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Tri-State Fun!

2011 Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Amarillo, TX
September 17 – 19, 2011

As its name implies, the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Amarillo, TX is hosted by three states – Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma –but, as the premium book says, is open to the world. Despite this ambitious invitation, the show retains its atmosphere of relaxed, easy-going rivalry among friends and neighbors. There is an old-style feel to the show that welcomes families and smaller breeders, while encouraging the competition and drive to win that has made our country great.
The second annual Miniature Hereford show was no exception. Although there were folks such as Meredith Roberts and his crew from J & M Farm that traveled nearly a dozen hours to reach the show, there was also a representation by LK Robinson Farms of grandparents, parents, and kids from the hometown of Amarillo. They also brought their friends, Andrew and Cheraye Aguirre. A new member of MHBA joined our ranks when young Cole Brown showed his steer, Art. Overall, there were thirteen exhibitors with thirty-seven animals, making this year’s show even bigger and better than last year and surpassing the number of entries by most of the other breeds.
The show began with an outstanding set of three classes of youth showmanship with thirteen young folks, including a last minute entry. Aubree Blissard won the Pre-Junior class with a skill that only comes from many long hours of practice. Alea Smith took the Junior class, demonstrating that a willing worker can develop good techniques with only a couple of years of showing. Kirstie Kasch finished in the Senior class with her heifer, Joy, purchased just last January in Denver from Olson Miniature Herefords. The pair went on in the open show to take Reserve Grand Champion Female, so Kirstie’s special feeding program definitely paid off. And although he did not win his class, more than one observer noted the courage it took for Ethan Smith to use a bull for a showmanship competition!
The open show was just as exciting with a wide variety of animals and stiff competition throughout. Greg Schulz took top honors for Grand Champion Female with his heifer, SF Miss Princess Josie, shown by Madeline Smith.
Weston Robinson showed the Grand Champion Bull, LK Spencer, which he and his family raised at LK Robinson Farms. Rounding out with the Reserve Grand Champion Bull was Leah Stroud showing WW Tom Thumb, a little bull from WW Ranch.
The show finished where it started when three five-year-olds and their steers beat out all other ages in the ring. The Prospect Steer, LK’s Lightning, was shown by little Madeline Smith. Barrett Howe proudly led his steer, JAM G-Man from J & M Farms, to take Grand Champion Steer, and Corbin Marsh completed the day with a massive animal that he fondly calls Shaggy.
Now we are looking forward to next year and invite all of you to join us – but only if you want to have fun!

Region 9

This year at the Grand National will be a first for the Miniature Hereford Association. It will be the first year we will have a Junior Show. It will be held on Oct 14th. The show time is to be announced. Please check the Grand National Website for further information. Come to the show and support our young breeders.

The open show will be held on Oct 13th. The schedule is also to be announced at a later time.

Region 9 is growing by leaps and bounds. We welcome our new breeders and hope you will feel free to contact “us” if you need help or support. We are always happy to be of assistance.

Region 8

Hi from Region 8! As Summer turns to Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, our show season is winding down. Most of the shows occur at county fairs throughout Washington State and Oregon. The largest county fair, in terms of head count and exhibitors, was the Clark County Fair in Vancouver, WA (the Mini’s first time exhibiting there) from August 4th-9th. The beef superintendents, other livestock exhibitors, and the public were supportive of the Minis and encouraged our presence again in 2012; therefore, we will be striving to build this show. The Pacific Northwest Regional Show at the Oregon State Fair boasted the greatest number of exhibitors in the show’s history–GREAT JOB! I would like to congratulate the show coordinators for making the show well organized and enjoyable for everyone. I am excited to see the steer classes boom in the coming years.
I also wanted to recognize the new Region 8 MHBA members: Allen Family Farms, Molalla, OR; Cornerstone Acres, Wilsonville, OR; and Veach Family Farm, Mt. Angel, OR as well as the Silverton FFA Chapter, Silverton OR. I look forward to working closely with all of the members in my region to create more exhibiting opportunities. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and/or suggestions. Jerry DuVal, Silverton, OR, duvalacj@msn.com.

