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  • 4 May 2024 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    Natalie Cartwright 's observations after attending the Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals® for the first time in 2023.  

    Impressions from a Newbie

    This year’s 2023 Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals was a blast! It was my first year attending and I have to say that it has been one of my top highlights from this summer. To begin with, I thought the venue MHJN was held at was great; it felt very spacious, but at the same time, condensed enough that it wasn’t too much of a hike to retrieve the cattle or to grab something from the truck. You could say that the Saline County Livestock & Expo Center was the just right kind of porridge, if you know what I mean!

    In addition to this being my first Junior Nationals, this is also my first year as an MHBA Regional Ambassador, and so coming into this week-long event, I was feeling a little stressed knowing that I would be interacting with peers and families and coordinators that I didn’t know very well. I was kind of afraid of being in the way rather than being helpful because I lacked the experience of the other ambassadors and royalty. However, when I actually arrived in Salina and jumped in to help with check-ins on the first day, I realized how sweet everyone was; I had worried for nothing! After that morning, I was eager to assist in any way I could and I really enjoyed getting to know the exhibitors better by doing so. I got to see everyone’s hard work throughout MHJN as well as the results of all of the preparation people had made for this show.

    I reflected that Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals was different from other cattle shows in that there were so many activities and contests other than showing to participate in, which I thought was special! I especially loved the trip to the waterpark. After a hot day, a dip in the pool was just what I needed and I thought having it on Tuesday was a wonderful idea because by then, I was familiar with many of the faces at the park and had made a couple friends to enjoy it with too! As far as the contests go, I really wanted to embrace the full experience and so I signed up for the Photography, Written Expression, Traditional Media, Performing Arts & Digital Media, Prepared Speech, Educational Display, Cattle Judging, and Team Fitting Contests. If you haven’t had the chance to try these out, I encourage you to go for it! I had a whale of a time doing each one; even Team Fitting, despite never having fit a cow before! I was blessed with a very knowledgeable and incredibly patient and easygoing team. I hope they know how much their willingness to share their expertise and the level of welcoming energy they exhibited meant to me!

    Junior Nationals was an experience for me like no other I’ve had before and I am so delighted to have come along this year. I had such a wonderful time and truly felt like a part of the family you all are. There were so many memories made, so thank you to everyone that worked to put on this event, it was beautifully planned and executed, and a thank you to everyone that was there, you were the best part of the event! Also, a humongous thank you to Brian and Diane Jex for EVERYTHING you’ve done for me! Your generosity baffles me and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to know such amazing people like yourselves, who would open a door for me to be a part of this organization. The MHBA sure is a wonderful one!

  • 2 May 2024 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    Election ballots have been placed in the mail and should be arriving in your mailbox soon.  Be sure your voice is heard and submit your votes no later than May 31, 2024.

    Great elections start with great candidates.  Get to know our 2024 nominees.  

    Dan Wiley - Nominee for Vice President

    I live in Central Ohio with my wife, Heather and our two sons, Isaac and Walker.  We purchased our first Miniature Herefords to raise meat for our family on our small farm.  We had never owned cattle before and had no idea what we were doing.  That first year was a baptism by fire, but we sure did learn a lot.  Looking back, we are amazed at how much the cattle industry has embraced us, how much we have learned and how far we have come. 

    Our boys became involved in 4-H and developed a love for the show ring.  We now show on the county, state and national levels.  I first became involved with the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association serving as the Director for Region 3.  We are passionate about the Miniature Hereford breed and have been honored to have been a part in building the breed in this part of the country. 

    As the show superintendent of two national and two state shows, I have had the privilege of meeting so many people and I am honored to be able to represent the breed and the cattle industry.  I have seen the quality of cattle improve and an increased respect for Miniature Herefords.  I am thankful for the platform the show venues have given us and I take pride in the relationships and trust I have been able to build to help move the breed forward in the show arena. 

    I have been honored to serve as the Vice President of the MHBA for the past year.  We are a growing breed and have many opportunities to improve.  We are stronger than when we started, but we still have areas that we can continue to build.  I would be honored to have your vote to continue moving this breed forward and to make the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association a stronger organization supporting the needs of the Miniature Hereford breeders. 

    Kurt Hoban - Nominee for Vice President

    Our family lives just north of Detroit Lakes, MN and we have been raising Miniature Herefords since 2016.  We started our herd with two heifers and a leased bull and have now grown to raising between 20-25 head consistently from year to year.

    Both my wife and I grew up on farms and we wanted the same environment for our kids.  Miniature Herefords seemed like a good fit for us and we are fortunate to be able to raise these cattle while still holding full time jobs away from the farm.

    Miniature Hereford breeders across the country are doing great things to promote their cattle either through websites, social media sites, in print, or through state and local associations.   While we sometimes get caught up in focusing on the show aspect of our cattle, it is important to note that many of our fellow breeders are doing great things promoting the finished beef element of their farms and ranches as well, and with great success.

    Visibility and networking is important, not just for the sale of our stock, but also for the support and mentorship with our fellow breeders. We have a great community of people nationwide, many of whom are just an email or phone call away, who are willing to help answer questions and offer advice on what works and what doesn’t for them. 

     If the association is going to move forward successfully, it should be tapping the entire network of members for ideas and input, at both the regional and executive board level.  

    Billy Scott - Nominee for Treasurer

    My name is Billy Scott and I live in Lubbock, Texas where I work in commercial construction.  I was raised on a family hobby farm in New Mexico and spent many years showing livestock in 4-H and FFA.  We now raise about 25 club cows, 15 recips and several Miniature Herefords.  I have two adult children, Aubrey and Zane who grew up showing livestock and my youngest, Journi, is still showing cattle.  She started showing minis when she was three so that she could be like her big brother and sister.  Journi shows Miniature Herefords in 4-H and also shows full-sized cattle.

