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TJLA POINTS

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We are off and running here in Texas and we couldn’t be more excited. I have spoken to some breeders and they are ready to see these kids run with their animals!

The new Points Start APRIL 13, 2013!

 

Make sure to Check back here and in the Mini Hereford Magazine for all things TJLA!

See you down the road.

– Tiffanie

TJLA and Texas Youth!

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Big things are happening down here in the Loan Star State that you should know about.

We recently approached TJLA, the Texas Junior Livestock Association, here in Texas about letting the Mini Herefords become a recognized breed in their sanctioned shows. After much negations we reached a deal that we feel would best represent our breed and the youth that are showing these animals.

For all of you that are unfamiliar with TJLA and how it works, TJLA is a governing body that oversees a point system and a group of sanctioned shows here in Texas. A youth becomes a member of TJLA and “run points” with their animals at a series of shows throughout the year. There is honestly a show every weekend, if not more than that, which they can go to. At the end of that given year the points are tallied up, based on shows attended and placement, and the top 10 exhibitors of that breed are given a “top 10 jacket” at an awards banquet. There is a division for all the species of cattle as well and pigs, lambs and goats. As you can see this is a BIG deal to be part of, and we are so excited!

In meeting with TJLA we realized that a majority of the kids that show minis were under the age of 8, which is normally when you are allowed to join TJLA, we went to them with the idea of letting the Pre Jrs show as well. They agreed, so now we are the only breed of cattle where a child under the age of 8 is allowed to show under the TJLA banner. For the 2013 point season, there will be 2 divisions, Juniors (ages 8 and older) and PreJrs (ages 3-8), they will combine steer and heifer points in each division and come up with an overall top 5 mini Hereford in each division. There is also 2 big TJLA shows a year, Belt Buckle Bonnanza and Fall Classic. As you can see there is a huge opportunity for kids to now get involved in the mini breed here in Texas!

We are asking all the breeders that are selling minis to kids to let them know about joining TJLA and all it has to offer. Please check back on the Mini Hereford Breeders Association web site as well as the magazines, where we will keep you up to date on all the upcoming shows and feature stories about the youth showing in Texas!

If you have any questions please contact me 210.482.0420 ! You can also log on and join TJLA online!!

 

See you soon!

Tiffanie Ivy

Region 6

This being my first report since the elections and I want to say that I am honored to be elected as Region 6 Representative.  I look forward to serving you in Region 6.  First, I’ve selected Laura Cole as the show superintendent for all MHBA sanctioned and/or sponsored shows in the Region.  I’ve asked her to coordinate with the respective show personnel and work toward consistency in the rules for each of the shows in the Region.  Keeping the playing field level for Region 6 members is a priority.  I don’t support rules that put Region 6 members at a disadvantage to members in other regions so, when at all possible, the rules for Region 6 shows will be consistent with the rules in other regions.  I anticipate that we will have a schedule completed of all MHBA sanctioned and/or sponsored shows near the end of the year and I will have that schedule posted as soon as possible.  Second, Mr. Eward Meier has agreed to serve as a Regional Field Advisor.  Ed has spent a lifetime in the cattle industry and is a wealth of information for both the new breeders and more established breeders alike.  We are fortunate to have someone with Ed’s character and integrity available to us.  I welcome ideals and suggestions so please don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail if you have any.  I think it’s going to be an exciting time for our region and I look froward to working with each of you.

Tri-State Fair & Rodeo Show Results

Open Show
Class 2: Spring Jr Heifer Calves
1. LK Robinson Farm with LK’s Maybelle*; 2. LK Robinson Farm with LK’s Taffey; 3. LK Robinson Farms with LK’s Commotion

Class 3: Fall/Winter Jr Heifers
1. Aubree Blissard with MABC Chocolate Lady 1404**; 2. Cheraye Aguirre with CA Lady “A”; 3. Emilee Munchrath with BLP Miss Peanut; 4. Aubree Blissard with MABC Coconut Lady

Class 4: Summer Int. Heifers
1. Bill & Dolores Jenkins with BDJ Silver Breez; 2. Bill & Dolores Jenkins with BDJ Sugar Plum Oak; 3. Charlotte Williams with WW Kid Edwina; 4. Charlotte Williams with WW Golden Grace; 5. LK Robinson Farm with LK’s Half Pint Continue reading Tri-State Fair & Rodeo Show Results

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

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.

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 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.

Region 6 reply to Mark Ulrich email

Fellow Breeders:

I received the email message from Mr. Ulrich as many of you did.  The youth show at the NAILE continues to grow each year since MHBA began the youth show there three years ago.  I’ve received several phone calls and email messages from some of you, so I will take a moment to address some of the points Mr. Ulrich has brought up.

 

1.      MHBA does not have a youth association.  MHBA did not start up MHYA, nor is MHYA a part of MHBA.  MHBA began youth show simply as a part of MHBA.  MHYA is a separate entity and thus far has chosen to remain as such.

2.      Minutes from MHBA meetings reflect that MHBA board had discussions to create a youth program.  The motion to do this did not pass, as some board members were talking to MHYA board to find a workable solution for MHBA and MHYA to work together.  These negotiations continue at this time.

