Category Archives: 2010-1

Cattle Parasites Prevalent, Not always Controlled


New data from the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) show widespread prevalence of internal parasites in cow-calf operations, and suggest control measures fall short on many operations. Bert Stromberg, PhD, a professor of veterinary pathobiology and associate dean at the University of Minnesota presented the NAHMS results today to the Academy of Veterinary Consultants in Denver.

Parasite control is one of the most costeffective investments a rancher can make. Research from Iowa State University, for example, shows that eliminating dewormers
in a cow-calf operation impacts breakeven prices by 34 percent, at an added cost of $165 per head, due primarily to lower weaning rates and weaning weights. The news
NAHMS study shows, however, that many producers are missing some of the benefits of a good parasite-control program. The NAHMS researchers surveyed producers from 24 states representing 88 percent of U.S. beef cows regarding their parasitecontrol practices, and asked them to voluntarily collect fecal samples from their herds.

The study shows that for operations with unweaned calves or weaned stocker calves, over half dewormed these animals at least once per year. About 70 percent deworm
replacement heifers once or more per year and just over 80 percent deworm cows at least once per year. Of those who deworm their cattle, 85 percent use a regular schedule to determine when the treatments take place.

In this study, only 5.7 percent of producers had performed fecal testing to evaluate parasite burdens during the past three years. For Phase 1 of the study, participants
send fecal samples from 20 randomly selected weaned beef calves six to 18 months of age, that were on pasture for at least four weeks and had not been dewormed
for at least 45 days. Laboratory testing of samples from 99 operations showed 85.6 percent positive for strongyle-type eggs, 18 percent positive for nematatodirus, and
60 percent positive for coccidia oocytes. For Phase 2, the researchers asked participants to deworm their calves with whatever product they typically use, according to label directions, then submit a second set of fecal samples. Laboratories connducted “fecal egg count reduction” (FECR) tests to determine the efficacy of the deworming treatments.

Among participating operations, Stromberg says, 31 percent achieved efficacy rates below 80 percent for strongyle-type egg counts, and 44 percent had efficacy rates below 90 percent. Results below 90 percent efficacy, he adds, indicate the presence of anthelmintic resistance among parasite populations. For nomatatodirus, 62 percent of the operations had less then 90 percent reduction and 57 percent had less than 80 percent efficacy.

Stromberg says improper or incomplete treatment probably accounts for some lack of treatment success, such as when producers miss some cattle or misjudge their weights and apply the wrong dose. The data also suggest, however, that worm populations are developing resistance to some dewormers, resulting in a decline in efficacy.
The researchers acknowledge that more study will be needed to determine the extent of resistance to anthelmintics among parasite populations and to develop recommendations for ensuring the continued effectiveness of these products. In the meantime, Stromberg reminds producers to work with their veterinarians to develop
strategic deworming programs to treat parasites in their animals and reduce shedding of parasite eggs that contaminate pastures.
Source: John Maday, Drovers

Region 8

Congratulations to those who participated and helped with the Oregon State Fair’s 10th anniversary for the Miniature Herefords. We had a very successful show at the Oregon State Fair this year. As the Region 8 Director, I have presented to the board a request for more funding for the 2010, Oregon show. We also held a smaller, yet still successful show at the Central Washington State Fair, although we will not be showing the Miniature Herefords at the Central Washington State Fair in 2010. I am encouraging those Region 8 breeders who are interested in showing, to support the NILE, in Billings Montana. The NILE also is an October show, as was the Washington show. Also, congratulations to DuVal Farms for their accomplishments at the Montana show. So this winds up another year in the Pacific Northwest and we look forward to seeing you in 2010………maybe in Oregon!
Arlou Cox

MHYA Vision

By Cody Hulbert

Hi, I am Cody Hulbert, Junior president of the Miniature Hereford Youth Association. I am 15 years old and I live in Northwest Ohio. Back in 2003 my family bought a bred cow. Since then our herd has grown, and my passion for Miniature Herefords has grown. There are MHYA shows in Iowa, Louisville, and Montana. The youth show is great
because there are kids around your age group, so you’re not going to show against adults.

There’s a lot of work in getting your cattle ready for the show, but when you get to the show, you get pretty excited to see all the cattle. When you get into the show ring and have fun showing and get your award, it all pays off. I love showing cattle. I consider it my sport. I am excited about the future of the MHYA- it is growing alot. Last year at the NAILE in Louisville we had 10 youth exhibitors, this year we had 18. Every exhibitor got a feed pan, fluffer comb, massage brush, rope halter, necktie, cuts of meat chart, and a John Deere hat thanks to all of our sponsors.

Our sponsors were Brookview Farms, Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords, DJ’s Miniature Herefords, River Ridge Miniature Herefords, Ulrich’s Miniature Herefords, Fordyce Farms, Stines Show Cattle, Springfield’s Miniature Herefords, KP Ranch, Eagle Rock Miniature Herefords, Strong Miniature Herefords, and Sullivans Show Supply. I hope that the MHYA will be a nationaly recognized association and to be at more cattle shows in the near future.

Nitrate Poisoning

Source: Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Watch out for nitrate poisoning in forages and forbes.

This year’s Fall weather– rain and clouds following a drought – and its effect on forages can be a recipe for nitrate poisoning of livestock, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. Under these conditions, cattle don’t have to consume improved forages to be at risk, as many weeds also can build up high levels of nitrate, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist.