    We have traveled many miles through lots of states making memories with our Miniature Herefords.  We have downsized our herd, but we still love our Minis and they will always have a special spot in our hearts.  We are now paying it forward for the new kids coming up.

    I have decided to run for Treasurer of the MHBA to help grow the organization for the kids and those growing into the breed.  I feel the MHBA and MHYF have been doing at great job, but it is important for others to step up and help make the organization even better.  I want to see the organization re-energized and working together to become stronger, growing the breed and making things better for our kids.  I want to work with all audiences to come together for the common cause of moving this breed in a positive direction and making sure Minis are a big deal.

    I am a single dad, have a hobby cattle farm, run a commercial construction company and we show pretty hard.  I am as busy as everyone else, but I choose to accept the challenge to help make a difference in the MHBA. 

    Isaac Wiley - Nominee for Region 3 Director

    Having grown up in the Miniature Hereford breed, I have been honored to serve the members in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin as Regional Director for the past several years.  I understand how important it is to promote the breed, support our breeders and keep the MHBA strong and moving forward.  

    I live in Mount Vernon, Ohio and I am one of the four that makes up 4 Wiley Farm.  I graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio and I now work for a commercial HVAC company.  I am actively involved in the day-to-day operations of our family farm and have been a pivotal part of growing and expanding our herd and the diversity of our farm. 

    I started my service in the MHBA as a Regional Ambassador during my high school years, as well as assisting my parents with many of the shows.  I understand the importance of this breed, the fight we have fought to be recognized and how we need to continue the journey to improve our cattle and the organization.  I also recognize that while the MHBA is an association about cattle, the real focus is the people and families that we support.  The cattle industry is the greatest place to be raised and the people are what makes the journey, culture and lifestyle worth fighting for. 

    I would be honored to continue my service of representing the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association and to continue the work of moving the association forward. 

    Daniel Lloyd - Nominee for Region 3 Director

    My name is Danny Lloyd, along with my wife Heather, and two children Hayden and Hadley we own and operate Muddy Fork Ranch LLC in the north central, Ohio area. We raise Hereford, Charolais, and Miniature Hereford show stock with our focus being Miniatures. We also row crop and sell freezer beef. During the day I work in technical services for the local Caterpillar dealer where I specialize in industrial, marine, and oil and gas engines as well as generators and switchgear.

    Having grown up around Herefords while helping farm with my grandfather I developed a strong love for the breed. In 2016 my grandfather saved me a newspaper article about Miniature Herefords, this was the first time either of us had heard about them and I quickly realized I wanted to own these cattle. My grandfather passed before I purchased my first Miniature Hereford cow in 2017 but I know if he were there to see he would have been hooked like I am. Now today we have a herd of 16 and continue to grow.

    I am dedicated to navigating our breeds future while still preserving the past. I believe that together we can take on the challenge of improving our cattle without loosing site of why the Largents started this journey so many years ago. Our cattle need to remain efficient, fertile, and profitable but also keep up with the trends to satisfy the modern cattleman. This is a great challenge, but it is the challenge that I am up for.

    I appreciate your consideration for Region 3 Director and look forward to working with all of our members. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

    Thank You, Danny Lloyd



    Charles Rohla - Nominee for Region 6 Director

    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.  

    Robin Benton  - Nominee for Region 9 Director

    I have raised Boer goats and Dorper sheet.  In 2015, I sold my goat herd and opted for cattle.  I knew I wouldn't be able to handle full-sized cattle, so I began researching the miniature breeds.  Since I was a kid, I've always loved the look of the Hereford.  The red and white just stood out and takes me back to my childhood days of the range cattle that hung out at my favorite fishing hole.  I was able to secure some breeding stock from a ranch in northern Utah and started my cattle ranch - Diamond Dollar Ranch.  I had no plans of showing.  However, that changed when my Regional Director arrived at my home.  It was his knowledge and somewhat persistent nudge that convinced me to show.  Now I am hooked and spend my spare time researching bloodlines, AI cattle and developing an embryo program.  I've built my herd to about 20 cows using some of the best bloodlines I can afford.  As a Regional Director, I hope I can also help others find the joy of owning and showing Miniature Herefords.

    Brian Moore - Nominee for MHYF Vice President

    I am Brian Moore from Windsor Colorado.  I grew up on a dairy farm near Osage Iowa. Farming in Iowa in the late 70’s and 80’s was rough.  So I went to college, became a teacher and never thought I would ever be involved with livestock again. Fast forward about 20 years ago my family, wife Vickie, son Nolan and daughter Kate were walking through the barn on the hill at the NWSS and fell in love with the Mini’s and I told myself, I can raise and enjoy these animals. In 2015 we bought two cow calf pairs and never looked back.

    Kids are the future of the breed and I love the being able to give back to the youth foundation.

  • 7 Mar 2024 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Check your mailbox for the MHBA and MHYF nomination forms.  

    The first step in an election is having great candidates presented to our membership for voting.  In order for someone to make it to the official ballot, they must first be nominated. 

    Who do you know that would make a great candidate?

    The positions up for election this year are:

    • MHBA Vice President
    • MHBA Treasurer
    • MHBA Region 3 Director (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WI)
    • MHBA Region 6 Director (KS, OK, TX)
    • MHBA Region 9 Director (AZ, CA, NV, UT)
    • MHYF Vice President
    • MHYF Treasurer
    • MHYF Director of Scholarships

    Be sure to complete your nomination forms and drop them in the mail by Friday, March 29, 2024.  

  • 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.

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