2017 News

Hereford Youth Foundation of America Scholarships Due Sept. 1

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) is pleased to announce $144,000 in scholarships will be awarded this fall to members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) to assist in financing their college educations.

Highlighting the scholarship offering is special gift from Jack and Donna Vanier of CK Ranch, Brookville, Kan. The Vanier family, lifetime foundation supporters and Hereford breeders, will award (10) $10,000 Vanier Family Scholarships to Hereford youth who demonstrate a strong work ethic, commitment to higher education and have overcome obstacles in his or her life.

Additional scholarships available include (2) $5,000 EE Ranch scholarships, a $5,000 Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Scholarship, $5,000 Perks Ranch Scholarship, $5,000 CBY Polled Herefords and Bob and Dolores Call Scholarship, $4,000 Bar One Ranch Scholarship in memory of Ken Tracy, $2,500 Whitehead Ranches Scholarship, $2,500 Fauquier Farms and Bob and Lucy Kube Scholarship, $2,500 Randy and Kelly Owen Scholarship, $2,500 Blin Family Scholarship, $2,500 Larson Polled Herefords Scholarship and a $2,500 Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship.

“These scholarships will make a huge difference in the education of each of our recipients,” says Amy Cowan, director of youth activities and foundation at the American Hereford Association and HYFA. “Each scholarship donor has a deep commitment to supporting young people in agriculture who have a strong desire to better themselves by obtaining a college degree.”

Applications for HYFA scholarships are due Sept. 1. Scholarship applications must be filled out online and National Junior Hereford Association members may access the applications by visiting JrHereford.org. Applicants must have completed their senior year in high school and be currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university, junior/community college and/or a technical institution. For more information, contact Amy Cowan at acowan@hereford.org.

Hereford Juniors Awarded Scholarships At 2017 Junior National Hereford Expo

Hereford youth were awarded numerous scholarships during the 2017 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Louisville, Ky. Scholarship monies totaled nearly $30,000 for junior members to aid in their academic endeavors.

Prospect, Junior Golden Bull and Golden Bull Achievement Awards

The Prospect and Golden Bull Awards recognize individuals for their involvement in the Hereford industry, agriculture and their communities. The National Hereford Women (NHW) and the NJHA sponsor these awards. Prospect Awards go to students in third through eighth grades and Junior Golden Bull Awards to students in ninth through 12th grades. Prospect Award winners are given a leather halter with nameplate while the Junior Golden Bull Award winners receive a bronze Hereford bull statue. The Golden Bull Achievement Award is given to college-aged students. Like the juniors, these students also receive a statue as well as a scholarship.


Faces of Leadership Conference Draws 89 National Junior Hereford Association Members to Kansas City

The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Faces of Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, drew 89 NJHA members from multiple states to Kansas City, Mo., for a week of leadership and educational activities.

“This conference is designed to get you out of your comfort zone,” said NJHA chairman Steven Green, Munfordville, Ky. “It’s a great place to see how much you can learn about Hereford cattle and more importantly, about yourself.”

The three-day event focused on leadership development and included tours of Kansas State University (K-State) and the K-State Purebred Unit, Manhattan, Kan., BioZyme® Inc., St. Joseph, Mo., and Jensen Bros., Courtland, Kan. Conference participants also heard inspiring messages from guest speakers Amberley Snyder, Elk Ridge, Utah, and Heather Schultz, Atlanta, Ga.

“Faces of Leadership is a unique opportunity for junior members because it takes them out of the showring and puts them in a real-world setting,” said Amy Cowan, director of youth activities and foundation for the American Hereford Association. “This conference gave participants a look at the agricultural industry and provided a great opportunity to network and build leadership skills.”

Hereford Youth Foundation of America, Sierra Ranches Launch Foundation 1 Club

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America and Tim and Kara Coleman, Sierra Ranches, Modesto, Calif., are teaming up to launch the HYFA Foundation 1 Club at the Western Treasures Vol. 1 Sale Monday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.

The Foundation 1 Club is a group of breeders who donate 1% of their sale gross to HYFA to benefit leadership, scholarship and educational experiences for Hereford youth.

