City, Mo. - Members
of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Nov. 1-3
for the 2008 Annual Meeting. A full schedule of events is planned for Hereford
enthusiasts from across the U.S. who attend the Annual Meeting and the National
Hereford Show scheduled during the American Royal.
The Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Hilton President Kansas City. Association members selected 142 delegates to conduct the Association's business at the meeting and to elect three members to serve on the AHA Board of Directors.
The Board candidates are David Breiner, Alma, Kan.; Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas; Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.; Jack Lowderman, Macomb, Ill.; John Ridder, Callaway, Neb.; and Jay Wright, Morgan, Texas.
The Association's Annual Report will be presented and distributed during the Annual Meeting along with other reports on activities within the Association, Hereford Publications Inc., Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC and the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA). This year's Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit recipients will also be recognized.
Before the Annual Meeting, the weekend kicks off Saturday at the Hilton President Kansas City with the state presidents' meeting and breeders' forum. All Hereford breeders are asked to attend the combined meeting at 8 a.m. Tom Field, Colorado State University animal science professor, will be an added bonus to this year's meeting as he will address the group and answer questions concerning topics vital to all members and breeders. A panel of breeders and beef Extension specialists will offer advice and information on marketing and other areas of concern to the Hereford industry.
For more information about the State Presidents Council, contact Phillip Moon at pamoon@ alltel.net.
Following the state presidents' meeting will be delegate orientation. The six Board candidates will have a chance to introduce themselves to the delegates during this session. At 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., a bus will be available outside the hotel to shuttle attendees to the American Royal Complex for the Ladies of the Royal sale, which will start at 4 p.m. Following the sale, Hereford enthusiasts are invited to an open house at the AHA headquarters.
Sunday, the junior Hereford show will begin at 8 a.m. at the American Royal Complex. The junior show judge will be Chris Mullinix, El Dorado, Kansas. Following the junior show will be the National Hereford Show, judged by Bob Goble, Alto, Mich.
For those who can't make the trip to Kansas City, show results will be available online at Hereford.org.
The AHA headquarters hotel will be the Hilton President Kansas City, located at 1329 Baltimore in downtown Kansas City, just blocks from the AHA office. To contact the Hilton President, call (816) 221-9490.
The hotel is in the newly renovated downtown Kansas City area called the Power and Light District. The nine-square-block area hosted a grand opening this spring and offers new retail and dining options as well as entertainment. For more information about dining and entertainment options visit www.powerandlightdistrict.com.
For general questions about the Annual Meeting and other scheduled events, contact Amy Cowan at AHA Headquarters at (816) 842-3757.