Category Archives: 2012-1

Treasurer’s Comments

Treasurer’s Comments:
This has been a very full and active year for your Association. We broke the 300-member barrier this year; a very positive sign. We sponsored nine shows; the most ever. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that for the second year spending has been above income, further reducing the surplus we had built. 2012 will need to see a reduction in expenses and / or an increase in income to bring these into balance. The year’s report will be presented at the business meeting in Denver and will be posted on the website after that. Fran MacKenzie

Region 7

Region 7
I want to thank and say “Congratulations” to Sheila Lindsay and Wendy Morris for all their hard work to make the NILE show in Billings, MT a fun and successful show. From all the positive comments made about the show I am sure it will grow in interest and attendance.
Activity is ramping up for the show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver . Entries are in and it looks like we will have a good turn-out. Numbers for the sale are up, and the show and sale will be live on the Internet through Cattle In Motion. Already their publicity has brought in requests for sale catalogs from new people. We anticipate it bringing in a wider range of buyers both live and on line.
Those coming to Denver, please make sure your hotel reservations are in by Jan 7th to get the group rate. Also have your Banquet reservations into Fran by Jan 9th. As in the past any donations of items for the Silent Auction that is held at the Banquet are most appreciated. Proceeds help the MHBA bottom line.
On a personal note – I won’t be able to attend the National Western this year due to some health challenges I am facing. I so appreciate all the help from so many – especially Jami Bingham, Carson and Leeann Ribble, and Charlotte Williams. I’m confident it will be a terrific show. Lesta


Up There from Down Here

The festive season approaches with us sweltering in the sizzling summer and you snug in your winter woollies. The traditional dinner here includes roast lamb, kumara and potatoes plus ham and salads finished off with pavlova, fruit and cream and lots of other fattening goodies! A good family-get-together time.

Some of us decorate what we call the New Zealand Christmas tree rather than the usual fir. A native tree, the pohutukawa is a mass of bright red blossoms at this time of the year.

Beaches and barbecues beckon and school is out for about six weeks. Silage and baleage are almost finished with haymaking just around the corner.
The Miniature Herefords are glossy and fat in their summer coats with Spring born calves growing well. The bulls went into their respective mating herds in October and will be taken out in January with hopefully everything in calf.
We can now let you know the Virtual Cattle Show for Miniature Herefords will be taking place again with entries closing on 31 May, 2012 so get busy with your cameras if you haven’t already. There are some slight changes to the programme which you will be able to see on the Australian Miniature Hereford Breeders Network website . Entry form and Frame Score recording will also be included. This time, at the request of one of the Judges, we are asking for three photos of each animal – one from the front, one side on and one from the rear. Read the Photo tips for taking front-on photos. We are also changing the Viewers’ Choice to be a choice from classes 1 to 9 only, not an extra photo. This gives us a better idea of how people see the different entries. Again it will be a ballot box judging. It is hoped all previous competitors along with new ones will join in and we are endeavouring to find out where else in the world there are mini breeders. If anyone knows of some please contact me at .
In case you are wondering, the AMHBN is a Trans-Tasman group comprising mainly Aussies but with some Kiwis on board too. We hold our meetings via G-mail which, with numerous people taking part, can be quite hilarious at times even though we do deal with serious matters as well.
We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Cattle Grooming Tips

There you are in the show ring feeling an explosion of butterflies while a judge appraises your steer. Will all the hard work pay off? Will you win a ribbon? Did you do enough to stand out from the rest of the class?

Those are just a few questions every serious competitor wonders during countless county fairs and livestock shows throughout the country. To help prepare for that nerve-inducing time in the ring, an industry expert and some 2011 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) winners and participants were asked for strategies and advice about getting a steer or heifer ready for the spotlight.

Nothing But Time
“It takes a lot of learning,” said Brock May, the 17-year-old winner of the prestigious Grand Champion Market Steer title at 2011’s NWSS. The humble Wisconsin resident won 2011’s Market Steer class and also earned the Reserve Grand Champion Open Prospect Steer title. “A lot of it comes from watching other people do it,” he continued. “Watching a variety of different people (helps). They have the Kirk Stierwalt clinics and he’s excellent at it.”

