2023 Board of Directors

President: Glen Waters (District 1)
23795 D Hwy
Norborne, MO 64668

Vice-President: Jon Black (District 2)
29748 Snapp Rd.
Keytesville, MO 65261

Secretary/Treasurer: Matt Reynolds
1071 C R 1231
Huntsville, MO 65259

District 3: Mary Beth Ray
28794 Rt. KK
Paris, MO 65275

District 4: Eddie Roth
1178 NE Hwy J
Windsor, MO 65360

District 5: Eric Adkins
8050 E. Mount Zion Church Rd.
Hallsville, MO 65255

District 6: Mike Jordan
36258 State Hwy A
Warrenton, MO 63383

District 7: Mike McCorkill
152 E. Dade 92
Greenfield, MO 65661

District 8: Rusty Miller
20500 Sioux Drive
LebanonMO 65536

District 9: Darrell Aufdenberg
13023 Hwy 61
Jackson, MO 63755

State Association Update from Matt Reynolds

Article published in March 2023 Missouri Hereford News

I want to first send out a big thank you to all of you who attended the Opportunity Sale in Sedalia or watched online. The first full weekend in December has been truly exciting for Hereford breeders for many years now! The annual meeting and awards banquet had over 130 attending once again. Great crowd, good food and many great award winners you can read about in this issue made for another great Saturday night event. I want to thank the 29 consignors that brought us more cattle than we have ever had. The cattle get better every year, and we maintained the average. Congratulations to our con-signors, buyers and viewers for making the 2022 Opportunity Sale another great success!

Hopefully the spring calving season is going well for all, probably almost done for some of you and just getting started for others. There is nothing more rewarding in this business than a new calf crop! It’s time to make breeding plans for next year’s calves. As your spring babies have hit the ground and your fall calves are ready to wean it is a great time to be think-ing about consigning some of your best to the 2023 Opportunity Sale in December. As most of you know May 1 is the dead-line to send your $100 nomination fee to me to nominate your herd for cattle to be considered for the sale. This is the first step in being a consignor at the 2023 Opportunity Sale. Shortly after May 1 I forward the nomination list to the sale screener so he can make plans to visit your herd and make selections for entry to the sale. Once the travel is completed, he will send me the consignor list and selections you agreed to consign. If no selections are made, I will refund your $100 to you. Somewhere around September 10, I will mail you the entry forms that need to be mailed back to me by September 25, so we can get adver-tising in place for the sale. This is a great opportunity for each of you to consign your very top end females and a few herd bull prospects. The cattle our consignors bring to Sedalia each year continue to get better and better. We always have a full-house crowd and a large online crowd watching and bidding. It is a great opportunity to showcase your breeding programs! I invite every member to get involved in this sale whether you are a large or small operation. Getting involved can benefit you in many ways in the future! Building breeder relationships and expanding your customer base is important in this business.

You should have received your 2023 membership letter in the mail. Hopefully you have paid your dues. If not, you should be receiving a second notice soon! Membership applications can also be found on the website and in the directory. Our membership has been strong for years, and we invite everyone to be a part of it. April 1 is our deadline to get your membership posted on the website! Don’t let that deadline slip by you. April 1 is also important if you want to qualify for any of the many awards to be given at the Annual Awards Banquet in December. You must have your dues paid by April 1 to receive any awards! If you are a junior member your parents or grandparents must be a dues paid member by April 1. Watch the summer newsletter for details on the fall field day/tour in the North Central District 2. If you are in District 2 and want to be involved in the event, contact Jon Black as soon as possible. Plans are beginning to be made on this event!

Take the time to look at the advertisements in this issue on upcoming spring sales here in Missouri. The cattle market is to continue to be strong again in 2023, and there are great opportunities in Missouri to find top-end Hereford genetics at the many production and online sales here this spring. If you ever have any questions, please call or e-mail; we are here to help direct you when needed. Make plans now to go to the spring sales, hope to see you there!

A big thank you to all for your paid memberships and deci-sions to place an advertisement in the new 2023-2024 Membership Directory! We have been working on the 2023-2024 directory. All 2022 paid memberships will be listed. You should be receiving a copy real soon!

Another big thank you goes out to Travis McConnaughy and Rick Steinbeck for just completing two three-year-terms on the board of directors. They were great board members, and we are very proud to announce that Glen Waters and Jon Black will be serving as your President and Vice President, respectively, for 2023! Congratulations to all!