National Reference Sire Program

The American Hereford Association (AHA) National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) is a program that allows Hereford breeders to test young sires in real-world commercial settings.


Benefits of the Program

  1. Obtaining high accuracy carcass expected progeny differences (EPDs)
  2. Obtaining performance data compared to other sires tested in herd contemporaries
  3. Opportunity to market semen as a reference sire in the NRSP after nominated and selected
  4. Opportunity to test sires next to the top Hereford genetics in the breed.

Responsibilities of bull owner

  • Nominate bulls for test sire.
  • Nominate bulls to AHA by March 1 each year.
  • Furnish 75 straws of semen and pay shipping cost to test herds.
  • Pay fees as required.

Bull Owner Cost

  • Semen and shipment of semen.
  • Pay the test herd fee per bull tested when semen is shipped — contact Shane Bedwell for details.

Responsibilities of American Hereford Association

Receive data and report all data back to bull owner and to test herd. (There will be no cost to the test herd or the bull owner for the data reporting done by the AHA.)

Responsibilities of Test Herd

Test Herd Cost

NRSP Online Application