“Kara and I have always been passionate about junior programs, so we started looking at what we could do as Sierra Ranches to help foster the junior program and support it in the future,” Coleman said. “I was reflecting last spring on the good programs that take place throughout the year for HYFA and thought ‘what would 1% of a sale be?’ It started to sound right. Whether it is an online sale, bull sale or production sale, there is no amount too big or small to donate back to HYFA.”

Through HYFA, Hereford youth have the opportunity to gain invaluable leadership skills that enable them to become self-directing, educated leaders in today’s world.

“The Hereford Youth Foundation of America is fortunate to have such a gracious network of donors,” said Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association director of youth activities and foundation. “The Foundation 1 Club sets the stage for amazing growth for our leadership and educational programs. I can’t thank Sierra ranches and the Coleman Family enough for having the foresight to be the inaugural members of this prestigious club and committing 1% of their sale proceeds this fall to HYFA. Our future is in good hands thanks to donors like Sierra Ranches.”

To become a member of the Foundation 1 Club, contact Amy Cowan at (816) 218-2256 or acowan@hereford.org


Register for the Win, Place, Show 5K Run at the JNHE

The 2017 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Louisville, Ky., will kick off at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 16, with the Win, Place, Show 5K Race at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The 5k course will begin at the Broadbent arena, continue past Kentucky Kingdom and follow the Circle of Champions drive throughout the expo center. The race is open to the general public and proceeds support the 2017 JNHE and educational and leadership opportunities for youth through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).

“We would like to extend an invitation to local running enthusiasts to join us as we celebrate opening day of the 2017 Junior National Hereford Expo,” said Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association director of youth activities and foundation. “Participants will support future agricultural leaders, and we are thankful for the support of the Kentucky host committee and our generous sponsors to make this event happen.”

Win, Place, Show 5k sponsors include Boyd Beef Cattle, Mayslick, Ky., Brad Chambliss, Elizabethtown, Ky., Dale Stith, Mayslick, Ky., Don and Carol Green, Munfordville, Ky., Farm Credit Mid-America, Franklin, Ind., Hopper Herefords, Maysville, Ky., Kentucky Hereford Association CHB, Richmond, Ky., Matheny Herefords, Mayslick, Ky., Rockin’ C Cattle Company, Bowling Green, Ky., Thomas Farms, Richmond, Ky., and Tim Wolfe, Alexandria, Ky.

The 5k race will have an adult and youth division. Both divisions will begin promptly at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is $30 per runner and day-of registration is $40 per runner. Registration includes a t-shirt. Prizes will be given for the top three runners in each division. To register for the race, please visit www.herefordjuniornational.com.

For more information about the Win, Place, Show 5k race, please contact Suzanne Matheny at Suzanne.matheny@mason.kyschools.us or Amy Cowan at 816-218-2256.

Foundation Female Raises $75,000 for Hereford Youth in Mile High Night Sale

The excitement was high as Lot 1 entered the sale ring on the Stadium floor Jan. 13 at the Mile High Night Sale in Denver. BR Kate Rielle 5532 ET sold for $75,000 to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America’s (HYFA) “Growing a Lasting Legacy” campaign.

The Lot 1 Foundation Female has been highlighting the National Hereford Sale in Denver the past nine years with a total of $690,000 being raised to support the HYFA’s mission, which recognizes and rewards the development of life skills and values in the next generation.

Kate Rielle was purchased by Kolt Cattle Co. and kids, Carly, Michael and Maren, Garland, Neb.; JB Show Cattle, Joe and Dee Braman, Refugio, Texas; King Ranch, Bill King, Moriarty, N.M.; and David Shelburg, Jacksonville, Fla.

“I’m very excited about what the future has in store for young Hereford leaders as we work to provide them with education, scholarship and leadership opportunities,” says Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association director of youth activities and foundation. “The Lot 1 story is such a great example of families giving back, and more importantly what the foundation stands for. We couldn’t do this without donors like the Barber family and the Kate Rielle buyers group who stepped up to give back and to make a difference in our Hereford youth program.”

Kate Rielle was donated by Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas. She is an Aug. 5, 2015, daughter of NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET and out of BR Gabrielle 5082 by BR Lansing 3060.

“We feel like there is no better way to support the next generation than with a female that can generate the type of attention and potential money that this heifer can bring for the foundation and help them reach the goal they’re striving to achieve,” says Terri Barber.

For more information about HYFA, contact Amy Cowan at 816-842-3757 or .