Champions named at 2009 National Western Hereford Show
Hereford excitement abounded from the Yards to the Hill at the National Western Stock Show, Jan. 14 to 17. The Hereford breed laid claim to the largest show in Denver with 640 head of cattle exhibited throughout the four-day event. There were 354 head in the open show, 121 in the junior show, 30 pens of bulls, seven heifer pens and six carloads.
The Hereford activities got underway with Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, N.M., judging the junior show Jan. 14. Pen and carload competition followed Jan. 15. Herefords filled the Stadium Arena on the Hill with the open female show Jan. 16 and the bull show Jan. 17.
Tommy Coley, Birmingham, Iowa, judged the open show and said he was impressed with the quality. In the champion drive he commented, "The quality has been unbelievable, you people sitting in the stands should pat your neighbor on the back and tell them, 'darn we're doing a good job.'" He continued, "As a breed we've come a long way based on the quality phenotypically and genetically with the numbers, just think where we'll be in three or four years."
CRR About Time 743, owned by Hoffman Herefords, McArthur, Calif., and partners Pelton Polled Herefords, Halliday, N.D.; Topp Herefords, Grace City, N.D.; and Coyote Ridge Ranch, LaSalle, Colo., captured the coveted supreme champion trophy after winning the grand champion polled bull title. The supreme award is sponsored by Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn., and is awarded in memory of Tom Lane Sr. The THM Durango 4037 son posted an impressive set of expected progeny differences (EPDs) on show day including birth weight (BW) 2.8; weaning weight (WW) 50; yearling weight (YW) 79; milk (MM) 19; and milk and growth (M&G) 44. About Time weighed 2,100 lb. and calculated a weight per day of age (WDA) of 3.04 lb.
Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, dominated the horned show, exhibiting national grand and reserve grand champion bulls. C 146 Domino 8172 ET by DM BR L1 Domino 146 was slapped champion spring calf and overall champion followed by C Reno 6142 ET who is co-owned with Aaron Wilbourn, Tulare, Calif. The grand champion bull had EPDs of BW 3.7; WW 54: YW 86; MM 23; and M&G 50. The spring calf weighed 1,150 lb. and had a WDA of 3.57. Reno posted EPDs of BW 4.0; WW 50; YW 86; MM 20 and M&G 45. He weighed 2,370 lb. and had a WDA of 2.24 lb.
Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla.; Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla.; Adams-Hirsche Ranch, High River, Alta.; and BJ Herman and Sons, Continental, Ohio, claimed the banner for reserve champion polled bull with STAR KKH SSF Bright Kelly 408 by STAR Bright Future 533P ET. The senior champion bull topped the scales at 2,250 lb. and calculated a WDA of 2.63 lb. His EPDs read BW 4.1; WW 52; YW 86; MM 16; and M&G 42.
National Junior Hereford Association members outshined the competition in the female shows. Taylor Schrick, Sayre, Okla., led her horned spring yearling female to win grand champion honors in the open and junior shows. C Chanel ET is a daughter of DM BR L1 Domino 146. The heifer showed with EPDs of BW 3.6; WW 50; YW 79; MM 23; and M&G 48.
Winning the polled open female show was Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev., with BF Flirtatious 713T by BR Moler ET, just six months after being named the champion polled heifer at the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo. The intermediate champion heifer showed with EPDs of BW 4.5; WW 53; YW 92; MM 18; and M&G 45.
Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas, and her intermediate champion female, BR Bonita 7093 by DM BR Sooner, were selected reserve champion polled female and Drew Perez, Nara Visa, N.M., exhibited the reserve champion horned female, C&M New Mexico Lady 8040 by KJ BJ Bounty Hunter 741P. Barber's heifer posted EPDs of BW 2.8; WW 51; YW 87; MM 21; and M&G 47. Perez's calf showed with EPDs of BW 3.5; WW 53; YW 79; MM 21; and M&G 48.
Blake Tucker, N. Platte, Neb., exhibited the champion polled female in the junior show, C Ms Absolute 7111 ET. Chance, John, Austin and Nick Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa, showed the reserve champion polled female, C 146 Notice Me 8020 ET. Reserve female in the horned junior show was Payton Farmer, Plainfield, Ind., with H Calamity Jane 8014 ET.
In the horned show Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn., was awarded premier exhibitor and Colyer Herefords was premier breeder. At the conclusion of the polled show, Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla., secured premier breeder, premier exhibitor, best six head and get-of-sire titles.
To view complete results of the 2009 National Western National Hereford Show visit www.hereford.org. The "Shows" menu on the left includes "National Show Results."