KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first BuyHereford.com online fund-raising auction for the Hereford Research Foundation fetched more than $20,000 to benefit Hereford research projects July 13. Nineteen items were sold and more than 200 total bids were placed throughout the auction.
“This was a special auction that exceeded my expectations,” says Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement. “The funds raised through this auction will help support special projects at the AHA in the area of breed improvement and research. This sale also confirms how BuyHereford.com allows breeders of all sizes to reach markets outside their normal scope.”
The top seller was an all-inclusive Montana fly fishing trip donated by Dave Hanson of Bar Z Riverside Ranch, located about an hour from Bozeman. This one-of-a-kind opportunity allows the winning bidder, John and Mona Lowen, Waukomis, Okla., a two-night, three-day adventure for four people. The trip sold for $2,700.
Close behind at $2,650 was another trip, this one for South Dakota pheasant hunting. This trip package provides winning bidder Steve Folkman, Ixonia, Wis., three days of guided pheasant hunting for five hunters on the Rausch family ranch, near Hoven. This trip was donated by Vern, Jerry and Shannon Rausch families of Rausch Herefords.
The Hereford Research Foundation was established in 2009 as a division of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization to support breed improvement projects outside the scope of the AHA budget.
The fund has already supported the heterosis research projects like the Harris Ranch study and helped set the groundwork for a new GrowSafe system built at Olsen Ranch, Harrisburg, Neb.
The following is a list of sponsors, items sold and winning bidders.
Lot 1, four embryos donated by Knoll Crest Farm, Red House, Va., sold for $1,620 to Alex Mih/MM Ranch, Indianapolis.
Lot 2, pick of the herd flush donated by Mill Creek Ranch, Alma, Kan., sold for $750 to Bob Harrell/Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore.
Lot 4, three embryos donated by Cooper Herefords, Willow Creek., Mont., sold for $2,325 to Craig Beran/B&D Herefords, Claflin, Kan.
Lot 5, embryo flush service, donated by Food Animal Vet Service, Renneslaer, Ind., sold for $1,000 to Jonathan Beever, Mansfield, Ill.
Lot 6, four embryos, donated by Holden Herefords, Valier, Mont., sold for $2,300 to Craig Beran/B&D Herefords.
Lot 7, semen tank, donated by Janey Hrutkay, Washington, Pa., sold for $525 to Stacy Sanders, Edgerton, Mo.
Lot 8, embryo flush service, donated by Cross Country Genetics, Westmoreland, Kan., sold for $1,300 to Jonathan Beever.
Lot 9, three embryos donated by Beef Resources Partnership/David Trowbridge, Tabor, Iowa, sold for $450 to Jerry Huth/Huth Polled Herefords, Oakfield, Wis.
Lot 10, sale credit, donated by Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kan., sold for $400 to Randy White, Albuquerque, N.M.
Lot 12, semen package, donated by Lowderman Cattle Co., Macomb, Ill., sold for $700 to Shane Prill, Wichita, Kan.
Lot 13, embryo flush service, donated by Green River Embryo Transfer Center, Bowling Green, Ky., sold for $900 to John Woolfolk, Columbia, Tenn.
Lot 14, Gallagher load bars, donated by Gallagher, Kansas City, Mo., sold for $750 to Jerry Huth.
Lot 15, sexed semen collection service, donated by Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa, sold for $500 to Al Swanson, Peterson, Iowa.
Lot 16, semen package, donated by Mill Creek Ranch/David Breiner, sold for $300 to Dayne Zimmerman, Houston, Texas.
Lot 17, semen collection service, donated by Genex Hawkeye West, Billings, Mont., sold for $310 to Vern Rausch, Hoven, S.D.
Lot 18, turbo livestock fan, donated by Sullivan Supply, Dunlap, Iowa, sold for $285 to Jonathan Beever.
Lot 19, AHA video services, donated by AHA, sold for $1,000 to Jerry Huth.