2019 News

Foundation Female Generates $120,000

LCC 6964 Queen Bee 43F ET sold for $120,000 to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America’s (HYFA) Growing a Lasting Legacy Campaign, Jan. 18, at the Mile High Night Sale in Denver.

The Lot 1 Foundation Female has been highlighting the National Hereford Sale in Denver more than a decade with a total of $890,000 being raised to support HYFA’s mission, which recognizes and rewards the development of life skills and values in the next generation.

The Queen was purchased by Hoffman Ranch, Thedford, Neb.; Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb.; HME Cattle Co., Winterville, Ga.; Hopper Herefords,Germantown, Ky.; and Cort Scheer, Bassett, Neb.

“I am a firm believer in the youth of the whole world,” Scheer said. “I do a lot of bronc schools to help people in rodeo, and it was my honor to go in there and donate to this foundation. It is unbelievable what the foundation does to help the Hereford youth.”

LCC 6964 Queen Bee 43F ET was donated by Lowderman Cattle Co., Macomb, Ill., and Michelini Cattle Co., Peru, Ill. The April 5, 2018, heifer is a daughter of R Leader 6964.

“Exciting times for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America when you can take a female of this caliber from such a reputable program and market her successfully to a group of breeders that all have a passion for Hereford youth and a desire to make a difference,” said Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association director of youth activities and foundation. “The Lowderman Family, Michelini Cattle Co., Hoffman Ranch, Cort Scheer, Hardy Edwards and family, Hopper Cattle Co., and Upstream Ranch, you have truly made a difference by stepping up and getting involved in this year’s Lot 1 female. Queen Bea lived up to her Queen of the Hill motto and was the second high selling foundation female in HYFA’s history and the highest of any breed to sell this year in Denver.”

Hereford Youth Foundation of America Awards $147.500 in Fall Scholarships

More than $147,500 in scholarships were awarded by the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Friday, Oct. 26, at the American Hereford Association (AHA) Hereford Honorees Reception during the AHA Annual Meeting and Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Hereford youth from across the country were the recipients of these 23 scholarships

“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 AHA 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.

Many generous donations throughout the years from multiple supporters of Hereford youth make these scholarships possible. The recipients of the scholarships are:

  • Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm Scholarship – Austin Folkman, Ixonia, Wis.
  • Bar One Ranch Scholarship – Mason Blinson, Buies Creek, N.C.
  • Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship – Bailey Morrell, Willows, Calif.
  • Blin Family Scholarship – Abigail Spindle, Moriarty, N.M.
  • Bob & Dolores Call Scholarship – Brooke Hinojosa-Sidwell, Carr, Colo.
  • Bill & Jo Ellard Scholarships – Hannah Williams, Kearney, Neb., and Del Adcock, Assumption, Ill.
  • HYFA Scholarship – Sydney Downey, Turner, Ore.
  • Bob & Lucy Kube Scholarship – Keayla Harr, Jeromesville, Ohio
  • Ken & Carolyn Larson Scholarship – Brianne Nelsen, Fredonia, Kan.
  • Owen Family/Tennessee River Music Scholarship – Rachael Drumm, Winchester, Ky.
  • Perks Ranch Scholarship – Katie Nolles, Bassett, Neb.
  • Whitehead/Rocking Chair Ranches Scholarship – Rachel Buzanowski, Pompeys Pillar, Mont.
  • Jack & Donna Vanier Family Scholarships – Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas; Taylor Belle Matheny, Mays Lick, Ky.; Sydney Dvorak, Lake Andes, S.D.; Tyler Eldred, Bellingham, Wash.; Mallory Carlson, Murdock, Minn.; Peyton Schmitt, Birmingham, Iowa; Dixie Miller, Hutchinson, Kan.; Blakelee Hayes, Ada, Okla.; Emilee Holt, Caldwell, Idaho; and Parker Cantrell, Collinsville, Okla.

Kelton and Anderson Receive John Ascuaga Scholarships


RENO, Nev. — Two $1,500 John Ascuaga scholarships were awarded to Bailey Kelton, Yerington, Nev. and Jae Anderson, Logan, Utah, Friday, Nov. 30, at the Western States National Hereford Show in Reno, Nev. The scholarships were given in recognition of long time Nugget Casino owner, rancher and Hereford advocate, John Ascuaga.

