Review the top registration sires within the breed as you make breeding decisions.by Shane Bedwell There is a lot of excitement right now within the breed, and it is refreshing to see that momentum carry deep into commercial herds across the country. With breeding season right around the corner, it’s time to finish those artificial insemination (AI) selections and/or plug-in walking herd bulls to carry your program forward.
Displayed is a list of the top 10 registration sires for 2018-born progeny as of Feb. 11, 2019. These bulls are an impressive group, particularly when you study their average expected progeny differences (EPDs). Nearly all traits fall on the right side of the spectrum for the breed average, with many of the traits ranking in the top 20 percent of the breed.
Top 10 Registration Sires for 2018 as of Feb. 11, 2019
To say progress is being made within the breed would be an understatement, and I look forward to the progress that will be made with many of the daughters out of these bulls. The sale season has started off strong, and cattlemen are sorting hard on the offering of Hereford bulls. As to be expected, the bulls that tie together performance and phenotype are quickly rising to the top — and rightfully so. I’m proud to say producers can find these bulls in high volumes throughout the country.
The Hereford breed has done a great job supplying a superb product, and we cannot let up on our focused selection efforts. Denver was buzzing about the strength and depth of the breed. It is evident looking through this top-10 list these bulls offer plenty of versatility and possess the necessary traits to satisfy multiple markets.
As you finish your breeding plans, study how your bull battery fits your program and, most importantly, how it works for your customers. Regardless of how well your bulls perform, keep raising the bar — after all, a profitable customer is a happy customer.
This article originally appeared in the March 2019 Hereford World. Click here to read more.