Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 for the 2009 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy a full schedule of events and activities including the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.

The Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton President Kansas City. Association members selected 134 delegates to conduct the Association’s business at the meeting and to elect three new members to serve on the AHA Board of Directors.

The Board candidates are Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M.; Marty Lueck, Mountain Grove, Mo. Dale Micheli, Ft. Bridger, Wyo.; Les Midla, Marianna, Pa.; Phillip Moon, Harrison, Ark.; and Kevin Shultz, Haviland, Kan.

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 as well as Century and Golden Breeders.

But before the Annual Meeting, the weekend kicks off Friday evening at the Hilton President Kansas City with the Women’s Forum on the Future. Women in the Hereford industry will continue to discuss the possible merger of the two women’s organizations: the National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) and the American Hereford Women (AHW).

Saturday will be the educational breeders’ forums, AHW and NOP annual meetings, and the AHA Board candidate question and answer session, all at the Hilton President Kansas City. All Hereford breeders are encouraged to attend these meetings.

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. The sale preview will begin at 2 p.m. Following the sale, at around 5:30 Saturday evening, there will be a Boots and Brew HYFA reception in the American Royal Governor’s room at the American Royal Complex.

Sunday morning the junior Hereford show will begin at 8 at the American Royal Complex. The junior show judge will be Cody Lowderman, Macomb, Ill. The National Hereford Show will follow the junior show, judged by Randy and Jamie Mullinix, Toulon, Ill. During the show, recipients of 2009 show awards will be recognized and the first National Hereford Queen will be crowned.

For those who can’t make the trip to Kansas City, show results will be available online at

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 deadline to reserve rooms in the AHA block is Sept. 30.

The hotel is in the recently renovated downtown Kansas City area called the Power and Light District. The nine-square-block area offers retail and dining options as well as entertainment. For more information about dining and entertainment options visit

For general questions about the Annual Meeting and other scheduled events, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or

The American Hereford Association, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries — Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) and American Beef Records Association (ABRA) — provides programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit

AHA Annual Meeting Schedule of Events


Friday, Oct. 30

5:30 p.m. Women’s Forum on the Future,
Hilton President Kansas City

Saturday, Oct. 31

8 a.m. Educational forums,
Hilton President Kansas City

9 a.m. American Hereford Women
annual meeting,
Hilton President Kansas City

10:30 a.m. AHA Board candidate Q&A,
Hilton President Kansas City

12:30 p.m. Board of Directors open forum,
Hilton President Kansas City

National Organization of Poll-ettes annual meeting,
Hilton President Kansas City

2 p.m. Preview Ladies of the Royal sale offering,
American Royal complex

4 p.m. Ladies of the Royal sale,
American Royal complex

5:30 p.m. Boots and Brew HYFA reception,
American Royal Governor’s room

Sunday, Nov. 1

8 a.m. American Royal National Hereford Show
(Junior show immediately followed by open show.), American Royal complex

Monday, Nov. 2

9 a.m. AHA Annual Membership Meeting, Hilton President Kansas City