The 2013 Miniature Hereford Breeders Association election results are as follows:
President – Justin Grady
Secretary – Charlotte Williams
Regional Director, Region 1 – Bill Moreton
Regional Director, Region 4 – Julie Sandstrom
Regional Director, Region 7 – Joe Bottini
And the results for the first election for the Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation are:
President – Fran MacKenzie
Secretary/Treasurer – Sherry Robinson
Director of Grants – Pat Underhill
Congratulations to both our new and renewing board members! On behalf of both Boards of Directors, I would like to thank everyone that joined in this election. We appreciate the willingness of all the candidates to serve our organization and look forward to another productive year.
The following information may help you get to know your boards a little better!
MHBA President Justin Grady
Hello MHBA Members—
My name is Justin Grady and I am currently serving as President of the Miniature Hereford Breeder’s Association. Thank you for your nominations for re-election.
I own and operate J bar W Cattle Company in Elizabeth, Colorado. I was born and raised on a family farm, raising cattle & hogs, near Fort Dodge, Iowa. I started my herd in 1997 with the purchase of 2 bred cows and a bull. Through selective breeding and purchase of out-cross bulls, I have developed the herd of 80 head I have today. I also own & have operated a successful security/alarm business for 22 years.
I have been a member of the MHBA since its beginning in 1999. My experience includes serving as Vice-President, Show Committee Chairman, Co-Superintendent & Sale Manager for the National Western and Show Superintendent for the Kansas City Royal. I was instrumental in assisting the development of the first Miniature Hereford show at the Iowa State Fair & the American Royal. I have been actively involved with our shows across the nation to include all 14 years at the National Western, the Houston Livestock Show, the Star of Texas Show in Austin and the American Royal in Kansa City.
I have had the pleasure of witnessing the growth of this association and firmly believe in the positive forward direction we have taken. I want to personally thank the membership, our current and past members of the Executive Board and Regional Directors for their time, sacrifice & dedication to this cause. I hope you see, as I do, how your efforts have made tremendous strides in the popularity and respect of the Miniature Hereford in the cattle industry.
I have a deep passion and vested interest in these cattle. I will continue to work diligently to maintain the standard of excellence we have achieved with the Miniature Hereford breed.
As President– my goals include the following:
1) Continue the positive trends & ideas that the MHBA has taken for all members
2) Encourage greater member participation in shows and expressing their ideas and concerns
3) Develop programs for greater marketing strategies for the large or small breeding program
4) To gain optimum benefit of well-produced shows to increase public awareness and education
5) Promote Miniature Herefords as a specialty, choice beef product and the benefits of raising these cattle
6) The continued expansion & growth of the Junior Program & Scholarship Foundation
I thank you & appreciate your time, consideration & support!
MHBA Secretary Charlotte Williams
Thank you for allowing me to continue as Secretary of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association!
I have served the past five years in this office and am delighted with the progress we have made in growing our membership, promoting our breed especially through our youth programs, and increasing show opportunities for everyone. Along with other board members, we have established sound procedures for the Secretarial position for maintaining membership records, including the main databases and website information, managing the annual election, maintaining board minutes and records, responding to inquiries from members and the public, and increasing communication through the magazine, website, and direct contact. I plan to fine-tune these procedures so they can be continued easily by future Secretaries and also to work with the board as we expand services to our membership. We welcome ideas from everyone!
My husband, Steve, and I are engineers and owners of a construction company and WW Ranch in Borger, Texas, where we have lived for 33 years. We have two sons: Ben, who lives in Borger, is married to Deborah and has a one year old son, Isaac; and Eli, who lives in New York City. We have another ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado where most of the cows and I spend our time, near my parents.
We began raising Miniature Herefords in 1998, became members of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association in 2000, and started showing for the first time in 2006. Most of the herd resides in Colorado now, after selling off about a third of them to help deal with the continuing drought in the Panhandle of Texas. We breed for a beef animal, with the conformation required for quality show cattle. I love the Miniature Hereford breed and am actively working to promote it by taking my cattle to shows and local activities, as well as distributing information with brochures, leaflets, e-mails, internet efforts and just talking to folks.
I hope to see ya’ll soon!
Regional Director, Region 1 Bill Moreton
We are Bill and Sharon Moreton, full time organic pasture based farmers. Here at Spring Mountain Farms in Pennsylvania we raise grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork, chickens and free range eggs. We raise small framed cattle because of feed efficiency and that is where the miniature Herefords come in. They are by far the most efficient grass machines we have experienced. If there is ever anyway we can help or answer any questions that you might have about the mini’s please give us a call.
Regional Director, Region 7 Joe Bottini
My name is Joe Bottini I live in Pueblo Colorado. My wife Jackie and I have two children our daughter is a Sophomore in College and attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins Co. Our son is in fifth grade and very active with sports and of course our Cattle.
To be the Region 7 Director is an honor and I look forward in helping however I can. I have been involved in showing livestock all my life and look forward to promoting the Miniature Hereford Breed and promoting the benefits within the breed. I look forward to meeting everyone and helping with any needs that you may have.
Feel free to contact me anytime my home phone number is 719-948-4441.
MHYF President Fran MacKenzie
I have been involved with the MHBA since its beginning and was glad to be able to spearhead the formation of the Youth Foundation as a 501(c)(3) to provide an opportunity to develop programs for our youth and a vehicle for members to support our youth through charitable gifts. I am grateful to be re-elected and to have the chance to continue the work of the Foundation.
MHYF Director of Grants Pat Underhill
I’m looking forward to being more involved with MHBA activities and projects. I hope those of you who have been involved much longer than I have will point me in the right direction. As far as background – I grew up with Holsteins and Hugh and I had a herd of Registered Holsteins for 25 years. We did a lot of showing, embryo work, and sold cattle and embryos. I started working with Minis in 2003 when I was asked to manage the herd for Becket School in New Hampshire. At that time the school had 13 head and we grew to about 80 head in 2011 when we held our Becket Fall Foliage Sale and reduced the herd to 30. Our Miniature Herefords provide many learning opportunities for our students who have learning disabilities and emotional handicaps.