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President’s Prospective

This article opens with sadness and a heavy heart as we lost a dear friend and dedicated member of our MHBA family with the passing of Lesta Kugeler. Lesta loved the cattle and has been with the MHBA since its beginning. Lesta served as an officer, regional director and show superintendent for the National Western in Denver. Lesta dedicated countless hours to assuring the MHBA was always headed in the right direction. She and I worked closely together as show superintendents—I could always count on Lesta’s ability to make sure all the details were covered and always made herself available to lend a helping hand to anyone. I could go on and on about her but will just say that I will miss her in more ways than I can imagine. My deepest sympathy to her family. The 2013 Miniature Hereford Show at the National Western is dedicated to Lesta —in loving memory to a dear friend that can never be replaced and will never be forgotten—she will always be with us.
Congratulations to all of our exhibitors who have participated in the shows throughout the summer. Your commitment to these shows keeps our Mini Herefords in the spotlight across the country. I’ve also seen that some of our cattle have held their own when competing against full size cattle.
Welcome to Joe Bottini as our new Region 7 Director. Joe and his family live in Pueblo, CO, and have many years experience showing livestock. I look forward to working with Joe and believe his fresh approach and ideas will be a huge benefit to the MHBA .
The MHBA Executive Board and Regional Directors continue to make every effort to move in a positive direction. Some of the agenda items that we have worked on are the creation of a junior membership and raising the annual membership dues among others.
As always, please contact any Board Member or your Regional Director for any ideas, questions or concerns. Please check the website for additional information and a listing of upcoming events.

President’s Prospective

PRESIDENT’S PROSPECTIVE

Summer is officially here and certainly hope everyone had a successful calving season! May your grass be plentiful as we are experiencing an extremely dry and above average warm season here in Colorado.
Now that the MHBA election has been held, I want to thank all of you who took the time to return your ballot. Your participation plays an important role to the continued success of this association.
On behalf of the association and myself, I want to sincerely thank Teresa Speer, Steve Splitt and Greg Schulz, although Greg has taken on a new role, for their time and dedication. Each of them has worked tirelessly to ensure the success and notoriety of the Miniature Hereford Breed.
A very special thanks to Charlotte Williams and Fran MacKenzie for their time and hard work to keep many aspects of this association running smoothly and timely. Also, kudos to Judy Splitt and Regena Barrett for everything they do in publishing the Miniature Hereford News—You are greatly appreciated!
I want to welcome our newly elected officers and directors—Greg Schulz—Vice-President; Fran MacKenzie—Treasurer & Directors Ben Lisby—Region 3; Jayme Williams—Region 4; Jim Cole—Region 6; Bart Kendell—Region 9.
I’m also pleased to announce the members of our newly formed MHBA Junior Committee— Chris Hoffman—Kelsey Potter—Stephen McIntyre—Brent White. We are excited for this new part of the MHBA.
I’m looking forward to working with all of you and appreciate your willingness to serve.
Please enjoy the rest of the summer and feel free to contact your regional director or any of the officers or committee members for your ideas, suggestions or concerns.
Thank You—

 

 

President’s Prospective

PRESIDENT’S PROSPECTIVE
As spring and summer approaches, we have concluded our successful 2011 MHBA show season and are rolling right into 2012. I want to commend all of you for your dedication and commitment to these shows. The outstanding quality of Miniature Hereford cattle entering the show ring is truly impressive. Also, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who jumped in and assisted with the production of our shows, sales and those who so graciously donated items and participated in the silent and live auction during the annual business meeting and banquet at Denver. There is a great deal of time and work dedicated to these shows and your generous contributions to the MHBA are greatly appreciated. We couldn’t do it without you!!!
I’m proud to announce that our show entries, sales & membership continue to rise. It’s exciting to see our Miniature Herefords catching so much attention and making such a bold statement in the cattle industry.
I want to remind everyone of our upcoming election. I encourage all of you to take a moment out of your busy lives and submit your nominations and ballot for the executive board and your regional director. Your involvement and participation in the election is vital to the continued success of the MHBA & the Miniature Hereford breed.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your Regional Director or any of the executive board members with your questions, ideas and concerns. We will work diligently to ensure that we flourish and improve in a positive direction.
Best Wishes for a successful calving season—
Thank You
Justin Grady

President’s Prospective

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!