“In a recent incident, a Sabine County producer turned some cattle into a dry lot,” she said. “Though he supplied hay, the cattle apparently died of nitrate poisoning from eating pigweed in the lot.”

Corriher noted that livestock generally won’t consume weeds when they have quality hay available, but in this instance they did and several cattle died as a result. Forages and small grains that are susceptible to building up high levels of nitrate include sudangrass, sorghum-sudan hybrids, pearl millet, corn, wheat and oats. Weeds prone to build up high nitrate levels include Canada thistle, pigweed, smartweed, ragweed, lambsquarter, goldenrod, nightshades, bindweed, Russian thistle and stinging nettle.

Another risk factor is hay cut during or just after a drought period.

“This is especially risky if nitrogen was applied just prior to the hay harvest,” Corriher said.

Though the high nitrate levels are associated with weather conditions, once the levels are built up in hay, the risk is not lessened over time.

Nitrates are present in all forages, Corriher said. Strictly speaking, the nitrate poisoning should be called “nitrite” poisoning. With normal levels of nitrates, the range animal’s rumen converts the nitrate (NO3) into nitrite (NO2), which in turn is converted to ammonia, then into amino acids and then into proteins.
But when nitrate levels are high in forages, the process becomes subverted, and high levels of nitrites are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the rumen wall. The nitrite converts the hemoglobin in the blood into a form that cannot transport oxygen. The blood turns from a bright red to a chocolate color, and the animal essentially dies of asphyxiation.

Corriher recommended producers regularly take forage samples from pastures and have them analyzed for nitrates, including samples of forages and weeds at various growth stages.
“Be sure to specify that you want nitrate analysis,” she said. “Standard nutritional analysis usually does not test for nitrates.”

Hay samples should be collected with a probe. Samples from several bales can be combined. Unlike prussic acid poisoning, the risk of nitrate poisoning is not decreased over time. Hay harvested months ago could still contain the same high levels of nitrates it did when baled.

“Though the risk of nitrate poisoning is higher after a drought or an extended period of cool, wet weather, it’s something producers should be aware of year round,” Corriher explained.

AgriLife Extension’s Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory can be contacted at 979-845-4816. Instructions and sample submittal forms can be found on
the laboratory’s Website at
The Soil, Plant, Water Analysis laboratory at Stephen F.
Austin State University in Nacogdoches also does forage analysis. Contact the lab at 936-468-4500, or
Fact sheets on nitrate and prussic acid poisoning can be
found online at the AgriLife Bookstore at Search for documents E-543 and L-5231.

An Ounce of Prevention May Lead to More Pounds of Live Calves from Heifers

Source: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Written by Billy Cook

With the current price of replacement cattle, we must maximize the number of heifers that become productive cows. I am making the big assumption that at this stage in the game everything has gone right (the heifers weighed at least 65 percent of mature weight at breeding, they were bred to proven low-birth-weight bulls, they were culled
on poor structure and small pelvic area, they were provided with adequate nutrition up to this point, etc.). But your job as a manager and caretaker of these heifers is still far from done. Heifer performance from this point forward will be determined by how well the heifer is managed up to and after the time she has her first calf.

These spring-calving bred heifers grazing native pasture have done well through the summer, but they need a good supplement plan be prepared to calve in February.
A common statement we livestock specialists hear this time of year is, “I don’t want to over-supplement these heifers or their calves will be too big, and I will have increased calving difficulty.”

A University of Wyoming study (L. R. Corah, et al., Univ. of Wyoming. 1975. J. Anim. Sci. 41:819) illustrated the effects of level of nutrition on the calving performance of first-calf heifers. Heifers were divided into two groups 100 days prior to calving. One group received a ration meeting National Research Council (NRC) requirements for energy (TDN), and the other group received 65 percent of NRC requirements for TDN. Both rations were formulated to meet protein requirements. After calving, both groups received TDN and protein that met the NRC requirements. In the low-level TDN group, birth weights were reduced by about 5 pounds, but there was no reduction
in calving difficulty (Table 1). Calf losses at birth were higher in the low TDN group. Weaning weight was 28 pounds heavier for the calves out of the heifers fed the higher energy ration. The take-home message here in terms of calf production is obvious: There are more live calves with higher weaning weights produced from the heifers fed the higher TDN ration. This in itself should make the decision to supplement your heifers at an adequate energy rate an easy one to make.

However, in addition to the increase in calf production, when the researchers examined the return to estrus after calving, those firstcalf heifers receiving adequate energy prior to calving also came into heat sooner, allowing them the opportunity to breed earlier in the calving season. Evan Whitley, in his April 2001 NF Ag News and Views article Spring Clean Your Breeding Program, illustrated the importance of heifers and cows calving early in the breeding season.

To further illustrate the importance of nutritional status of the bred two-year-old heifer in the last trimester of pregnancy, consider that the heifer must continue to grow and gain body weight during this 90-day period. The weight of the fetus, fetal fluids, membranes, etc., will increase almost one pound per day. Therefore, to sustain her
growth and the growth of the fetus she is carrying, the heifer needs to gain about 1 to 1.5 lbs. per day. The typical heifer will lose 100 to 125 lbs. when she calves (weight of the calf, fetal membranes and fluids). This weight represents about 10 to 14 percent of her body weight; therefore, she must be prepared nutritionally to handle this stress. She also must be managed differently and separately from the mature cow herd. Heifers that calve late typically breed back late. To ensure them a chance to rebreed in a timely manner and remain in your herd, separate them and feed them additional supplement as compared to your mature cow herd, or provide them with the highest-quality pasture you have available.

