Region 6 Director (2 Nominees)
- John Henkhaus (member since 2016)
Growing up as a Gulf Coast Texan in Refugio County, John Henkhaus has enjoyed what the Livestock industry has always taught him about dedication and commitment. John and his family have now been involved in Cattle production and the show industry for over 50 years. John has and continues to share that tradition with his own growing family. After graduating from San Angelo State University in 2003 with a B.S. in Animal Science, John met and Married his wife Cassie. Once John and Cassie were settled in San Angelo, TX, it did not take long for John to return to his livestock roots. John purchased a handful of does and he and Cassie were quickly involved in breeding and raising of show goats. This venture proved successful and that John still had that same desire as he did as kid to be involved, develop, and improve the livestock industry. In 2012, John and Cassie started their family with a set of twin girls, Mallie Ryan and Preslie Jean. In 2014, John purchased a set of embryos to begin a new venture. The Miniature Hereford business had always struck his interest and with that embryo purchase the Henkhaus family would later enter into their next family business called X2 in reference to their two girls. Since this time they have continued to show, study, and grow their own herd in hopes they can help the Miniature Hereford breed improve and succeed for the next generation. John looks forward to the opportunity of representing the Mini Hereford Breed Association and would greatly appreciate your vote to do so.
- Vernon Lang (member since 2014)
My Name is Vernon Lang and I live in The Woodlands, Texas with my wife Melissa and her son Trevor. Between the two of us we have six additional successful adult children. Most of my days are spent running a commercial construction company and looking forward to relaxing on weekends tending to our Miniature Hereford cattle, catching up on chores around our ranch and enjoying our time with family and friends. Melissa and I have been full members of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association for over seven years. We have been active in showing our cattle at many shows in Texas and meeting new friends. What began as a family hobby for us and the kids has now become a way of life. As we move towards becoming empty nesters and retirement, we look forward to continuing developing our herd of minis and going to shows with our grandchildren. We are both enthusiastic about promoting the Miniature Hereford breed and continuing to grow our relationships with fellow members and the “Mini Hereford Family.” I am a 30 year “life member” of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and have chaired the Trail Ride Committee and served on Livestock, Equipment Acquisition and CY-Fair Go Texan committees. I feel that these first hand experiences, coupled with running a successful business and our family’s passion for the Miniature Hereford bred, will lend a new level of expertise to office of Regional Director. Melissa and I are both excited about dedicating my services to the MHBA. The MHBA is an amazing organization, and I have seen first-hand the growing pains in our Region. There are areas where the proper leadership and vision could bring positive changes to the organization for Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. I am an advocate for children and the amazing learning opportunity that owning and raising this great bred of cattle provides.I pledge to work closely with the National MHBA, MHYF and the TMHYO to support the breeders and youth exhibitors. My vision is to seek new ways to expand our membership and support of the growing numbers of Miniature Hereford owners and breeders, solidify and promote our shows by closely communicating with the show Superintendents and remain open to new ideas that will continue to grow our industry. Working together, we can accomplish even more and continue to provide greater opportunities for our families and the future of our children (and grandchildren).I greatly appreciate your nomination and I ask for your support and for your vote.