2020 News

Exceptional Hereford Youth Receive Vanier Family Scholarships

Ten National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were awarded a $10,000 Vanier Family Scholarship Thursday, Oct. 22, during the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) virtual awards ceremony during the AHA Annual Meeting and Conference.

This year’s Jack & Donna Vanier Family $10,000 Scholarships recipients are: Tyler Allan, Nocona, Texas; Noah Benedict, Dewey, Ill.; Austin Cook, Greenbrier, Ark.; Blakelee Hayes, Ada, Okla.; Dixie Miller, Farmington, Ark.; Regan Mitchem, Vale, N.C.; Ralston Ripp, Kearney, Neb.; Libby Rushton, Waverly, Tenn.; Megan Underwood, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Rusty Wolf, Alexandria, Ky.

These scholarships represented 10 of the 24 awarded through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) this fall, totaling more than $150,000.

The last five years, the Vanier Family of CK Ranch in Brookville, Kan., has committed more than one half a million dollars to HYFA and helping Hereford youth pursue higher education and reach their full potential.

Scholarship recipient bios

Tyler Allan is the son of Dave and Becky Allan and a junior at Texas Tech University, majoring in animal science. Tyler grew up raising and showing purebred Hereford cattle and has competed at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), where he was named champion senior showman in 2018. He was a member of Team USA at the 2020 World Hereford Conference Young Breeders Competition. Tyler has also served as a mentor to younger showmen through the Stock Show U clinics along with providing one-on-one showmanship lessons.

Noah Benedict is a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the son of Chad and Becky Benedict and is currently serving on the NJHA board of directors. Noah has been a member of the Illinois Junior Hereford Association for the past eight years and assisted with facilitating the 2020 Illinois Junior Hereford Preview Show. He was the recent summer sales intern for Earlybird Feed & Fertilizer.

Austin Cook is the son of Bryan and Jennifer Cook and is a senior at the University of Arkansas studying agricultural business. He was active in 4-H and FFA growing up. He placed in the top six in the National FFA Talent Contest and was awarded first place in the Arkansas State 4-H beef record book contest. He received the 11th Grade Junior Golden Bull award in 2016.

Blakelee Hayes, a junior at Oklahoma State University, is studying agricultural business with a concentration in accounting. Blakelee is the daughter of Jennifer and the late Jeff Hayes and has shown cattle at the local, state and national levels since 2008. She is a member of the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association and the NJHA.

Dixie Miller is a senior studying animal science and agricultural communications at the University of Arkansas. She is the 22-year-old daughter of Christy Westlin. Dixie has been an active member of the NJHA, has served as an ambassador for the JNHE and has attended the Faces of Leadership Conference. Dixie was selected as the 2019 Hutchinson Community College Young Female Kansan of the Year while concluding her junior college livestock judging career.

Regan Mitchem is the daughter of Wayne and Crystal Mitchem. The 19-year-old freshman at North Carolina State University is majoring in animal science with plans to attend veterinary school. Regan was a 2019 NJHA Junior Golden Bull recipient and in 2018 earned first place in the intermediate illustrated speech contest at the JNHE. She is also a member of the 2019 North Carolina State 4-H Livestock Judging Team.

Ralston Ripp is the 20-year-old daughter of Cody and Ronette Heinrich. She is a junior at the University of Nebraska double majoring in animal science and agribusiness with a minor in Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars. Ralston is serving on the NJHA junior board of directors. She helped establish the Kearney FFA Chapter at her high school in 2016 and currently is assisting the members and supporting the program.

Libby Rushton is the 19-year-old daughter of Lee and Andrea Rushton. The freshman at the University of Tennessee is studying agricultural business. Libby is serving on the NJHA board and was the first runner-up in the National Hereford Queen contest. She was a participant in the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences and was valedictorian of her class at Waverly Central High School.

Megan Underwood is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry with an emphasis in communications and marketing. The 20-year-old daughter of Doug and Darrelyn Underwood is planning to attend graduate school to earn a master’s in communication and agricultural education after receiving her bachelor’s degree. Megan was a member of the champion 2020 National Western Stock Show Meat Judging team and the winner of the 2020 JNHE senior illustrated speech contest.