If you have questions on heifer management, contact one of the Noble Foundation’s livestock specialists at (580) 224-6501.

Farm Tour

Source: Ashland Times Gazette

Chris, Pam & Zach Tuttle of Circle T Farm found their annual county farm tour October 3rd & 4th a great way to promote their Miniature Herefords. “Our Miniature Herefords were the highlight of this year’s Ashland County, Ohio Farm Tour,” Chris Tuttle noted. “Most of the women and small children taking the tour were emphatic that our stop (one of eleven farms) was their favorite. The farm tour provided a nice opportunity to show off our minis and to educate the farming and nonfarming public about the history of the breed, and the advantages of raising minis.”

The Tuttles had three pens of miniatures on display – a cow with its three-weekold calf “Buckshot,” three of their March calves, and their herd bull, “Quincy.” All three pens were a big hit with visitors. “People couldn’t get over the small size of Quincy who stands just over 36” at a year and three months old, and the kids thought his nose ring was ‘cool’,” says Tuttle. The rest of their herd was pastured close by for viewing and just adjacent were pastured the Tuttles’ full size Angus cross beef cattle. Tuttle explained, “Having the full size cattle close by provided a nice visual to emphasize the small size of the miniatures.”

The Tuttle’s have been raising Miniature Herefords for about two years, starting with two cow calf pairs and three bred cows, and through their own calving and additional purchases increasing their herd size to nineteen head. “We’re ready to begin selling some of our minis and were able to make some nice contacts with sales potential through the farm tour,” says Tuttle.

“We also learned a lot from other beef farmers, being able to compare notes on rotational grazing techniques, feed issues and even tips on how to better de-horn cattle.” Tuttle was also appreciative of the help he received in the form of informational material to give folks interested in the miniatures. “We especially want to thank Judy Splitt along with our regional director Ben Lisby for the help they provided to us both for the farm tour and whenever we’ve needed information while developing our herd,” added Tuttle.

The Tuttle family has been raising beef cattle for the past fourteen years on their one hundred acre farm near Loudonville, Ohio and currently raise both full size Angus cross beef cattle along with their Miniature Herefords.


It is that time of year again and as many of us prepare to make the trek to Denver for the National Miniature Hereford Show, some may wonder about the importance of BVD-PI testing for all show and sale animals. The following information is intended to provide a simplified overview of the disease, transmission and herd eradication. For specific information related to your animals’ exposure contact your ranch veterinarian.
What is BVDV?
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) is a virus known to infect domestic livestock and some wild animals. For cattle producers the virus causes economic losses through decreased weight gains, decreased milk production, reproductive losses (abortions), and animal death. There are two categories of BVD infections.
1- Transient (acute) infection (“TI”)
• Short term (weeks)
• Acquired after birth
• TI cattle become immune and clear virus
• Greater than 95% of BVD infections are TI
• TI cattle are a minor source of virus spread in herd
2- Persistent (chronic) infection (“PI”)
• Life long persistent infection acquired while in the uterus therefore only fetal infections results in BVD-PI
• PI cattle can never become immune
•Less than 5% of BVD infection are PI
• PI cattle in herds are the major source of virus spread
Over 90% of BVD-PI calves are born from normal dams (no prior BVDV exposure)

Development of BVD PI

Persistently infected (PI) BVD cattle are created when the dam and her fetus become infected with BVD virus between 45 to 125 days after conception. During this period of development, the immune system of the fetus has not yet developed and the BVD infection is not recognized. The fetus is not capable of recognizing the virus and does not develop antibodies against the BVD. Fetuses infected during this period survive and are permanently infected with the BVD virus, shedding the virus throughout their lifetime.

Signs and symptoms of BVD-PI

Most BVDV infection problems in cattle herds go unnoticed since 70-90% of BVD infections do not result in observable signs of disease. When present, the most common disease caused by BVD virus infection in cattle herds is poor reproductive performance including, abortions, poor conception rates, stillbirths, and weak calves. The BVD virus infection can causes suppression of the bovine immune system resulting in increased susceptibility to other infectious diseases such as scours, pneumonia and poor weaning weights.

How is BVDV transmitted?

The main source of BVDV in cattle herds is BVDPI animals. Virus in BVD-PI animals is shed in all body secretions including nasal discharge, saliva, tears, milk, feces, urine and semen. Transmission occurs via ingestion, inhalation, and even such things as boots and vehicles. The most common ways that BVDV can enter a herd are as follows:
• By purchasing replacement cattle at auctions
• By purchasing a pregnant animal with PI calf
• Introducing replacements or show stock without quarantine
• Failure to maintain a BVD vaccination program
• Failure to test replacements for BVD PI
• Contaminated semen or embryos
• Borrowed or unknown bulls

Why test and remove BVD-PI animals from a cattle herd?

Persistently infected (PI) cattle are the major source of BVD infection and disease in cattle because they shed huge amount of BVD virus throughout their lives. The major economic loss associated with BVD in cattle operations is loss of income due to loss of calves either before birth (abortion), at birth (weak calves) or between birth and weaning, or from diseases associated with immunosuppression such as scours and pneumonia.

Can BVDV infection be eradicated from a herd with vaccination?

