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2018 Spring Preview & Open Jackpot Show

June 1-3, 2018
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, WI

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2018 Wisconsin State Fair Jackpot Hereford Steer Show

Nominate your steer by June 6, 2018 to be eligible for the $1000 Grand Championship. Over $2,000 in premiums to be awarded. For more information, call Kermit Rhiner at 608-635-4683 or 608-445-1279.

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2018 Faces of Leadership Conference WJHA Scholarship

August 1-4, 2018, San Francisco, CA

The Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association is sponsoring a $400 scholarship for one Wisconsin Junior to attend the Faces of Leadership Conference. FOL is an activity that helps juniors develop leadership skills and meet fellow Hereford juniors from around the country. This year FOL will be held on August 1-4 in San Francisco, CA. Junior members, parents and advisors from all parts of the country participate in the event each year. During the three-day event, close to 100 participants listen to nationally known speakers and participate in junior board workshops, which assist in the enhancement of the individual's leadership talents, communication skills and beef industry knowledge. Applications are due May 15, 2018.

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2018 Fall Tour

August 18-19, 2018

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Brandner's Hosting Farm Tech Days

WHA'S newest members, Scot and Heidi Brandner, HS Brand Herefords, will be hosting farm technology for the WHA this year. Contact bmbbuilders@tds.net or 715-678-6184.

Thank You Steiny’s Polled Herefords, Dave and Laurie Steinhoff, Bryan and Liz Johnson

The WJHA would like to thank Steiny’s Polled Herefords, Dave and Laurie Steinhoff, Bryan and Liz Johnson for donating “Whitey” to the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association.

Congrats to Kermit Rhiner on buying the winning ticket!

Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets. $9,500 was raised! Special recognition to our sponsors over $100 include.

Gold Sponsors $500+ — Randy Filer, C & L Herefords, Lauren May, MGM Polled Herefords, Next Generation Genetics, Schlieckau Polled Herefords, Wildcat Cattle Company, Wiswell Farms

Silver Sponsors $250-499 — Scott Firlus, Windy Hills Polled Herefords, Josh Spaeth, Lamb Brother's Beef, BJ Reeg, Eric Yttri, Dalton Polled Herefords, Otter Creek Polled Herefords

Bronze Sponsors $100-249 — Ty Wagner, SnL's Whitetail, Y-Tri Farms, Rennsnest Polled Herefords, Mike Sorenson, Peters Polled Hereford, Baker's Polled Herefrod, Brookview Polled Herfords, Charlie & Chase Kent, Litzeau Herefords, Otter Creek Stock Farm, Owego Stock Farm, Plum River Ranch, Shannon Schenck

Dr. BJ Jones and Matt Breneman honored as WI Cattlemen of the Year

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2018 Spring Hereford Sale Results

Total Gross: $97,600
Average on 39.75 lots: $2,455
Bulls Averaged: $2,653
Females Average: $2,310

High Selling Bulls:

Volume Buyer: BJ Reeg with 6 bulls

High Selling Females:

2018 WHA Member Directory

Coming in the spring of 2018, a new WHA directory which will be printed and mailed to our membership, and used for hand-outs at all state promotional functions.

Advertising rates for the directory are as follows:

Deadline for directory ad information is April 1, 2018.

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BJ Jones Named 2018 Wisconsin Cattleman of the Year

Congratulations Dr. BJ Jones, Wildcat Cattle Company for being named 2018 Wisconsin Cattlemen of the Year!

2018 WHA Scholarship Winners

The WHA and WJHA each donate $800 every year. Congratulations to Tori Hanson, Sparta and Taylor Chwala, Jefferson.

To the WHA Board of Directors and Hall of Fame Committee,

Thank you for recognizing us at the annual meeting with the Hall of Fame Award. It was totally unexpected and most definitely a surprise! The Hereford breed is very important to our lives, so it was special to be recognized buy our friends and peers. Thanks to those friendships and relationships,developed over so many years of involvement in the WHA, that has made it so enjoyable.

Sincerely Fred, Lori, Jerry & Joyce Larson

Wisconsin Junior Attend Faces of Leadership

Six Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association members attended the Faces of Leadership Youth Convention held August 1-4 in Kansas City. Jarrett Breber, Annah Dobson, Bailey and Lauren Jones, Brooke Peters along with Abigail Schulz joined 89 juniors from multiple states to visit local operations and businesses. FOL helps juniors develop leadership skills and meet fellow Hereford juniors from around the country. FOL is a great way to tour some awesome universities, hear educational and motivational speakers, and get an up-close look at some outstanding cattle operations. Tour stops included the American Hereford Association, Biozyme Inc., Jensen Brothers, Kansas State University and a Kansas City Royals game.