Region 6

The drought continues throughout the majority of Region 6. This drought is certainly the worst in recent history. Between the wild fires and the lack of moisture, most grazing land in Texas is not capable of supporting livestock at this time without supplementation.

If you are one of the many that are in this situation you have several options depending on what you may have available for forage. Assuming your pasture is basically non productive you will need to feed some form of roughage:

1. If you choose maze stalks, rice stalks, or a poor quality grass weed mix of hay, you can supplement with any of the following:

a. 20% breeder cubes at a rate of 5# per day per head along with a quality mineral and salt.

b. Free choice “Purina “ Accuration #2, #1, or LW depending on the size and age of your cattle. This product is fed free choice. Once again you should have quality mineral and salt available.

2. If you have a medium quality hay. Hay at 8 to 10% protein with with TDN less than 60%, you may supplement with protein tubs. I’d recommend using tubs with protein higher than 20%.

3. If you choose a quality Bermuda hay, bahia hay, brome hay, or alfalfa hay, supplement with a quality mineral and salt. Definitiion of a quality hay is 10.5% protein or higher with a TDN of 60% or higher.

These are just a few options you may use to survive the drought. Don’t forget to worm often. Parasites are worse in drought conditions. You cattle need to be wormed much more often when in these conditions.

Good luck, hang in there.

Greg Schulz

Region 5

Hello!
I hope everyone has had a great summer! I don’t have much to report this session, but I did want to congratulate all of the MHBA members who exhibited their cattle at the 2011 Iowa State Fair. I was fortunate enough to be a spectator this year and what a great representation of our breed! I want to encourage everyone to keep up the good work and hope to see you all in Kansas City!
Thanks!
Jami Bingham

Region 3

MHBA
Region 3
Directors Report
Sept. 20 2011

Hello from the Midwest

We’re currently gearing up for the fifth annual Miniature Hereford Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY. MHBA will be presenting the Open Show as always, but starting this year we are proud to be directing the Youth Show as well. There will be Open Female, Bull, and Steer categories this year as well as both Junior and Pre-Junior categories for heifers and steers. Entries are currently coming in and so far it looks like we’re going to have a good turnout again this year. The show will be taking place at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center. Our cattle are scheduled to begin arriving on Tuesday, November 15 and the Show will take place at 3:00pm on Thursday the 17th in Broadbent Arena.

David Newsom will be sorting our cattle this year. Mr. Newsom is currently the Cattle Specialist for Land O’ Lakes/Purina Feeds and previously spent several years as the Assistant Farm Manager over the Livestock Program at the Western Kentucky University farm. I am very excited to have been able to confirm David as our judge as I’ve seen him judge cattle in the past and he brings a tremendous amount of experience and beef knowledge to his work. He is very thorough and provides extremely valuable feedback to breeders and showmen as he sorts their cattle. I think we’re very lucky to have secured him for our show and am confident all of you that are able to make the Louisville show will be pleased and impressed with his ability as well as his style.

If anyone has any questions surrounding the show, please feel free to contact me directly via phone or email.

Also, Wes and Denise Nelson of Catalpa Ridge Farm in Kentucky have informed me that they’ll be participating in the “Herbst Tour” in their area again this year. The tour is a regional tour of farms, wineries, and other agriculturally-related destinations and provides some really good exposure to their cattle, and therefore Miniature Herefords in general. Many thanks again to the Nelson family, I’m sure a lot of work goes into this event!!

Hope to see you all in Louisville!!

Respectfully submitted,

Ben Lisby
Region 3 Director

President’s Prospective: October, 2011

Fall is rapidly approaching here in Colorado and I’m sure everyone’s summer has gone way too fast.

With everyone’s busy summer, we didn’t have any changes for the MHBA. Planning & discussion continues with the development of the Junior program. We are continuing to develop some ideas for marketing Miniature Hereford Cattle as well as the beef aspect of the breed. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please contact your Regional Director or any Executive Board Member.

