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Best in the West Show

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

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

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

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

Region 7 Report

Region 7 Report
National Western Stock Show 2011

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

Region 9 Report

Region 9 report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teresa Speer
Region 9 Director

 

Region 8 Report

MHBA Region 8
Directors Report

To all the members of Region 8, I want to say thank you for allowing me to represent you on the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association board. As I stated in prior communication with Region 8 members I will not be seeking re-election of the Regional Director position.

I encourage everyone to support their Regional Directors, as we are elected to help represent you to the MHBA board and without your input we are not able to complete this task as efficiently as expected.

The new director will be working on the continuation of the MHBA youth program that has not come to a conclusion as yet. Do not confuse this with the Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation, which is an educational/scholarship program. My suggestion for the youth program was to put an application process to the membership, and select the qualified applicants for the Youth adult board from the application pool. At the time of this letter, there has not been a process for choosing adult board members for the new Youth Program put into place that I am aware of. I do again encourage you to contact your director with any ideas or concerns that you might have.

So to the new MHBA Regional Director for Region 8, I wish you the best and you will have my continuing support as a member of the MHBA. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Arlou Cox
MHBA Regional Director
Region 8

 

 

Region 9: January, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Region 9 – January 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Region 5: Ready for Iowa?

Hi everyone. Looking alot like Christmas as I write this. We have had several
new members for our region lately and would like to give them a big welcome. The
Iowa State Fair Show is on tap for Thursday August 18. Can begin to arrive at
12:01am and must be in by noon August 18th. Show will be in Outdoor Arena on
Friday August 19,2011 at 1:00PM and Junior Show to follow at about 3:00. Release
on August 21 at 3PM. I will have more information to follow. This area is really
excited about our breed and never seems to end with the questions and people
looking to get into our breed. The fair last year has really given us a lot of
hope for marketing our cattle. Many new buyers this year and alot of people
exspanding. I wish all a good New Year and mark our dates on your calendar. Even
if you aren’t showing,we would love to have you come and be with our MHBA
Family.

Region 6: Looking Forward to 2011

The Miniature Hereford business is growing in leaps and bounds here in Region 6. 2010 has been an exciting year. The Texas Junior Hereford Association added Miniature Herefords to their show this year. The Tri-State Fair added Miniature Herefords this year also. 2011 looks to be an exciting year also with San Antonio inviting us to join their show this year.

Recap of our 2010 events this year. Miniature Hereford shows at Houston Livestock Show, Star of Texas Show, Texas Junior Hereford State show, Tri-State Fair and Rodeo, Gillispie County Fair, State Far of Texas. This is six different shows held here in Region 6 this year, plus events at numerous TJLA shows including the Belt Buckle Bonanza and the Fall Classic. Our 2nd Annual Miniature Hereford sale held at the Star of Texas topped $125,000 in sales. This sale continues to grow each year and we are looking for another great sale this coming year in 2011. For info regarding this sale contact Greg Schulz at gschulz@mini-hereford.com

Overall cattle markets in Texas are up this fall, demand for miniature herefords is showing some strength as we go through the fall. 2011 looks to be a great year for both shows and sales. With the addition of San Antonio we will have a full line up of shows.

There are several additional shows under consideration for sanctioning throughout the region. If you have suggestions for a show, please send me an email and lets work on it.

Thanks to all of you for your help and support during this past year. Looking forward to another great year with ya’ll.

Greg Schulz
Region 6 Director

Region 3

Hello from the Midwest….

