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The WI Hereford Association (WHA) continually supports members in their efforts to raise and market Hereford Cattle.

WI Hereford Association membership welcomes individuals, families, farms and herds of all sizes! Membership is open to anyone with interest and enthusiasm for Hereford cattle.

The WI Hereford Association offers members the opportunity to market breeding stock through the yearly WHA State Sale.

The WHA supports marketing opportunities for WI Hereford feeder cattle through local and regional “Hereford Influence” and “Red-Hided” focused sales.

The WI Hereford Association provides family-friendly networking opportunities with other WI Hereford breeders through educational and social events such as: farm tours and summer picnic, the yearly WHA State Sale and banquet, agricultural trade shows and field days in WI, and more!

Latest News


Please stop by and see the Wisconsin Hereford Association at World Beef Expo, September 22-25, at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds! The Wisconsin Hereford Association hopes to see you there!

WHA Member Earns Special Honor at Minnesota State Fair
WHA Member Fred Larson, of Larson Hereford Farm, Spring Valley, WI, received the Hereford Premier Breeder award at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair! Congratulations to the Larson Family from the Wisconsin Hereford Association, and Thank You for all of your efforts to promote, and exhibit “The Wisconsin Hereford!”

  Southeast WI Virtual Tour Summary

Jeff Swenson, Wisconsin DATCP, presents information about the number of beef cows in Wisconsin
Tammy Vaasen, Wisconsin Beef Council, discusses sustainability in the Beef Industry
Dr. Steve Merry, CHB/AHA & WHA Member, provides points on how to be a Hereford Ambassador and generate interest in Certified Hereford Beef
Shane Bedwell, AHA, presents US Meat Animal Research data with comparisons of feed efficiency between beef breeds


WHA Members Earn Special Honors at the Wisconsin State Fair
Three Wisconsin Hereford Breeders were selected for Special Honors at the Wisconsin State Fair!

Pictured from left are, Kim, Bailey, Brady, Riley, BJ, Brett, and Lauren Jones, and Wisconsin Hereford Queen Madison Katzenberger. (Not pictured is Nick Jones)

Premier Hereford Breeder: Wildcat Cattle Company, Darlington, WI Premier Hereford Exhibitor: Wildcat Cattle Company, Darlington, WI

Pictured from left are Lori Wick, Wisconsin State Fair Beef Superintendent,and the Katzenberger Family: Eric, Madison, and Rosie Katzenberger. Madison Katzenberger is also the 2022 Wisconsin Hereford Queen.

Harvey Swartz Herdsman Award: Plum River Ranch, Monroe, WI

Pictured from left are Lori Wick, Wisconsin State Fair Beef Superintendent, and the Rhiner Family: Sheena Ringelstetter, Bristol Ringelstetter, and Kermit Rhiner. Kermit and Jana Rhiner are also the 2022 Wisconsin Hereford Association Hall of Fame recipients.

Harvey Swartz Herdsman Award: Rhiner Polled Herefords, Poynette, WI

The Wisconsin Hereford Association congratulates these three members on their awards and says "Thank You" for all of your efforts to promote, and exhibit "The Wisconsin Hereford!"

The Wisconsin Hereford Association Jackpot Steer Show was held at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 10, 2022. Congratulations to all exhibitors in the Jackpot show! Thank you to all of the steer breeders for your nominations of exhibitors and cattle for the show! Results:
Champion Jackpot Steer: Tessa Smith - Steer bred by Plum River Ranch
Reserve Champion Jackpot Steer - Jenna Meier - Steer Bred by Pierce's Hereford Haven
Third Place Jackpot Steer - Brailee Ehlen - Steer Bred by Wiswell Farms
Fourth Place Jackpot Steer - Joe Renn - Steer Bred by Wyatt Kegley
Fifth Place Jackpot Steer - Brenna Thorson - Steer Bred by Brenna Thorson
Champion Jackpot Steer: Tessa Smith - Steer Bred by Plum River Ranch. Pictured are (L to R): Brenna Thorson (5th place); Joe Renn (4th place); Brailee Ehlen (3rd place); Jenna Meier (Reserve Champion); Tessa Smith (Champion); and Madison Katzenberger, Plum River Ranch, and 2022 Wisconsin Hereford Queen
Please see the "Results" Webpage for more show results from the Wisconsin State Fair!

Twenty Five Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association members exhibited 68 head of cattle at the 2022 Junior National Hereford Expo at Louisville, Kentucky in July. Please see the Juniors Webpage for the WIsconsin Results. The WHA Congratulates the Wisconsin Juniors on a great show!


Please stop by and visit the Wisconsin Hereford Association Booth, #19 in the Beef Tent, at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days at Roehl Acres, Loyal, WI. Thank you to Jack Johnson, Double J Ranch, Medford, WI for bringing the Hereford Cow/Calf Pair. Thank you to Janet Wiechert for creating the WHA Member Slideshow on display at the booth. The WHA hopes to see you at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days!
Elizabeth and Janet Wiechert manning the WHA Booth at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Jack and Jake Johnson with their cow calf pair at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days


The Wisconsin Hereford Association congratulates Brady Jones, of Wildcat Cattle Company for exhibiting the Champion Polled Heifer at the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Open Jackpot Show at Jefferson, WI on 6/4/22. WILDCAT PINA COLADA 115 ET, born 9/13/21 was also the Champion Bred & Owned Heifer, and the Reserve Champion Polled Heifer at the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Spring Preview Show, on 6/5/22! Congratulations to all exhibitors on two days of great showing!

