KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Members of the American Hereford Association will gather Nov. 1-3
in Kansas City for the group’s annual meeting.
Hereford enthusiasts from across the nation will enjoy three
days of events and activities including educational forums, the Annual Meeting
and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.
The Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, located in Riverside, will
host the event again this year. The hotel’s two restaurants — Crazy Olives and
the Journey steakhouse — will feature Certified Hereford Beef entrées during the
annual meeting weekend. To make reservations, phone (800) 270-7711.
Friday afternoon, an educational forum will kick off the
weekend at the Argosy, followed by a “Hereford Honoree” reception.
The educational forum will include an update on AHA’s DNA
testing and genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences and the development of
an udder quality EPD. Oklahoma State University animal scientist David Lalman
will share his thoughts on cow size and efficiency and how Hereford fits the
needs of the commercial industry.
During the Honoree Reception, this year’s Hereford Heritage
Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit recipients will be recognized, as well
as the Hereford Youth Foundation of America scholarship winners.
That evening HYFA will kick off its “Growing a Lasting
Legacy” campaign at around 8 p.m. Entertainment will conclude the evening at the
Saturday, the Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to
the public, will start at 9 a.m. Association members selected 141 delegates to
conduct the association’s business and to elect three members to serve on the
AHA Board of Directors.
The four board candidates are Terri Barber, Austin, Texas;
Dave Bielema, Ada, Mich.; Mike Taylor, Petersburg, W.Va., and Joe Van Newkirk,
Buses will be available to shuttle attendees to the American
Royal complex for the Ladies of the Royal Sale and the junior Hereford show.
Shuttles will start at 1 p.m. and run every half hour
between the hotel and the American Royal complex. The last shuttle will leave
the American Royal complex at 8 p.m.
The sale starts at 2 p.m., followed by the junior Hereford
show that will begin at 5 p.m. at the American Royal complex. The junior show
judge will be Ken Guens, Bath, Mich.
Sunday, the National Hereford Show will begin at 8 a.m. in
Hale Arena at the American Royal complex. Between the female and bull shows,
2012-13 National Show Award winners will be recognized. Prior to the selection
of the champion bull, the 2013-14 National Hereford Queen will be crowned.
The National Hereford Show will be judged by Kyle Colyer,
Bruneau, Idaho. For those who can’t make the trip to Kansas City, show results
will be available online at Hereford.org.
At 8:30 a.m. the AHA Board of Directors will be available in
the American Royal Governor’s Room at the American Royal complex to answer
questions about the association and its programs.