We’ve just recently held the fourth annual Miniature Hereford Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY.  Numbers were slightly down over previous years, but the show was, again, very impressive and laced with good quality cattle.  Tom Redden of Redden Brothers Livestock in Norman, IN sorted our cattle.  Mr. Redden was very complimentary of our cattle throughout the day and I think we had a very competitive and high-quality group of cattle representing our breed as always.  The MHYA also held a youth show in conjunction with our show and had a nice turnout.  Overall show winners for the MHBA open show were as follows:

Grand Champion Female:

SS Miss Stella (Spring Sr. Heifer Div.) Joe Seale, TX

Res. Grand Champion Female:

KAP Huntress Telia (Jr. Heifer Calf Div.) Rick & Debra Flohr, IN

Grand Champion Bull:

SHF Disco Thunder (Jr. Bull Calf Div.) Sandy Hills Farm, AR

Res. Grand Champion Bull:

KAP Viking Xeno (Jr. Bull Calf Div.) KP Ranch, NE

Congratulations go to the show winners and many thanks to all our exhibitors for supporting this show!!

As is the case each year, on behalf of Region 3 Breeders, as well as all those participating in and benefiting from the show in Louisville, I want to formally thank the MHBA and it’s governing board for their support of this show.  May we all reap the rewards from the type of exposure granted by being a part of a show of this size and quality.

Additionally, I wanted to pass along another exciting event that took place in our region this fall.  Following is a brief write-up that was provided to me by one of our members in Kentucky:

Wes and Denise Nelson of Catalpa Ridge Farm participated in the Herbst Tour on October 17th 2010, where they showcased their herd.  Last year was their first year participating in the Tour, showing one bull and four heifers.  This year they were fortunate enough to show off three summer calves, as well.   Over 250 visitors came from Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana to observe and learn about Mini Herefords.  It was a wonderful way to promote and generate interest in the breed.  Mini Herefords are new to the area, and most people had never seen them before.  Many visitors showed interest in them.

This was the fourth year of the self-guided tour through Camp Springs, Melbourne, and California, Kentucky.   Stops included farms, wineries, and historical buildings.

Yet another great example of a breeder becoming involved in creative ways to promote and further the exposure of our cattle.  Many thanks to the Nelson family, I’m sure a lot of work went into this event!!

Respectfully submitted,

Ben Lisby

Region 3 Director

 

Region 5

Rain,floods and heat will not keep the breeders of our wonderful Miniature herefords away. This is Bev Strong,region 5 director saying hello and hope everyone had fun at Iowa. We had a couple of cancellation due to the floods so keep CT Miniature Herefords in your prayers. We had 16 breeders and 82 head of cattle at the show. Every year the quality gets better. I would have hated to be judge. We had a Pasta supper on Thursday and most attended. The celebrity class had all new company’s represented.Our only repeat was Sophia from Des Moines Register. She sported new cowboy boots instead of flip flops this year. The excitement of our miniature herefords are growing in midwest. We have went from 8 breeders to 36 and growing everyday We welcome the new families that showed and also members that came in just to enjoy.I would like to thank all that attended and thank all who helped make show go smooth. So I must sign off and dream up a new class for our show. The stands were full and that’s what a show is all about.

Strong Miniature Herefords

Marketing

Marketing and selling Miniature Herefords is no different than selling any other product. You must define your product, know your prospective buyers, and develop the tools necessary to inform them of your product.
In my opinion the miniature cattle industry is a niche industry within an industry, therefore requiring some level of education to prospective buyers. Many of your potential buyers will be new to the cattle industry and have limited knowledge of cattle. So it may help to offer assistance after the sale.
How do people know you have cattle for sale? Most folks driving by your property will not realize that you he some for sale. You need to have some or all of the following tools in place to assist you in informing the public that you have cattle for sale; 1) sign in front of property , 2) advertisement in magazines or other publications, 3)internet web sites, 4) stock shows, 5) word of mouth.
It does not matter if you are selling show cattle, seedstock, or beef cattle. You must know your product and choose your market. Inform people about your product. They cannot buy from you if they do not know you exist. In my opinion the best advertisement you can ever get is word of mouth.
A sign in front of your property so people who drive by will know you raise Miniature Herefords can be a good way of advertising your cattle. A sign on your trailer is like a traveling billboard.
Magazines and printed publications can be great for advertising your cattle. There are lots of magazines, so you should make sure the magazine or periodical of your choice is targeting the demographic that will be most likely to purchase cattle.
Livestock shows are a great way to market your premier show stock. Buyers, enthusiasts, and fellow breeders will be there to view cattle and select new breeding stock.
What about livestock auctions? Your standard livestock auctions may not be the best place to sell Miniature Herefords. Registered cattle auctions or specialty auctions may work out okay for you. Remember, you have a specialty product and you are in a niche market. You have a premium product and you need to market it as such.