Kirk Stierwalt is a nationally recognized expert for his 23 years of clinics on showing cattle along with his title as National Training Advisor for the Andis Grooming Company. Always ready to teach, he was pleased to sit down and discuss showing cattle during the 2011 NWSS.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a county fair or whether it’s a national show, they are all important,” began an enthusiastic Stierwalt. “When you get to the grooming and clipping side, first off, with you working on your animal a lot, you become familiar with the things that are good about the calf and maybe some things that you’d like to improve on.”

Getting familiar with things about your animal that are good and/or need improvement requires time … and lots of it. The general consensus seemed to be that, unlike a scholastic exam, cramming for a cattle show was not a successful option.

“I think the important thing is to not try and cram a lot of work right before the show,” said Stierwalt. “I think that’s a big mistake. The key is putting in a little bit of work all the time. That adds up. I don’t care what you’re doing; it’s a time game … the more time you put into it, the more you get out of it,” he stated with conviction. “You’ve got your selection, your management, your feeding and care taking. You’ve got your clipping, your fitting on show day, and you have showmanship. All these things have to be working to some degree for you to get to the winner’s circle.”

Bathing Beauties
Handling a steer or heifer every day can make or break the chances for a top ribbon. One major tip provided was not to short-change the bathing process during that time.

“When you wash them, it takes a couple of hours,” offered Allee Maronde of York, Neb., who won a Grand Champion Market Heifer ribbon in 2011’s NWSS. “It’s a long process.”

“Use lots of soap,” said Texas teen Kaiti Robinson with a laugh. Robinson earned Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer honors in 2011’s NWSS and was happy to share strategies. “It stimulates the hair. And conditioner,” she added. “Make sure you blow it with a blow dryer every day, that way it will stand out whenever you get ready (to show). We washed him every day; sometimes we washed him twice a day.”

If the Robinson’s ended up having two classes in one day — as happened at the NWSS when they placed second in their first class which necessitated a return for the Grand Champion class later — the show prep process didn’t change a bit.

“We spent probably about two hours (bathing and grooming) before the first class and then redid it all again the second time,” revealed Mandi Maddox, Kaiti’s “second mom,” about the time put into getting their steer ready for a judge’s eyes. “Kaiti showed in her class, which was about 10 a.m., then we washed him, broke him all down and redid it again for 3 in the afternoon.”

“It was two or three hours getting him ready for the second class,” agreed the tired but happy teenager, before sharing a tip on how to speed up bath time without sacrificing quality.

“You also use more than one blower most of the time,” she said of getting a steer dry. “We have double blowers, so it dries their hair twice as fast.”

Clip It Good
A popular topic regarding showing cattle is the clipping process, which the interview subjects were pleased to share about from their collective experiences. An important tip right off the bat was to make sure most of the work was done before the day of the show.

“There are things that are bad about clipping from scratch at the show,” offered Stierwalt. “First thing is, you are under a time limit. Second thing is, you take a big chance on fatiguing your calf or wearing them out. The best thing to do is get all that done before you come to the show. Then when you get to the show, all you have to worry about is keeping your calf clean, full and rested.”

Another tip for clipping was to use more than one type of blade.

“You use a lot of different blades (and) you just kind of got to get used to what you like best,” stated May about clipping a championship steer.

“You use a number of different blades and clippers,” agreed Robinson.

“For the whole thing, we use three or four blades,” said Maronde about clipping her prize-winning heifer. “If you use one blade you get just a roughed out look.”

“The equipment you use can make your job easier,” commented Stierwalt.

“When you have one blade, you really have only one option. If you have four blades with you, you have a lot of options. You can deal with different hair in a lot of situations. The thing with those blades, you’ve got a chance to do some things that years ago would have taken a long time. Now I can do it with a blade that shortens up the timeframe and looks good.”

While multiple blades (such as Super Blocking, Medium Blade and a T-84) helped prep for the show ring, it didn’t replace the need for plenty of experience using them.

“It takes practice,” offered Scott Bang of Nebraska, while clipping miniature Herefords before a class. “Get right in there (and) don’t be afraid. Get your clippers and go. Everybody learns by making mistakes.”

