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  • 10 Feb 2024 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    The election process for the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association® (MHBA) and the Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation® (MHYF) takes several months to complete.  I would like to walk you through the steps that are taken to insure a proper election is provided.

    The MHBA  is constantly keeping accurate records of the Associations membership roster as this is critical to our election process.  Prior to the election process beginning, the MHBA Secretary will contact the Accounting firm and complete all necessary contracting documents.  On the day the election process is to begin (Friday, March 1, 2024) the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association will make a list of all current eligible voting members who hold a paid Family Membership in the MHBA.  Each of these members will then be sent by mail an official nomination packet (as per Article II, Section 11-12 of the By-Laws). This packet will include any nomination information needed (what positions are up for election, nomination criteria, nomination form, and the nomination return deadline, etc.).

    Keep in mind that there are some stipulations that apply to the MHBA and MHYF elections regarding nominating and voting eligibility.  Article III, Section 1 states that “to qualify for a position on the MHBA Board as well as one of the nine Regional Director positions, a candidate must be an individual and presently a Member in Good Standings (a MGS is an individual with a minimum of three consecutive preceding years without lapse as a paid Family member prior to the current election cycle).”  Also, according to Article II, Section 11-13, “Executive Board of Directors may be nominated and voted on by all MHBA paid members holding a current Family Membership.  Members of the nine Regions shall nominate and vote on members from their own Region to represent them as their corresponding Regional Director.”

    When a member receives their official nomination packet, they are able to complete the nomination form and return to the MHBA Secretary via mail prior to the established nomination deadline.  As the nomination forms are received by the MHBA Secretary, he/she will add the names to a Nomination Roster.  After the nominee’s name is added to the roster, their vetting process begins with the MHBA and MHYF Secretaries working together to properly vet each individual nominated.   During the vetting process the Secretaries check to see if the person holds a current “Member in Good Standings” status (being a current paid member for a minimum of three consecutive years or longer prior to the current election process) according to the MHBA By-Laws.  If the nominee does not qualify, they are notified by their Secretary (MHBA or MHYF) and provided the reason for their non-qualification at that point. If the nominee does qualify to hold office, they are contacted and asked if they accept their nomination.  If they accept the nomination, their name is moved to the official ballot list; if they decline, their name is moved to a declined nomination list.  After the nomination deadline has passed, and the nominees are vetted, the MHBA Secretary will make sure that all qualified candidate names are properly placed on the Official Ballot.  The MHBA Secretary will then mail an Official Ballot packet to the independent Accounting firm, as well as to all eligible MHBA Family level memberships, with a return envelope to the MHBA’s Independent Accounting firm (Article II, Section 10-13).  As members complete his/her ballot, it is important to note that the Official ballots are not returned to the MHBA Secretary or any other member of either Board.  The ballots instead are mailed directly to the independent Accounting firm where they will be tallied.  The results are blind tallied and the MHBA Secretary will never be informed of the votes submitted by individual members.  The results of that tally will be sent directly to the MHBA Secretary only, where he/she will make record of the official results.  It is then the Secretaries duty to contact each individual who has been officially elected and inform them of their selection. Candidates that were not elected will be notified and thanked for their participation in the MHBA/MHYF elections.  The MHBA and MHYF Boards will then vote on the acceptance of the Accounting firms results of the election. The results of the election will then be made available to all MHBA members via several avenues (website, Facebook, email).  

    Whew….yes, it does take that long, but it is well worth it.  The MHBA and the MHYF encourage our members to participate by placing their nominations in and voting in our election process.

  • 5 Jan 2024 8:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Miniature Hereford World Show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado is a gathering of the best cattle in the breed.  

    Watch the junior show on Saturday, January 6th @ 10 AM MST and the open show @ 8 AM on Sunday, January 7th.  

    Follow along with the Junior and Open show programs below.  

    Junior Program.pdf

    Open Show Program.pdf

  • 26 Dec 2023 6:47 PM | Anonymous

    In accordance with the By-Laws of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association, you are invited to attend the annual meeting of the members to be held at the National Western Stock Show, Denver, Colorado on Friday, January 5, 2024. 

    The purpose of the meeting is to update membership on Association items and the financial status of the Association, present AIME awards and to recognize our 2024 Royalty & Ambassadors.  As a member run association, your involvement and participation in the organization is very important. 

    We hope to see you at the meeting and appreciate your continued support of the Board. 

    Craig DeHaan, President

  • 27 Nov 2023 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    The MHBA Queen, Princess, Junior Princess and our Regional Ambassadors are exception youth leaders who represent the Miniature Hereford breed and our Association.  

    The MHBA Royalty and Ambassador program works hard to strengthen leadership skills, promote self-confidence, and enhance good networking skills.  

