California Wine Country “Harvest” To Benefit Hereford Youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) invites Hereford breeders, enthusiasts and supporters to save the date and make plans to attend “The Harvest” fund-raiser event at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, Calif., Aug. 19-21, 2011. The Harvest will be hosted by the Jim and Marcia Mickelson family with all proceeds going to HYFA’s $5 million capital endowment campaign to benefit scholarships and education for Hereford youth across the nation.

“This is sure to be an unforgettable wine country experience for all who attend,” says Amy Cowan, HYFA director. The event will start in San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 19 with tours and sightseeing in and around the Bay Area on Thursday evening and Friday. On Friday afternoon the group will make its way to Kunde Family Estate for a casual barbecue and entertainment by Williams and Ree… The Indian and The White Guy. Saturday will include a ranch tour of Sonoma Mountain Herefords and local winery tours and tasting.

The highlight of the wine country weekend will be Saturday evening’s sale featuring some of the breed’s most elite genetics. The sale will be managed by Eddie and Ruth Sims of National Cattle Services and will take place on Kunde’s famous Boot Hill perched high above Sonoma Valley on the steps of the Mayacamas Mountains. Boot Hill boasts 360-degree views of Kunde’s 1,850-acre winegrowing estate and will be the perfect setting for the evening’s meal and entertainment. The auction will not only feature embryos from the breed’s most prominent donors, flushes and heifer calf pregnancies, but will offer some one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items including vacation get-aways, a 2012 National Finals Rodeo package, exquisite artwork and something special for everyone.

The Harvest event pricing and travel details will be available in April on We are currently seeking consignments to the sale. If you are interested in being part of this history-making event in California’s wine country please contact Eddie or Ruth Sims at 580-492-4590, [email protected] or Amy Cowan at [email protected], 816-842-3757.

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit. Its mission is to support scholarship, education and leadership activities within the Hereford breed. For more information about the HYFA contact the AHA at 816-842-3757.