Rusty Wolf is a sophomore majoring in animal science at the University of Kentucky. Rusty grew up raising and showing cattle and was an active member in his 4-H club and FFA chapter. He served as an intern for the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Office under the agriculture and natural resources agent. Recently, Rusty worked at the university’s beef research and education center.

$150,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Hereford Youth

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) awarded a total of $150,000 in scholarships to 24 different youth on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) virtual awards ceremony during the AHA Annual Membership Meeting and Conference.

“The foundation is home to several scholarship endowments that honor breed leaders, Hereford legends and legacies,” says HYFA President Ray Ramsey. “As we recognize this fall’s scholarship recipients, HYFA congratulates the college students and salutes the donors and families who make these opportunities possible. These young people are living out HYFA’s mission, and by helping them better their education we are paving the way for them to become leaders who will one day leave their legacy on the industry they are the most passionate about.”

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

The fall 2020 scholarship recipients are:

Jack and Donna Vanier Family $10,000 Scholarships: Tyler Allan, Nocona, Texas; Noah Benedict, Dewey, Ill.; Austin Cook, Greenbrier, Ark.; Blakelee Hayes, Ada, Okla.; Dixie Miller, Farmington, Ark.; Regan Mitchem, Vale, N.C.; Ralston Ripp, Kearney, Neb.; Libby Rushton, Waverly, Tenn.; Megan Underwood, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Rusty Wolf, Alexandria, Ky.

The Vanier Family of CK Ranch in Brookville, Kan., awards 10 scholarships annually to youth who demonstrate exceptional commitment to higher education and who have overcome obstacles in their lives.

Bar One Ranch $5,000 Scholarship: Lauren McMillan, Tiskilwa, Ill.

George and Karen Sprague of Bar One Ranch, Eugene, Ore., made a generous donation to HYFA in 2011 for an annual scholarship to be awarded in honor of Ken Tracy, a fellow Hereford breeder who lost his battle with cancer.

Perks Ranch $5,000 Scholarship: Nicholas Torrance, Media, Ill.

This scholarship was established to honor Doug Perk’s legacy and leadership on the HYFA board.

Ball Foundation/Cottonwood Springs Farm $5,000 Scholarship: Malina Lindstrom, Elm Creek, Neb.

With a passion for helping youth involved in the Hereford industry, Nancy Keilty and her husband,Tim, of Cottonwood Spring Farm, Cedar, Mich., established this scholarship in honor of Nancy’s parents, Ed and Virginia Ball.

EE Ranches $5,000 Scholarships: Bailey Morrell, Willows, Calif., and Peyton Schmitt, Birmingham, Iowa

In honor of Jo Ellard and her late husband, Bill, two scholarships are given annually to deserving Hereford youth.

Bob and Dolores Call $5,000: Abigail Spindle, Moriarty, N.M.

The late Bob Call was a founding member of the HYFA board. This scholarship is given annually in honor of Bob and his wife, Dolores.

MGM Memorial $2,500 Scholarship: Taylor Dieball, Little River, Kan.

The MGM Memorial Scholarship was established by the Merry family of MGM Polled Herefords, Hartford, Wis., and recognizes youth who are passionate about Hereford cattle and are interested in becoming a veterinarian.

Gary Bishop Memorial $2,500 Scholarship: Ben Jensen, Courtland, Kan.

This scholarship is awarded to a deserving NJHA member who demonstrates many of the same outstanding qualities as Gary Bishop, who held many roles at the AHA, including director of youth activities.

Blin Family $2,500 Scholarship: KC Barnes, Hulbert, Okla.

The Jim and Randy Blin families of Iowa were owners of the dispersed Star Lake Cattle Ranch in Oklahoma, which consigned the first Foundation Female at the Mile High Night Sale in Denver.

Ken and Carolyn Larson $2,500 Scholarship: Austin Folkman, Ixonia, Wis.

This scholarship is awarded annually in honor of Ken and Carolyn Larson of Texas who are longtime supporters of Hereford youth and purchased the first Foundation Female.

Tennessee River Music Inc. $2,500 Scholarship: Wyatt Lawrence, Princeton, Minn.

Randy and Kelly Owen of Tennessee River Music (TRM) sparked momentum for HYFA’s success and growth through their Music on the Mountain event. This scholarship honors TRM’s support.