I also want to alert all of you to a rule change by the American Hereford Association that concerns registration of bulls. The new rule reads as follows:

*All Hereford bulls born after January 1, 2011 are required to be DNA typed at the official AHA DNA laboratory before their progeny can be registered.*

Please keep this in mind, as it will impact registration of calves in the future. Please contact the AHA for any questions or information.

Fall also brings a busy show season for many MHBA breeders. Hope all of you will consider entering and/or attending one of the upcoming shows. These shows provide an avenue of exposure and marketing for the Miniature Hereford Breed. Please see the “Upcoming Events” listing in this magazine for a complete schedule and details.

As always, please feel free to contact me for any information, questions, your suggestions or concerns.

Best Wishes!

Region 8 Report: Fall, 2011

Hi from Region 8! As Summer turns to Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, our show season is winding down. Most of the shows occur at county fairs throughout Washington State and Oregon.  The largest county fair, in terms of head count and exhibitors, was the Clark County Fair in Vancouver, WA (the Mini’s first time exhibiting there) from August 4th-9th. The beef superintendents, other livestock exhibitors, and the public were supportive of the Minis and encouraged our presence again in 2012; therefore, we will be striving to build this show.  The Pacific Northwest Regional Show at the Oregon State Fair boasted the greatest number of exhibitors in the show’s history–GREAT JOB! I would like to congratulate the show coordinators for making the show well organized and enjoyable for everyone. I am excited to see the steer classes boom in the coming years.

I also wanted to recognize the new Region 8 MHBA members: Allen Family Farms, Molalla, OR; Cornerstone Acres, Wilsonville, OR; and Veach Family Farm, Mt. Angel, OR as well as the Silverton FFA Chapter, Silverton OR. I look forward to working closely with all of the members in my region to create more exhibiting opportunities. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and/or suggestions. Jerry DuVal, Silverton, OR, duvalacj@msn.com.

Region 8 Report: Summer, 2011

Hi, I am Jerry DuVal, and I am excited to be your new Region 8 Director! For those of you who do not know me, I’d like to introduce myself. Along with my wife, Cynthia, and daughter, Alyssa, we farm 200+ acres of fine fescue grass seed (used for turf), 20 acres of Christmas trees, and manage our herd of mainly polled Miniature Herefords on 100 acres of pasture ground. In 2004, we purchased our first miniatures from Straitside Ranch in Sequim, Washington—we quickly caught the Miniature Fever. Through our careful breeding program and selective purchases, we have increased our herd to a scope of 60 head of breeding and show stock cattle, with a smaller amount of commercial minis in order to supply our slaughter beef customers.

With the show season rapidly approaching, we are working on the 12th consecutive Miniature Hereford show at the Oregon State Fair, even adding two steer classes this year. Both of the show coordinators have been working diligently to ensure that the 2011 Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford show is a blast!

I aspire to keep everyone in Region 8 informed of the happenings of your Association and strive to assist anyone in their endeavors. Please contact me via email at duvalacj@msn.com…I am hoping to hear all of your comments, opinions, and suggestions to help me better serve you as your Region 8 Director.

President’s Prospective

President’s Prospective—

Hello MHBA Members, Regional Directors & Executive Board Members.

Although this position was not contested, I am deeply honored and excited to begin as President of the MHBA. I want to thank each of you that took time out of your busy lives to vote in this election.

It has taken me a little time to get acclimated with the google group/discussion forum, as computers are not my forte. I have asked Fran & Charlotte to help get my ideas listed and out to you. I thank all of you for your assistance, patience and understanding while I do my best to get on track.

Many of you may have read my campaign information, but let me re-introduce myself.

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 20 years.

I am a member of the MHBA and have been an active member of this association since its beginning in 1999. I believe my experience as Vice-President, Show Committee Chairman, Co-Superintendent & Sale Manager for the National Western and Co-Superintendent for the Kansas City Royal provides the background and understanding for being President. I have been actively involved with Miniature Hereford shows across the nation to include showing all 12 years at the National Western; assisted to obtain shows at the Iowa State Fair, Kansas City Royal and happy to announce the 1st Annual Miniature Hereford Show at the Colorado State Fair in 2011. I have also shown cattle each year at the Houston Livestock Show & the Star of Texas Show in Austin, Texas.