“The most challenging part is probably the time,” described May about doing the clipping job well. “You’ve got to keep going over them to get them just right. That’s probably the toughest part.”

“You always learn,” said Maronde. “You can never get enough clipping of a calf. The challenging part is to get them smoothed out, to get their frame right and everything. That way they don’t look weird or have hair out of place or anything.”

“The more preparation you do at home, then naturally that’s less you have to do at the show,” summed up Stierwalt. “We will clip and reclip something several times at home. We might start two weeks out and kind of get to clipping on them. We might have 80 hours in clipping before we even get to the show,” he continued. “It might be one hour one day, it might be five hours the next day (or) it might be two hours. It’s all across the board depending on how the animal is acting.”

Stierwalt’s Summary
“I think the best thing they can do, especially getting started, is to seek out some help,” wrapped up Stierwalt about the whole process.

“Whether it’s a breeder, an Ag teacher, an extension agent, maybe it’s a personal friend, maybe it’s somebody they feel comfortable asking. It could be anybody. They can tell you the do’s and the don’ts. They can tell you, don’t make the same mistakes I did. The best thing I can say is, it does not bother me to ask questions. The whole thing you have to figure out is, why. The question, why do we do that? When you figure out we’re going to do this because, why? Then it makes sense. And when it makes sense, you understand it and will remember it.”

Miscellaneous Stierwalt Tips
A blade you don’t want to use in clipping cattle is the No. 10 blade, which is the most popular blade. The spacing between teeth is too narrow to use for clipping cattle.

Anytime you are blocking or topping hair, you will use a blocking blade.

Whatever it touches, it’s cut. It’s unforgiving. It cuts what you are doing.

Clipping is easy, but blending is the hard part of clipping. Blending the animal to a nice smooth looking animal with no definite lines is the hard part of clipping.

Smaller clippers are quieter, but not as fast. If you take too long to clip, the cattle get super tired.

It’s important that we teach these cattle some manners. Are we leading the calf or is it trying to lead us? Cattle are more of a repetition type of an animal. So when we keep doing these correct things over and over and over, then it just happens.

When a judge comes to talk with you in the ring, give the judge eye contact and talk to them face to face. Show the judges respect in the ring and pay attention to them. Have some personality in the ring. Show personality and passion about the animal. When you are in the ring, you are representing yourself, your family, your 4-H club, your region, etc.

You are representing more than just yourself.

