October 2016 Hereford World

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A Harvest to Remember Hereford Youth Foundation of America Generates $2 Million for Leadership and Education.


s the sun was setting over the grapevines perched in perfect rows on the rolling hills of Sonoma County, Hereford breeders and supporters were raising their paddles and bidding to make a difference. The Harvest II fundraising event benefitting the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) generated $2 million for leadership events and scholarships Aug. 26-27 at the Kunde Family Winery and Vineyards in Kenwood, Calif. The Harvest II event, hosted by Jim Mickelson, American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors member, and his wife, HYFA Board of Directors member Marcia Mickelson, brought together 185 Hereford enthusiasts from across the United

States to Boot Hill on their estate and welcomed dozens of bidders online. “The Hereford Youth Foundation of America has become an important partner in the future successes of our juniors,” Jim says. “It was with great pleasure and pride that we welcomed Hereford enthusiasts from across the United States to invest in the future of the Hereford breed.” The Harvest II auction grossed $350,000 on 39 lots and was managed by National Cattle Services Inc., Eddie and Ruth Sims. The high-selling lot was a trip to Las Vegas for the 2017 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) complete with round-trip airfare courtesy of Bob and Lisa Norton, BioZyme Inc., on the Norton’s private Cessna Citation CJ4 aircraft.

Lot 1 in The Harvest II auction was the Bronze Bull that made its debut at the record-breaking 2016 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Madison, Wis. This lot was offered by the 2016 JNHE host committee.


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