Kansas City, Mo. — A big supporter of youth in the beef industry made a sizeable contribution to the future of the Hereford breed Jan. 16 in the Beef Palace Auction Arena at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Belle Point Ranch and Dave and Mary Ann McMahon and family, of Ft. Smith, Ark., bought Lot 1 for $38,000. All of the proceeds go to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).

With the purchase of Lot 1, McMahon bought the pick of the 2010 heifer calves from Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore. Harrell was named the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation Seedstock Producer of the Year. This is the first-time ever Harrells have offered the pick of their heifer crop, and McMahon will have 150 heifers to choose from this year at weaning.

“HYFA is very humbled to have the McMahon and Harrell families support our capital campaign at this level,” says Amy Cowan, HYFA director. “Gifts like this go a long way in preserving the future of our great breed and Hereford youth across the nation will benefit from the proceeds of the 2010 Foundation Female.”

In addition to the pick of heifer calves, McMahon will receive one flush and three transfers on the foundation female from Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa. Lathrop Trucking, Dundee, Ill., will offer transportation on the female from Harrell Hereford Ranch to Belle Point Ranch and American Live Stock Insurance Inc., Geneva, Ill., and Jensen Livestock Agency, Courtland, Kan., is donating one month of insurance on the heifer.

Dave McMahon and family own Belle Point Ranch, which is an Angus and Hereford seedstock operation near Ft. Smith, Ark.

The proceeds from the sale of this heifer pick will go toward the HYFA $5 Million Capital Endowment Campaign, which focuses on Hereford youth scholarship, education and leadership endeavors.

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.


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