Pleasant, Texas; Edwards Ranch, May, Texas; and Drew Pérez, Canyon, Texas, took home horned champion honors with BR ER Big Country 007 ET. Dry Creek Farm, Pell City, Ala.; Buck Cattle Co.; and Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., received the horned reserve champion bull banner with DCF 642Z Dilly 002H.

Blake Bruns claimed the horned champion female title with H Pixie 0635 ET and the horned reserve champion female went to Grady and Hudson Carter, Stratford, Okla., with BK Just Flashy 154J.

Bryden Barber, Channing, Texas, and his champion spring yearling female, BR Merida H031 ET, was awarded the polled champion female title. Kinnick Paulsen, Preston, Iowa, with OHR Miss VIP 510 ET, claimed polled reserve champion female.

Hereford Night in OKC National Sale
A standing room only crowd filled Super Barn Sale Arena for the Hereford Night in OKC. The sale was a true testament to where the breed is headed and the excitement built by breeders. The sale grossed $801,750 with three revenue share packages grossing $150,000 with the high package selling for $100,00 and the average being $50,117. Fifty one semen packages grossed $247,500 with an average of $48,853 per package; 4.5 bulls grossed $131,500 with the high selling bull bringing $40,000 for ¾ interest. The bulls averaged $29,222. The 11.5 females grossed $156,750 with the high selling female bringing $30,000 for half interest. The females averaged $13,360. The picks from prominent herds across the country are always sought after with 5.5 picks grossing $115,500 and the high selling pick bringing $25,000 for half interest. The picks averaged $21,000.

Two special lots benefiting the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) generated close to $80,000. The first lot was a Kentucky Derby Experience and the second was a heifer from T/R Cattle Co., Glencoe, Okla., with half of the proceeds generously being donated to HYFA and the production of the 2022 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), in Louisville, Ky.

The Kentucky Derby Experience included two day clubhouse courtyard tickets for four, three-night accommodations in downtown Louisville and roundtrip private plane transportation generously donated by BioZyme Inc. This once in a lifetime package was purchased for $42,500 by Chapman Land and Cattle, Nunnelly, Tenn., with all proceeds going directly to HYFA and the growing a lasting legacy campaign.

T/R Cattle Co.’s, T/R Miss Shelby J43 ET, was the high selling female at the Hereford Night in OKC Sale and haf of the proceeds were donated to HYFA as part of the Fondation One Program. GKB Cattle, Waxahachie, Texas, stepped up and purchased the heifer for $60,000, and this special female will not only make an impact on the breed, but also on the youth who benefit from leadership and education through the foundation.

For full results from Cattlemen’s Congress, visit https://hereford.org/events/national-shows/cattlemens-congress/