Whitehead/Rocking Chair Ranch $2,500 Scholarship: Sydney Dvorak, Lake Andes, S.D.

Whitehead/Rocking Chair Ranch honors Lloyd Whitehead of Texas, who has been an instrumental part of HYFA and is dedicated to supporting Hereford youth.

Bob and Lucy Kube $2,500 Scholarship: Hattie Duncan, Wingate, Ind.

This annual scholarship honors Bob and Lucy Kube. Bob dedicated many years to serving on the HYFA board and supports the development of young leaders.

HYFA $2,500 Scholarship: Kira Sayre, Arenzville, Ill.

This scholarship is designed to provide recognition for outstanding members of the NJHA and to encourage individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership, academic success and achievement.

Hereford Prime Foundation Gifts $116,000 for Research

 

The Hereford Research Foundation (HRF) is pleased to announce the Hereford Prime Foundation, a subsidiary of the Kansas Hereford Association, has gifted $116,000 in support of future research projects at the American Hereford Association (AHA). The donation was made on behalf of the late Allan Shumaker, from Wetmore, Kan., who founded the Hereford Prime Foundation with funds from the dispersal of his cow herd.

An advocate for tracking performance in beef cattle, Shumaker was a leader in collecting DNA samples to document the performance of Hereford cattle in feedlots. His efforts have aided research efforts to enhance and trace the predictability of growth traits, efficiency and carcass merit.

Shumaker funneled his passion for Herefords into a breeding herd with an emphasis on traits to raise cattle for range country and for the commercial beef industry. When the Kansas Hereford Association began to manage the National Hereford Feedout in 2005, Shumaker was fully vested in the program, usually sending his entire calf crop, except for replacement heifers. He kept extensive records on those cattle and diligently compared ultrasound data collected at the ranch with the actual carcass data and ultrasound data garnished from the feedout program. This data guided many of the breeding decisions at Shumaker Herefords, resulting in uniformity in feed efficiency, performance and carcass traits. When DNA became a primary component of data collection, Allan stepped to the forefront to develop a system for gathering and storing DNA samples for future research.

“The Hereford Research Foundation is extremely grateful for Shumaker’s foresight to utilize DNA to enhance the marketability of Herefords,” says Shane Bedwell, chief operating officer and director of breed improvement for the AHA. “His generosity and leadership have allowed us to make great strides in documenting and proving Hereford genetics across the industry.”

The Hereford Research Foundation was established in 2009 as a division of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization, to support breed improvement projects outside the scope of the American Hereford Association budget.

Hereford Youth Foundation of America Presents the Pick of the Paintings

HYFA’s Pick of the Paintings will debut in Oklahoma City during the Cattleman’s Congress. The pick of these two oil paintings on canvas will sell in the Hereford Eve annual frozen sale on Jan. 8. All proceeds will benefit the education and leadership mission of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America and the top bidder will receive their pick of these one of kind masterpieces from New Zealand.

This spring at the World Hereford Conference, the HYFA travel scholarship team discovered  these original works of art in the Queenstown, New Zealand Gallery of Fine Art. At that moment, the group knew they presented a unique fundraising opportunity for the youth foundation and are so excited to give Hereford enthusiasts the chance to support scholarship and educational opportunities just like these youth were so fortunate to have received.

New Zealand Artist, Angela Maxwell hails from Auckland and her oil paintings focus on stockman and cattle, with breath-taking views of the South Island landscapes. “Coming Over the Ridge” and My Territory speak for themselves with pick of the paintings going to the highest bidder in the Hereford Eve frozen genetics sale.

The trip of a lifetime  for six Hereford youth is truly giving back to the Hereford Youth Foundation through the Pick of the Paintings.

Thank You Sale of Champion Donors and Buyers

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) salutes all of the donors and buyers in the inaugural Sale of Champions. Close to $30,000 was raised to support the upcoming Junior National Hereford Expo and HYFA and the National Junior Hereford Board of Directors wishes to thank everyone who played a part to make the sale hosted on Lowderman Auction Options a success.

