Recently Updated (April 2016)
2016 WJHA Spring Preview & Open Jackpot Show
June 3-5, 2016
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, WI
2016 Hereford Steer Rule Changes
Make sure you are in compliance for each show you attend.
2016 Wisconsin State Fair Changes
View Changes (Updated 2/22/16)
2016 Junior National Semen Auction Results
Thanks to all the buyers and bidders at the 2016 Junior National Semen Auction on Saturday, March 5, held in conjunction with the WHA Spring Sale in Lancaster. The auction raised $21,630 to help with 2016 JNHE meal expenses. This included the sale of a handmade quilt made by Holly Paulson that sold for $650. A big thank you goes to Holly Paulson for making the quilt, Starr Polled Herefords for purchasing the quilt. Also thanks to the Sam Schwer for donating the proceeds of the 50:50 raffle back to the juniors. Also a tremendous thank you for the overwhelming response we had to both the donors and purchasers of semen.
Thank You WHA!
Maryann and I would like to thank the Wisconsin Hereford Association (WHA) for inducting me into the Wisconsin Hereford Hall of Fame.
It was most fitting that the induction took place at the WHA Spring Sale in Lancaster. 53 years ago, my parents and I attended the WPHA Vacationland Sale at that same fairgrounds in search of my first show heifer. At that sale, I met the likes of E. Darell Shultis, Willard Allen, the John W. Craig family including Randy, Daryl, Beth Craig and their cousin, Marshall Ernst. It seemed there was a Merry kid around every post. Al Wolleinzein was there with his side kick, Gary Reinke. I bought one of the last animals in the ring that day—I think I paid $250 for a heifer from the Warren and Isabel Brown Family.
That day sparked a love for the Hereford breed and I found friends that I still cherish. I worked hard with that first heifer and took her to the Fond du Lac County Fair—where I stood dead last. I bought my next heifer from Warren and Isabel Brown and that heifer went on to win champion at the Fond du Lac fair. The fire was lit!
I enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969 and my growing herd was able to help pay my way through college. I worked for Dr. Val Brungardt cleaning up the manure behind some steers that were part of an American Hereford Association type conference that was going on—not realizing at the time the impact that conference would have on the beef industry. While in college, I had the opportunity to work with industry leaders like Dr. Bob Kaufman, Dr. Ed Hauser, and Carl Hirshinger—this fueled my interest in performance record keeping. I encouraged my good friend from high school, Dan Schaefer, to join me at UW. Today, Dr. Schaefer is the head of UW-Madison Animal Science Department.
After college, I came back home and eventually bought the family farm that we still live on in Oakfield. We maintain a herd of 100 cows with generations of emphasis on calving ease, maternal strength, adequate growth, and breed leading carcass characteristics. We have been fortunate to put 9 bulls in AI studs and our bulls have been used as reference sires for the American Hereford Association young sire test. In the recent Simplot study, a bull—Huth Enhancer 2D--that I developed 21 years ago was used as a reference sire and did extremely well compared to the present day breed leading sires.
I have had the opportunity to enjoy serving the Wisconsin Hereford Association in many capacities including numerous tenures on the board, past president, and sale manager for over 10 years. I was one of the Hereford representatives on the World Beef Expo board from its inception until I stepped down 4 years ago. I represented the breed on the State Fair board and advocated for the joint showing of Polled and Horned Herefords. I had the privilege to work with Brent Lowderman and John Meents in getting the Greater Midwest Calf Sale established as a premier Hereford based feeder calf sale.
I was involved in the 4 previous Wisconsin Junior Nationals being co-chairman with Steve Folkman at the last Junior National. I appreciate all the work that goes in hosting this event.
In 2007, I was honored by being elected to the American Hereford Association Board of Directors and chaired the Breed Improvement Committee during the development of GE-EPD’s and the formation of the Hereford Research Foundation. I still serve on the Hereford Research Foundation.
We manage to keep the farm going with our other “activities”:
My wife, Maryann, is the Instructional Aide for the Culinary Arts Department at Fond du Lac Moraine Park Technical College and I have run a Rural Appraisal Business for 30 years.
We have two sons. Michael is a Deputy Sheriff in Winnebago County, a member of their SWAT team and sniper. Karl is at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac as an Inventory Control Manager. We look forward to having our first daughter-in-law join the family this June as Colleen and Karl get married. Additionally, both boys share an interest in our farming enterprises.
We all are members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oakfield and very active in church functions.
I again thank the Wisconsin Hereford Association for the honor of being inducted into Wisconsin Hereford Association Hall of Fame. I certainly have enjoyed the ride!
2016 Spring Sale Results
Over 90 bidders showed up to participate in the 2016 WHA Spring State Sale held at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster March 5th. Consignors offered 40 head of bulls, cow-calf pair, bred heifers, and open heifers at this year’s event.
Topping the bull sale was MGM Trust Line 754 36B, a November yearling Trust son. He was consigned by Merry Polled Herefords, Hartford, and sold to Paul Erickson, Viroqua for $5200. The Merry Family also consigned the second high selling bull,MGM Home Guy 755 37B, a November yearling Hometown son, who was purchased by Kiech Farms, Barneveld for $4500.
BPH 873 Right Achieve Ali 409B, a bred heifer sired by RB 29F 002 Right Now 630S and consigned by Baker’s Polled Herefords, Elkhorn, was the high selling female in the sale. She was purchased by Cheryl Graber, Mineral Point for $4400. C&L Miss Advance 22S 25B, a bred heifer sired by C&L Advantage M326 22S, was consigned by C&L Hereford Ranch, Ixonia, and sold to Pierce’s Hereford Haven, Baraboo, for $4,000.
Cattle were sold into Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Bulls averaged $3,657 and females averaged $2,664. The overall average on 40 lots was $2,837.50. Monte Lowderman, Macomb, was this year’s auctioneer. Caleb Ahrens, Brodhead, managed the sale assisted by Greg Miller, Lancaster, and Mike Sorenson, Iowa.
A Big Thank You…
- To the WJHA for its $10,000 contribution to the JNHE
- To the WHA membership for its $10,000 contribution to the JNHE
- To the following breeders for their support of the 2016 queen and princess program:
- Dave Steinhoff
- Grant Wiswell
- Steve Folkman
- Kermit Rhiner
- Vicki Heidt
- Gregg Wissner
- Jim Renn
- Kevin Bennett
- Tod Brancel
- Chuck Badertscher
- Joe Starr
- Ken Pierce
- BJ Jones
- Chet Lininger
- Dan Irwin
- Steve Merry
- Robin Holler
- Melissa Dahnert
- Dean Fedkenheuer
- Gary Reinke
- Steve Smythe
- National Hereford Women
Congratulations to the Following Golden TPR Breeders
- Jerry Huth
- Hank Handzel
- Owego Stock Farm