New Arrival!
The Wisconsin Hereford Association congratulates Treasurer Melissa Berggren, and her husband Mike, on their baby girl, born on 7/8/22. Baby Girl Berggren is 5 lbs 15 oz and 19 inches long. Congratulations to the Berggren and Dahnert Families on their new family member and future Hereford Breeder!


The Wisconsin Hereford Association congratulates Morgan Firlus for earning the $400 scholarship, sponsored by the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association, to attend the national Faces of Leadership (FOL) Conference. Please visit the Juniors webpage for more information. Congratulations Morgan!

Wisconsin Hereford Association Members Doug Schulz and Jerry Huth at the WHA Booth in the WPS Farm Show, in Oshkosh WI. The WPS Farm show is March 29-31, 2022. Please stop by and say hello at the WHA Booth!


The Wisconsin Hereford Association thanks the Bevan Family, Bacon Branch Beef, Platteteville, WI, for their donation of Lot 1 to the WHA State Sale in Fennimore on March 5, 2022. The Bevan's donated BB Veronica 96 EJ in memory of Papa Dave Bevan. The donation heifer raised $11,600 for Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association Programs and scholarships. Thank you to all who donated! Congratulations to Kim and Jeanine Radel, K & J Polled Herefords, Spring Green, WI for purchasing the winning ticket!

Jackie Bevan of Bacon Branch Beef holds the bag of tickets, while Wisconsin Hereford Queen Madison Katzenberger draws the Radel's winning ticket!

The Bevan Family and WHJA thank all who donated to support Wisconsin Junior Hereford Programs and Scholarships!
The Wisconsin Hereford Association congratulates Landen Knuth, of Narrows Creek Farm, Loganville, WI, on earning a WHA Heifer Grant for use toward purchase at the State Sale in Fennimore. Landen purchased Huth E078 Mandy H008 at the WHA State Sale on March 5, 2022. Pictured from left: Jerry Huth, Huth Polled Herefords, Issac Knuth, Rylen Knuth, and Landen Knuth


WHA and WJHA congratulate scholarship winners

Brooke Aue, Marie Prodell, Lauren Jones, Alisha Klemme
WHA President Jerry Huth congratulates Loxi Smythe on her retirement as WHA Secretary. Loxi will continue her involvement with the WHA as a Director in the Northwest District. Thank you Loxi for your years of service as WHA Secretary!


At the WHA Annual Meeting, the 2022 WHA Royalty was named. Best wishes to the 2022 WHA Royalty for a great year!
Left to right is Alison Bartlett (princess), Kylie Bengston (princess), Sienna Bengston (princess), Charlie Kent (sweetheart), Jordan Renn (outgoing queen), Madison Katzenberger (incoming Queen), Hannah Oleson (princess), and Morgan Firlus (princess). Not pictured Bianca Bevan (sweetheart).

Outgoing WHA Queen Jordan Renn gives a speech at the WHA Annual Meeting, thanking the WHA and her Family for their support during her term as Queen. The WHA thanks Jordan for her time and service as WHA Queen, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors!

At the WHA Annual Meeting, the 2022 Wisconsin Hereford Association Board is named:

Front row, left to right
Lisa Davis (Secretary), Melissa Berggren (Treasurer), Rick Starck (President), Fred Larson (Vice President), Loxi Smythe (Director).
Back Row, left to right
Shawn Prodell (Director); Jim Wiechert (Director), Jim Renn (Director), B.J. Jones (Director), Doug Schulz (Director), Steve Folkman (Director), Jamie Kent (Director)
Not Pictured: Zeb Allen (Director), Jackie Bevan (Director)

At the Annual Meeting, WHA recognizes outgoing Board Members and thanks them for their service to the WHA.

L to R: Dave Steinhoff, Chuck Badertscher, Holly Paulson, Loxi Smythe, and Jerry Huth

The WHA President, Jerry Huth, representing us at the Grassworks Conference located at the Chula Vista Resort. Over three hundred people are expected to attend. The conference last from noon on Thursday,Jan.20, 2022, thru noon on Sat.,Jan.22, 2022


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The Wisconsin Hereford Association thanks the Bevan Family, Bacon Branch Beef, Platteteville, WI, for their donation of Lot 1 to the WHA State Sale in Fennimore on March 5, 2022. The Bevan's donated BB Veronica 96 EJ in memory of Papa Dave Bevan. The donation heifer raised $11,600 for Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association Programs and scholarships. Thank you to all who donated! Congratulations to Kim and Jeanine Radel, K & J Polled Herefords, Spring Green, WI for purchasing the winning ticket!

If you are interested in donating a heifer for 2023, please contact any WJHA member or advisor BJ Jones at 608-482-2961.

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