  • Glen Waters, Norborne, Mo.
  • Sierra Ranches, Modesto, Callif.
  • Graham Blagg, DeSoto, Kan.
  • Bill King, Moriarty, N.M.
  • Don Sims, Burnsville, Miss.
  • Dean Heins, Austin, Minn.
  • Andrew Schaefer, Columbia,Ill.
  • Anna Krueger, Bellville, Texas
  • Kent Lewis, Burwell, Neb.
  • Alex Cosgray, Monticello, Ind.
  • Matt Siedling, Brookvile, Ind.
  • Dee Braman, Refugio, Texas
  • C&L Herefords Ranch, Ixonia, Wis.
  • Purple Reign Cattle Co., Toulon, Ill.
  • Wildcat Cattle Co., Darlington, Wis.
  • Aaron & Sara Friesz, New Leipzig, N.D.
  • Chris Happ, Mendota, Ill.
  • Walker Polled Herefords, Morrison, Tenn.
  • Steven Rader, Mt. Vernon, Texas
  • Six Mile Creek, Yukon, Okla.
  • Randy Guillory, Opelousas, La.
  • Churchill Cattle Co., Manhattan, Mont.
  • Matthew Anderson, Morton, Ill.
  • James Bernard, Rockford, Ill.
  • Elizabeth Topliff, La Grande, Ore.
  • Lowderman Auction Options, Macomb, Ill.
  • Darin Danielson, Opelousas, La.
  • CK Cattle, Highmore, S.D.
  • HogBack Farm, Landrum, S.C.
  • Lauren May, Mineral Point, Wis.
  • Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas
  • Boyd Beef Cattle, Mays Lick, Ky.
  • Buck Cattle Co, Madill, Okla.
  • Harfst Ranch, Jacksonville, Ore.
  • Kade & Kendall Boatman, Rockford,Ill.
  • Hoffman Ranch, Thedford, Neb.
  • The Kemp Family, Renfrew, Ontario
  • Everhart Herefords, Waldron, Ind.

Salsa Flush Selling

The Foundation Female, KJ BJ DWE 686Z Salsa 364C ET, heated up the 2016 Mile High Night Sale in Denver and it is time to heat things up once again to support Hereford youth. C&L Ranch, Greenview Farms Inc. and RGR Cattle purchased Salsa and are offering the right to flush her. Selling in the Chosen Sale on Oct. 22, you will have the opportunity to purchase this flush and support the Hereford Youth Foundation of America’s mission to recognize and reward the development of life skills and values in the next generation.

Hereford Juniors Awarded Scholarships and Achievement Awards

July 30, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Outstanding Hereford youth were awarded numerous scholarships during the 2020 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Kansas City, Mo. The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and the National Hereford Women (NHW) awarded $25,000 alone at this year’s JNHE, and will award a total of $200,000 in 2020 to deserving junior members to aid in their academic endeavors.

Golden Bull Achievement Award

Hattie Duncan, Wingate, Ind., $1,875
Lauren McMillan, Tiskilwa, Ill. $1,875
Chesney Effling, Highmore, S.D., $1,875
Dylan Kottkamp, Clayton, Ind., $1,875

John Wayne Memorial Scholarship

Montana Lawrence, Princeton, Minn., $1,000
Hannah Williams, Kearney, Neb., $1,000

National Junior Merit Award

First place – Wyatt Lawrence, Princeton, $2,000 plus a trip to any U.S. Hereford operation
Second place – Hattie Duncan, $1,500
Third place – Noah Benedict, Dewey, Ill., $1,000

Hereford Herdsman Scholarship

Brandt Downing, Culver, Ore., $2,500
Ben Jensen, Courtland, Kan., $2,500

Parker Cantrell, $2,500

Walter and Joe Lewis High Point Senior Award

Bryden Barber, Channing, Texas, $1,000

Poll-ette Founders Scholarship

Montana Lawrence, $1,000
Noah Benedict, $1,000

Charles E. Boyd Sr., Memorial Scholarship

Brandt Downing, $1,500

Bluegrass and Buckeye Scholarship

Rusty Wolf, Alexandria, Ky., $1,500

Team USA Takes Third Place In Young Breeders Competition

April 10, 2020

Kansas City, Mo — Team USA traveled to Queenstown, New Zealand, to compete in the Young Breeders Competition during the 2020 World Hereford Conference, Mar. 7–13. Abigail Spindle, Stanley, N.M.; Taylor Belle Matheny, Mays Lick, Ky.; Tyler Allan, Schulenburg, Texas; and Keayla Harr, Jeromesville, Ohio, were the four National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members representing the U.S.