    Applications are now open for the 2024 Royalty and Ambassador positions.  Click for an application and more information.  

    The application deadline is December 20, 2023 and the positions will be announced at the MHBA World Show in Denver, Colorado.  

  • 26 Nov 2023 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Beef Expo is one of the premier expos in the country.  In March of each year, thousands of cattle enthusiasts gather on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center for a weekend full of all things cattle.  

    As part of this great event, the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association sponsors a Miniature Hereford open show.   What a great place to showcase our cattle and be an important presence in the cattle industry.  

    Last year, the Miniature Herefords were the talk of the barn when the Reserve Grand Champion Bull tied for the highest selling bull of all breeds at the 2023 Ohio Beef Expo.  

    With animals and exhibitors from all over the country, the Miniature Hereford live and online auction at the Ohio Beef Expo is a great place to sell your animals as well as add to your herd.  From live animals to semen and embryo lots, there is something for everyone.  

    Show and sale entry information can be found here.  

    Entry deadline is January 15, 2024.

    For more information about the Ohio Beef Expo, click here.  

  • 14 Nov 2023 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    The scholarship division of the MHYF was developed with funds earned from a donation of a Grand Champion Female that was auctioned off at the MHBA Miniature Hereford World Show held in Denver, Colorado at the NWSS.  Since then, we have continued to give back to our youth by helping them pursue their higher education goals.  

    The Memorial Scholarship is available for graduating high school seniors and the Collegiate Scholarship is available for current college students.  The application deadline is December 15, 2023.

    For more information and scholarship applications, click here.  

    The Miniature Hereford Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has been providing scholarships for our youth since 2011.

  • 29 Oct 2023 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    As you are preparing for the new DNA rules to take effect, the first step is to determine which animals in your herd have been DNA tested and which ones you will need to submit testing on. 

    Do you want to know if your Miniature Hereford has already been DNA tested and view the results?

    To see if a cow has been DNA tested, log on to the American Hereford Association website and go to the Genetics/EPD Search tool. From there, enter the name or registration number of the animal. Click on the animal to go to the Animal Details screen. From there, click on the details tab. If the box next to DNA Case ID is blank, the animal has not been tested.

    When an animal is DNA tested, the results are emailed to the owner of the animal. If you would like to see the results of the DNA testing, log in to myherd.org.  Navigate to the Actions tab and then DNA Results. Click on the arrow to the left of the animal's registration number and click on the results button.

    Please note that an animal may have more than one DNA test, so be sure to check all test results for the most complete information. If you have questions about DNA testing or results, contact the AHA office.

  • 19 Oct 2023 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    Youth from all over the country will gather June 17-19, 2024 for the Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals.  

    This event is so much more than a cattle show with events, educational opportunities and competitions for our youth.  It is a family centered event where parents can join in on some of the activities and where life-long memories are made.  

    Join us next summer for the MHJN® in Duncan, Oklahoma.  

    The Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals Committee is already hard at work making plans for next year's event.  You can see the most up to date information on the MJHN website page.

  • 12 Oct 2023 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    We want to welcome Charles Rohla to the MHBA Board as the Region 6 Director representing the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  Charles has been appointed by the Board to complete the term vacated by the retirement of Craig Rutland.  

    Charles Rohla received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Master of Science in Agriculture Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Crop Science from Oklahoma State University.

    Rohla was raised on a farm in northwest Oklahoma where his family operated a wheat/stocker farm and growing lot. He currently lives on a small ranch in Southern Oklahoma were he, his wife and son are involved in producing hay, raising Miniature Hereford Cattle, American Quarter Horses, American Paint Horses and pecans.

    He serves on his county Farm Bureau Board, Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program Advisory Council, Lake of the Arbuckles Watershed Association Board, Oklahoma State University Ferguson College Alumni Society Board, along with numerous Advisory and Committee roles within the American Pecan Industry

    Charles Rohla serves as the Manager for Pecan Systems and is an Ag Consultant with the Noble Research Institute. He joined Noble in 2006.  

    We are excited to have Charles and his wealth of knowledge and expertise.  

  • 21 Jul 2023 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    Not all changes can happen overnight, but we do listen to our membership. 

    The MHBA has implemented a new rule that all show cattle must have a DNA profile on file with complete parentage verification (dam and sire verification) with the American Hereford Association before show entry deadline.*

    This rule will take effect on the following dates:

    Steers - effective 1/1/2024

    Bulls - effective 1/1/2025

    Heifers - effective 1/1/2026

    *Please note that DNA verification not completed by the entry deadline for the 2024 National Western Stock Show will be accepted at check-in.  This exception only applies to the 2024 NWSS.
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