Region 6

What a great year we are experiencing here in Region 6 in the Miniature Hereford business. On the show side of our business we started our year in Region 6 with the Houston Livestock Show and followed with the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. Both shows were significantly larger than during previous years. These shows continue to grow both in number of cattle as well as exhibitors. We continue to attract more exhibitors from within our Region and this adds more stability and local presence to our shows. People prefer to buy from their neighbors.

The Texas Junior Hereford Assocation and the Texas Junior Polled Hereford Association. For 2010 the state show was held at the Tri-State Exposition Center in Amarillo, Texas. This year they created classes and recognized our Miniature Herefords. We had several juniors show Miniature Herefords at this show for the first time. We expect to be invited again in 2011. This is such an exciting event and opportunity for all of us in the Miniature Hereford business.

We will be looking forward to Miniature Hereford Shows at the TJLA Belt Buckle Bonanza, July 4th weekend, TJLA Fall Classic, Tri-State Fair, Gillispie County Fair, State Fair of Texas, American Royal Livestock Show. There may be more that I’ve missed as there are numerous individuals here within our Region that are working on shows and expositions.

Thanks to all within our region for all the help both with your time and your financial contributions to help us grow our Miniature Hereford business’s throughout the US.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any suggestions or ideas which we can look into to improve our business opportunities, our youth programs, and our national association.

Region 7

Report from Region 7

Hello to all. I hope everyone’s weather has settled down and everyone is in to Summer finally.

Region 7 welcomes 7 new members this year. I look forward to hearing from all of you would like to know if you have any questions.

NWSS
The MHBA has been awarded two Junior Classes for the 2011 National Western Show. We will have a Junior Heifer Class and a Junior Prospect Steer Class. At the Breed Meeting at the National Western in May we received a report on the cattle shows from 2005 through 2010. The following was from their report. In 2005 MHBA showed more cattle than 5 other breeds and most breeds increased in numbers shown through 2008. In 2008 MHBA showed 175 cattle including prospect and market steers, but dropped our numbers by 31 in 2009 along with all but 3 breeds. Definitely a reaction to the economy, but the good news, we did increase our number this year. With the strong support of our old breeders and the energetic new members I know this trend will continue.

NILE
Jo is getting ready for the show in Billings in October. The Barn is open October 10th,In Place by 12:00 Noon October 11th, Processing 12:00 -2:00 PM October 11th, Show 1:00 PM October 12th, Sale 10:30 AM October 13th, Release 6:00 PM October 13th. Entry fees $40.00 per class and must be postmarked by September 15th. Late Fees will be assessed from September 16th to September 24th at $15.00 per head.
LODGING: Host Hotel is The Dude Rancher Lodge. Rate: $67.oo per room. Phone number: 406-259-5561. They accept Pets, have a restaurant, and are closer to the Show Grounds. Questions contact
Jo Young: Phone: 406-777-3138 or 406-279-9376 Email:
riverslideranch@yahoo.com

Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, Kansas
Bob and Joan Massengale have asked me to tell you about Pat and Bonnie Wendlings’ hard work to establish a display of Miniature Herefords at the Kansas State Fair. There is no show only the display. The dates are September 10-11-12. For further information you can contact Pat on his cell 316-772-0806, Home phone 316-835-3626 or Email: jesse@pixius.net. They would love to have anyone who is interested join them.