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.

There were some recent issues that arose that needed to be addressed quickly. These involved the Iowa State Fair Show. After personally speaking with the livestock office for this show, it remains their decision that the 2011 Miniature Hereford Show will be listed and sanctioned by the NAMHA. They remain firm that they will not be involved in the middle of the two associations, however they will allow MHBA members to participate in this show without being a member of the NAMHA. As a result, no MHBA funding will support this show. We will remain in contact with the personnel in the livestock office and make every attempt to return this show as a MHBA sanctioned show.

The other project we are currently working on is the formation of the MHBA Junior Program. Currently, there has been discussion, but no plan has been developed for the selection of this committee. Please feel free to submit any ideas or suggestions you may have, during the next couple of weeks, so that a plan can be implemented. The MHBA Junior Program funding will be part of the MHBA account and maintained by the MHBA treasurer. Also, the committee members will work with and through the Show Superintendents as to any aspects of the junior show.
Other goals and ideas are as follows:

1) Continue the positive trends & ideas that the MHBA has taken for all members

2) Encourage greater member participation in shows

3) Inspire members to express their suggestions & concerns

4) Develop programs for greater marketing strategies for the large or small breeding
program

5) Gain optimum benefit of well-produced cattle shows with due consideration to
MHBA funds

6) Increase public awareness and education

7) Promote Miniature Herefords as a superior beef product and other benefits

8) The expansion & growth of the Scholarship Foundation

As always, I THANK all of you for your consideration and support! My plan is to keep all members of the MHBA apprised of all issues and decisions through the Miniature Hereford News & the MHBA website.

Please feel free to contact me for any information, questions, your suggestions or concerns. I will work as diligently as possible to guide the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association and the Miniature Hereford Breed in a positive & forward direction.

Best Wishes & I hope everyone is having a successful calving season!

Justin Grady
President
Miniature Hereford Breeder’s Association

 

 

Best in the West Show

Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show
Best In The West – Oregon State Fair

It’s that time of year again when preparations for show strings are underway and we are all deciding which shows to attend for the coming season. Region 8 members are thrilled to return to the Best In The West Show at the Oregon State Fair—now recognized as the Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show. This year will mark the 12th annual Mini show at the OSF, which is one of the oldest, continuous Mini shows in the US . . . second only to the World Miniature Hereford Show at the National Western Stock Show. Thousands of individuals attend the OSF each day, meaning lots of foot traffic through the barns and many potential buyers!
This year, the Minis will be exhibiting in the middle cattle rotation from August 29 through September 1, 2011. The Show Coordinators and Regional Director are pleased to announce that the PNW Regional Miniature Hereford Show will be including two new steer classes—Prospect steer (Jan. 1, 2011 – June 28) and Market steer (Jan. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2010). Registration forms for the show will be available at the Oregon State Fair website soon
oregonstatefair.org Please note that all deadlines will be posted on the MHBA website. Also, camping sites are available for exhibitors at the fairgrounds, and a block of rooms will be available (hotel information will be posted soon).
Additionally, the 4th Annual Open Jr. Showmanship competition will be held on September 1. This event features four age divisions, ranging from two-years to 18 years old, as well as an overall champion showman class. Youth wishing to participate in this event must be a member of the MHBA, or have a family member in the MHBA, in order to compete. Entry forms will be available through the Show Coordinators via email.

The Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show schedule is as follows:
Move In – Monday, August 29, 2011 by 5:00 PM
Weights & Measures – Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Open Show – Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Open Jr. Showmanship – To Follow the Open Show
End of The Trail BBQ & Awards Ceremony– Thursday, September 1 at 2:00 PM
Move Out – Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM
(Note, distance exhibitors may obtain early release based on travel time or utilize the tie-outs until Friday morning by 8:00 AM)

We highly encourage you to place this event on your “To Attend” list, as it is a wonderful, family-focused cattle show and well worth the trip! For more information and class lists, please contact the PNW Regional Miniature Hereford Show Coordinators: Cynthia DuVal, Western Oregon representative at duvalacj@msn.com, and Erin Eldridge, Central Oregon representative at cowqueen1998@yahoo.com.

