Purebred cattle production sale uses different format

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The traditional purebred cattle production sale has people sitting around a show ring as the cattle are paraded through in front of them.  But after 17 years of observing the wear and tear this process had on both people and cattle, Marty Lueck decided to try something different.  In 2010, Lueck—who manages the Journagan Ranch,… Read more »

Raising Hereford cattle in dairy country

Jerry Huth, along with his father, started in the registered Hereford business in 1963. Huth Polled Herefords of Oakfield, Wisconsin is a performance-based operation and has been collecting performance data since 1973. Huth is currently chairman of the American Hereford Association (AHA) breed improvement committee. During the recent AHA media event, we visited with Huth… Read more »

Project aims to improve feed efficiency

During the recent American Hereford Association media event, we received an update on the National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle from Matt Spangler, assistant professor in animal science and Extension beef genetics specialist at the University of Nebraska –Lincoln. The genetic improvement/feed efficiency program is multi-faceted project  involving eight universities… Read more »

AHA focused on genetic improvement

The American Hereford Association’s (AHA) media event September 19-20 featured information about Hereford genomics, Hereford research projects and the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP). The highlight of the event was touring one of the NRSP test sites, Olsen Ranches of Harrisburg Nebraska. In an interview with Brownfield, AHA’s chief operating officer and director of breed… Read more »

Olsens work to improve Hereford genetics

Olsen Ranches Inc. is a commercial Hereford operation located near Harrisburg in the western Panhandle of Nebraska.  The Olsen family has raised Hereford cattle and farmed in Banner County since 1885.  Today, the Olsen operation focuses on its commercial cow-calf herd, with 850 cows comprised primarily of Hereford genetics with crossbreeding of Red Angus genetics. … Read more »

‘It’s like people are rediscovering heterosis…’

Mountain Grove, Missouri Hereford breeder Marty Lueck manages Journagan Ranch.  Established in the mid-1960’s by Leo and Jean Journagan, the ranch includes 4,200 acres in south-central Missouri with 370 registered Hereford and 160 commercial cows. Lueck serves on the American Hereford Association (AHA) board of directors and was one of the participants in the recent… Read more »

Drought impacts New Mexico Hereford breeder

“It’s about as bad as I can ever remember.”  That’s how rancher Cliff Copeland of Nara Visa, New Mexico describes drought conditions in the Southern Plains.   In an interview during a recent Hereford Media Event, Copeland told us they’ve only received 2.5 inches of rain since last September and are facing some tough decisions with… Read more »

Breeding Herefords in the Kansas Flint Hills

While riding the bus from Denver to the Nebraska Panhandle during the recent Hereford Media Event, we had the opportunity to visit with Hereford breeder and American Hereford Association vice president David Breiner of Alma, Kansas.  Breiner discussed his operation, the Mill Creek Ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas, and shared his thoughts on… Read more »

Resurgence of Hereford breed continues

Hereford breeders continued to experience an increased demand for Hereford genetics during the 2011 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. AHA officials report a dramatic increase in production sale prices while reports of private-treaty sales were the highest in years. Hereford bull sales averaged $3,937, up nearly $700.  Females averaged $3,033,… Read more »