You can find Kirk Stierwalt on the web at

MHBA ANIMAL HEALTH SERIES Good Health is More than Skin Deep

By Peggy Joseph-Potter RN, BSN, MHA

Skin conditions in cattle can not only be unsightly, irritating and annoying but some can have more serious effects on your livestock leading to significant economic losses. Treating these conditions can range from old tried and true methods to the newer but more expensive pharmaceuticals. Whatever you chose, keeping your animal healthy is more that skin deep.
Ringworm: Dermatophytosis
Cause: Ringworm is the most common a fungal infection of the skin in livestock. It is usually caused most frequently by the organism Trichophyton verrucosum but there are several species responsible to the disease.
Signs/Symptoms: Ringworm causes hair loss and white crusts to form on the skin. It is more prevalent in the winter months, where there is significant moisture and in young calves and yearlings .There is usually more than one lesion present, the most common site being the head and neck however lesions can form almost anywhere. The area will appear hairless or may be weeping if the animal finds a way to rub the lesion. It causes itching and discomfort therefore the cattle may frequently lick the affected area. Even without treatment, the disease is self-limiting and will disappear in few months.
Transmission: The fungus is spread from animal to animal by direct contact. It can also be spread from animal to animal when contact is made with a contaminated object (halters, equipment, trough, feeder, etc.). Cattle, especially the young ones that are sick, exposed to damp environments, or have poor nutrition are at an increased risk of developing the disease. Livestock who lack adequate sunlight are also more susceptible to ringworm. Humans are also susceptible to ringworm therefore the use of disposal gloves for the application of topical treatments is useful in preventing this additional problem.
Treatment can include any one of the following:
Iodine to the affected area daily for at least three days or until resolved
Over the counter generic fungal medications such as myconazole terbinafine, tolnaflate daily or until resolved
Chlorhexidine (diluted 1:4 in water) applied three times a day until resolved.
Clorox (diluted 1:10 in water) applied twice a week until resolved.
Captan, a plant fungicide, (mixed 1 ounce of the 50% powder to a gallon of water) applied daily for three days and then weekly until resolved.
Spread the area with a generous and thorough application of one of the above and include at least a one-inch border surrounding the affected site.
It is best to allow animals as much exposure to sunlight as possible. We have found rope halters to be a common culprit and carrier of this disease, therefore washing them in a washer with a cup of bleach and hot water is an easy was to clean and disinfect a large number of halters at once.
Rain Scald: Dermatophilosis
Cause: Dermatophilosis is a fungus caused by the actinomycete Dermatophilus congolensis. While usually dormant, periods of rain or high humidity can cause a proliferation of activity.
Signs/Symptoms: It presents with areas of hair loss, matting, crusting, and scab formation. Small tufts of hair are removed when grooming, exposing a raw hide that maybe infected.
Transmission: Modes of transmission are similar to ringworm therefore cleaning of equipment between animals is important to prevent the spread of the disease.
Treatment: The treatment for rain scald is similar to ringworm and those remedies can be used in addition to the following:
Clip the hair from the problem areas
Disinfect the lesions with dilute betadine or betadine shampoo
Keep the skin dry and exposed to sunlight
In severe cases, administer penicillin.
If the problem persists after treatment, a skin scraping to eliminate other causes such as mites worms, lice, or mange might also be necessary

Mange and Scabies Mites: Chorioptes bovis
Cause: Mange is the term used to describe infection by mites, microscopic relatives of spiders. They inhabit and damage the skin of domestic animals and man. Problems are most frequently seen in the autumn and winter but can occur all year round. Chorioptes is the type usually encountered in cattle. Demodex, mites cause less severe mange. Mites are spread through close contact. Cattle mange is often called barn itch. Sarocopes, a more intense form of mite is mostly found in horses and swine. All four forms of mites can be found in livestock and may be spead to humans.
Signs/Symptoms: The surface mite is usually found in the neck, down the inside of the hind legs and tail head of cattle. It causes intense itching and hair loss, which only increases over time if not treated.
Transmission: For three species, most commonly found in cattle, infection is spread mainly by direct contact between animals. However, the burrowing mite can survive for some time off the host, so, for this species, bedding, objects that come into contact with infected animals may become contaminated, and help spread the infection.
Treatment: Treatment of manage is important to the productivity of your herd. Drugs of the avermectin class are available in oral, injectable and pour-on formulas. Your veterinarian can assist with the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which if suspected needs to be treated early to prevent infestation of your herd.
Warts: papillomatosis
Cause: There are four types of the papillomatosis virus that causes warts in cattle
Signs/Symptoms: Warts can be small and flat or as large as a baseball, they appear one to six months after exposure to the virus. Larger warts are cauliflower-like lesions that usually appear in the head in neck area. Smaller warts may develop in the reproductive organs such as the penis and vigina. These areas need prompt treatment as even the smallest amount of bleeding caused by irritation can kill sperm. Calves and cattle younger than age two are most susceptible but they can occur in older cattle.
Transmission: The wart virus is easily spread by hypodermic needles, tattoo equipment, tagging pliers or by rubbing on fences and posts that have recently come in to contact with infected cattle.
Treatment: Warts are unsightly but self-limiting. They are most prevalent in calves and may disappear spontaneously as they age. Surgical removal can hasten the disappearance of others. If the presence of warts becomes a herd issue both commercial and autogenous vaccines are available. The autogenous vaccine is prepared from the wart tissue take from a lesion of one of the herd animals.
Prevention of skin diseases through attention to appearance, early intervention and cleanliness puts breeders on the path to good animal health practices. Treatments are as near as the household medicine cabinet and when implemented at the onset of a disease can prevent a little problem from being a big one.
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 for a local medical center.

North American Int’l Livestock Expo.

