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PLANS IN MOTION FOR GREATER MIDWEST CERTIFIED HEREFORD FEEDER CALF SALE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hereford breeders are you looking to sell your Hereford-influenced feeder calves for a premium? If so, the Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale may be a marketing outlet for you — and it is not too early to start making plans for marketing this year's calf crop.

The steer and heifer calf sale is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Carthage Livestock Sale Barn, Carthage, Ill. Five state Hereford associations in the Midwest, including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin, are teaming up to organize the sale and are expecting 1,000 head of Hereford-influenced feeder calves.

To create a strong appeal to feedlot buyers and encourage premium prices, certain sale criteria have been established. To enroll calves in the sale they must be at least 50 percent Hereford, age and source verified, castrated, dehorned, weaned and bunk broke. Calves must be preconditioned under the MERIAL® SUREHEALTH® program with no implants. After arrival at the sale barn, consignments will be sorted into load-size lots by weight, type and sex.

In addition to these requirements, all calves must be tagged with Hereford Verified ear tags. If calves sell to a Hereford Verified participating feedlot, that consignor will be eligible to receive data back from the feedlot and the rail.

Jerry Huth, Oakfield, Wis., encourages Hereford breeders to take advantage of this marketing opportunity. “Feedlot buyers demand large numbers of uniform, preconditioned, verified cattle,” Huth says. “Don't miss this opportunity, whether you have one or 100 head to sell.”

The last day to register calves for the December sale is Oct. 15. For registration details, step-by-step participation instructions, costs and other pertinent information visit the announcement section at www.hereford.org.

For more information, contact a member of the sale committee: Brent Lowderman, Illinois, (309) 221-9621; Rusty Miller, Indiana, (765) 482-4386; Brent Behrends, Illinois, (217) 482-5046; Tom Heidt, Wisconsin, (608) 574-2309; Mark Stephens, Illinois, (217) 825-9913; Bill Dunn, Pennsylvania, (814) 724-9343; Jerry Huth, Wisconsin, (920) 583-3223; John Meents, American Hereford Association, (419) 306-7480; and Jim Williams, Certified Hereford Beef LLC, (308) 222-0170.

The Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale is endorsed by the Buckeye Hereford Association, Indiana Hereford Association, Illinois Polled Hereford Association, Illinois Hereford Association, Missouri Hereford Association and Wisconsin Polled Hereford Association.

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