South Dakota ranchers win Hereford Innovator Award
Mike and Judy Stahly of Stahly Ranch, Cavour, S.D., were presented with an American Hereford Association Innovator Award during the National Western Stock Show Hereford Carload and Pen Show Jan. 18 in Denver. Mike and Judy were chosen because of their contribution to the Hereford industry by using young Hereford sires in the National Reference Sire Program on their commercial cow herd.
Mike and Judy manage a Hereford-Angus cross commercial cow operation with their son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Chris, and their sons, Spencer, Mason and Nolan. The Stahlys started with the NRSP in 1999 as part of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's tenderness program.
Through the NRSP, the family has tested two to three new sires each year resulting in about 80 to 100 calves. Over the years they've reported data on 1,187 calves representing 45 sires.
Stahlys background the steer calves together and then they are all sent to one feedlot, which allows for excellent data collection throughout all phases of production.
The American Hereford Association is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries provide programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information visit Hereford.org.
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