No, BVD vaccination alone (with either modified-live or killed vaccines) cannot keep a cattle herd free of BVD-PI cattle nor completely control BVD infection according to the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Both groups promote a threepronged approach to BVD control, a combination
of BVD-PI testing and removal, vaccination and biosecurity, (good herdsmanship, sanitation, record keeping, and an active MLV vaccination program).

Ethics-Do the right thing!

Do not knowingly share your BVDV problem with unsuspecting buyers. BVD-PI is a serious problem that if kept unchecked could create devastating losses for a breeder. It is unethical to pass animals with known or suspected BVDV infections on to another breeder.

Lincoln, D. S. (n.d.). Beef Cattle Handbook-Cattle Vaccines and their uses.
Retrieved from Iowa Beef Center.
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. (2007,
October). Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab. Retrieved
November 15, 2009, from Bovine Viral Diarrhea Persistenly Infected
(BVD-PI) Ear Notch Testing Program for Catle Herds.
Peggy and her husband, Bob Potter, own and operate PJ Ranch LLC in
Winton, California where she serves as the Vice President of Animal
Health. They have been Miniature Hereford owners and active
participants in the MHBA since 2002. She is also employed as a critical
care nurse at a local medical center.

Information contained in this article is for general
informative purposes only. Please contact your local
vet for specific recommendations.

Dixie-Classic Fair, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

In October, North Carolina had their Dixie Classic Fair. This fair takes place in Winston-Salem and is one of the largest standard size Hereford shows in North Carolina. When I called to see about bringing our Miniature Herefords to the show, I was encouraged with great enthusiasm to bring them. At any time I had a question about our entries or anything regarding our stay in Winston-Salem, the livestock super was very helpful. We had some apprehension about going to the Dixie Classic, but once we arrived we
knew we had made the right decision. We were warmly welcomed and treated very well. Everyone was very interested in us and people wanted to talk to us about the breed and the young bull that we had brought. Friendly, hospitable, and helpful describes the other exhibitors there. As soon as we arrived, we went in and represented the breed to the best of our ability, conducted ourselves in a professional manner and put on a decent show. In response, many of the exhibitors were eager to find out about the miniatures. We were complimented on our animals. We didn’t have any negative feedback which was something we were prepared for. One of the mornings, the fair provided a catored breakfast. A very nice touch to go along with our wonderful experience. The response from the public was fantastic. The show was better than we expected. We had a judge that has judged all around the United States and has judged in the past in Denver. He was impressed with the minis and had a lot of good things to say. The owners
represented there were Capeside Farm, Straitside Ranch, Ivey Glen Farm and Cherub Station. We feel that this fair has the potential to be a very profitable place to exhibit the Miniature Hereford breed.

Our goal in the upcoming years is to continue to attend the Dixie Classic along with the Raleigh State Fair that is the following week. We hope to have our own show in the next three years. We were asked and encouraged to bring more animals next year. I would like to encourage those breeders close to North Carolina to please come see us or plan to attend next year.

We hope to expand throughout region 2 by finding more places to exhibit theMiniature Hereford breed.
~ Ben & Jayme Williams

Inve$ting in Minis

By Diane Alu

Ok, I confess, there is more to my owning registered miniature Herefords than meets the eye. Yeah, they’re the cute, fuzzy half-size renditions of the full size beef machine, and make excellent pasture mowers, conversation pieces, moveable lawn ornaments, ag tax exemption enablers. Wonderful for the grandkids, 4H, local fairs and national
shows. Stress relief, therapy, bragging rites and grass fed beef for my family…..but, I confess, aside from all the above reasons and probably a few I omitted, the tipping point for my investing in the registered miniature Hereford was just that….investment.

When trying to decide what to stock our small farm with, I wanted something that, quite frankly, would give me a good return on my initial investment. Many factors needed to be considered when one has a certain amount of cash to invest, and what kind of return one desires. But I think the most important factor, in my eyes, was the ability to control the desired outcome that livestock provides.

You get out what you put in. Meaning, start with quality stock, breed for quality stock, take care of your investment, and you can pretty much design your own “portfolio” and returns as you wish.

I grew up with the old time notion that there were no pets on a working farm (or very few), everyone had to pay their way. If an animal did not earn its keep, it didn’t stay.
With 10 or 12 acres to get the maximum return on, I had to choose an animal that I thought there would be demand for, not only for beef, but for registered breeding stock as well. It had to be docile, easy to handle, easy to fence, care for, feed and house. I wanted an animal with a pedigree, a history, a connection with our country. It had to be hardy, fertile, and efficient. And, most importantly, it had to produce a product that would be sought after. If not for breeding, it could produce excellent beef. And people always need food. How many animals fit that bill? In fact, almost every animal I sell and breed is sold for breeding stock to someone that desires to start a herd of their own, or add to an existing one. Those that don’t will become healthy, safe, grass fed beef. And with all the bad press and recalls the beef industry is getting these days, it is no surprise that people are looking for locally produced food for their families.

The registered miniature Hereford, as I have said before, is a safe place for my money. Why would I send my hard earned cash to some broker and wonder where my money went and what kind of return I will get, if any? I see my investment in my front pasture, I work it as much or as little as I want or need to, and, with the animals being half the size of conventional beef animals, I am able to get double the stocking rate per acre and therefore twice the yearly return per acre with a calf, that, if done correctly, will be worth at least as much or more than what I paid for its dam. And the Hereford will do it typically at 2 years of age, and every year thereafter with minimal input.

