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
Steer exhibitors at the 2016 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) must submit DNA for their steers by April 1, before they can enter for the show (according to new AHA rule, all steers must have a basic DNA test on file at the association). Once exhibitors have received the DNA results, the exhibitor can then ENTER his or her steer for the JNHE.
Congratulations to Hereford breeders who exhibited at the 2016 National Western Stock Show.
Check out these result links:
The Spring 2016 Hereford expected progeny differences (EPDs) are now online. Click here to search the new data. Updated Trends and Trait Leader reports are also posted online. Learn more about the new carcass weight (CW) EPD.