The Harvest Benefits Youth

Hereford youth reaped the benefits Aug. 20 as Hereford breeders enjoyed the picturesque landscape, Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) and Kunde wine during The Harvest fundraiser. More than 175 Hereford enthusiasts gathered on Boot Hill at the Kunde Family Estate while 100 online viewers and 44 registered bidders participated online. The auction benefiting the Hereford Youth Foundation of America raised more than $292,000 to support Hereford youth. 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 getaways, historic Hereford artwork and commemorative wine bottles. 



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 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. 

Sprague Contributes $100,000 to Hereford Youth

George and Karen Sprague of Bar One Ranch, Eugene, Ore., gifted $100,000 to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America during The Harvest fundraiser for youth Aug. 20 at Kunde Family Estate. George and Karen have been involved in academia for many years, the past 30 years at University of Oregon. Together they have a passion for Herefords and youth.  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.