Herbster Angus Farms purchases the 2013 Angus Foundation Heifer Package

Farm Forum

Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb., bid $110,000 on Jan. 16 to purchase the 2013 Angus Foundation Heifer Package. This year’s elite and unique heifer offering is “pick” of the 2012 spring heifer crop, donated by Connealy Angus, Whitman, Neb. More than $1.6 million has been raised from this Angus Foundation fundraising activity since its inception in 1980.

Representing Herbster Angus Farms at the auction was Charles W. Herbster, owner, and Brittany E. Barker, vice president of marketing. The heifer package was auctioned during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., with all proceeds benefiting the Angus Foundation, the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Angus Association¨ that funds and supports programs involving education, youth and research for the Angus breed and agricultural industry.

Herbster Angus Farms will be the first to choose from more than 200 heifers, as no heifers from this spring 2012 group will be sold until they have chosen a heifer.

“Scholarships and leadership development for Angus youth, new educational opportunities for adult members and cutting-edge research for the benefit of the Angus breed and beef industry will result from the generosity of our Angus Foundation Heifer Package donors in the Connealy family and buyer Charles Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president.

The Connealy family issued this statement about the donation: “We are privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the endeavors of the Angus Foundation. For more than 30 years, the Foundation has been exemplary in its commitment to funding scholarships and programs for youth, continuing education and research. We are grateful for the wonderful work the Foundation has done that has benefited so many individuals and enhanced our industry so greatly.”

In addition to the heifer, Herbster Angus Farms will receive 30 days of free insurance from American Live Stock Insurance Co., Geneva, Ill.; free transportation to the buyer’s ranch provided by Lathrop Livestock Transportation, Dundee, Ill.; and an Advanced Reproductive Technology Package from Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa.

Contact Jenkins at 816-383-5100 or mjenkins