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2011 Montana Hereford-influenced feeder calf sale breaks $1 million

Thirty Montana ranchers consigned and sold over 1,300 calves at the 3rd annual Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, held Nov. 16 at the Headwaters Livestock Auction Yard in Three Forks, MT. The sale is coordinated by a committee of the Montana Hereford Association (MHA).

Nine buyers participated in the action, spending $1.1 million dollars on white-faced calves that day. A comparison of the sale averages with the USDA compiled Montana average market report for that week indicates that average prices for calves sold in the Hereford-influenced sale matched or topped the USDA compiled prices in 10 of 14 weight breaks.

In order to sell through the MHA Hereford-influenced sale, calves need to be at least 50 percent Hereford; the other 50 percent being of British breeding (Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, South Devon), dehorned and steered if applicable. Though not a requirement of the sale, producers are encouraged to age- and source-verify their calves and have them weaned for 45 days with appropriate vaccination and worming protocols. Hereford-verified EID tags are encouraged even if not age and source verified.



Jerry Gereghty, sale committee chair, announced that Kirk Harkiss of Hardin, MT, was selected as the 2011 Consignor of the Year. Harkiss earned the recognition due to his continued support of the sale. He has consigned more than 150 calves to the sale each year since its inception three years ago. He received a jacket in recognition of the committee’s appreciation.

A pre-sale dinner and the annual MHA membership meeting was held the evening before the sale.



Thirty Montana ranchers consigned and sold over 1,300 calves at the 3rd annual Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, held Nov. 16 at the Headwaters Livestock Auction Yard in Three Forks, MT. The sale is coordinated by a committee of the Montana Hereford Association (MHA).

Nine buyers participated in the action, spending $1.1 million dollars on white-faced calves that day. A comparison of the sale averages with the USDA compiled Montana average market report for that week indicates that average prices for calves sold in the Hereford-influenced sale matched or topped the USDA compiled prices in 10 of 14 weight breaks.

In order to sell through the MHA Hereford-influenced sale, calves need to be at least 50 percent Hereford; the other 50 percent being of British breeding (Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, South Devon), dehorned and steered if applicable. Though not a requirement of the sale, producers are encouraged to age- and source-verify their calves and have them weaned for 45 days with appropriate vaccination and worming protocols. Hereford-verified EID tags are encouraged even if not age and source verified.

Jerry Gereghty, sale committee chair, announced that Kirk Harkiss of Hardin, MT, was selected as the 2011 Consignor of the Year. Harkiss earned the recognition due to his continued support of the sale. He has consigned more than 150 calves to the sale each year since its inception three years ago. He received a jacket in recognition of the committee’s appreciation.

A pre-sale dinner and the annual MHA membership meeting was held the evening before the sale.

Thirty Montana ranchers consigned and sold over 1,300 calves at the 3rd annual Hereford Influenced Feeder Calf Sale, held Nov. 16 at the Headwaters Livestock Auction Yard in Three Forks, MT. The sale is coordinated by a committee of the Montana Hereford Association (MHA).

Nine buyers participated in the action, spending $1.1 million dollars on white-faced calves that day. A comparison of the sale averages with the USDA compiled Montana average market report for that week indicates that average prices for calves sold in the Hereford-influenced sale matched or topped the USDA compiled prices in 10 of 14 weight breaks.

In order to sell through the MHA Hereford-influenced sale, calves need to be at least 50 percent Hereford; the other 50 percent being of British breeding (Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, South Devon), dehorned and steered if applicable. Though not a requirement of the sale, producers are encouraged to age- and source-verify their calves and have them weaned for 45 days with appropriate vaccination and worming protocols. Hereford-verified EID tags are encouraged even if not age and source verified.

Jerry Gereghty, sale committee chair, announced that Kirk Harkiss of Hardin, MT, was selected as the 2011 Consignor of the Year. Harkiss earned the recognition due to his continued support of the sale. He has consigned more than 150 calves to the sale each year since its inception three years ago. He received a jacket in recognition of the committee’s appreciation.

A pre-sale dinner and the annual MHA membership meeting was held the evening before the sale.


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