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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

Bill King Ranch Top 10 Sale




Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale

Yukon, OK

Kansas State University Legacy Sale

Manhattan, KS

Illinois Hereford Association Annual Meeting

Bloomington, IL


Louisville, KY


Fennimore, WI

Mead Farms Bull and Female Production Sale

Versailles, MO

Kentucky Beef Expo Junior Show

Louisville, KY

Harrell Hereford Ranch 45th Spring Bull Roundup

Baker City, OR


Hereford Headlines

February 21, 2024

Hereford Influence Sells Strong

Bidding came fast at Mitchell Livestock Auction

February 1, 2024

NJHA News Now

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) isn’t slowing down a beat and is continuing to drive forward into the year. This month is the time for preparation, as announcements for the events of …

January 18, 2024

2024 National Western Stock ShowHereford Champions Named

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Herefords made the Mile High City their own at the National Western Stock Show, Jan. 11-13. Judges Terri Barber, Corralles, N.M., and Mary Barber, Channing, Texas, sorted the 34-head of bulls …

January 18, 2024

Landgren Ranch, Coyote Ridge Ranch and Jensen Bros. Rise to Top in Hereford Yard Show

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Landgren Ranch, Bartlett, Neb., exhibited the champion Hereford carload on Friday, Jan. 12, during the 2024 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. Coyote Ridge Ranch, LaSalle, Colo., claimed top …

January 18, 2024

Junior Hereford Exhibitors Take on The Hill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – National Junior Hereford Association members took top honors in Stadium Arena during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) junior Hereford show, Jan. 11, in Denver, Colo. Jerrod Arthur, Stillwater, Okla., sorted …

January 12, 2024

2024 Hereford Herdsman of the Year

The 2024 Herdsman of the Year will be announced at Cattlemen’s Congress, Jan. 6. The winner will be recognized prior to the selection of the champion Hereford females. A link to vote for the 2024 …

January 10, 2024

Junior Hereford Champions Selected at Cattlemen's Congress

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The hard work of National Junior Hereford Association members was on full display in the Sooner State at the 2024 Cattlemen’s Congress, Jan. 3. Judge Brian Fox, Fort Morgan, Colo., sorted the …

January 10, 2024

Grimmel Schaake Wins 2024 Hereford Herdsman of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Melissa Grimmel Schaake, Manhattan, Kan., was honored as the 2024 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Hereford Show during the fourth annual Cattlemen’s Congress hosted in Oklahoma City, Okla. After …