AHA announces Spring 2009 Gold TPR Breeders
More than 80 Hereford breeders from 29 states achieved Gold TPRTM (Total Performance Records) status for Spring 2009, the American Hereford Association (AHA) recently announced.
The Gold TPR Breeder recognition is presented to progressive Hereford breeders who have measured traits and collected and promptly submitted performance data at all levels of production.
"The reason the Gold TPR program was established was to recognize those breeders who go the extra mile to collect data at all levels of production and report that data in a timely manner," says AHA Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement Jack Ward.
Since the program's inception in 2005, Hereford breeders have increased their data collection efforts. Breeders must meet a specific set of requirements in order to be eligible for the program. They are:
--Herd inventory submitted prior to date inventory surcharge goes into effect.
--Complete reporting of calving ease and reproductive status for each dam on inventory.
--Complete reporting of birth weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.
--Complete reporting of weaning weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.
--Complete reporting of yearling weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.
--Complete reporting of scrotal measurements for each bull calf with a recorded yearling weight.
--Ultrasound data reported on 25 percent or more of the calf crop.
--Note: For weaning and yearling weights, disposal codes are accepted if the animal has been removed from the herd.
The following Hereford breeders, listed by state, were recognized as spring 2009 Gold TPR Breeders:
Arkansas: David or Juanita Jennings, Rogers.
California: Gino Pedretti, El Nido.
Colorado: Sidwell Herefords, Carr.
Florida: Evergreen, Old Town.
Georgia: Hill Vue Farm, Blairsville.
Iowa: Asmus Herefords, Audubon; K7 Herefords, Lockridge; Steve Landt, Union.
Idaho: Canyon Gem Livestock, Jerome; Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell.
Illinois: Ellis Farms, Chrisman; Galen Krieg, Basco.
Indiana: Gerber Polled Herefords, Richmond.
Kansas: Bookcliff Herefords, Russell; Brannan and Reinhardt, Otis; EE Ranches, Fall River; Mike Flory, Lawrence; Gustafson Herefords, Junction City; Frank Hug and Sons, Scranton; Kevin Jensen, Courtland; Mill Creek Ranch, Alma; Oleen Cattle Co., Falun; S&S Farms, Windom; Sandhill Farms/Kevin Schultz, Haviland; Schu-Lar Polled Herefords, Lecompton; Virgil Staab and Sons, Hays.
Maine: Lyn-Dell Farm, Pepperell.
Maryland: AW Plainfield Farm, Newburg.
Minnesota: Frederickson Hereford Farm, Starbuck; Kruse Polled Herefords, Harris; Lester Schafer, Buffalo Lake.
Missouri: Howard Sweiger and Sons, Weatherby.
Mississippi: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State.
Montana: Churchill Cattle Co., Manhattan; J Bar E Ranch, Plentywood; Livestock and Range Research Station, Miles City; Storey Hereford Ranch, Bozeman; Richard and Shirley Thomas, Gold Creek.
North Carolina: Ralph Kiger, Kernersville; Harry Myers Jr., Statesville.
North Dakota: Flying J Polled Herefords, Underwood; Friedt Herefords, Mott; Helbling Herefords, Mandan; Mrnak Herefords, Bowman; Rockeman Herefords, Donnybrook; Stuber Ranch, Bowman.
Nebraska: Blueberry Hill Farms Inc., Norfolk; Joe Brockman, Lawrence; Linton Herefords, Miller; Monahan Cattle Co., Hyannis; Alfred Schutte and Sons, Guide Rock; Spencer Herefords Inc., Brewster; Valley Creek Ranch, Fairbury.
Nevada: Shepherd Herefords, Henderson.
New York: Kathleen Wagner, Catskill.
Ohio: Douglas Banks, Hamilton; Finnegan Farm, Berlin Heights; Gillespie Herefords, Oxford; NS Polled Herefords, Shaker Heights.
Oklahoma: Grady Sparks, Connerville.
Oregon: Quentin/Gayle Cook, Vale; Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City; Greg Thomas, Bonanza.
South Dakota: Baker Hereford Ranch, Rapid City; Bar JZ Polled Herefords, Holabird; Blacktop Farms, Mitchell; Courtney Herefords, Belle Fourche; Larry and Carol Gildemaster, Virgil; JBN Livestock, Box Elder; Rausch Herefords, Hoven;
Texas: DeShazer Cattle Co., Hearne; Indian Mound Ranch, Canadian; Zurn Registered Herefords, Dallas.
Virginia: Bay Brook Farm, Dabneys; Deer Track Farm, Spotsylvania; Meadow Ridge Farms Inc., Broadway; Va. Polytechnic Inst., Blacksburg.
Wisconsin: Huth Polled Herefords, Oakfield.
West Virginia: Diamond L Farms, Letart; W.Va. Univ.-Ag Sci. Bldg., Morgantown;
Wyoming: Ned and Jan Ward, Sheridan.
The American Hereford Association, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries--Certified Hereford Beef LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. and American Beef Records Association--provides programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit Hereford.org.