Built on Tradition. Engineered to Sustain.








The American Hereford Association (AHA) is the second largest beef breed association in the United States, serving more than 7,000 active members.

Member Services

Register purebred Hereford cattle, providing verified pedigree documentation and maintaining the integrity of the breed’s herd book which was established in 1881.


Conduct ongoing breed-wide genetic evaluation and provide genetic selection tools for purebred Hereford breeders and commercial users of Hereford genetics.


Conduct relevant third-party research documenting the genetic and phenotypic performance of Hereford and Hereford-influenced cattle, relative to other beef breeds.


Share the breed’s benefits with cattle producers via national advertising, social media, cattle exhibitions and industry events, as well as AHA’s Hereford World and Baldy Advantage publications.


Provide AHA members with communications and promotions tools to help them serve their purebred and commercial customers.

Certified Hereford Beef

Add value and marketing opportunity for Hereford and Hereford-influenced cattle through Certified Hereford Beef® — one of the largest premium brand beef programs in the United States — as well as a variety of commercial cattle verification programs.


Cultivate breed and industry leadership. This begins with conferences, contests and educational opportunities through the National Junior Hereford Association and extends through the Hereford Seedstock Academy where young, established Hereford breeders delve into each sector of the beef cattle industry.

Advocate for efficient, sustainable beef production.
The cows are brown and white at home.

Efficiency Pays. Numbers Matter.

A breed to fill the need as the nation rebuilds the beef cow herd. Hereford breeders’ are at the threshold of a historic opportunity.

Focus on Fertility

Fertility is an important trait for seedstock and commercial herds alike. Documented research and rancher tested success has shown the positive impacts Hereford genetics can have on fertility. Nate Frederickson, Spearfish, S.D., has seen firsthand the power of the Hereford-influenced female.

Fertility, Docility and Longevity Reign Supreme!

Leveraging the traits the Hereford breed has to offer is the foundation of Merritt Ranch. Joseph Merritt, Porterville, Calif., has seen the added docility, fertility and longevity that belongs to Hereford genetics.

aha podcast

1881: Hereford Network

Powered by the American Hereford Association, 1881, has a mission to share stories of the breed’s rich history in the beef industry, connect with the faces behind the bald face and share the progress that has impacted operations across the country. Check out our latest episode.

Upcoming Events

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Rock Springs, GA


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Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show

Milwaukee, WI


Hereford Headlines

July 17, 2024

Buesing Wins the JNHE Grand Champion Steer Title

Grand and champion division III steer, Rilynn Buesing, Stockton, Iowa, with JBS Steer 3, a 1,350-pound son of CH High Roller 756 ET.

July 17, 2024

New Mexico, Texas Top State Group Shows, Denton Shows Winning Produce-of-Dam

Grand champion state group of three, New Mexico.

July 17, 2024

Coleman, Barber Take Home Top Honors in JNHE Owned Female Show

Grand and champion division III horned owned female, Aidyn Barber, Channing, Texas, with BR GKB Ruby L178 ET, a June 3, 2023, daughter of KLD RW Marksman D87 ET.

July 17, 2024

Rhodes Wins JNHE Bred-and-Owned Bull Show

Grand and champion division IV bred-and-owned bull, Riley Rhodes, Carlinville, Ill., with RGR 15F HR Leonidas 2L ET, a Jan. 22, 2023, son of CH High Roller 756 ET.

July 17, 2024

Top Five Bred-and-Owned Females Named at JNHE

Grand and champion division IV bred-and-owned female, Henley Barber, Channing, Texas, with BR GKB Sophie L176 ET, a June 1, 2023, daughter of KLD RW Marksman D87 ET.

July 17, 2024

Jones Named Walter and Joe Lewis High Point Senior

Walter and Joe Lewis High Point Senior, Lauren Jones, Darlington, Wis.

July 17, 2024

Allan Selected as Junior Hereford Herdsman

2024 Hereford Junior Herdsman of the Year, Mason Allan, Nocona, Texas.

July 17, 2024

Hereford Juniors Honored with Special Awards

GKB Super States contest winner, large states division, Oklahoma.