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Research Foundation

The Hereford Research Foundation was established in 2009 as a division of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization, to support breed improvement projects outside the scope of the American Hereford Association (AHA) budget.

About the Foundation

HRF was developed to support programs that enhance beef cattle production. These projects will be conducted throughout the U.S. in conjunction with universities, private firms and ranches and shall be funded by donations. Extensive time and resources are spent each year by the AHA to enhance beef cattle production through various ongoing projects. You can see the value of these projects at Hereford.org. Contact AHA for more information on how to make tax-deductible contributions.


Our Mission

The Hereford Research Foundation (HRF) creates a culture for the advancement of the Hereford breed through genetic research.

  • The HRF was developed to support breed improvement projects outside the scope of the American Hereford Association (AHA) budget.
  • The Founders Society’s contributions will complement the HRF’s mission.
  • These contributions will directly enhance our research efforts and are tax deductible through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America’s 501(c) 3.

Founders Society Benefits

  • For every 10 members that join, one free sire test will be provided by the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP).
  • Members will have earliest access to NRSP results.
  • Founders Society members are invited to an exclusive social gathering during the AHA Annual Meeting to discuss breed improvement and engage with industry leaders.
  • The HRF Founders Society logo signifies your commitment to advancing the Hereford breed. Members are encouraged to utilize the HRF Founders Society logo in marketing materials.

Founders Society Dues

Founders Society membership dues are $3,000 per year or $5,000 per two years.

To join the society, payments can be made by contacting AHA Director of Breed Improvement Shane Bedwell at sbedwell@hereford.org or 816.842.3757.

Indirect Cost Policy: In view of its status as a non-profit institution and its desire to maximize the direct impact from its research funding dollars, it is the official policy of the American Hereford Association and its entities not to pay facility, administrative or other indirect costs for research projects funded by the Association and its 501(c)3 not-for-profit entity Hereford Youth Foundation of America.