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Region 8

Show season is winding down here in the Pacific Northwest as we are all beginning our winter weather preparations. I wanted to take a minute to thank the following individuals for their dedication to the Mini breed: Lacey Allen for spearheading this years Silent Auction effort at the PNW Regional show, Cynthia DuVal for coordinating a very smooth 13th annual PNW Regional Miniature Hereford show at the Oregon State Fair, Erin Eldridge for gathering the prizes for the 5th annual Jr. Showmanship contest at the PNWR show, Terri Potter and Peggy Potter for their participation in judging the first Cow Olympics competition at the Oregon State Fair, as well as Wayne Brokaw for organizing a terrific first Mini show at the Spokane County Interstate Fair. I am very excited by all the new and continuing exhibition opportunities for us in this region—and by the prospect of new shows beginning next year. Congratulations to all of our breeders/exhibitors on a wonderful show season!
My email inbox is always open and I would be glad to hear from my Region 8 membership regarding suggestions/articles for my “Moosletter” publication, individuals to add to our regional informational email list, recommendations for shows to pursue, or simply to chat and answer any questions. Happy Holidays!!!

Pacific Northwest Miniature Hereford Show Results

Class1: Spring Heifer Calves
1. Potter Ranch Herefords with PJR Royal Juliet; 2. Silver Peaks Farm with SPF Lucy Lou

Class 2: Junior Heifer Calves
1. Straitside Ranch withSSR Crystal 202*; 2. Jensen Farms with JF Holomua; 3. Sweet Sippin Acres with Blue Moon; 4. Straitside Ranch with SSR Miss Tina 205; 5. Diamond S Herefords with Diamond S Starburst; 6. Straitside Ranch with SSR Abby 203**

Class 4: Sr. Heifer Calves
1. Diamond S Herefords with Diamond S Star Rose*

Class 5: Late Summer Yearling Heifers
1. Breeanna Hafner/DuVal Farms with DF Mia’s Miracle* Continue reading Pacific Northwest Miniature Hereford Show Results

Region 8 Report

Summer is off to a great start here in Region 8 with the calving season and hay harvest well underway. We are all getting cattle prepped for the numerous county fairs throughout Oregon and Washington, including Deschutes County Fair and Clark County Fair, as well as the Pacific Northwest Regional show during the Oregon State Fair. This will mark the 13th annual Miniature Hereford show at the OSF, the fifth annual Jr. Showmanship competition, and the second year of prospect and market steer classes. A few new things will be occurring at the PNW Regional show, namely a few separate activities—a “Cow-Olympics” obstacle course and a cutest costume contest. We encourage everyone to bring cattle to the PNW Regional show and experience the excellent atmosphere and marketing/sale opportunities.
PNW Regional Miniature Hereford Show – Salem, OR
Move In: Monday, August 27
Move Out: Thursday, August 30
* Premium book for the Oregon State Fair will be available online soon.
I hope that everyone is enjoying our “Moosletters,” a bi-monthly publication that includes member spotlights as well as educational and helpful hints/reminders. If you know of anyone that would like to be added to our email list or have any questions/suggestions, please contact me at duvalacj@msn.com. As always, wishing you all the best for a terrific calving and show season! Jerry DuVal, DuVal Farms, Silverton, OR.

Region 8

Region 8
By Jerry DuVal, Regional Director

It has been a crazy winter here in the West. There was major flooding in January, sunny and warm in February, and now that it is March I don’t know if I should get my cattle snowshoes or a boat. We have had heavy snow for 3 to 4 days then yesterday we got 3″ of rain (yep, in less than 24 hours)… I thought winter was just about over, maybe by April we will see the sun. Just a little reminder to everyone, make sure to get your worming done, we recommend using an injectable wormer this time of year due to the constant rainy weather patterns. When it dries out you can use the pour on wormers if needed. Also, make sure that your cows have a clean dry area for calving; this makes it easier on both mom and calf. Region 8 members make sure to send me pictures of that special little one so that I can include it in my next “Moos” Letter.

I am currently working on gathering up the information for shows in our region. I have sent a list to all Region 8 members by email of the shows, and as soon as the class lists for each show are available I will get those to you. If you are in my region and have not received the “Moos” letter, please contact me and I will add you to the email list. I would like to send a special thank you to Arlou Cox for her work in bringing back the Miniature Hereford show at the Central Washington State Fair. This show held in Yakima, Washington, is loads of fun and I would recommend it to everyone.

We would like to recognize our newest MHBA members, Craig and Patricia Larson of Onalaska, Washington, Eric Filler of Bainbridge, Washington, and Ronal Lewis of Amity, Oregon. Welcome to you all. Also, we would like to send our congratulations to Kelsey Potter of Silverton, Oregon for winning one of the 2012 John Johnson Memorial Scholarships presented by the MHYF during the NWSS.

Remember, if you have any questions or need any help, I am only an email away.
Happy Calving,
Jerry DuVal

A Straitside Ranch cutie!

