November 2, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jean Priefert, Priefert Farms, Fairmont, Neb., was recognized as Hereford Woman of the Year Oct. 28 during the National Hereford Women (NHW) annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. Each year the NHW recognizes and honors one woman for her achievements, leadership and dedication to and promotion of the Hereford breed.

A “die-hard Hereford breeder,” Jean has promoted Hereford cattle, supported Hereford youth and welcomed new breeders to the Hereford family for many years.

Jean and her husband, Neil, got their start in the Hereford business with a wedding gift. In the 1950s when they got married, Jean’s parents offered her a choice between a registered polled Hereford cow or an electric automatic washer and dryer — Jean chose the cow and set the foundation for their Hereford operation.

While attending numerous shows and sales, Jean saw a vision for a Hereford women’s organization that would serve Hereford breeders by promoting the breed, fostering opportunities to support youth programs and provide a means of fellowship and networking for women in agriculture.

Jean was one of the 12 founding members of the National Organization of Poll-ettes. She served, chaired and co-chaired numerous committees including the ways and means and cookbook committees. Jean served as president of the Nebraska Poll-ettes from 1968-1969 and stayed active during the mergers of the women’s’ Hereford organizations at the national and state level.

“One thing I have counted on with Jean is that she is always willing to lending a helping hand to promote Herefords and beef to the public,” said Melissa McGee Buehler of Valley Creek Ranch in Fairbury, Neb.

Jean was instrumental in developing the hospitality booth at the Nebraska State Fair, and at Husker Harvest Days she has helped serve Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) to the public. In her local community, Jean is a 50-year member the Fairmont Community Church and has held offices in the Fairmont Federated Women’s Club. She continues to serve as the beef editor for the Women Involved in Farm Economics quarterly newsletter to help educate women in the group about the beef industry.

Today, you will still see Jean at most cattle events in Nebraska and Kansas talking with new and potential Hereford breeders and promoting beef to the public.

Lori Riffel Hambright of Kanza Cattle & Vineyards, Chapman, Kan., said, “Jean is not one for spotlights, but a steady, loyal supporter who has made big differences today’s people in agriculture benefit from.”

2017 Nebraska State Fair – Show Results

NHA Hires New Executive Director

The Nebraska Hereford Association would like to thank Melissa Buehler for her four years of service to
the NHA acting as the secretary/manager. She announced her resignation from that position effective
July 31, 2017. After a search to replace Buehler, Sheri Wieden of Blue Springs, NE, was selected as the new
Executive Director at a board meeting in June. Sheri will take on the new role beginning August 1, 2017.
Sheri and her husband, Mark, farm and raise registered and commercial Herefords in southeastern Gage County, in addition to selling Hereford freezer beef to a variety of customers.

Sheri attended UNL, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education, with a minor in Agriculture/
Animal Science. While in college, both Sheri and Mark were members of the UNL junior and senior
livestock judging teams. After working for Clarence Busse & Sons Polled Herefords in Bird City, KS
for a year, they returned to the Liberty/Blue Springs area to begin farming and raising Polled Herefords.
teams and individuals for culinary competitions. This past year she coordinated the first annual FCS/ProStart
Cookin’ At The Classic Competition for high school culinary students at the Cattlemen’s Classic in February and
is currently preparing for its second year in 2018. She is also a member of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Consumer
Education & Promotion committee and has developed and assisted with several promotions throughout
the state in the past two years. In addition to her farm & cattle responsibilities, Sheri also works part time at Waldo Genetics in DeWitt, as church secretary at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Wymore, as well as judging 4-H and open class events in neighboring counties. She also enjoys spending time with their two grandsons, gardening, and shopping.

Wieden says that one of her primary goals is to help promote Herefords and Certified Hereford Beef across
the state, particularly in the restaurant/food service area. “I also want to continue to provide well organized, educational, and enjoyable opportunities for NHA members across the state. I’m looking forward to meeting and
working with members in promoting the Hereford breed.”

2017 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Results

Champion Horned Hereford Bull
Lot 6- $3,500
Seller: Prinz Cattle of Clarkson, NE
Buyer: Kyle Geiser of Merna, NE

Reserve Champion Horned Hereford Bull
Lot 12- $3,000
Seller: Landgren Ranch of Bartlett, NE
Buyer: Kyle Geiser of Merna, NE

Champion Horned Hereford Heifer
Lot 14- $3,000
Seller: Bremer Show Steers of Fullerton, NE
Buyer: Darren Strizek of Ceresco, NE

Reserve Champion Horned Hereford Heifer
Lot 21- $3,000
Seller: Valley Creek Ranch of Fairbury, NE
Buyer: Steve VanDeWalle of Cedar Rapids, NE
Full Show Results

Champion Polled Hereford Bull
Lot 17- $4,000
Seller: Valley Creek Ranch of Fairbury, NE
Buyer: Hall Angus Ranch of New Plymouth, ID

Reserve Champion Polled Hereford Bull
Lot 10- $5,000
Seller: MCM Polled Herefords of Ayr, NE
Buyer: Troy Steuer of Crete, NE

Champion Polled Hereford Heifer
Lot 29- $5,400
Seller: Keller Cattle Company of St. Paul, NE
Buyer: Kristi Hawkins of Atwood, KS

Reserve Champion Polled Hereford Heifer
Lot 33- $3,500
Seller: Valley Creek Ranch of Fairbury, NE
Buyer: Kristi Hawkins of Atwood, KS
Full Show Results

2017 NWSS Pen Show Press Release

Champions of the Carload, Heifer Pen and Bull Pen Shows, all members of the NHA

2016 NHA Banquet Highlights

2016 Nebraska State Fair – Show Results

2015 NHA Banquet Highlights

2015 Nebraska State Fair – Open Show Results

2014 Annual Banquet Memorable Moments

Congratulations to Katie Nolles for being selected to serve as the

2014-2015 National Hereford Queen!


2014 Nebraska State Fair – Open Show Results

2013 Annual Banquet Memorable Moments

2013 Nebraska State Fair – Open Show Results

2013 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Show & Sale Results


Champion Horned Hereford Heifer — Lot 37, Hutch 0272 Miss Adv 1202, consigned by Hutchinson Farms of Chapman, KS. This heifer is a 03/28/2012 daughter of ECR7195 Domino 0272 EET and she sold to Roger Allen, Homer, IL for $1,400.


Reserve Champion Polled Hereford Heifer — Lot 34, BBH 743 Sadie 204Z consigned by Blueberry Hill Farms of Norfolk, NE. This heifer is a 02/23/2012 daughter of CCR About Time 743 and she sold to Tyler Marotz, of Mead, NE for $5,500.

2012 Nebraska Futurity Show Results

2012 Nebraska State Fair Open Show Results