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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

Illinois Junior Hereford Assn. Preview Show (June 15-16)

Georgetown, IL


Billings, MT

Advertising deadline for August Hereford World

Kansas City, MO



Grand Island, Neb.


United Producers - Columbia, TN

Advertising deadline for September Hereford World

Kansas City, MO


Fort Worth, Texas

Georgia Hereford Assn. Herefords in the Cove

Rock Springs, GA


Hereford Headlines

May 30, 2024

NJHA News Now

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS Who is ready to celebrate 25 years of the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE)? June is a busy month of event preparation for the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) as we get ready …

May 14, 2024

Three Summer Interns Join the AHA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three interns recently joined Team Hereford for the summer. The American Hereford Association (AHA) welcomed Denver Drake, Greenville, Texas; Hannah McElrath, Calhoun, Ga.; and Riley Greiten, Midlothian, Texas, to Kansas City …

May 9, 2024

HPI Welcomes New Editorial Designer

The American Hereford Association (AHA) and Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) added editorial designer, Megan Underwood, Kansas City, Mo., to the Hereford World and Baldy Advantage team on May 6. In her role, she will predominately …

May 7, 2024

Hereford Junior Leaders Share at YBIC

National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) directors joined leaders from other youth organizations to learn more about the latest industry trends and how to become stronger advocates for agriculture and the beef industry during the bi-annual …

May 1, 2024

NJHA News Now

MAY HIGHLIGHTS The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is not slowing down this summer. The Grand Daddy of ‘Em All, celebrating 25 years of the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) and Faces of Leadership conference …

April 29, 2024

Knowing Beats Hoping

Hereford Feedout Programs fuel genetic and management progress.

April 17, 2024

Hereford Juniors Build on their Leadership Development in Texas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “It’s about doing the little things that lead to the championship and empowering others around us, so that when we rise, we raise everyone around us.” World champion rodeo athlete Tyson …

April 15, 2024

Bred Heifer Offering Honors James Bennett’s Legacy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A choice lot in the Tucker Family Farms Professional Replacement Female Sale will honor the late James Bennett, Knoll Crest Farms, and his legacy in the seedstock and Hereford industry on …