Region 8 Report: Fall, 2011

Hi from Region 8! As Summer turns to Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, our show season is winding down. Most of the shows occur at county fairs throughout Washington State and Oregon.  The largest county fair, in terms of head count and exhibitors, was the Clark County Fair in Vancouver, WA (the Mini’s first time exhibiting there) from August 4th-9th. The beef superintendents, other livestock exhibitors, and the public were supportive of the Minis and encouraged our presence again in 2012; therefore, we will be striving to build this show.  The Pacific Northwest Regional Show at the Oregon State Fair boasted the greatest number of exhibitors in the show’s history–GREAT JOB! I would like to congratulate the show coordinators for making the show well organized and enjoyable for everyone. I am excited to see the steer classes boom in the coming years.

I also wanted to recognize the new Region 8 MHBA members: Allen Family Farms, Molalla, OR; Cornerstone Acres, Wilsonville, OR; and Veach Family Farm, Mt. Angel, OR as well as the Silverton FFA Chapter, Silverton OR. I look forward to working closely with all of the members in my region to create more exhibiting opportunities. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and/or suggestions. Jerry DuVal, Silverton, OR, duvalacj@msn.com.

Region 8 Report: Fall, 2011

Hi from Region 8! As Summer turns to Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, our show season is winding down. Most of the shows occur at county fairs throughout Washington State and Oregon.  The largest county fair, in terms of head count and exhibitors, was the Clark County Fair in Vancouver, WA (the Mini’s first time exhibiting there) from August 4th-9th. The beef superintendents, other livestock exhibitors, and the public were supportive of the Minis and encouraged our presence again in 2012; therefore, we will be striving to build this show.  The Pacific Northwest Regional Show at the Oregon State Fair boasted the greatest number of exhibitors in the show’s history–GREAT JOB! I would like to congratulate the show coordinators for making the show well organized and enjoyable for everyone. I am excited to see the steer classes boom in the coming years.

I also wanted to recognize the new Region 8 MHBA members: Allen Family Farms, Molalla, OR; Cornerstone Acres, Wilsonville, OR; and Veach Family Farm, Mt. Angel, OR as well as the Silverton FFA Chapter, Silverton OR. I look forward to working closely with all of the members in my region to create more exhibiting opportunities. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and/or suggestions. Jerry DuVal, Silverton, OR, duvalacj@msn.com.

Region 8 Report: Summer, 2011

Hi, I am Jerry DuVal, and I am excited to be your new Region 8 Director! For those of you who do not know me, I’d like to introduce myself. Along with my wife, Cynthia, and daughter, Alyssa, we farm 200+ acres of fine fescue grass seed (used for turf), 20 acres of Christmas trees, and manage our herd of mainly polled Miniature Herefords on 100 acres of pasture ground. In 2004, we purchased our first miniatures from Straitside Ranch in Sequim, Washington—we quickly caught the Miniature Fever. Through our careful breeding program and selective purchases, we have increased our herd to a scope of 60 head of breeding and show stock cattle, with a smaller amount of commercial minis in order to supply our slaughter beef customers.

With the show season rapidly approaching, we are working on the 12th consecutive Miniature Hereford show at the Oregon State Fair, even adding two steer classes this year. Both of the show coordinators have been working diligently to ensure that the 2011 Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford show is a blast!

I aspire to keep everyone in Region 8 informed of the happenings of your Association and strive to assist anyone in their endeavors. Please contact me via email at duvalacj@msn.com…I am hoping to hear all of your comments, opinions, and suggestions to help me better serve you as your Region 8 Director.

Region 8 Report: Summer, 2011

Hi, I am Jerry DuVal, and I am excited to be your new Region 8 Director! For those of you who do not know me, I’d like to introduce myself. Along with my wife, Cynthia, and daughter, Alyssa, we farm 200+ acres of fine fescue grass seed (used for turf), 20 acres of Christmas trees, and manage our herd of mainly polled Miniature Herefords on 100 acres of pasture ground. In 2004, we purchased our first miniatures from Straitside Ranch in Sequim, Washington—we quickly caught the Miniature Fever. Through our careful breeding program and selective purchases, we have increased our herd to a scope of 60 head of breeding and show stock cattle, with a smaller amount of commercial minis in order to supply our slaughter beef customers.

With the show season rapidly approaching, we are working on the 12th consecutive Miniature Hereford show at the Oregon State Fair, even adding two steer classes this year. Both of the show coordinators have been working diligently to ensure that the 2011 Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford show is a blast!

I aspire to keep everyone in Region 8 informed of the happenings of your Association and strive to assist anyone in their endeavors. Please contact me via email at duvalacj@msn.com…I am hoping to hear all of your comments, opinions, and suggestions to help me better serve you as your Region 8 Director.

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 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 8 Report

Hello from Region 8,

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

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

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

Arlou Cox
Region 8 Director

 

 

Central Washington State Fair

Miniature Hereford Show Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2009

By Arlou Cox

Tough Enough to Wear Pink?