 

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

 

 

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

President’s Report

President’s Report
January 28, 2009
I am proud to announce that the World Miniature Hereford Show and related activities at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado were a great success. It is exciting to see each of the Directors successfully completing project after project in each of their respective regions. Lesta Kugeler, Region #7 Director, is commended for the outstanding job performed in putting together our World show at the National Western. A special recognition is also made to Jolene Grady for her continued support and work toward the success of the World Miniature Hereford Show in Denver. Thank you both Lesta and Jolene.
The Annual Members Meeting was held in connection with the Banquet on January 24, 2008. I provided a status report of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association to the members in attendance, consistent with the information provided in this report.
1.  The Board of Directors approved a By-laws amendment that authorizes the conduct of MHBA business through a web based or similar electronic communications means. The Board of Directors are now addressing MHBA issues through a Google Group format that allows the Board to address issues on a near constant basis. The conduct of business in this fashion is a huge improvement over the teleconference method as scheduling such meetings is difficult with the number and geographical separation of Board Members.
2.  The MHBA is currently enjoying a record number of members with 204 current MHBA members. I encourage the membership to work toward increasing the membership to a number between 225 and 250 during the year 2009.
3. The MHBA currently enjoys a record number of stock shows being available to the membership at the Iowa State Fair, California State Fair, Oregon State Fair, Washington State Fair, NILE in Billings, MT, NAILE in Louisville, KY, National Western in Denver, CO, Texas State Fair, Star of Texas in Austin TX and the Houston Livestock Show in Houston, TX.
4.  Sponsorship money was not available for each of the MHBA sanctioned stock shows and the amount of funds available for other projected projects can not be determined without a budget. Ms. Fran Mackenzie, Treasurer, will evaluate the accounts throughout FY 2009 and then prepare and propose a budget to the Board of Directors for shows and projects for FY 2010.
5.  The Board of Directors approved the creation of several committees and confirmed my selection of Committee Chairpersons. The By-Laws Committee chaired by Greg Schulz; members are Ali Peterson, Ronda Fowler, Carson Ribble and Lesta Kugeler. The Show Committee chaired by Justin Grady; members are Lesta Kugeler, Judy Splitt, Erin Eldridge and Scott Bang. The Fund Raising Committee chaired by Ronda Fowler.
Mrs. Fowler is currently selecting members for the Fund Raising Committee. Members interested in serving on any committee are encouraged to contact the Committee Chairperson. Open Committees will be posted on the Website.
6.  A new MHBA website is now, at the time of this report, on line.
Many improvements have been made to the site and I feel that the membership will find it much more appealing and visitors will find it much easier to navigate, especially the identity of the different regions and members within those regions. The website contains a members login function where MHBA Board of Director news will be posted, a Board login and page for the conduct of MHBA Board of Director business and a members discussion section to allow for dialog between members. I encourage every member to take advantage of the new website.
7.  Election: The By-Laws Committee will prepare the necessary By-Laws amendment language, consistent with that provided to the membership for election of officers and directors for the 2008 election. The By- Laws Committee will present the language for approval to the Board of Directors. The amendment, if approved, should direct the course of elections for 2009 and into the future. The Office of President, the Office of Secretary and three (3) Regional Directors positions, as approved by the Board of Directors, should be open for election in 2009. I anticipate that the election will proceed as it did in 2008 with candidates selected or nominated from the membership and specific regions followed by a general election by mailed ballot. I’ve asked that the 2009 elections be completed by May 1, 2009, and that the Officer/Director elect take office on May 21, 2009. The time period should allow for any transition that may occur as a result of the election.
Significant advances have been made by the Board of Directors as they have moved the Association through the reorganization transition. The Board of Directors is now positioned to move forward with a more aggressive agenda. I am intent on moving the Association forward with a busy agenda and encourage communications with the respective Regional Directors. I will make every effort to have any matters brought forward addressed by the Board of Directors in a timely manner.
Jim Cole, President
Miniature Hereford Breeders Association

President’s Report

President’s Report

December 1, 2008

Jim Cole, President

The MHBA Board of Directors had their second teleconference meeting on November 30, 2008. There were several amendments to the By-laws being proposed. The first was an amendment that would allow the Board of Directors to conduct business through e-mail and electronic votes in a web based program. The MHBA Secretary, Mrs. Charlotte Williams, researched the wording in this proposal and it is similar in nature to organizations that are geographically separated. The other two amendments were designed to authorize the creation of a Show Committee and Bylaws Committee. I also asked the Board of Directors to affirm my selection of the Chairpersons for these committees. I am pleased that the Board approved and affirmed each of these item.

