Hoffman, Colyer take top honors in Hereford Yard Show

Farm Forum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hoffman Herefords, Thedford, Neb., reigned victorious in the Hereford carload show on Friday, Jan. 17, during the 2014 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Colyer Herefords, Bruneau, Idaho, topped the pen of three bull show for the fourth year in a row and Dakitch Hereford Farms, Ada, Minn., won the pen of three female show in the Denver Yards.

Blake Ochsner, Torrington, Wyo., Kirk Bieber, Onida, S.D., and Paul Bennett, Red House, Va., teamed up to evaluate the Yard shows which included four carloads, 31 bull pens and 17 heifer pens.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the depth of quality, and the function and practicality of the Hereford bulls we analyzed during this show,” Bennett said. “If they’re representative of what this breed has to offer, then this Hereford breed is certainly going to increase its market share and be a serious player moving forward.”

Hoffman’s champion carload of junior bull calves topped the scales at an average weight of 1,226 lb., and a weight per day of age (WDA) of 3.60. The group was sired by H Payback 807 ET, KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET, CL 1 Domino 955W, WLB Lego 83T 90X, GO Excel L18 and CL 1 Domino 144Y 1ET. On show day the group posted average expected progeny differences (EPDs) of birth weight (BW) 3.1; weaning weight (WW) 57; yearling weight (YW) 87; milk (MM) 29; and milk and growth (M&G) 57. The group had an average scrotal measurement of 35.5 cm.

Reserve grand champion carload honors went to Delaney Herefords Inc., Lake Benton, Minn. The group was sired by CRR About Time 743, KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET, AH JDH Cracker Jack 26U ET and EPHR Range Ready 938W. The average weight of the load was 1,200 lb. and they calculated a WDA of 3.47. The average EPDs of the group were BW 3.6; WW 60; YW 90; MM 23; and M&G 53. They had an average scrotal measurement of 37.2 cm.

Standing in the 2014 pen show spotlight was Colyer Herefords with its pen that first claimed the champion junior bull calf division. The calves were sired by NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET, K&B Sentinel 0042X and TH 89T 743 Untapped 425X ET. They averaged 1,367 lb., and had a calculated WDA of 3.88 with an average scrotal measurement of 36 cm. The group’s EPDs were BW 3.4; WW 53; YW 86; MM 24; and M&G 51.

Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kan., was reserve champion in the junior bull calf division before being selected reserve grand champion pen with a group sired by SHF York 19H Y02, CRR About Time 743 and SHF Kennedy 502R X36. The average EPDs on the bulls were BW 1.9; WW 59; YW 88; MM 24; and M&G 53. The pen weighed an average of 1,225 lb. and calculated a 3.55 WDA with a 34.7 cm average scrotal measurement.

The grand champion pen of females and champion in the junior heifer calf division was exhibited by Dakitch Hereford Farms and sired by TH 12L 63N Tundra 62T. The group posted average EPDs of BW 3.0; WW 71; YW 115; MM 25; and M&G 60.

Delaney Herefords also showed the reserve champion pen of three females. These heifers were sired by KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET and TH 122 71I Victor 719T. The group posted EPDs of BW 3.2; WW 66; YW 100; MM 26; and M&G 59.

Additional division winners:

Champion spring bull calf carload: Ridder Hereford Ranch, Callaway, Neb.

Reserve spring bull calf carload: Lowell Fisher Family, Spencer, Neb.

Champion spring bull calf pen: Sidwell Herefords, Carr, Colo.

Reserve spring bull calf pen: Fawcett’s Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D.

Champion senior bull calf pen: GKB Cattle, Waxahachie, Texas

Reserve senior bull calf pen: Davis Herefords, Maple Hill, Kan.

Champion yearling bull pen: CK Ranch, Salina, Kan.

Reserve yearling bull pen: Douthit Herefords, St. Francis, Kan.

Champion senior heifer pen: Mill Creek Ranch/Pied Piper Farm, Alma, Kan.

Champion spring yearling heifer pen: Hills Galore Stock Farm, Hazlet, Sask., Canada

To view complete results of the 2014 National Western National Hereford Show visit