Bailey Kelton
Bailey is a sophomore at the University of Nevada – Reno studying veterinary medicine with an interest in meat science and reproduction. She is active in various agricultural clubs and associations including 4-H, FFA and the California Nevada Junior Hereford Association. She hopes to continue her family’s Hereford ranch and to utilize the knowledge acquired from her degree to maintain a successful and healthy herd.

Jae Anderson
Jae is a senior studying agricultural business at Utah State University. She has been a member of the Idaho Junior Hereford Association for 14 years and grew up raising and expanding her own herd of Hereford cattle. Her future goals include working in agricultural lending or accounting with an emphasis on land and livestock. Alongside her brother, Jae also plans to continue her family’s ranching legacy by expanding the operation in terms of performance and size.

Biozyme Inc. Supports Hereford Youth and Education Through New Partnership

BioZyme® Inc., longtime supporter of Hereford youth, announced its commitment to educating youth in agriculture with a $30,000 contribution to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Fed Steer Shootout through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and BioZyme’s Feed the Future Program during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Hereford Honorees Program Oct. 26.

“We are proud and excited about the educational opportunities involving Hereford youth,” said Bob Norton, BioZyme CEO. “Feed the Future was created to support the HYFA academic component, where education extends beyond the classroom. BioZyme firmly believes in activities and experiences that are engaging, relevant and expose our young folks to new opportunities. The Hereford Fed Steer Shootout is such a program providing knowledge about the industry from a commercial perspective to perhaps a different audience than the show circuit.”

In year two, the Fed Steer Shootout more than doubled in size and participation. Thirty-seven youth from 13 states entered 149 steers in the Fed Steer Shootout program. Throughout the program, contestants had the opportunity to collect actual feed yard performance and carcass merit data, ultimately learning about the importance of ultrasound technology, genetics and health. All steers were fed at Gregory Feedlots in Tabor, Iowa, managed by David Trowbridge.

“One of the things that VitaFerm® really values about our partnership with the AHA is how integrated we are,” said Ashley Fitzsimmons, BioZyme regional and partners in performance marketing manager. “We really feel that the culture of BioZyme fits really well with the culture of the AHA, and specifically within the youth programs.”

Since its inception, the BioZyme Feed the Future program has given back to youth education and research through dollars collected from the sale of VitaFerm products. The program contributed $1 to HYFA for youth education and research for every bag/tub of eligible BioZyme supplement any AHA member bought in 2018. The program will now fully support the Fed Steer Shootout.

One of BioZyme’s company principles is outreach. BioZyme is committed to outreach that encourages engagement and supports various organizations in stewardship and humanity. BioZyme is dedicated to the youth livestock industries and supports students and exhibitors through programs such as the NJHA Fed Steer Shootout.

“We think this is a great extension on top of the other sponsorship opportunities we’ve had with the Association,” said Jessica Judge, BioZyme marketing brand coordinator. “This is a great opportunity to bridge that gap between our experiences with junior nationals and in the showring to more of a commercial perspective.”

Not only will participants enter steers in the contest, the new partnership will allow the NJHA to incorporate more educational components into the program as well. In addition to the existing webpage and webinars offered to youth, participants can now learn from a series of educational e-blasts and curriculum. A Facebook group has also been created to update youth and their parents on the activities taking place at Gregory Feedlots.

“The most exciting thing about this program is there are two divisions, a registered/purebred division and a commercial division that is giving these kids some real-world experience. The Hereford Association talks a lot about “the white face” so for these kids to put the white face on these calves, it gives them an opportunity to learn about marketing, genetics and the importance of a good nutrition program, which I think is really impressive,” Fitzsimmons said.

“The program doubled in size in its second year, and we expect the program to continue to grow and give junior members an opportunity to gain valuable industry experience,” says Trey Befort, AHA director of commercial programs. “Growing involvement in programs such as the Fed Steer Shootout is a great testament to the energy around the Hereford breed in the commercial industry, as well as the investment being made to advance youth programs.”

To learn more about Fed Steer Shootout, visit https://hereford.org/youth/njha-fed-steer-shootout.