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AHA and CSU Begin Sustainable Genetics Research

May 19, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “As individual cattle producers and as the collective beef industry, we will continue to be asked to do more with less, as it relates to environmental and economic sustainability,” says Jack Ward, executive vice president of the American Hereford Association (AHA). “That’s why we’re excited to begin this cooperative research agreement […]

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Documenting Maternal Efficiency

February 28, 2022

F1 females built with Hereford genetics continue to set the pace for efficiency in commercial cow-calf pastures across the nation. Part of that stems from heterosis and part of it is borne by the unique performance advantages Hereford genetics bring to the mix. The American Hereford Association (AHA) conducted a three-year crossbreeding research study in […]

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Record Numbers Enroll in Hereford Feedout Programs

January 20, 2022

Seedstock and commercial cattle producers enrolled a record 756 head of Hereford and Hereford-influenced steers in the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) 2022 feedout programs. The significant increase in cattle numbers from 104 participants in 17 states underscores the value producers are gleaning from the opportunity. “I enrolled cattle because I wanted to get the carcass […]

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Lessons from BIF

July 1, 2021

“There are no shortcuts in the genetics business,” explained Jim Pullen of Pullen Family Farms during the recent Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium. “Creating competitive genetic progress is not a high-tech, difficult to understand formula. It is created by disciplined data collection on a large scale, accurate ranking of animals, selecting and retaining the best […]

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Commercial MD Test Now Available

July 30, 2020

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is pleased to announce Neogen® has developed a commercial test for Mandibulofacial Dysostosis (MD) and is ready to test all animals recorded in the AHA database. Members must contact AHA Customer Service either by phone or email to request an official MD test. Consequently, you cannot request an MD test […]

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Genetic Evaluation Improvements set to be Implemented July 12, 2020

July 2, 2020

Many of you participated in the Whole Cow Herd DNA project, which netted over 10,000 genotypes. This project allowed our science team to better understand the genomic contributions and relationships of the markers impacting maternal traits such as Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF), Calving Ease Maternal (CEM) and Milk (M). Currently, when an animal is genotyped […]

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Genetic Evaluation Improvements

May 7, 2020

The breed improvement shop has been busy working on improvements to the genetic evaluation. Many of you participated in the Whole Cow Herd DNA project, which netted over 10,000 genotypes. This project allowed our science team to better understand the genomic contributions and relationships of the markers impacting maternal traits like Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF), […]

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DNA Request Updates

April 6, 2020

As families and businesses across the country continue to adjust to remote work, the American Hereford Association (AHA) has a few updates regarding how this transition is affecting requests for DNA. Neogen®/GeneSeek® is adapting like all businesses through this critical time and is continuing to provide DNA service. However, due to the current circumstances, it […]

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Mershon Cattle Makes Fall 2019 Breeding Decisions

December 19, 2019

Mershon Cattle LLC is a commercial cattle operation with a retained ownership-to-harvest program located in Buckner and Appleton, Mo. Mershon Cattle is an award-winning operation and was named the Beef Improvement Federation Commercial Producer of the Year this past June. The Mershons are passionate about growing their community and bettering the beef industry. Mershon Cattle […]

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Hereford Innovation Drives Improvement

December 11, 2019

American Hereford Association efforts drive improvement and draw ranchers “home to Hereford.” KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The year 2019 was one of innovation for the Hereford breed. During its Annual Membership Meeting and Conference this fall in Kansas City, the American Hereford Association (AHA) shared how an emphasis on information — and its community of […]

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