Well are you? The MHBA Miniature Hereford Show at the Central Washington State Fair has designated October 2, 2009 “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day to raise breast cancer awareness and earn donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Region 8 has a breeder in our region who is battling this disease, so choosing to support the fight against breast cancer at this particular show seemed very appropriate. All donations raised will go the the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

One person can make a difference…..
So are you Tough Enough? I encourage you to take the challenge and support a great cause and wear Pink on show day at the Central Washington State Fair, Miniature Hereford Show. If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, please mail check or money order made payable to Susan G. Komen Foundation to address below:
For more information contact:
Arlou Cox
MHBA Region 8 Director
3830 Clerf Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-968-4564
Email: tac12@charter.net

Oregon State Fair: Celebrating a Decade of the best in the west:

By Region 8’s Roving Reporter

Miniature Herefords are certainly not new to the Oregon State Fair (OSF). In 1999, John and Betty Johnson of Straitside Ranch in Sequim, Washington, took a trailer of their Minis to the OSF and showed with the All Other Breeds—against Chi Angus. Thankfully, with a little persistence and diplomacy, they were able to begin a separate Mini
show in 2000. Since then, breeders have loaded up their best stock and traveled to Salem, increasing the number of cattle exhibited with each year. Due to the determination and faithfulness of breeders in Washington, Oregon, and California to diligently promote Miniature Herefords (and only receive ribbons for their efforts), they finally received premiums after six years. This also will mark the second time of MHBA sponsorship.

In order to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, breeders are dubbing this year’s show “The Best in the West” and are planning a barn-full of special events. This year, they will be holding The Second Annual Junior Showmanship competition in which there are four class divisions: Peewee (ages seven and under), Junior (8-10), Intermediate
(11-13), and Senior (14-18). If anyone would like a registration form for the showmanship event, please contact the OSF Mini Hereford Show Organizers, Cynthia DuVal (duvalacj@msn.com, 503-873-5572) and Erin Eldridge (cowqueen1998@yahoo.com, 541-619-7008).

The Oregon State Fair is the only Miniature Hereford show besides the NWSS (Denver) celebrating a decade of excellence. With a milestone such as this, a new tradition has emerged, a Silent Auction and Raffle. The raffle item is said to be something that no mini owner can live without. Organizers hope to have multiple silent auction items, and request that if you would like to donate something for the auction, to send it them.In addition to all the fun things planned for at the fairgrounds, they will also be having a special Dinner and Award Ceremony on Sunday evening to present awards for First in Class and Division winners as well as the Reserve and Grand Champion Bull and Female.

Here is the preliminary schedule for the 2009 Oregon State Fair:
Entry Registration Due: August 1, 2009
In: Friday, September 4, 2009 by 5:00 PM
Weight/Measure: Saturday, September 5
Junior Showmanship: TBA
Show: Sunday, September 6, 2009, 11:00 AM
Dinner & Award Ceremony: Sunday, September 6
Move Out: Monday, September 7, 2009 at
8:00 PM (Distances will have an early release)

An estimated 385,000 people meander through the 185-acre fairgrounds and enjoy over 9000 things to see, eat, and do during the twelve-day event. Since the OSF is a state fair, and is more than just a livestock show, people flood through the barns to view the cattle and the public interest in Mini Herefords over the past few years is
phenomenal. A friendly atmosphere for all ages welcomes hundreds of livestock breeders and prospective Miniature Hereford buyers. Oregon is certainly a wide open door for promotion of the breed and sales! “We were so busy last year talking to people about [Minis] on the morning of show day that we had to rope the aisle off in order to
prepare for show. And the stands were packed with people during the show,” says Silverton FFA member Megan Veach of Scotts Mills, Oregon (a participant in DuVal Farm’s Mini Lease Program).

As we all know, it can take years for people to decide to finally make the big jump and invest in Miniature Herefords. Take for example, DuVal Farms from Silverton, Oregon. “We first saw Minis at the Oregon State Fair in 2003, and again the next year,” said Jerry DuVal, “but we didn’t actually purchase anything until the fall
of 2004.” They raised standard Herefords and Limousine for over 40 years, but began making the switch after buying two bred polled heifers from Straitside Ranch. The FFA and Open Miniature Hereford Show at the 2005 Oregon State Fair was the first time they showed cattle, and since then, their cattle have been to California, Washington, Billings (NILE), Denver, Austin, and Houston. Cynthia DuVal said, “We would never have gotten into this industry if not for the breeders at the Oregon State Fair—
we probably wouldn’t have even known [Minis] existed.” Now, in four short years, they have boosted their Mini herd size up from two to 45.

Since the Miniature Hereford Show first began at the Oregon State Fair, breeders particularly from the Pacific states have exhibited their cattle—but each of them greatly encourages ALL breeders (big and small) to come and try it out. The barn atmosphere is completely laid back and everyone helps each other out. This is not a dogeat-dog competition; instead, it is more like a gigantic family reunion, minus the family drama of course. The OSF is fun for your whole family, especially with the mutton bustin’ and huge food court. Once you show at “The Best in the West,” it’s guaranteed you’ll be coming back for more!