2020 News

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.

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 NHW and the NJHA sponsor these awards. Prospect awards go to students in fourth through eighth grades and the Junior Golden Bull awards go to students in ninth through 12th grades. Prospect winners are given a leather halter with a nameplate, while the Junior Golden Bull winners receive a bronze Hereford bull statue. The Golden Bull Achievement is given to collegiate students. These students receive a bronze Hereford bull statue and a scholarship.

Prospect Award

Third grade – Jarrett Worrell, Mason, Texas
Fourth grade – Faith Benedict, Dewey, Ill.
Fifth grade – Brady Jones, Darlington, Wis.
Sixth grade – Kristin Waters, Norborne, Mo.
Seventh grade – Kendall Boatman, Rockford, Ill.
Eighth grade – Harlee Watson, Flemingsburg, Ky.

Junior Golden Bull Award

Ninth grade – Samuel Birdsall, Torrington, Wyo.
10th grade – Cady Pieper, Zurich, Kan.
11th grade – Lauren Jones, Darlington, Wis.
12th grade – Molly Biggs, Dixon, Ill.

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

The John Wayne Memorial scholarships are awarded to NJHA members who surpass the norm with their contributions to agriculture and the Hereford industry, as well as their moral character. HYFA and the NHW sponsor these annual scholarships.

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

National Junior Merit Award

The annual National Junior Merit scholarships recognize exceptional members for their dedication to bettering the Hereford industry. The scholarship program is designed to encourage individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership and achievement amongst youth in order to develop reputable breeders for the good of the Hereford business and beef industry. The first-place recipient receives a scholarship plus an all-expenses-paid trip to a Hereford operation in the continental U.S. sponsored by American Livestock Inc.

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

Sponsored by the HYFA in cooperation with Hereford herdsmen, these scholarships recognize NJHA members who take great pride in exhibiting their Hereford cattle and reward their dedication to the breed through scholarship.

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

Walter and Joe Lewis High Point Senior Award

This scholarship honors an exceptional for overall achievement in various facets of NJHA. Junior members are selected based on a point system for NJHA programs and activities weighted heavily on leadership, teamwork, skills and competition.

Bryden Barber, Channing, Texas, $1,000

Poll-ette Founders Scholarship

Funded by HYFA and managed through the NHW, the Poll-ette Founders Scholarship recognizes Hereford juniors who have made significant contributions during their NJHA career. Additionally, the scholarship honors the women who laid the foundation for the National Organization of Poll-ettes, which combined with the American Hereford Women in 2009 to form the NHW.

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

Bud Snidow Award

In honor of the late longtime American Hereford Association employee and Hereford historian, the B.C. “Bud” Snidow Award is awarded to a commendable NJHA member who demonstrates the characteristics Snidow admired most — honesty, fairness, hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the Hereford breed and its members. This annual award is presented by the NHW, and the recipient receives a custom hand-crafted belt buckle.

Regan Mitchem, Vale, N.C.

Charles E. Boyd Sr., Memorial Scholarship

Charles E. Boyd Sr. was a third- generation Hereford breeder who mentored youth in the agriculture industry and was recognized on local, state and national levels for his accomplishments throughout his lifetime. He was a prominent beef cattle judge at all major livestock shows and exhibited several international and national champion Hereford cattle. He lived his life selflessly, giving to others without recognition. The Charles E. Boyd Sr. Memorial Scholarship continues to help Hereford youth who plan to attend college and pursue a degree in agriculture.

Brandt Downing, $1,500

Bluegrass and Buckeye Scholarship

The Ohio and Kentucky Hereford Associations along with HYFA sponsor the Bluegrass and Buckeye Scholarship through gratuitous funds from the 2006 JNHE in Louisville, Ky. The scholarship’s goal is to provide recognition for one outstanding member of the NJHA. In order to receive the honor, applicants must first be nominated by their state junior association advisor.

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.