March 28, 2018
The Dams of Distinction program recognizes superior cows in the breed and the cattle producers who manage them based on data submitted to the American Hereford Association (AHA). Efficient, fertile and productive females are the …
The Dams of Distinction program recognizes superior cows in the breed and the cattle producers who manage them based on data submitted to the American Hereford Association (AHA). Efficient, fertile and productive females are the foundation of the most successful cow herds.
To be honored as a 2017 Dam of Distinction, a cow must have:
Only a few active cows are recognized. All heifers have the potential to be a Dam of Distinction, but only a small percentage fit the job description of an ideal cow year in and year out. For more information about the Dams of Distinction Program, visit Hereford.org, click on “Genetics” and select “Recognition Programs.”
Females attaining the Dam of Distinction status are recognized with “DOD” after their names on the AHA website. The 2017 Dams of Distinction list recognizes 2,521 Hereford cows from 640 Hereford performance herds in 40 different states. For 37 years Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D., has led Hereford breeders with the most cows qualifying as Dams of Distinction. With 476 cows recognized, South Dakota is the top state again this year.
The Sires of Distinction program recognizes superior Hereford bulls. The American Hereford Association Board of Directors initiated the program in August 2007 to recognize Hereford bulls that sire efficient, fertile and productive females. To be honored as a Sire of Distinction a bull must have produced daughters that have received at least seven Dams of Distinction awards.
Bulls attaining the Sire of Distinction status are recognized with “SOD” after their names when doing an animal or expected progeny difference (EPD) inquiry on Hereford.org. A list of the 93 sires recognized as Sires of Distinction for the first time follows.