You may call that calf cute, pet, show stock or dinner; I call it my little dividend. Two years later that one calf will be having her own calf, and its dam will have had another calf as well. You get the idea.I’m sure you can think of at least one well known, famous, or wealthy person who owns a ranch or farm and livestock. Think about why they do. If you’re still not sure, pick up a Newsweek or Time magazine, New York Times or Wall Street Journal. Smart investors are informed and involved in their investments.

Isn’t it time you took control of your finances and investments? Consider the registered miniature Hereford today. You will not be disappointed.

North American International Livestock Expo Results

Class 1
1. Tammy Grauer with Gott Gloria Hallelujah;
2. Cream & Crimson Cattle Co. with C&C’s
Little Miss Lexie; 3. Cream & Crimson Cattle
Co. with C&C’s Miss Marlee Jo
Class 2
1. KP Ranch with KAP Lil Reni Quip; 2. Meadowview Farms with MVF Lil Urban Jolene; 3.
Fordyce Farms with Bat Sassifras
Class 3
1. Ulrich Miniature Herefords with TAC
Rowdy’s Deja Vu; 2. KP Ranch with KAP Lil
Mandi Viking; 3. Emily Meyer with KAP Lil
Quay Viking
Class 4
1. KP Ranch with KAP Quip’s Lil Celia; 2.
Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Queen Gracie;
3. Strong Miniature Herefords with KAP Lil
Faye Viking
Class 5
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Stella; 2.
Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Gidget; 3.
David Thompson with MLU Jojo
Class 6
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Hilton;
2. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Dana;
3. Springfields Miniature Herefords with
Springfields Maggie Rose
Class 7
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Bea; 2.
Bonnie & Bill Hairrell with CRCS Lola Babe
Class 8
1. Frank Yantz with FY’s Miss Ali; 2. Bonnie &
Bill Hairrell with C&C’s Hallie Jo
Class 9
1. Eagle Rock Miniature Herefords with TAC
Rowdy Must B Magic; Don Schley with KAP
Teddy’s Lil Coral; 3. Sandy Hills Farm with
SHF W Jilly
Class 10
1. Gerdes Show Cattle with JW’s Loverboy’s
Laci; 2. Trish Fulmer with KAP Teddy’s Lil
Shamrock; 3. Brad Hale with KAP Teddy’s
Class 11
1. Strong Miniature Herefords with TAC
Dazzle Me ET; 2. Springfields Miniature
Herefords with KAP Abra Cadabra; 3. Ulrich
Miniature Herefords with TAC Jersey Lily ET
Class 12
1. Tammy Grauer with KAP Lil Rockin Cloe; 2.
Meadowview Farms with KAP Teddy’s Jolie;
3. Springfields Miniature Herefords with
Springfields Bridget
Class 13
1. Splitt Creek Ranch
2. Springfields Miniature Herefords
Class 14
1. D+S Mini Herefords with D+S Tikes Red
Baron; 2. Springfield Miniature Herefords
with Springfields Little Billy the Kid
Class 15
1. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF King Willy Kiel;
2. Splitt Creek Ranch withSS Sir George; 3.
Meadowview Farms with MVF Lil Urban
Class 16
1. Don Schley with KAP Lieutenant Nels; 2.
KP Ranch with KAP Orson Hunter; 3. Angie
McKeag with SMH Mr. Ten Below

Class 17
1. Eagle Rock Miniature Herefords with JSH
Dean Clay; 2. Miesse Family Farms with KAP
Tiny Timothy Defonze
Class 18
1. Springfield Miniature Herefords with
Springfields Sir Arlington; 2. Miesse Family
Farms with Master Seth Defonze
Class 19
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with
EK Pistol; 2. Strong Miniature Herefords with TAC
Full Ride ET; 3. KP Ranch
with KAP Fletcher Quip
Class 20
1. Tammy Grauer with KAP Galen Theodore;
2. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Ki Howie; 3.
Miesse Family Farms with KAP Mr. Micah
Rocky Boy
Class 21
1. KP Ranch
2. Springfields Miniature

Splitt Creek Ranch with EK PISTOL


Splitt Creek RAnch with SS MISS STELLA

Gerdes Show Cattle with JW’S LOVERBOY’S LACI

Northern International Livestock Expo. Review

Was it a cattle show or just a big party with lots of laughs and hugs ? BOTH !

With our generous sponsors, Quality Supply, Lakeland Feed, Seven Ranch and MHBA we passed out colorful pitchforks, calf creep, feed tubs, embroidered jackets and T-shirts. The latest rose gold buckles went to Grand and Reserves.

Thanks to Mark and Michaelina Campbell the pancake breakfast was delicious and the coffee raved about. Our clinic presenter, Mark King, wowed us all, novices as well as old hands, with his informative presentation on cattle conformation.

Everyone came away with a clearer idea of how to evaluate an animal for not only beauty but durability and longevity as well. One of our celebrities was too ill to make
it, so we only had 3. All were well known and liked, so we had a large number of spectators who wouldn’t otherwise have seen our cattle and asked that question we all love to hear “Where can I get one of those little guys ?”

Thank you KP Ranch and Lindsay Littles for the use of your baby bulls. A special thanks to Dan and Beatrice Jensen and their 2 girls. This was their first show and though they brought no cattle this time, they scrubbed, fed, watered and led, thus getting the full experience. Hopefully they’re hooked and will show next year.