Where have all the veterinarians gone?

Charlotte Williams 6/15/2011

This is a question that an increasing number of rural areas are asking, particularly in the area of food animal care. Food animal practitioners now make up fewer than 10 percent of the veterinarians in the United States, according to a 2006 study by the Food Supply Veterinary Medicine Coalition. Their work includes a wide variety of skills, from prevention and disease control on production farms to USDA food safety and inspection to laboratory analysis of processed meat samples.

A number of programs are actively in place throughout the country to combat this growing problem, including state student loan repayment programs, rural veterinary internships, and others. For example, last year Dr. Joe Hillhouse participated in an initiative led by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through the AVMA/AVMF Food Animal Veterinary Recruitment and Retention Program to provide student loan debt forgiveness for veterinarians who met the requirements.

His practice in the small Texas towns of Borger and Panhandle also actively recruits from schools as far away as Cornell University in New York to provide internships for students who are considering a life away from the big city.

He also assisted this year in hosting the annual Food Animal Production Tour for first and second year veterinary students from Texas A&M University. They traveled over a thousand miles to visit facilities in the Texas Panhandle and to taste the sweet life in small towns. The Tour is designed to showcase state-of-the-art operations in the dairy, feedlot, swine, and beef industries and to show potential food animal veterinarians the multitudes of opportunities in food supply veterinary medicine.

This year’s cow/calf tours included a visit to the 6666 Ranch – a working Angus cattle ranch that is part of the 275,000 acre Burnett Ranches – a visit to an organic dairy, and a final stop at the WW Ranch Miniature Herefords. Quite a variety of experiences!

Unlike the larger facilities, the WW Ranch allowed the students to interact directly with the animals and to see the positive, close relationship that can develop between a veterinarian and his clients. Dr. Joe is a regular visitor to the ranch for show papers, brucellosis vaccinations, and the occasional foot rot or “what is THAT??” treatment. It also gives his interns a small, gentle set of cattle to become comfortable with procedures before tackling the Big Guys.

The Tour concluded with a lunch sponsored by the owners of WW Ranch, Steve & Charlotte Williams, at a local brewery club, and a warm send-off for the final bus trip back to College Station, TX.

Hopefully the support of people and programs like these will continue to encourage young veterinarians to make the choice to provide care for our nation’s food animals. Whether you drink milk, wear a sweater, or eat the occasional BLT, your life is affected by the direction their lives take.

Region 8

Hi, I am Jerry DuVal, and I am excited to be your new Region 8 Director! For those of you who do not know me, I’d like to introduce myself. Along with my wife, Cynthia, and daughter, Alyssa, we farm 200+ acres of fine fescue grass seed (used for turf), 20 acres of Christmas trees, and manage our herd of mainly polled Miniature Herefords on 100 acres of pasture ground. In 2004, we purchased our first miniatures from Straitside Ranch in Sequim, Washington—we quickly caught the Miniature Fever. Through our careful breeding program and selective purchases, we have increased our herd to a scope of 60 head of breeding and show stock cattle, with a smaller amount of commercial minis in order to supply our slaughter beef customers.
With the show season rapidly approaching, we are working on the 12th consecutive Miniature Hereford show at the Oregon State Fair, even adding two steer classes this year. Both of the show coordinators have been working diligently to ensure that the 2011 Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford show is a blast!
I aspire to keep everyone in Region 8 informed of the happenings of your Association and strive to assist anyone in their endeavors. Please contact me via email at duvalacj@msn.com…I am hoping to hear all of your comments, opinions, and suggestions to help me better serve you as your Region 8 Director.

President’s Prospective

President’s Prospective—

Hello MHBA Members, Regional Directors & Executive Board Members.