Travel was made possible through scholarships from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and Team USA brought home first place honors in the presentation module of the competition with a speech about bridging the gap between urban and rural populations. The team’s victory earned the opportunity to share their presentation with the 400 attendees at the World Hereford Conference. Spindle placed second overall in the judging contest and Matheny followed with a third overall placement. Allan placed fourth in the herdsmanship module, which was a combined score from the judging and showmanship contests.

“We were proud of how we finished the competition, but more importantly, we made friends from around the world and learned from and enjoyed each other’s company more than we ever could have imagined,” said Matheny, who is also the NJHA board chairman.

Nine teams representing seven countries competed at this year’s event in New Zealand’s southern island. Other contests included a quiz bowl, fence-building, agribusiness, meat cuts, animal health and genetic modules along with judging, fitting and showing competitions at the Wanaka A&P Hereford Show.

“This was a journey of a lifetime for these young adults and it was so neat to watch them network with the teams from across the globe as they competed and represented America on the world’s stage. I look for this experience to open doors for future networking opportunities with Hereford breeders and junior members from other counties,” said Amy Cowan, director of youth activities and foundation.

The U.S. will host the next World Hereford Conference in 2024.

An Adventure of a Lifetime

April 2, 2020

by Hannah Williams, NJHA Communications Chair

As my time as a National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) member and board director winds down, I reflect on all of the opportunities, scholarships and memories the association has provided me. I am truly grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization and family. This past year, I was awarded the OXO World Traveler Scholarship, which allowed me to attend the 2020 World Hereford Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand, and to represent the NJHA at that global event. Through this experience, I made several friends, met fellow Hereford breeders and explored new cultures.

The first leg of my trip began in Australia, where I toured 10 Hereford studs (a very large ranch) in three different territories. As many people know, Australia suffered one of the largest droughts in history over the last few years. It was very difficult to hear about the effects of the drought from many of the affected producers. This was truly an eye-opening experience as, unfortunately, many people were forced to reduce their herd by half and to take tremendous steps back financially. However, I was fortunate to be there right after some of the area’s first rains. The ranchers I spoke to were extremely emotional and happy to receive the amount of rain they did, as it was more than they had received the year prior. The paddocks, as they call them, were lush green with thick grass — something people and cattle have not seen in years.

After a week in Australia, I flew to Queenstown, New Zealand, for the World Hereford Conference. Before landing, we were flown over the mountains and beautiful landscape of New Zealand’s South Island. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world with everything from mountains to lakes and rivers. I assure you the view was more than amazing! One of the highlights of touring Queenstown was traveling up a mountain in a gondola and getting to luge around the top. Our group also went on a shot-over jet boat on the river, which took us through the mountains and allowed us to see different scenery.

Aside from the many adventures in which I took part, I also was able to visit a few studs during the conference. We first toured a station in the high country that has Hereford, Angus and its own composite breed. We saw some great cattle, and to top the trip off, we even got to learn about its Merino sheep herd. One of the highlights was getting to feel some of the finest wool in fleece and then also to see it on the rams. The finest fleece can be worth upward of $3,000. The tour then headed to the next operation to look at a horned Hereford herd. At this stud, conference attendees learned about the technicalities of ultrasounding cattle and were also challenged to guess ultrasound measurements on a group of heifers.

Not only did the conference allow attendees to learn about cattle in New Zealand, but it also featured many renowned speakers. One of the main topics discussed on a world standpoint was the idea of a multi-country genomic evaluation. If implemented, this evaluation would help producers to better evaluate expected progeny differences (EPDs) or estimated breeding values (EBVs). Many countries use EBVs instead of the EPD system. Although some traits differ between the two systems, this program would help merge the two systems when using foreign genetics to make it easier for producers.

I am truly thankful for the opportunities the Hereford Youth Foundation of America has given me throughout my junior career. I would also like to thank the OXO family and Linda Swiercinsky for awarding Rylee Barber and me the 2020 World Traveler Scholarship so that we could attend the 2020 World Hereford Conference. I encourage any junior member who would like to be involved in the 2024 World Hereford Conference to watch for the next scholarship opportunity, as the conference will be coming home to the United States and will be held in Kansas City!