Junior Show

Class A1: Heifers
1. Wyatt Debnam with Springfields Controversy; 2. O. Beck Debnam with SF SCW Kendall; 3. Ashton Lisby with CU&C’s Gypsy Rain Naomi

Champion: Wyatt Debnam
Reserve: O. Beck Debnam

Class A2: Prospect Steers
1. Caroline Debnam with Tate

Champion: Caroline Debnam

Class A3: Market Steers
1. Leah Stroud with WW Joseph’s Dusk; 2. Caroline Debnam with SF Wreckless Driver

Champion: Leah Stroud
Reserve: Caroline Debnam

Pre-Junior Show

Class A4: Heifers
1. Trey Stottsberry with MVF Lil Urban Josie; 2. Jenna White with RHH Iowa White Oak Girl; 3. Avery Brooks with RFD Kid’s Anticipation; 4. Gus Sciano with RFD Gada’s Near Miss

Class A5: Heifers
1. Ashley Fordyce with Bat Twizzle Dee; 2. Brandon Lisby with C&C’s Gypsy Rain Naomi

Champion: Trey Stottsberry
Reserve: Jenna White

Class A6: Prospect Steers
1. Jordan Landin with Bat Bear; 2. Trey Stottsberry with MVF Lil Urban Iffy; 3. Beau Stottsberry with MVF Lil Urban Hiffy; 4. Claire Brooks with RFD Rock Solid Mark

Champion: Jordan Landin
Reserve: Trey Stottsberry

Open Show

Class 1: Junior Heifer Calves
1. Meadowview Farms with MVF Lil Urban Josie; 2. Springfields Farm with Springfields Controversy; 3. Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with RHH Iowa White Oak Girl; 4. Sunny Creek Farms with SC’s Mika; 5. Rick & Debra Flohr with RFD Kid’s Anticipation

Class 2: Junior Heifer Calves
1. River Ridge Mini Herefords with MPK Grace Quip; 2. Fordyce Farms with Bat Sweet Sprinkles; 3. Springfields Farm with SF SCW Kendall; 4. Rick & Debra Flohr with RFD Gada’s Near Miss; 5. Bill & Bonnie Hairrell with BBB Izar’s Mollie Jo

Champion: Meadowview Farms with MVF Lil Urban Josie
Reserve: Springfields Farm with Springfields Controversy

Class 3: Spring Heifer Calves
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Lady; 2. River Ridge Mini Herefords with RR Sassy; 3. D+S Mini Herefords with D+S Princess Kate

Class 4: Spring Heifer Calves
1. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Sunni; 2. Fordyce Farms with Bat Gracie; 3. Cody & Ashley Herman with HL SSF Snow White H104-ET; 4. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Money ET

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Lady
Reserve: Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Sunni

Class 5: Intermediate Senior Heifers
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Halie; 2. Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with RHH Elly; 3. River Ridge Mini Herefords with RR Heidi; 4. Sunny Creek Farms with Miss Ali’s Dora

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Halie
Reserve: Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords with RHH Elly

Class 6: Summer Senior Heifers
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss M&M; 2. D+S Mini Herefords with Susie Q; 3. Leah Stroud with 05’s B-Day Joy; 4. Fordyce Farms with Bat Twizzle Dee

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss M&M
Reserve: D+S Mini Hereford with Susie Q

Class 7: Spring Senior Heifers
1. Leah Stroud with LS Star Saphire 05N9; 2. Cream & Crimson Cattle Co. with C&C’s Gypsie Rain Naomi

Class 8: Spring Senior Heifers
1. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Discoe Dede; 2. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Kora ET; 3. Rick & Debra Flohr with KAP Huntress Telia

Champion: Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Dede
Reserve: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Kora ET

Grand Champion Heifer:
Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Lady

Reserve Grand Champion Heifer:
Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Halie

Class 9: Cow/Calf Pair
1. Springfields Farms with KAP Sasha Rose; 2. Bill & Bonnie Hairrell with C&C’s Hallie Jo

Champion: Springfields Farms with KAP Sasha Rose
Reserve: Bill & Bonnie Hairrell with C&C’s Hallie Jo