Have a great summer
Lesta Kugeler
Home Phone 970-487-3037, Cell 303-903-1032, email Kugeler@aol.com

Hello from Region 5

This is Regional 5 Director Bev Strong saying hello from Iowa Show. This year we go in on Thursday and by the fairs request we will be dismissed on Sunday. This is good for our breed as the weekends are very busy and a lot of people have requested  to see us. So we go in anytime after midnight Wednesday and have to be in place by noon Thursday the 19th of August. I have made arrangement for tieouts for  Wednesday night . We are having a Pasta Gathering at 7:00 PM Thursday night for everyone to meet and welcome our new exhibitors and friends.  Even if you are not showing  we welcome all.    Our  Open show will be Friday at 2:00. We will open our show with our Celebrity Baby Bull Show. This year we have several new showmen. We even have Sophia from the Des Moines Register that had so much fun last year wanted to try again. We will be in Cattle barn this year and will show in new Open Arena . All attending enter in Gate 6.  I have been told by the Junior President there is a new class for Junior Heifers.  These are heifer born 1-1-09 and later.  The deadline for Entry is July 1,2010. Late entries will be accepted with additional fees. All info is on iowastatefair.org. The classes and info are on line now.  Entries are accepted online or you can print the form and mail it in. Cow /Calf winners will receive buckles.   So tie up them babies and hope to see you at Iowa State Fair. Info email bstrong@zumatel.net

NWSS Recap

The 2010 National Western has already come and gone, it doesn’t seem possible. The show weather was great in Denver, not so good in the states many breeders had to go through to get there and go home. Just shows we have many fearless and loyal breeders! There were 149 cattle shown in Denver by 39 breeders, up from last year so we continue to grow despite the economy.
Our Sale at NWSS was a success with the sale of 21 head of cattle, 3 embryo packages, and 10 straws. The Grand Champion Female and the Grand Champion Bull were also offered for sale. The gross was $95,680.00 and after all expenses were paid, $1500.00 was the profit for the MHBA.
The membership in Region 7 continues to grow along with interest in our cattle, which is a good thing for our cattle and us as breeders. If you know people with kids in 4H and/or FFA talk to them and get interest going in having Miniature Hereford classes started in their local fairs for the younger kids.
Jo Young is busy getting things ready for the NILE Show in Billings, Montana in October.
The MHBA membership continues to grow and expand its horizons with new programs being discussed in committees. With imput form our membership we will continue to move forward. If anyone has any suggestions please contact me by phone or email. 970-487-3037 H 303-903-1032 C Lkugeler@aol.com
Lesta Kugeler Region 7

Region 5: Gearing Up for Iowa State Fair!

Hi gang,this your Region 5 director from the state of Iowa hoping your weather is better than ours. If the daily snow don’t get you, the bitter cold and wind will. We are gearing up for the Iowa State Fair. We will go in on August 18 thru August 21. For those of you that travel, I have set up getting in Tuesday night after six. They have saved tie outs. We will be given preminums this year  as we have proven we are here to stay. Our numbers were 81 head and 23 breeders last year and with all the new breeders I think we will grow again. We have moved the Celebrity Baby Bull class to start the Open Show which will start at 2:00PM. Get your babies ready let me know. It is a wonderful show case for your ranch. Last year we had standing room only. We have cooked up some surprises that I will inform you later about. So the buckles are ordered,the show will go on. Registration must be in by July 1. We a challenging you to come whether it is your first time showing. MHBA members are alway willing to help. So mark this on your calendar. I  attended a Cow/Calf Exibition  yesterday to see Brent White show our breed and the interest and excitement was unbelievable. Happy Calving season. Bev Strong

Texas Shows

2010 Miniature Hereford Shows at:
Houston Livestock Show in Houston, Texas and
Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo in Austin, Texas

Congratulations to all our exhibitors for bring such an excellent group of cattle to show and for the public to see. Many were impressed with the overall quality of cattle and for the fantastic job done by all in preparing the cattle for the shows. The cattle at both shows are a credit to our breed and an excellent representation of our breed of cattle.

We thank all who helped make these shows possible. It is a team effort to plan and put on these shows. Houston and Austin were both great this year and we had record turnouts for both shows. Our shows continue to grow here in Region 6. Our membership here in Region 6 also continues to grow. It is amazing to me how many breeders we now have. In a year of economic challenge, our (MHBA) shows continue to grow, with more cattle and more breeders at our events and activities. This says a lot about the excitement surrounding our cattle and the commitment of our breeders to promote our breed.