Peg Aldridge organized our Junior show and will be looking forward to next year. We will have showmanship as well as breed classes. Next year there will only be 2 shows in the Northwest, Oregon State Fair and the NILE in Billings. Let’s get out and support them.
~ Jo Young

Northern International Livestock Expo.

2009 Show Results
October 16,2009
Judge: Tom Wells
Class 1: Spring Heifer Calf
1. DuVal Farms with DF Abby Rose; 2. KP
Ranch with KAP Quip’s Lil Celia; 3. Grace
Pinder-Beebe with RR Miss LaLa Tikette
RESERVE: KAP Quips Lil Celia
Class 3: Summer Senior Heifer
1. KP Ranch with KAP Huntress Adrianna
CHAMPION: KAP Huntress Adrianna
Class 4: Spring Senior Heifer
1. DuVal Farms with 05’s Mo Emma; 2. KP
Ranch with KAP Huntrens Jodi; 3. DuVal
Farms with DF Miss Sienna
CHAMPION: 05’s MO Emma
RESERVE: KAP Huntrens Jodi
DuVal Farms with 05’S Mo Emma
KP Ranch with KAP Huntrens Jodi
Class 5: Cow/Calf Pair
1. DuVal Farms with Tracers Rose; 2. Lindsay
Littles with KAP Lil Kid Zelma; 3. Corona
Ranch with SSR Tracers Micki
Class 6: Pair of
1. KP Ranch

2. DuVal Farms
Class 7: Junior Bull Calf
1. KP Ranch with KAP Orson Hunter; 2. KP
Ranch with KAP Lieutenant Nels; 3. Lindsay
Littles with LL Playmate Lonnie
CHAMPION: KAP Orson Hunter
RESERVE: KAP Lieutenant Nels
Class 10: Spring Senior Bull
1. DuVal Farms with DF Majestic King; 2. KP
Ranch with KAP Fletcher Quip; 3. Emma &
Abby Eldridge with DF Prince EB
CHAMPION: DF Majestic King
RESERVE: KAP Fletcher Quip
Class 11: Two-Year-Old Bull
1. DuVal Farms with DF King Tritan
DuVal Farms with DF Majestic King
KP Ranch with KAP Orson Hunter
Class 12: Pair of Bulls
1. DuVal Farms
2. KP Ranch
3. Lindsay Littles
Junior Show
Class 16: Junior Heifer Calf
1. Lindsay Littles with LL Playmate Lilli;
2. Grace Pinder-Beebe with RR Miss LaLa

DuVal Farms with DF Majestic King

DuVal Farms with 05’S Mo Emma

DuVal Farms with Tracers Rose

State Fair of Texas

Champion Female
Haley Rector with SF Miss Samantha
Reserve Champion Female
Alea Smith with KAP Teddy’s Niva
Champion – Haley Rector
Reserve Champion – Madeline Smith
Champion Female
Haley Rector with SF Miss Samantha
Reserve Champion Female
WW Ranch with WW Sampson Dawn
Champion Bull
WW Ranch with WW Sam’s Gold E
Reserve Champion Bull
Meridith Roberts with RR Guns and Poses

Champion Female
Haley Rector with SF Miss Samantha

Reserve Champion Female
WW Ranch with WW Sampson Dawn

Champion Bull
WW Ranch with WW Sam’s Gold E

California State Fair Results

Class 1: Jr Heifer Calf
1. DuVal Farms with DF Abby Rose; 2. PJ Ranch with PJR Little Arianna
PJR Little Arianna
Class 3: Summer Senior Heifer
1. Double B Miniature Herefords with PJR Golden Iris; 2. Double B
Miniature Herefords with PJR Princess Jasmine
Class 4: Spring Senior Heifer
1. DuVal Farms with 05’s Mo Emma; 2. DuVal Farms with 05’s Mo
Peck & Boo; 3. Sweet Sippin’ Acres with SSA Pabst PBR

DuVal Farms with 05’s Mo EMMA
Class 5: Cow/Calf Pair
1. DuVal Farms with Tracers Rose; 2. PJ Ranch with KAP Baby Pudge
Pudge; 3. PJ Ranch with SHF Queen Mattie
Class 6: Pair of Females
1. PJ Ranch
Class 7: Junior Bull Calf
1. PJ Ranch with PJR Mischiefs Apollo; 2. PJ Ranch with PJR Faras
Class 8: Fall & Winter Senior Bull
1. PJ Ranch with DBC Christmas Mischief ET; 2. Double B Miniature
Herefords with DB Lucky Pudge ET; 3. PJ Ranch with PMC Panoche
Class 9: Summer Senior Bull
1. Sweet Sippin’ Acres with SSR S Schlitz
Class 10: Spring Senior Bull
1. Abby & Emma Eldridge with DF Prince EB; 2. PJ Ranch with PJR
Mischiefs Porthos ET; 3. DuVal Farms with DF Majestic King

RESERVE: PJR Mischiefs Porthos

Class 11: Two Year Old Bull
1. DuVal Farms with DF King Tritan
Two Year Old Bull Division
CHAMPION: DF King Tritan

Abby & Emma Eldridge with DF PRINCE EB

DuVal Farms with DF KING TRITAN
Class 12: Pair of Bulls Bred & Owned
1. DuVal Farms
2. PJ Ranch

Region 6

Our region continues to grow with new members each month. We have several new breeders and we wish to welcome each of you to MHBA. During the past quarter, a couple of our breeders in the Panhandle of Texas took their Miniature Herefords to the show in Amarillo and showed their Miniature Herefords against the standard size Herefords. The Miniature Herefords performed well against their larger counterparts. The best news from this activity is that in 2010 we will hold our first Miniature Hereford show in Amarillo. Participation at the State Fair of Texas doubled this year over last year with several new breeders participating. Haley Rector had the Grand Champion Female, and Charlotte Williams had the Grand Champion Bull. Schulz Farm, Double W, and Cole Cattle have provided sponsorship funds for this event.