Class 10: Pair of Females Bred & Owned
1. Splitt Creek Ranch; 2. Sandy Hills Farm; 3. Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords; 4. Fordyce Farms

Class 11: Prospect Steers
1. Fordyce Farms with Bat Bear; 2. Springfields Farm with Tate; 3. Meadowview Farms with MVF Lil Urban Hiffy; 4. D+S Mini Herefords with Andro

Class 12: Prospect Steers
1. Meadowview Farms with MVF Lil Urban Iffy; 2. Rick and Debra Flohr with RFD Rock Solid Mark

Champion: Fordyce Farms with Bat Bear
Reserve: Meadowview Farms with MVF Lil Urban Iffy

Class 13: Market Steers
1. Leah Stroud with WW Joseph’s Dusk; 2. Springfields Farm with SF Wreckless Driver; 3. D+S Mini Herefords with Hank

Champion: Leah Stroud with WW Joseph’s Dusk
Reserve: Springfields Farm with SF Wreckless Driver

Class 14: Junior Bull Calves
1. WO Show Me Sweet Willie; 2. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Kiels Styker

Champion: WO Show Me Sweet Willie
Reserve: Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Kiels Styker

Class 15: Spring Bull Calves
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Wymore; 2. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS KC Joe 996 ET; 3. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Pauly; 4. River Ridge Mini Herefords with RR Oliver

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Wymore
Reserve: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS KC Joe 996 ET

Class 16: Summer Senior Bull
1. Leah Stroud with WW Tom Thumb

Champion: Leah Stroud with WW Tom Thumb

Class 17: Spring Senior Bull
1. Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Thunder

Champion: Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Thunder

Grand Champion Bull:
Sandy Hills Farm with SHF Disco Thunder

Reserve Grand Champion Bull:
Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Wymore

Class 18: Pair of Bulls Bred & Owned
1. Sandy Hills Farm; 2. Splitt Creek Ranch

American Royal

Class 1: Junior Heifer Calves
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Lady; 2. Rolling Hills Mini Herefords with RHH Iowa White Oak Girl; 3. Eric & Tina Snyder with RR Sassy; 4. Eric & Tina Snyder wtih MPK Grace Quip

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Lady
Reserve: Rolling Hills Mini Herefords with RHH Iowa White Oak Girl

Class 2: Senior Heifer Calves
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Money ET

Class 3: Senior Heifer Calves
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Halie; 2. Eric & Tina Snyder with RR Heidi; 3. Brent White with RHH Elly

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Halie
Reserve: Eric & Tina Snyder with RR Heidi

Class 4: Junior Heifers
1. Harlo Cattle Co. with KAP Viking’s 4L Adair; 2. J Bar W Cattle Co. with JW’s Tiana; 3. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss M&M

Class 5: Junior Heifers
1. Landgren Ranch with JW’s Shiloh; 2. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Willow

Class 6: Junior Heifers
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Kora ET

Champion: Harlo Cattle Co. with KAP Viking’s 4L Adair
Reserve: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Kora ET

Grand Champion Heifer: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Miss Lady
Reserve Grand Champion: Harlo Cattle Co. with KAP Vikings 4L Adair

Class 9: Pair of Females
1. Splitt Creek Ranch

Class 10: Junior Bull Calves
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Wymore; 2. Eric & Tina Snyder with RR Oliver

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Wymore
Reserve: Eric & Tina Snyder with RR Oliver

Class 11: Junior Bull Calves
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS KC Joe 996 ET

Class 13: Junior Bulls
1. J Bar W Cattle Co. with JW’s Roll The Dice; 2. J Bar W Cattle Co. with JW’s Too Cool

Class 14: Junior Bulls
1. Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Mr Seth; 2. J Bar W Cattle Co. with JW’s A Top Gun

Champion: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Mr Seth
Reserve: J Bar W Cattle Co. with JW’s Roll The Dice

Grand Champion Bull: Splitt Creek Ranch with SS Mr Seth
Reserve Grand Champion: J Bar W Cattle Co. with JW’s Roll The Dice

Class 18: Pair of Bulls
1. Splitt Creek Ranch; 2. J Bar W Cattle Co.

