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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

Cherokee Sales Co. - Cherokee, OK


Harrisonburg, VA

W4 Ranch Spring Bull & Female Sale

Morgan, TX


Lexington, KY


Bowman, ND


United Producers - Columbia, TN

Ritchie County Polled Hereford Assn. Annual Sale

Harrisville, WV

Early Bird Advertising Deadline for July Hereford World

Kansas City, MO

Express Ranches Annual Grass Time Sale

Yukon, OK


Cross Plains, TN


Hereford Headlines

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 …

April 15, 2024

Cowles Joins AHA staff

Corbin Cowles, Rockfield, Ky., is the new AHA Upper Midwest region field representative.

April 1, 2024

NJHA News Now

APRIL HIGHLIGHTS The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) is making preparations the “Grand Daddy of ‘Em All,” this summer in Grand Island, Neb. A record-breaking Sale of Champions has positioned the 2024 Junior National Hereford …

March 22, 2024

Record-breaking: Hereford Sale of Champions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hereford family legacies and champion genetics highlighted the record-setting Hereford Sale of Champions, which raised $100,000 for the 25th VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). This year’s JNHE — The Grand …

February 29, 2024

NJHA News Now

MARCH HIGHLIGHTS The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) has multiple upcoming deadlines and updates to be aware of. Along with that, the months of March and April are full of exciting events for junior member …

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 …