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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.

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Georgia Hereford Assn. Herefords in the Cove

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Hereford Headlines

July 12, 2024

Hereford Juniors Sorted on Their Stock Evaluation Skills

The first place senior team from Kansas (l to r): Dagan Murray, Aubum; Kassidy Schumann, Lecompton; Cally Miller, El Dorado; and Tyree Figge, Onaga (not pictured).

July 12, 2024

Junior Members Compete for the Top Talk 

Junior division: first, Jarrett Worrell, Mason, Texas; second, Libby Pérez, Nara Visa, N.M., and third, Peyton Pérez, Nara Visa, N.M.

July 12, 2024

NJHA Members Sold on Skillbuilding During Hereford’s National Sales Contest

In the sales academy contest: first, Aidyn Barber, Channing, Texas; second, Taylor Marrs, Macomb, Okla., and third, Joseph Schohr, Oroville, Calif.

July 12, 2024

Hereford Youth Perfect Their Resumes and Make Connections

Kaylee Lunsford, Fort Scott, Kan., future professionals contest senior division winner.

July 12, 2024

Juniors Cook Up Certified Hereford Beef Recipes®

Peewee Division (l to r): first, Braxton Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas; second, Brecken Eatherton, Castle Rock, Wash.; and third, Cooper Acheson, Wichita, Kan.

July 12, 2024

Junior Members Prove Their Industry Knowledge  in Hereford Bowl Contest 

Champion Senior Team (pictured l to r): Brogan Keltner, Pearl City, Ill.; Kade Boatman, Rockford, Ill.; Morgan Richardson, Capron, Ill.; and Kendall Boatman, Rockford, Ill.

July 12, 2024

Juniors Illustrate the Hereford Breed in National Photo and Poster Contests

Hereford Cattle: first, Adalynn Blankenship, West Burlington, N.Y.; second, Madeline Schohr, Oroville, Calif.; and third, Caroline Wagner, Hull, Iowa.

July 12, 2024

Hereford Youth Show Their Fitting Skills at “The Grand Daddy of ’Em All”

Champion fitting team members from Nebraska (l to r): Maddison Lienemann, Hildreth; Landon Lienemann, Hildreth; and Kinleigh Ekhoff, Aurora.