Innisfail Farm Purchases Foundation Female to Support Future Leaders

January 28, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— PCC New Mexico Lady 8170 sold for $70,000 to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America’s (HYFA) Growing a Lasting Legacy Campaign, Jan. 17, at the Mile High Night Sale during the National Western Stock Show.

The Lot 1 Foundation Female has highlighted the national Hereford sale in Denver for more than a decade and has raised a total of $960,000 to support HYFA’s mission: To encourage, recognize and reward the development of life skills and values in the next generation of leaders by providing education, scholarship and leadership opportunities for Hereford youth.

New Mexico Lady was purchased by Whitey and Weyman Hunt of Innisfail Farm, Madison, Ga.

“It’s important to invest in Hereford youth in order to keep [the breed] moving forward. They are our future and we’ve got to support them in every way and guide them and let them guide us as well,” Whitey Hunt says. “The National Junior Hereford Association is a great opportunity for young people to learn skills of working with people, communication and you could go on and on. The young people who are in Denver, they are our future and they are the ones who are going to be our leaders.”

PCC New Mexico Lady 8170 was donated by Pérez Cattle Co., Nara Visa, N.M. The March 7, 2018, heifer is a daughter of NJW 79Z 22Z Mighty 49C ET.

“The Hereford breed is rich with traditions and the Lot 1 Foundation Female that headlined the national sale in Denver was definitely no exception,” says Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association director of youth activities and foundation. “This year, HYFA was fortunate to have two families step up to support Hereford youth, with the Pérez family on the donor side and the Hunt family on the buying side. As a past director of the National Junior Hereford Association [NJHA], Kyle Pérez appreciates the opportunities the Hereford junior program gave him as a youth and it is exciting that he and his wife, Tonya, are bringing their children, Peyton and Libby, up through the ranks of the NJHA. Innisfail Farms and the Hunt family know, too, that the junior program is a great resource for our kids, and I so appreciate Whitey and Weyman’s belief in the Foundation and for helping us make a difference for the next generation.”

Merck Animal Health and American Hereford Association Announce Five-Year Educational Partnership

May 19, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) announces its five-year partnership with the American Hereford Association (AHA) to educate members and cattle producers on the importance of animal health programs in maximizing cattle’s genetic potential. Through the partnership, Merck Animal Health will lead educational sessions at the AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Conference, as well as at the association’s in-person and online educational opportunities.

“Merck Animal Health is proud to partner with the American Hereford Association to deliver the latest information on building animal health programs and protocols that help improve cattle wellbeing and performance,” says Kevin Mobley, executive director of cattle sales and marketing for Merck Animal Health. “The AHA has a strong history and even brighter future as it continues to serve and educate its growing membership, including its younger members and future leaders of the industry.”

The new partnership will support the value of developing strong genetic and animal health programs. “It’s great to have Merck Animal Health work with our team,” says Jack Ward, AHA executive vice president. “Animal care and health are critical to the success of our producers’ operations, and we look forward to Merck Animal Health’s contributions in this educational effort.”

Submit photos and support the Hereford Youth Foundation

To help kick off the new partnership, cattle producers are encouraged to share a photo showing them using a Merck Animal Health product with their own cattle. For every photo submitted to the AHA, Merck Animal Health will donate $100 (up to $15,000 total) to support the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.

The foundation is dedicated to scholarship, leadership and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle.

“We encourage our adult and youth members, as well as commercial cattle producers to submit photos showing how you implement your animal health protocols using Merck Animal Health products,” says Ward. “Not only do health programs add value to cattle, the photos you share will generate funds for our educational, leadership and research efforts of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.”

Submit photos via Facebook Messenger to the AHA and use #HerefordStrong in the message. Photos must be submitted by Sept. 15, 2020. By providing a photo, the participant grants Merck Animal Health and the AHA the permission to use the photo for purposes of advertising, publicity, trade, display, exhibition and any other commercial or other business purpose.

Merck Animal Health offers trusted, innovative products and programs to help keep cattle healthy and productive.