Although this position was not contested, I am deeply honored and excited to begin as President of the MHBA. I want to thank each of you that took time out of your busy lives to vote in this election.

It has taken me a little time to get acclimated with the google group/discussion forum, as computers are not my forte. I have asked Fran & Charlotte to help get my ideas listed and out to you. I thank all of you for your assistance, patience and understanding while I do my best to get on track.

Many of you may have read my campaign information, but let me re-introduce myself.

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 20 years.

I am a member of the MHBA and have been an active member of this association since its beginning in 1999. I believe my experience as Vice-President, Show Committee Chairman, Co-Superintendent & Sale Manager for the National Western and Co-Superintendent for the Kansas City Royal provides the background and understanding for being President. I have been actively involved with Miniature Hereford shows across the nation to include showing all 12 years at the National Western; assisted to obtain shows at the Iowa State Fair, Kansas City Royal and happy to announce the 1st Annual Miniature Hereford Show at the Colorado State Fair in 2011. I have also shown cattle each year at the Houston Livestock Show & the Star of Texas Show in Austin, Texas.

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.

There were some recent issues that arose that needed to be addressed quickly. These involved the Iowa State Fair Show. After personally speaking with the livestock office for this show, it remains their decision that the 2011 Miniature Hereford Show will be listed and sanctioned by the NAMHA. They remain firm that they will not be involved in the middle of the two associations, however they will allow MHBA members to participate in this show without being a member of the NAMHA. As a result, no MHBA funding will support this show. We will remain in contact with the personnel in the livestock office and make every attempt to return this show as a MHBA sanctioned show.

The other project we are currently working on is the formation of the MHBA Junior Program. Currently, there has been discussion, but no plan has been developed for the selection of this committee. Please feel free to submit any ideas or suggestions you may have, during the next couple of weeks, so that a plan can be implemented. The MHBA Junior Program funding will be part of the MHBA account and maintained by the MHBA treasurer. Also, the committee members will work with and through the Show Superintendents as to any aspects of the junior show.

Other goals and ideas are as follows:

1) Continue the positive trends & ideas that the MHBA has taken for all members

2) Encourage greater member participation in shows

3) Inspire members to express their suggestions & concerns

4) Develop programs for greater marketing strategies for the large or small breeding
program

5) Gain optimum benefit of well-produced cattle shows with due consideration to
MHBA funds

6) Increase public awareness and education

7) Promote Miniature Herefords as a superior beef product and other benefits

8) The expansion & growth of the Scholarship Foundation

As always, I THANK all of you for your consideration and support! My plan is to keep all members of the MHBA apprised of all issues and decisions through the Miniature Hereford News & the MHBA website.

Please feel free to contact me for any information, questions, your suggestions or concerns. I will work as diligently as possible to guide the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association and the Miniature Hereford Breed in a positive & forward direction.

Best Wishes & I hope everyone is having a successful calving season!

Justin Grady
President
Miniature Hereford Breeder’s Association

Region 5

Hello! I hope this finds you all doing well!
 
I wanted to say hello and let you know how excited I am to be the new Regional Representative for the MHBA.
 
I am always open to any questions, comments, concerns and ideas about how we can promote the Miniature Hereford as well as ourselves as breeders.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.
 
I am so pleased to see the progress the MHBA has accomplished and know that it will continue to thrive as we head into our future!
 
Thanks again, I look forward to speaking with you!
 
