The 2015 Iowa Hereford Tour, sponsored by the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association (IHBA), will be held Saturday, August 29, in northwest Iowa. The public is invited to attend all or part of the tour.
Solsma Show Cattle: Attendees will gather at 10:30 a.m. at Solsma Show Cattle, 6190 320th St., at Sanborn, Iowa. They can visit Solsma's Punkin Patch, corn maze and retail store (selling home-raised Hereford beef) prior to the start of the tour at 11 a.m. The Solsma family (Jay, Amy, Blake and Claire) have enjoyed showing cattle together since 2005. Their Hereford herd, which boasts several state fair and Junior National Hereford Expo titlists, began in 2000, after having had an Angus herd in the family for 60 years. Visitors will also view the family's show barn that was built in 2005.
At noon, participants will enjoy a Dutch treat lunch at Crazy Bob's Maximum BBQ on the east edge of the town of Hartley on Highway 18. Cost is $10 for ages 9 and up; $5 for children 8 and under. Reservations should be made by Aug. 21 by calling 515-833-2991 or emailing email@example.com. The IHBA's annual meeting will be held during lunch with four new board members being elected.
Weeping Fox Ranch: Following lunch, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the group will visit Weeping Fox Ranch, 3780 100th St., near Hartley. Owned by the Todd Vogel family, this relatively new Hereford herd focuses on an embryo transplant program centered around a small nucleus of donor cows. One of the top attractions will be MAV Cotton's Blessing 221Z, the 2013 Junior National Hereford Expo grand champion bred & owned heifer and the 2013 Iowa State Fair 4-H supreme champion heifer.
Johnson Hereford Farm: Final stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. will be the Johnson Hereford Farm, 2165 240th St., near Milford, Iowa. Owned by Iowa Hereford Hall of Famers Jack and Lynne Johnson, the herd consists of 75 cows and heifers. Attendees will get to see all the cows, heifers and yearling bulls as well as the farm's entries in this year's Clay County Fair.