I wish to thank all for your show of support on these initiatives. The passage of these proposals should give each Regional Director a constant voice before the Board, regardless of any scheduling difficulties. The Committee proposals also gives a voice to the membership, through their Regional Directors, that has not historically been available. Chairperson appointments in the past could be made without any input from the rest of the Board. Each President will maintain discretionary selection of the Chairpersons for the Committees, yet each selection must be approved by the Board of Directors. I believe that the passage of these proposals will go a long way toward opening the Association up to the membership and help us through the reorganization transition.

While this was only the second teleconference meeting, I should point out all of the accomplishments of this Board of Directors and the Association in general. The current Board of Directors has been in office for just over six months and already we see an increase in membership. We now have over 200 total members. We have seen new livestock shows becoming available in record numbers across the country and shows that are completely under the direction of the elected Regional Director for that area. These are historical accomplishment for the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association.

While this particular Board of Directors must first concentrate on moving the Association through the reorganization transition, i.e. By-laws that secure the position of the Regional Director and outline the election process, I do envision the creation of programs that will more directly advance the Association for the benefit of the individual breeder and cattle operation.

Some of the programs that I would personally like to see accomplished are:

Obtaining Corporate Sponsorship from a nationally recognized Corporation. An arrangement of this type would have more benefits than could be listed here but in short it could provide monies to the Association and advertising of our breed at a level never before experienced.

A beef promotion program that provides a national advertising campaign to describe the benefits of the Miniature Hereford for “backyard” beef or “freezer” beef when purchased from a local breeder. This campaign could concentrate on the promotion of Natural, Grass Fed, and Fed Out beef equally and provide a mechanism for the individual member to advertise their product locally in conjunction with the national campaign. Quality over Quantity could be the emphasis.

A “Commercial Cattle” program that would explore the viability and practicality of utilizing the Miniature Hereford genetics in commercial cattle operations to reduce commercial cattle size, so that more head can be run on less acreage, while increasing weaning weight ratios. The program could also explore the profitability margin that may exist by utilizing Miniature Hereford genetics on first calf heifers to increase birthing ease and decrease mortality rates caused by birthing.

Sponsoring cattle clinics (the member would pay a registration fee) to be held in the regions to cover various topics associated with the breed, including stock show outfitting, Artificial Insemination/Embryo work, basic cattle health treatment and maintenance and maybe even a basic slaughter and butchering clinic.

While many of these items have been mentioned before, I believe that this Board of Directors is positioning itself to make these projects a reality. By working together as a united Association there is nothing that can’t be accomplished.

 Finally, several Committees are currently in place and I would anticipate the creation of more Committees in the future, pending Board approval. I am asking each Committee Chairperson to reach out to a broad section of the membership for their selection of committee members. Announcements of open committees will be posted on the MHBA website. Members interested in serving may contact the respective Committee Chairperson. I encourage every member to consider serving on at least one of the committees. I believe that you will find the experience very enjoyable and rewarding.

Sincerely,

Jim Cole, President

Miniature Hereford Breeders Association

President’s Report

By Jim Cole, President, MHBA
First, I am honored to have been reelected as your President of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association. I do appreciate all of the support I have received during this first, one year term, as your President and look forward to serving you for this next term. I am very pleased with the manner in which this last election was conducted and I
congratulate every candidate for a job well done.

Your Board of Directors has really stepped up to the plate in the challenge of transition from the reorganization that you approved over a year ago. I am looking forward to working with your Board of Directors as they continue to move your Association into the future. The opportunity exists for member volunteers on Committees and other Regional projects and I encourage members to volunteer their services to the Association. We can successfully accomplish any tasks by working together.

I will continue to work toward the completion of projects already in place and those I have outlined in the past. Please do not hesitate to propose your ideals or projects. I will be working toward the goal of providing more real time information to the membership through the website and I will soon be moving the Board of Directors to Board Members page of the website. I envision that a certain amount of topics brought to the Board will come from the Member Discussion section. The website and news publications are designed to serve two purposes, one to provide the membership with Association news and two, to give each member an avenue to advertise and
market their animals. I encourage the membership to take full advantage of these benefits.

While our membership numbers do continue to grow, I am aware that a number of Miniature Hereford breeders are not MHBA members. I will discuss with the Board of Directors a program designed to solicit these breeders to join, however; I am asking that each one of us as individuals work to encourage these breeders to become members. The applications in which the Miniature Hereford is being utilized continues to grow and the MHBA is anxious to participate in these diverse applications.

Again, I thank you for your support and look forward to serving you in the future.
Sincerely,
Jim Cole, President
Miniature Hereford Breeders Association