Performance Matters: The Time is Now

March 13, 2019

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

Reg. No. Name
P43500058 R Leader 6964
P43214853 NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET
43268007 CL 1 Domino 215Z
43092364 Churchill Sensation 028X
P43186342 CRR 719 Catapult 109
43589057 NJW 79Z 22Z Mighty 49C ET
P43603037 Churchill Kickstart 501C ET
43724674 BR Belle Air 6011
P43214415 NJW 33TB 100W Trust 167Y
P43292949 Mohican THM Excede Z426
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.