Many people ask...who is the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association? Well, the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association was established in the state of Nebraska on November 8, 2001 as a non-profit organization led by a Board that meets bi-monthly by means of a tele-conference call. The Board holds its annual meeting in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the Miniature Hereford World show at the National Western Stock Show in January. The Miniature Hereford Breeders Association was formed by like-minded Miniature Hereford breeders in the hope of bringing together breeders from across the US and Canada to improve the breed, educate the public on the positive aspects of owning a Miniature Hereford, as well as promoting them in the show world as an alternative to the larger breeds. The MHBA works to inform potential breeders of the benefits of owning Miniature Herefords, especially for those who own smaller acreages, are interested in farm tax deferral, and for those families who have youth that were interested in the raising, marketing, and showing of beef cattle.
I am often asked "Why should I join the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association?" The answer is easy, as a Family level member, you will receive four issues of the Miniature Hereford News magazine free of charge (4 issues per year), the ability to show in Miniature Hereford shows all across the United States, have access to special sections of the website and receive newsletters. But more than that...when you join the MHBA, you instantly become part of a huge family that shares the same interest...Miniature Herefords. Every member of the MHBA works hard to improve their genetics and expand the breed as a whole and being part of this Miniature Hereford family provides you with a vast number of dedicated individuals who have many years of experience in raising, showing, and marketing these animals. Whether you are new to the mini world or an old hand, everyone is happy to provide guidance and knowledge to those who request it. One of the benefits of being a member and part of this family is that you are able to connect easily with other members if you have questions about what to feed, calving, or even showing these special little guys. Another benefit to joining the MHBA is to be able to easily find other breeders if you are in need of purchasing that perfect bull or selling a few extra females you have. I usually find that if a fellow MHBA member doesn't have what you are looking for to purchase, they will almost always assist you in finding another member who does. What could be better...Family and cows!
My name is Justin Grady and I am currently serving as President of the Miniature Hereford Breeder’s Association.
I was born and raised on a family farm, raising cattle & hogs, near Fort Dodge, Iowa. I also own & have operated a successful security/alarm business for 29 years. My family and I own and operate J bar W Cattle Company in Elizabeth, Colorado. We started our herd in 1997 with the purchase of 2 bred cows and a bull.
Through selective breeding and purchase of out-cross bulls, we have developed the herd of 80 head we have today
I have been a member of the MHBA since it originated in 1999. My experience includes serving as President, Vice-President, Show Committee Chairman, Co-Superintendent & Sale Manager for the National Western and Show Superintendent for the Kansas City Royal and Nebraska State Fair. I was instrumental and assisted with the development of the first Miniature Hereford show at the Iowa State Fair & the American Royal. I have been actively involved with our shows across the nation to include all 20 years at the National Western in Denver, Colorado, the Houston Livestock Show, the Star of Texas Show in Austin, the American Royal in Kansas City, the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, and the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. I’m very proud of facilitating the first Junior Nationals for the Miniature Herefords held in Denver 2014.
I will always have a deep passion and vested interest in these cattle. My goals haven’t changed over the years as I continue to strive to produce the highest quality cattle possible and maintain the highest level of integrity for our association. As your president, I am extremely proud to have been a part of the MHBA team that consists of all breeders; those who show and those who don’t. With this team, we have created an amazing growth of the MHBA and the quality of our Miniature Herefords. As with any association, we have hurdles to overcome and as an association I believe we can conquer these hurdles. I will continue to work diligently to maintain the standard of excellence we have achieved and will continue to carry the association in a united and positive direction. My goals are not limited to shows; I want to continue to promote the marketing of our beef. I am always open for discussion and encourage new ideas on how to improve or association.
I am humbled and fortunate to have met and spoken with numerous people around the world that have a shared passion for the Miniature Hereford breed. This is an amazing group of people and I am proud to call them all friends.