Annah and Abigail won scholarships through the WJHA to attend Faces of Leadership, and will be reporting on it at our annual meeting. Watch for details on the 2018 FOL convention in California next summer.

WHA Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Wintergreen Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells

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WHA Fall Tour

Over 100 Hereford enthusiasts enjoyed the Wisconsin Hereford Association fall tour of Hereford breeders in the southwest part of Wisconsin August 26-27.

Stops included Bacon Branch Beef, the Bevans Family, Platteville; Wildcat Cattle Company, the Jones Family, Darlington; Thousand Hills Herefords, Dan Irwin, Stockton, IL; Sand Rock Ranch, the Bennett Family, Benton; Plum River Ranch, the Katzenberger Family, Monroe; and Owego Stock Farm, the Espenscheid Family, Argyle.

Shane Bedwell, Kansas City, informed the group of the Young Sire Testing Program, of which the Bennett Family is involved in. John Meents, area fieldman, was also on hand to discuss merchandising Hereford cattle.

The 2018 tour will be held in the northwest area of Wisconsin.

WHA Spring Sale

March 3, 2018 • Noon
Grant County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, WI

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World Beef Expo

WBE Hereford Show — Friday, September 22, 8 AM

WBE Multi Breed Sale — Saturday, September, 23, 1:30 PM

WHA Spring State Sale Results

We had another strong sale on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Grant County Fairgrounds

Total sales on 38 head topped $122,550 with an average of $3,225 per lot

The bulls sold strong and commanded $3,792.31 on average on 13 lots.

Top selling bulls include:

Females averaged $2,930 on 25 lots.

Top selling females include:

HOF Inductee: Steve Folkman


Left to right: Folkman Family, Fred Larson

On behalf of my wife Jill, we would like to thank the WHA on the honor of inductment into the Wisconsin Hereford Association Hall of Fame.

My involvement in the livestock industry started over 40 years ago when I showed a Charlois Hereford cross steer at the Waukesha county fair. It was back then that we met the Browns, Schuetts and John Craig and I had my first Angus experience with Dave Kilpatrick’s steer getting away and running the fair grounds later to be caught and dragged back and tied next to my steer. It gave me a much greater appreciation the Hereford breed.

In 1973 we started raising Herefords with my fathers purchase of the original 325 acres at Blair, Wi. This property adjoined Dad’s good friend and hunting partner Arnold Jorn’s whom we shared equipment, pastures, herd bulls , facilities and labor. Herd bulls were added from the Wisconsin State sale where Dave Simmons Champion Rollo Ruff along with a bred heifer from Leminagers. Two Kiyiwana New Trend (first Superior sire) sons from Spring Creek farm and a 15G son from Larry Hanson in South Dakota were added. Cows from Calderon Curran Grass Lake Michigan, Willard Allen and Augie Williams joined the herd as it was built to 125 head.

In 1989 I met my wife Jill and in 1990 we were married and have enjoyed 27 years on marriage and have 4 wonderful kids: Nicole 22, Curtis 20, Ali 19, Austin 17.

Family is important to our operation where every day we are early risers and All involved in the daily chores around the farm. We’ve enjoyed attending 14 JNHE as a family and you may have seen Lorna; Steve’s mom helping cook in the stalls.

Over the years we’ve bred or been a part of National Champions Absolute, Neon, and Vickey 36R. We’ve also owned 33N Redeem’s dam, 6T Doubletime’s dam, 1T Federal 6Y’s dam, J119 Logic’s dam, 54E Git ER Done’s dam and a host of other influential females.

We’ve also been proud to say that Doubletime, Vaquero, M326, Advantage, Federal 6Y, Logic, have been bred and or called C&L home.

Our involvement in breed activities started in 1981-84 serving on the WPHA board ; president in 1983. I served from 1991 through 1998 on the Wisconsin Beef Improvement board. 2003-2007 I served on the AHA board. Jill and I served on the executive committee for the 2005 JNHE which I co-chaired with Jerry Huth. I am currently since 2011 serving on the HYFA board where I’m the chairman JNHE steering committee. Jill has served since 2014 on the NHW board and is currently president.

It has been Jill and my involvement in HYFA and the Hereford women that have given us a tremendous amount of satisfaction in helping with the development and character building of the young adults in our industry. We have always tried to promote and support our local and national organization. We have hosted several WHA summer tours, held high school, county and college judging clinics and for several years provided beef live animal classes for the UW intercollegiate judging clinics at Arlington.

Again thank you for this honor. Both Jill and I hope to continue to help for many years to come in and industry we so love.

Annah Dobson named National Queen

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Briana Katzenberger awarded Vanier Scholarship

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