Our Miniature Hereford Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 2010 had 145 entries from 35 exhibitors this year. Our Open show consisted of 22 exhibitors with 122 entries. Our Pre-Junior Show consisted of 13 exhibitors with 23 entries. Our Pre-Junior program consisted of youth from MHBA, MHYA, and TPLA. I had the opportunity to speak with our judge after the event and he shared the following comments with me: “Congratulate all your breeders. I am very impressed. When I was asked to judge miniature Herefords, I must admit, I did not know what to think. These cattle are for real. There just aren’t any bad cattle here today. This is one of the toughest days I’ve had judging cattle. The differences are very subtle and these cattle are very correct. There just isn’t any junk here today.” That is a great compliment for all of us as breeders. Breeders of all breeds are noticing our cattle and just how great they are.

Our Miniature Hereford Show at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo for 2010 had 117 entries from 34 exhibitors this year. Our Open show consisted of 23 exhibitors with 98 entries. Our Pre-Junior Show consisted of 11 exhibitors with 19 entries. Our Pre-Junior program consisted of youth from MHBA, MHYA, and TPLA. Our judge at Austin had similar comments, as our judge in Houston did. He was very impressed with our cattle, our exhibitors, and our youth.

We expect to have Junior divisions and classes added to our program for 2011 at both of these shows.

We held our second annual Miniature Hereford Auction at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo this year. We ended up with 70 lots in the sale. We had a very mixed group of cattle for buyers to look at this year. We had three (3) Market Steers from Pre-Junior exhibitors, 22 show heifer prospects, 2 prospect steers, 23 heifers and bred heifers, 2 cow/calf pairs, 13 bred cows, and five (5) bulls. The sale grossed $124,400 (This is my tally, the official sale numbers will be published separately). The sale provided a little bit for everybody. If you were looking to get into the miniature Hereford business, whether you were looking for show cattle or just pasture cattle, there was a little of it all to choose from. We had consignments from about a dozen different breeders scattered across the USA and we thank them all for helping to make this a great sale. We thank all of our buyers to helping this sale continue to grow each year. We hope to make this one of the largest miniature Hereford sales in the world.
Each year we learn things we can and should do differently to help make next year’s projects even better. With the support and input of the participants we will continue to improve both our shows and our sales.

Before I move onto my next topic of discussion I would like to thank everyone who helped make these shows a success. Participants, spectators, volunteers, and sponsors; without you these events cannot and would not happen. YOU are the backbone of what we do. YOUR comments and ideas are appreciated and all are considered. If you have suggestions for our shows and activities here in Region 6, please share them with me. If you can volunteer your time to help with any of our activities, please let me know. We need all the help we can get. The more help the better.

Cattle Health returning from shows and new purchases:

You just bought new cattle at a sale or out of a stall at a stock show or a breeder. You have brought them home and are ready to turn them out with your herd. They look just awesome and you’re so proud of your new purchases. Now what? Are there any procedures one should consider? Here is what we do at Schulz Farm;

1. All cattle coming in, our own show cattle, new purchases, etc…, are quarantined away from all our other cattle for a period of 14 to 30 days. This allows us to monitor health of our show animals to ensure we do not have any shipping fever, or that we have picked up any new bugs at the show. All cattle are treated for external parasites as they come off the trailer.

2.New purchases: These cattle are monitored for 7 days for health, after which, assuming they are healthy we vaccinate all of them. If they do not show they have been ear notch tested for BVD, we do the ear notch test for BVD PI.

A good BVD PI testing program is a good idea for any herd. An animal only has to be tested once in their life for this. Animals are born PI and they will shed the virus for as long as they live and all their offspring will be PI’s also. If you buy cattle that have not been tested you should test them.

3.Bulls should be tested as if you are taking them to a bull stud. Brucellosis, Trich, etc… You never know what happens in the middle of the night at a stock show when you’re not there.

