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The 2016 Denver National Western Stock Show is now history, for the Hereford breed.  Tremendous numbers of quality Herefords were professionally displayed and exhibited. Over 800 head competed at various shows throughout the week.  There were 349 head in open show, 151 head in the junior show, 43 pen of bulls, 29 pen of heifers, and nine carload of bulls shown. Congratulations to Lowderman Cattle Company, Macomb, IL for breeding both the Grand Champion Polled Hereford Bull and Female in Denver. LCC FBF Time Traveler 480 , Grand Champion Polled Bull, and LCC TG Be My Merry Time 7B, Grand Champion Polled Female were both progeny of RST Times A Wastin 0124, who was the 2013 Supreme Denver Grand Champion.

Both the Mile High Night Sale and the Mile High Eve sale were hugely successful.  It was estimated that well over 5000 people attend the Mile High Night Sale where 47 lots averaged $16,404 with the 14 bulls averaging $16,604, and the 35 females averaging $ 16,336.  At the Mile High Eve Sale, 8 flushes averaged $13,303, 3 pregnancies averaged $7000, 86 embryos averaged $1233, and 78 Units of semen averaged $423.

 Highlighting the Mile High Night Sale was KJ BJ DWE 686Z Salsa 364C ET, the Hereford Youth Foundation of American donation heifer which was donated by Jensen Bros. Courtland, KS. The March 29, 2015 daughter of CRR 719 Catapult 109 sold for $80,000 to the Jonny Harris Family, Screven, GA, C & L Hereford Ranch, Steve and Jill Folkman and Family, Ixonia, WI, and RGR Cattle Company, Lonny, Kim (Carney) and Riley Rhodes, Carlinville, IL. A very special thank you to all parties involved for the continued support of HYFA.

Each year in Denver I enjoyed looking at all the cattle both on the hill and in the yards, especially the bulls.  Some of the very best Hereford bulls in the world are on display.  This year was no exception! Since returning back home and recapping the high lights of the stock show I realize that this time of year is the most import time of year to improve your herd.  The fastest, most efficient way to improve your herd is on the bull selection you make in the next 90 days prior to the spring breeding season.  

I encourage all Hereford breeders to do more Artificial Insemination on your Hereford females in 2016.  The genetic advancement you will make by using the top bulls will change your program more than anything else you can do all year long. The Hereford breed is very blessed to have the genetic versatility. By using Expected Progeny Differences (EPD’s), Genomic Enhanced EPD’s, and structural sound bulls improvement in your 2017 calf crop will be tremendous.

News and information from:

John Meents

AHA Field Representative

2155 CR 698, Jenera, OH 45841

419 306 7480  jmeents@hereford,org