PROFITABULL. Enough said.
There’s no doubt about it, a registered Hereford bull pays in so many ways — a user-friendly package of docility, stronger fertility and calving ease that sires calves with hybrid vigor and feed efficiency that demand a premium.
A Hereford bull is an unbeatable package in today's beef industry. He's:
- A bull that produces calves at weaning worth $18 more per head than straight Angus.
- A bull known for its fertility.
- A bull that producers higher value, more maternal heifers.
- And a bull that's docile and easy on equipment.
Two recent, large-scale research projects have documented the value of Hereford genetics in the commerical industry. Calves sired by Hereford bulls have a $30 per head documented advantage in feedlot profitability and 7% advantage in fertility when compared to Angus-sired calves. This advantage was documented during a three-year, real-world commercial heterosis project comparing progeny by Hereford and Angus bulls when crossed on Angus-based cows. The study also documented a maternal advantage of 7% higher pregnancy rate when comparing the Hereford-sired females to Angus-sired females.
Another project with Simplot Livestock Co. proved low birth weight Hereford bulls stacked up to Angus-heifer bulls in calving ease when bred
to Angus first-calf heifers. This project will continue to follow the calves through weaning, finishing and harvest and track results of the Hereford-sired calves versus the Angus-sired calves.
View complete research results here:
- Circle A Ranch Heterosis Research Project
- Harris Ranch Heterosis Research Project
- Simplot Livestock Co. Research Project
Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy three days of events and activities including educational forums, the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal. Form more information including the schedule of events go to Hereford Annual Meeting Weekend Planned online. Plan to join us in Kansas City Oct.
Did you miss the Hereford Genetic Summit? Visit our Summit Proceedings page to watch presentations, download slides and more. We'll continue to add to these highlights so check back often.
Hereford enthusiasts were in Harrisburg, Pa., July 5-12 for the Junior National Hereford Expo.