4.Young cycling heifers that are still too young to be bred. You may want to preg test them, 30 to 45 days after the show. You never know when a bull may have got loose during the night and serviced your young heifer. A simple preg test may save a heifers life. We do not take any chances here. We give all our young cycling heifers a shot of Lutulyse about 10 days upon return from a stock show

You may be thinking “wow!” “What a pain this is!” The pain of a few procedures such as this is much less than dealing with the pain of having a bull with trich, or a BVD PI coming into your herd. There are those who make light of BVD because it is not a regulated disease in most states. It is not regulated because it is not transmittable to humans, but it costs the livestock industry billions of dollars. The introduction of a BVD PI into your herd may result in devastating events for your herd. Even the best and most ethical breeders can end up with a problem such as this, without ever even knowing it. Even though you have a good vaccination program, you are not immune. Vaccines are NOT 100%, and BVD vaccines are probably less than 80% effective against this virus. As a breeder you can do everything right, and still end up with an infected animal. There is NO cure. BVD PI’s must be disposed of.
How can one of my own animals get infected? Let’s assume you have a BVD PI tested FREE bred female and you are at a stock show. Let’s assume this heifer is 75 days bred. She is tied to a rail across from an animal who is BVD PI (positive) or BVD acute. They touch noses, or the infected animal coughs on your animal. Your animal is now exposed. Your unborn calf now runs the risk of being born a BVD PI. Assuming your bred heifer is healthy and vaccinated, with all probability she will be just fine. If she (your heifer) is BVD PI (negative) she cannot ever become a BVD PI, she could only become acute. This is just one way you can get your animals infected. This can happen through a fence shared with a neighboring herd at home, at the vet clinic, etc….

Please review your procedures and vaccination protocols with your veterinarian. One final note on vaccine’s: Make sure that you review the label thoroughly prior to administering the vaccine to your cattle. Many vaccines cannot be given to bred cows or cows that are lactating, thus you will need to find an alternative that will still provide adequate protection against the disease you are vaccinating for prevention.

 

 

Region 3

Hello from the Midwest….
We’ve just recently held the third annual Miniature Hereford Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY. The show was, again, very successful having entries of 73 head from 24 breeders representing 11 states. David Ragsdale of Ragsdale Sutherland Shorthorns in Prospect, KY, sorted the cattle. Mr. Ragsdale was very complimentary of our cattle throughout the day and for good reason, I think we had a very competitive and highquality group of cattle there representing our breed.

The MHYA also held a youth show in conjunction with our show and had a nice turnout. Overall show winners for the MHBA open show were as follows:
Grand Champion Female: SS Miss Stella (Jr. Heifer Div.) Splitt Creek Ranch, NE
Res. Grand Champion Female: JW’s Loverboy’s Laci (Spring Sr. Heifer Div.) Gerdes Show Cattle, IA
Grand Champion Bull: EK Pistol (Spring Sr. Bull Div.) Splitt Creek Ranch, NE
Res. Grand Champion Bull: KAP Lieutenant Nels (Jr. Bull Div.) Polish Enterprises, WI

Congratulations go to the show winners and many thanks to all our exhibitors for supporting this show!!

As is the case each year, on behalf of Region 3 Breeders, as well as all those participating in and benefiting from the show in Louisville, I want to formally thank the MHBA and its governing board for their support of this show. May we all reap the rewards from the type of exposure granted by being a part of a show of this size and quality.

Additionally, I wanted to pass along another exciting event that took place in our region this fall. Following is an article written for the Ashland Times Gazette in Ashland,OH covering MHBA members Chris Tuttle and family’s participation in their county’s annual farm tour: (Please see “Farm Tour” this page.)

What a great example of a breeder becoming involved in creative ways to promote and further the exposure of our cattle. Many thanks to the Tuttle family, I’m sure a lot of work went into this event!!
Respectfully submitted,
~ Ben Lisby

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

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 gschulz@mini-hereford.com. 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 gschulz@minihereford.com.

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.