Class 19: Steers
1. Stephen Mcintyre with Mac’s Rojo Blanco

Class 20: Steers
1. Kayden Offolter with Davey


Becket Fall Foliage Sale

Pike, New Hampshire was the place to be on the 1st weekend in October as Miniature Hereford enthusiasts came from 9 states and as far away as Colorado and Nebraska for the first Becket Fall Foliage Sale. It was a time to meet other breeders, invest in good cattle, and enjoy the colors of New England.

The weekend started with a dinner on Friday evening at the Meeting House here on our campus. The meal featured a Miniature Hereford rib roast with miniature fall vegetables prepared and served by our culinary staff and students. For dessert, they made a special apple cake with maple frosting made from maple syrup produced by our students last spring.

The weather outside was cool and rainy but the atmosphere in the barn was warm as the sale got started. Fran Mackenzie, MHBA Treasurer and Bill Moreton, Region 1 Director, greeted the crowd and encouraged new breeders to join the association. Scott Bang from Fremont, NE, read the pedigrees as Reg Lussier from Lyndonville, VT, did the auctioneering. Topping the sale at $4000 was Becket Tug Liesel 152H with her polled heifer calf, Becket G Lacey 249L. Donna Spano from Wallkill,,NY, took them home along with Becket P Molly B21 and Becket L Mackenzie 258L at $3300 and several other outstanding cow/calf pairs. These animals will be the foundation of her new herd.

Eleven head went west to Nebraska to Splitt Creek Ranch and Old School Genetics. Judy Splitt, along with her friend, Kay, joined us for the weekend. Among those cattle headed for Nebraska are Becket Mr Mischief 207K, a young bull sired by MMF George 061 and out of one of our top cow families and Becket SW Lauren 203J, a fancy bred heifer from our Lucy Family.

Justin Grady, Elizabeth, CO, was the successful bidder on one of our favorite heifers, Becket SW Sally 201J and a young bull with a big future, Becket Mighty Mike 250L.

Margaret Tarvis, Little Compton, RI, bought a fancy polled heifer calf. Becket L Oyeah 247L is a Becket Liberty 144G out of a Tug daughter. Margaret and her husband, Tom, are long time Hereford breeders who started with Minis a few years ago.

Bill and Sharon Moreton, Lehighton, PA, took home 3 members of our Gloria Family including a pair of full sisters by MMF George 061. They are out of a Remitall Online 122L daughter that we have been breeding down to Miniature frame size. Bill is also the new owner of George and Willy, our premier herd sires.

We were very pleased that several new breeders decided to start their herds with Becket cattle. Scott and Heather Delconte and their family from Oswego, NY, took home 4 head including the dam of their show-winning heifer. Becket Tug Orissa 148H is the dam of Becket G Opal who was the Reserve Grand Champion of all breeds at their show last summer.

David Machado from Westport, MA purchased 2 bred heifers from the Lucy and Manzanita families as the foundation for his herd, and Harold and Lynn Lassonde from Pittsburg, NH, will build their herd on two young cows from those same cow families. Starting another new herd is Wayne Akins from Warner, NH, with a nice bred heifer, Becket L Libby 218K. Wayne also purchased Becket SW Stanley 228K, a LPF Slick Willy son from Becket Tug Star 65F. Warren Kimball and Alice Towle, Grantham, NH, purchased two consignments from Bill and Sharon Moreton .

Tom Harrison, Eagle Bridge, NY was the successful bidder on Becket SW Luna 206J, a young heifer that has been a favorite here. Since we’ve had such good luck with bulls purchased from Tom, we added LPF Mr. McFrost, a Lexus son, to our herd as a future herd sire.

We will continue to develop our herd and build on the Lucy and Manzanita families through daughters of LPF Slick Willy, MMF George 061, and Becket Liberty 144G. We’re looking forward to watching the influence of J-W’S Full Throttle and our new bull, ”Frosty” make a positive impact in our herd.

It is our hope that this sale is just the beginning of many more Miniature Hereford activities in the Northeast. With new herds starting up and the enthusiasm that these great little cows generate, Region 1 is on a roll! Whenever you visit the northeast, we hope you’ll stop by, say hello, and take a look at our cattle.