TJLA (Texas Junior Livestock Association) has approved the request from MHBA to sponsor a Miniature Hereford Heifer Division within the TJLA and TCCA show circuit here in Texas. MHBA will be providing half the funding for TJLA and some of our breeders in Region 6 and Region 5 will be providing the other half of the sponsorship. If you
wish to help us with the sponsorship of a Miniature Hereford Division within MHBA, please contact Greg Schulz at Our current list of sponsors include: Double W (Charlotte Williams), Splitt Creek (Steve and Judy Splitt), Poe Livestock (Mike Poe), Cole Cattle (Jim Cole), Schulz Farm (Greg Schulz). The more the merrier.

MHBA has approved sponsorship of our planned sale in Austin, Texas this year. We will have some changes in consignment rules, and you should contact the sale manager if you are interested in consigning cattle to the sale. Sale manager is Greg Schulz. 979-429-0208

We are looking for about 50 head for the sale. In addition to our Pre-Junior Steer shows in Houston and Austin this year, we will have a Pre-Junior Heifer show at both events for 2010. We are planning a junior show for 2011 in addition to our Pre-Junior shows.

2010 events planned for Region 6 include:
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo; Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo; Gillispie County Fair; Tri State Fair & Rodeo; State Fair of Texas; All TJLA events for 2010.

Showing Cattle: A Family Activity

Throughout this past year I’ve heard many comments about kids showing steers, heifers, etc. Some of the comments I’ve heard include:
• The cattle just cost too much
• The feed costs too much
• There isn’t any way for this project to be profitable or even break even
• What is the point, we don’t have a chance to win
• The big boys always win
• This is only for the rich folks
I guess some of these comments may have some validity; however we (my family) chose to show cattle with our kids for different reasons. I’ll try to
explain some of them in the following paragraphs.

Our children are exposed to influence all day every day by the people and events they are surrounded by. We don’t make any money when our kids play football, soccer, baseball, basketball or when they participate in dance, cheerleading, band, etc. We don’t expect to break even or be profitable from these events, so why would we expect a steer or heifer project to be profitable? This isn’t about money; this is about spending time together as a family.

Showing cattle is about spending time together as we raise our calf. Teaching it to lead, to set up, washing it, working hair, etc. It’s about teaching responsibility, and the value of work and commitment to a project on a daily basis. Most importantly it’s about working together with our children. They will be exposed to our values, our morals, our ethics, as we work together. It is a family project, a family activity.

I remember as a teenager on the farm, I decided I wanted to show steers and my parents were supportive of this endeavor of mine. In addition to showing my fat steers, one year I decided to show some pens of feeder steers at the Arizona National Livestock Show. In the fall of 1975 (I think, it was a long time ago) my father took me to Idaho to pick up 24 head of Angus influenced prospect steers to take to the Arizona National Livestock show. These calves came straight off the cows on a large ranch. They were not halter broke, and to say the least, just a little rank. But I was young and full of myself and thought it would not be a problem. Those steers nearly kicked me to death while I was breaking them to tie good enough so we could get them fitted and prepared for the show. This activity provided my father with many hours of laughter and memories we still talk about.

Once we got to the show Dad was helping me get steers from the wash rack to the pens, and as he was tying one of those little steers to the rail to blow them off, that steer somehow kicked him in the ribs. Broke a couple of ribs, but it has provided us with years of laughter. The point of this little story is the many memories I have of working together with my dad and brothers with our steers growing up. None of us remember how much money we made or lost on those steer projects, but we remember working
together, getting kicked, knocked down, laughing at each other, etc. We remember the time our father spent with us. We remember how working with a steer for months and how daily effort and work resulted in a finished project. We learned how sometimes we could do everything right, do our job perfectly with our steer and still things beyond our control could result in disappointment. Dad always told us, “there is only going to be one first place steer today. That does not mean there is only one good steer, but only one gets to be first.” He said, “Be a good sport about it, congratulate the winners. Remember we are friends first, competitors second.” The lessons learned do not have a price tag. My brothers and I are grateful our parents chose to allow us the opportunity to be involved with them. We are grateful our parents were committed to us and did
not put a price tag on spending time with us.

In my opinion showing cattle is about being a family. The experiences and friendships made through these projects will carry through our entire lives


By Jo Young

The idea was to get a group of breeders together to sponsor a steer to auction off at the Ronald McDonald House Benefit in Billings.The purpose was to introduce Miniature Herefords to a large group of people and raise money for a worthwhile charity.

The way it worked was I first called a few breeders to see if they were interested. A group of five of us signed on; Mark & Micheline Campbell, Tom Gingrich, Salt Creek Ranch, David Herman and me, Jo Young. I then went to work to locate the right steer. He had to have good confirmation, a gentle temperament and a high degree of cute. I found “ Little Mac “ at the Campbell’s. We were all busy with the NILE so Little Mac didn’t arrive at my ranch until 3 1/2 weeks before the auction. He was weaned that day and not previously handled. I put him in a stall with a tame heifer and let him drag a halter. I arranged to have Dr. Rollett Pruyn remove his horns. He did an awesome job of cosmetic surgery and donated his services. Daily washing and handling, a donated clipping from Melissa McFaggen and we headed for Billings.