Sincerely,

Jami Bingham

Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show

Best In The West – Oregon State Fair

It’s that time of year again when preparations for show strings are underway and we are all deciding which shows to attend for the coming season. Region 8 members are thrilled to return to the Best In The West Show at the Oregon State Fair—now recognized as the Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show. This year will mark the 12th annual Mini show at the OSF, which is one of the oldest, continuous Mini shows in the US . . . second only to the World Miniature Hereford Show at the National Western Stock Show. Thousands of individuals attend the OSF each day, meaning lots of foot traffic through the barns and many potential buyers!
This year, the Minis will be exhibiting in the middle cattle rotation from August 29 through September 1, 2011. The Show Coordinators and Regional Director are pleased to announce that the PNW Regional Miniature Hereford Show will be including two new steer classes—Prospect steer (Jan. 1, 2011 – June 28) and Market steer (Jan. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2010). Registration forms for the show will be available at the Oregon State Fair website soon
oregonstatefair.org Please note that all deadlines will be posted on the MHBA website. Also, camping sites are available for exhibitors at the fairgrounds, and a block of rooms will be available (hotel information will be posted soon).
Additionally, the 4th Annual Open Jr. Showmanship competition will be held on September 1. This event features four age divisions, ranging from two-years to 18 years old, as well as an overall champion showman class. Youth wishing to participate in this event must be a member of the MHBA, or have a family member in the MHBA, in order to compete. Entry forms will be available through the Show Coordinators via email.

The Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show schedule is as follows:
Move In – Monday, August 29, 2011 by 5:00 PM
Weights & Measures – Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Open Show – Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Open Jr. Showmanship – To Follow the Open Show
End of The Trail BBQ & Awards Ceremony– Thursday, September 1 at 2:00 PM
Move Out – Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM
(Note, distance exhibitors may obtain early release based on travel time or utilize the tie-outs until Friday morning by 8:00 AM)

We highly encourage you to place this event on your “To Attend” list, as it is a wonderful, family-focused cattle show and well worth the trip! For more information and class lists, please contact the PNW Regional Miniature Hereford Show Coordinators: Cynthia DuVal, Western Oregon representative at duvalacj@msn.com, and Erin Eldridge, Central Oregon representative at cowqueen1998@yahoo.com.

President’s Prospective

Hello MHBA Members, Regional Directors & Executive Board Members.
Although this position was not contested, I am deeply honored and excited to begin as
President of the MHBA. I want to thank each of you that took time out of your busy lives
to vote in this election.
It has taken me a little time to get acclimated with the google group/discussion forum, as
computers are not my forte. I have asked Fran & Charlotte to help get my ideas listed
and out to you. I thank all of you for your assistance, patience and understanding while I
do my best to get on track.
Many of you may have read my campaign information, but let me re-introduce myself.
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 20 years.
I am a member of the MHBA and have been an active member of this association since
it’s beginning in 1999. I believe my experience as Vice-President, Show Committee
Chairman, Co-Superintendent & Sale Manager for the National Western and Co-
Superintendent for the Kansas City Royal provides the background, and understanding
for being President. I have been actively involved with Miniature Hereford shows across
the nation to include showing all 12 years at the National Western; assisted to obtain
shows at the Iowa State Fair, Kansas City Royal and happy to announce the 1st Annual
Miniature Hereford Show at the Colorado State Fair in 2011. I have also shown cattle
each year at the Houston Livestock Show & the Star of Texas Show in Austin, Texas.
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.
There were some recent issues that arose that needed to be addressed quickly. These
involved the Iowa State Fair Show. After personally speaking with the livestock office
for this show, it remains their decision that the 2011 Miniature Hereford Show will be
listed and sanctioned by the NAMHA. They remain firm that they will not be involved
in the middle of the two associations, however they will allow MHBA members to
participate in this show without being a member of the NAMHA. As a result, no MHBA
funding will support his show. We will remain in contact with the personnel in the
livestock office and make every attempt to return this show as a MHBA sanctioned show.
The other project we are currently working on is the formation of the MHBA Junior
Program. Currently, there has been discussion, but no plan has been developed for the
selection of this committee. Please feel free to submit any ideas or suggestions you
may have, during the next couple of weeks, so that a plan can be implemented. The
MHBA Junior Program funding will be part of the MHBA account and maintained by the
MHBA treasurer. Also, the committee members will work with and through the Show
Superintendents as to any aspects of the junior show.
Other goals and ideas are as follows:
1) Continue the positive trends & ideas that the MHBA has taken for all members
2) Encourage greater member participation in shows
3) Inspire members to express their suggestions & concerns
4) Develop programs for greater marketing strategies for the large or small breeding
program
5) Gain optimum benefit of well-produced cattle shows with due consideration to
MHBA funds
6)
Increase public awareness and education
7) Promote Miniature Herefords as a superior beef product and other benefits
8) The expansion & growth of the Scholarship Foundation
As always, I THANK all of you for your consideration and support! My plan is to keep
all members of the MHBA apprised of all issues and decisions through the Miniature
Hereford News & the MHBA website.
Please feel free to contact me for any information, questions, your suggestions or
concerns. I will work as diligently has possible to guide the Miniature Hereford Breeders
Association and the Miniature Hereford Breed in a positive & forward direction.
Best Wishes & hope everyone is having a successful calving season!
Justin Grady
President
Miniature Hereford Breeder’s Association