3.      There is not currently any motion before the MHBA board to create a youth association.

4.      There is a motion before MHBA board to create a youth foundation.  A non profit 501 (c)3 charitable entity to provide scholarships and other educational programs for MHBA youth.  This foundation is for providing educational programs and resources for youth, not shows.

5.      TJLA (Texas Junior Livestock Association) is not a part of MHBA.   TJLA has a show circuit for junior age youth.  MHBA will be sponsoring a Miniature Hereford Heifer Division for 2010, 2011, and 2012.  At the end of 2012, our probationary period will expire and if there is more than 20 youth showing miniature Herefords, TJLA will sponsor the breed after that time period.  MHBA is simply sponsoring the breed in the TJLA show circuit.  MHBA is contributing $1,000 per year for each year and a group of breeders and sponsors are providing $1,000 per year for each year also.

6.      TPLA (Texas PeeWee Livestock Association) is not a part of MHBA.  TPLA is not part of the sponsorship listed above.  MHBA is not currently involved with TPLA.

7.      There is not any attempt by MHBA to confuse anyone, as alleged by Mr. Ulrich.  The minutes for the board meetings and activities are posted on the MHBA web site and published in the MHBA magazine.

8.      Many MHBA member contribute a great deal of advice, ideas, criticism, etc…, to the progress of MHBA.  Members communicate through their Regional Directors, the executive Board, the discussion forum on the MHBA web site, etc….

In summary, the email sent out by Mr. Ulrich contains inaccurate information.  Mr. Ulrich did not contact his Regional Director prior to sending out his message and thus did not get the facts prior to sending the message.  Our apologies for the misinformation, for any confusion that has been created.

 

MHBA has been talking to MHYA to find ways in which we can become more unified.  Some questions for MHYA include:

 

1.      What is the corporate status of MHYA?   Non Profit?  501?

2.      How does the adult board of MHYA get in place?  What are the terms?

3.      What does MHYA expect from MHBA?

MHYA is not a part of MHBA at this time.  MHYA is a separate entity that does their own thing with their own agenda.  MHBA started youth shows before MHYA even existed.  MHBA has been a supporter of youth programs, is currently a supporter of youth programs, and is constantly looking at how MHBA can support youth programs of the future.  MHBA continues to look for opportunities to work with MHYA and incorporate MHYA into our activities.  Thus far MHYA has expressed a desire to maintain their autonomy.  The following is a quote from a reply sent from Mark Ulrich, MHYA President to Mr. Steve Splitt, Vice President of MHBA on December 14, 2009.

 

“Steve,

We will keep the MHYA the same as we have been. We don’t need you guys to help with our finances, we will take care of our own finances. All we want to do is to be able to go to shows and to work together.

Sincerely,

Mark Ulrich

President of the MHYA”

 

The point of boring you with so much of this information is to clear up the mis-information presented by Mr. Ulrich.

 

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

 

Sincerely

Greg Schulz

MHBA Regional Director

Region 6

 

 

From: Mr MARK LISA ULRICH [mailto:mlulrich5@verizon.net]
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:48 PM
To: Greg Schulz
Subject: Concerns of the MHBA and MHYA

 

Dear Miniature Hereford Breeders,

2009 was the real kick-off for the Miniature Hereford Youth Association (MHYA).  Eighteen members from across the country were present and exhibited at the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville , KY.   The National Jr Hereford queen was present to congratulate and present the exhibitors with their awards.During that show the MHBA board of directors had an ‘online meeting’ to start ANOTHER youth association.  It was voted down. Now just a few months later they are back trying to do it again.                                                                                                                        The program they are trying to put together is for Texas youth only (the TJLA Texas Junior Livestock Association) & (the TPLATexas Pee-wee Livestock Association), youth from other states are not allowed.  While this is a great program for those who are eligible, only the Texas youth can participate.  If the MHBA board, (which collects dues from members from any state) wants to fund [$3000] an organization for just Texas youth, then call it a “TX Junior Association” and don’t try to confuse everyone.  In all fairness to the remainder of the country, if they do this, it would only seem fair to contribute an equal amount to the MHYA which is for everyone, including Tx youth.                                                                                                             The MHYA is incorporated and has both an adult andyouth board of directors. As a MHBA member you have not had the opportunity to say anything in the past two years regarding any issue concerning the MHBA.  Please take a minute now to contact your regional representative and tell them your opinion on the youth programs.

Thank you MHYA Adult President,                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Ulrich

Region 6: Upcoming Shows

Gillispie County Fair in Fredericksburg, Texas will be in August. Additional information will be available this summer regarding entry deadlines, etc….

State Fair of Texas Miniature Hereford Show will be September 25 through September 27, 2009.

Email reminders will be sent out for entry deadlines.
Much of Region 6 continues to be plagued by drought. This drought has lasted for more than a year now and many areas have received less than ¼ of their normal annual rainfall. Forecasts show that this drought will continue. This will require increased range and pasture management to get through the drought. Cattle ranching is really just another way of harvesting your grass. This is the time to cull your herds if you are in a drought stricken area. Non-producing cows, poor producing cows can be culled from your herd. During times of drought, parasite management is a valuable resource. As the cattle graze the grass short they will consume more parasites, which in turn deplete energy within the cow. Regular or increased parasite management will help maintain body condition during this time.