Our first stop, Ronald McDonald House, downtown Billings. The plan was to have a family staying at the house meet Little Mac and have the Billings Gazette on hand for pictures. I left home at 5 AM to arrive there by 12:30 and settle in before pictures at 2:00. I led him around but with all the traffic and people, pretty soon he was dragging me around. The director wanted to know if I could lead him up onto the porch next to Ronald. I decided to tie him securely to the trailer. Little Mac loved and trusted me but was suspicious of strangers so when the little kids came running up to him, he was terrified to the depths of his being! We were able to get a nice picture which appeared along with an article in the Saturday newspaper.

Some people who saw the article called the House to see if they could bring their children by to meet Little Mac. They thought he was staying at the House.

The benefit was held at White Aspen Ranch. The theme “A night on the Trail,” included a trail boss on horseback who entertained us with cowboy stories and handled the auction after a chuck wagon dinner. I set up a display table and a pen for Little Mac. I contacted some standard Hereford breeders, McMurry Ranch who offered to donate the keep on the steer so anyone could purchase him for meat that night and just get a call when it was ready for their freezer. A young woman I located through 4-H, Jenna Wagner, had Little Mac posing angelically while the auctioneer’s horse wanted to head for the next county. But even from a distance he was able to bring in a bid of $1300.00! The soft hearted lady that bought him said he will live to a ripe old age. Even so I spent so much time with Little Mac, I was choked up, giving him hugs and a kiss when I said goodbye.

What an enriching experience. I met such wonderful, generous people. Thank you all. Jo Young

Fun against “The Big Girls”

by Sherry Robinson

We bought our minis this year and began a wonderful trek. Who would have ever believed that we were the proud owners of a new species. Or at least that was what we began to hear when we started looking for places to show our heifers. When we introduced our new heifers to our grandkids, Weston 14, Ethan 12, Alea 9 and Madeline 3, there was an instant love relationship that was even amazing to us. This relationship between the heifers and our grandkids brought about a new and arduous task: that of finding places for them to show their heifers that was in a somewhat close proximity to us here in the Texas Panhandle (6 to 8 hours away or less would have been nice). Because of the lack of close Miniature Hereford shows we decided to go ahead and enter the heifers into shows in which they would show against “The Big Girls” as our grandkids so cautiously put it. With that in mind we knew that we would probably not win, but at least the grandkids would get a chance to show their heifers and get practice in before going to the bigger Miniature Hereford shows. Now mind you: who would have thought you would have to convince people that these were not a new species but in fact
a registered Hereford heifer with the AHA, just taken back to the original size and a little smaller. So feeling that this was a good way to let people see the minis first hand and get to know the heifers we proceeded. When permission was finally granted to us to enter the heifers our grandkids were ecstatic and entered their Miniature Hereford heifers in the Amarillo TX Tri State Fair. They were placed in the AOB Class the first go round and then in the Hereford Class the 2nd time. And as the grandkids said always against “The Big Girls.” In this show at the Tri State Fair we have 2 generations showing at the same time: our son Kily, his son Weston; our daughter Nici and her son Ethan and daughter Alea. They would not let Madeline show in the ring so she would walk the heifers around for exercise and also take them to the show ring. Many people saw that
this was a family affair and one that we all were enjoying together. It was impressive to everyone that even our 3-year-old could handle the calves. We had more inquiries than most of the exhibitors there and most were about having their young kids show the minis. Parents are tired of their young ones being hurt and drug and parents having
to take control of the calves. They are beginning to see a big advantage to a little smaller sized calf. I have to tell you that the general attitude toward our cattle was great and it was good for all of us and everyone there. Also we were approached by a regional representative for the Jr. Hereford Assoc. about having our grandkids join the Jr. Hereford Association and showing their miniature heifers here this coming summer at their show. They would love to have the Miniature Herefords show also. So we highly encourage everyone to seriously look at entering your mini heifers even against “The Big Girls.” As our grandkids say “NEVER GIVE UP, WHO KNOWS YOU MIGHT JUST WIN ONE OF THESE TIMES.” But at least go ahead and get out there and show them what a mini is made of. AND BY THE WAY WE WON 2ND’S THRU 7TH’S BOTH GO ROUNDS and that was against “The Big Girls” and we loved every minute of it.

Miniature Hereford News: January 2010

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Region 8 Report

Hello from Region 8,

Congratulations to those who participated and helped with the Oregon State Fairs 10th anniversary for the Miniature Herefords. We had a very successful show at the Oregon State Fair this year. As the Region 8 Director, I have presented to the board a request for more funding for the 2010, Oregon show.

We also held a smaller, yet still successful show at the Central Washington State Fair, although we will not be showing the Miniature Herefords at the Central Washington State Fair in 2010. I am encouraging those Region 8 breeders who are interested in showing, to support the NILE, in Billings Montana, the NILE also is an October show, as was the Washington show.
Also, congratulations to Du Val Farms for their accomplishments at the Montana show.

So this winds up another year in the Pacific Northwest and we look forward to seeing you in 2010………maybe in Oregon!

Arlou Cox
Region 8 Director