The event was hosted at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, Calif., by the Jim and Marcia Mickelson family. The sale was managed by National Cattle Services Inc., Eddie and Ruth Sims. All proceeds went to HYFA’s $5 million capital endowment campaign to benefit scholarships and education for Hereford youth across the nation.
The auction featured embryos from the breed’s most prominent donors, flushes, semen and heifers, as well as one-of-a-kind items including vacation get-aways, historic Hereford artwork and commemorative wine bottles.
Topping the sale was the 2012 National Finals Rodeo Vacation Package consigned by Curtis Younts and Son, Belton, Texas. The Las Vegas trip sold for $20,500 to the Wicker family of Canadian, Texas. Special labeled wine bottles generated $20,400, historic Hereford prints raised $21,700, Hereford genetics $85,000 and travel packages and other consignments totaled $68,000.
A highlight of the evening was when George and Karen Sprague of Bar One Ranch, Eugene, Ore., gifted $100,000 to HYFA. Because of this generous donation, an annual Bar One Ranch Scholarship will be presented by HYFA and given in memory of Ken Tracy of Split Butte, who lost his battle with cancer prior to “The Harvest.”
“On behalf of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America board of directors, I would like to thank everyone for their generous support of “The Harvest” fundraiser. Hereford enthusiasts traveled from across the country to support HYFA’s mission and it was very rewarding to see the enthusiasm and passion that attendees showed through their contributions for Hereford youth,” says Ray Ramsey, HYFA president. “The excitement surrounding the event and the funds generated for scholarship and education will benefit the entire Hereford breed. The foundation’s long-term goal is $5 million, but we have set a short-term goal to raise $1 million in the next year. Thanks to all the donors who supported “The Harvest” auction, we are one third of the way there.”
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.