Minutes – 2011 1st Quarter

MINIATURE HEREFORD BREEDERS ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Summary – 1st quarter 2011

by Charlotte Williams, Secretary

 

 

The following document summarizes the voting actions taken by the MHBA Board of Directors in the first quarter of 2011.

 

A. San Antonio Stock Show

Motion by Jim Cole that the MHBA Sanction the Miniature Hereford
Show at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for the year 2011.  The San Antonio Miniature Hereford show will follow all rules outlined for
other sanctioned MHBA shows.

Second by Teresa Speer.

“Yes” votes to sanction the San Antonio Stock Show: Fran MacKenzie, Julie Sandstrom, Teresa Speer, Charlotte Williams, Steve Splitt, Arlou Cox, Lesta Kugeler, Jim Cole

“No” votes to sanction the San Antonio Stock Show: None

 

Region 7 Report

Region 7 Report
National Western Stock Show 2011

The 2011 MHBA Show in Denver was another successful show with 159 cattle entered by 41 exhibitors.
We did have some glitches during move in and weigh and measure, but Justin and I have a meeting with
Mashall Ernst, the new livestock manager to work these problems out.
Thanks to all who made this show a success. We are looking forward to 2012.
Lesta Kugeler

Region 9 Report

Region 9 report

Spring has sprung here on the west coast, at least in the more southern regions. The daffodils have bloomed. The fruit trees are blossoming and there are fields of corn about 3” tall. Which leads me up to my main topic, calving season is under way and it looks like there will be a nice crop of calves for the upcoming Cow Palace show in Oct. It’s always exciting to see how the calves turn out each year.
The Cow Palace planning is under way and I am looking for volunteers to help with the many tasks that need to be done for the show. Anyone who has some great ideas and would like to help out, please contact me.

The Cow Palace this year was the largest show to date in California. We were very pleased by the attendance and representation from California up through the Southwest. Thank you to those that traveled long distances. I believe every ranch represented won at least a class or division award. The prizes seemed very well distributed which is always nice to share in the glory of winning.

One of the highlights of the Cow Palace is the “Parade of Champions”. This parade is during the evening Rodeo where all of the Grand Champions are paraded under the spotlight around the rodeo arena. It is a privilege to participate in.

Ace Cattle Co. made Miniature Hereford history by winning Supreme Champion Bull with DF Prince EB.

Also, the Grand Champion Female DF Aurora Borealis will be donated by Duvall Farms to the John Johnson Scholarship Foundation.

PJ Ranch and Dantre Ranch were awarded with two of the three Cow Palace Herdsman Awards. This award is given for overall stall appearance, educational displays and cleanliness.

Next year promises to be a great show. The Jr. Shows for all breeds will be moved from April to Oct. which will greatly increase our exposure to the youth.

Also, please keep in mind that the youth show has been moved from April to Oct this year and will be held at the same time as the open show. This gives opportunities to the Miniature Hereford Breeders to sell more cattle and to help get the MHBA’s youth organization off the ground here in the west. The youth need 15 cattle entered to have their own show. If there are not that many entries, they will be shown in the AOB (all other breeds) class. I’m sure we can fill the classes. Let’s get it done.

Teresa Speer
Region 9 Director