Hereford Annual Meeting weekend planned

Farm Forum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy three days of events and activities including educational forums, the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 West 12th Street, will host the event this year. To make reservations at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, call 1-877-303-0104 and ask for the AHA rate. Reservations must be made by Oct. 1 for the block rate of $99/night.

Friday afternoon an educational forum will kick off the weekend at the Marriott, followed by a “Hereford Honoree” reception. The educational forum will include highlights of the Hereford Genetic Summit as well as AHA updates.

During the Honoree Reception, this year’s Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit recipients will be recognized as well as the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) scholarship winners. During the reception, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Saturday, the Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 9 a.m. Association members selected 143 delegates to conduct the Association’s business and to elect three members to serve on the AHA Board of Directors. The four Board candidates are Pete Atkins, Tea, S.D.; Jim Mickelson, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kan.; and Bob Thompson, Rolla, Mo.

Buses will be available to shuttle attendees to the American Royal complex for the Ladies of the Royal Sale and the junior Hereford show. The sale starts at 2 p.m. followed by the junior Hereford show that will begin at 5 p.m. at the American Royal complex. The junior show judge will be Blake Bloomberg, Stillwater, Okla.

Sunday the National Hereford Show will begin at 8 a.m. in Hale Arena at the American Royal complex. Between the female and bull shows, 2013-14 National Show Award winners will be recognized. Prior to the selection of the champion bull, the 2014-15 National Hereford Queen will be crowned.

The National Hereford Show will be judged by Kevin Hafner, Yukon, Okla. For those who can’t make the trip to Kansas City, show results will be available online at