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Herd TPRTM

Whole Herd TPRTM is a system of registration and performance tracking whereby participating breeders update their cow herd inventory annually and are charged for performance data on a per cow basis as opposed to a per calf basis. Participation is required to have EPDs reported on your animals.

About Whole Herd TPRTM

With this system, AHA measures economically relevant beef production traits such as fertility, longevity and reproductive efficiency. Furthermore, the greater volume of data reported from each herd will enhance the accuracy of Hereford Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs).

Participation in Whole Herd TPR™ is voluntary and breeders may choose to maintain pedigree records without recording performance information. With this option, known as Pedigree Registry, breeders will not see EPDs or other performance information printed on their registration certificates.

How to Sign Up

  • New participants should request a current dam inventory for their account from AHA.
  • Complete the form for all cows and breeding age heifers (as well as herd sires if you choose the option of a sire inventory) expected to be represented by a calf in the upcoming calving season.
  • For each animal inventoried, provide the herd ID number, registration number, name and date calved.
  • Designate each female as either fall or spring calving.
  • Mail the completed inventory form to the AHA. Retain a copy for your records. Your account will be billed $5.50 per female per year or $3 for first calf heifers.
  • You may also update your herd inventory using MyHerd or a compatible herd management software system.

User Guides

The American Hereford Association recognizes the importance of performance records in today’s beef industry. By utilizing Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPRTM), Hereford breeders can take advantage of a system flexible enough to meet the needs of any record keeping cattle operation.

FAQ

Only compliant Whole Herd TPR breeders will see this information. The calf crop must be analyzed to calculate this data. Visit Hereford.org/myherdtutorials for a step-by-step tutorial.

Only Whole Herd TPR participants are allowed to use herd IDs in place of registration numbers because they maintain an active herd inventory and each animal enrolled on their inventory has an assigned herd ID recorded in the performance system. Breeders not participating in the performance system don’t maintain an active herd inventory, so their calves are registered with pedigree information only; therefore, the records department doesn’t have a record of what each animal’s herd ID is. Technically the records department could look animals up by tattoo number, but more than one animal could have the same tattoo, and the wrong animal could accidentally be selected as the dam or sire. If you wish to use herd ID numbers rather than registry numbers for dams and sires when reporting your calves, you must enroll your herd in the Whole Herd TPR system with the AHA customer service department.

When calves are sold before they are old enough to collect a yearling weight, a disposal code should be reported in place of the weight, providing a reason they left the herd (T – sold with papers, 1 – sold for breeding, 2 – sold for feeding, etc.).

The disposal code 2 – sold for feeding should be used to indicate the animal was sold to a feedlot.

The actual weaning weight should be taken between 110 and 300 days of age. Animals weighed outside of this age span will be marked irregular for weaning ratio.

Weaning weights are only required from ET calves if they are reported out of a “known” Hereford recipient cow; in other words, the recipient cow is registered and enrolled in a breeder’s current TPR cow herd inventory. ET calves out of “unknown” recipient cows are not required to turn in weaning weights for TPR compliance.

Yes, birth weight should be taken within 24 hours of birth. Birth weight is an optional trait, but for any birth weights to be used, you must report all of them. Partial reporting will result in none of the birth weights being used.

Contact the AHA customer service department to enroll your herd in the Whole Herd TPR system. The department will need to know what calf crop you want to start with and your calving season.

As a performance breeder it’s important to give credit to each cow on inventory which calved out. For cows bred to a sire of another breed, report the calf as unregistered and leave the sire field blank. MyHerd will process the calf’s record and display a warning message saying the sire field is empty; click the override button to complete the calf’s record.

Yes, MyHerd.org is the AHA’s online registrations system. For more information, send your member number to myherd@hereford.org.

Yes. Multi-owned females should be kept on inventory if an owner plans to register calves out of them.

If a female is listed on your inventory and is no longer in your possession, then a proper disposal code and date must be reported to remove the animal from your inventory. When a female is transferred, the AHA does not automatically remove the animal from your cow herd inventory, because we don’t know if you plan to register future offspring (possible embryo transfer [ET] calves). If you would like to remove the female, assign the “T” disposal code, sold with papers, to remove the animal from your inventory.

The Whole Herd TPR system doesn’t require every calf to be registered but they have to be reported. You can upgrade an unregistered calf to registered status later. It’s important to report all live calves so that each cow on inventory is given credit for producing a calf.

If a female is listed on your inventory and is no longer in your ownership, then a proper disposal code and date must be reported to remove the animal from your inventory. When a female is transferred, the AHA does not automatically remove the animal from your cow herd inventory, because we don’t know if you plan to register future offspring (possible embryo transfer [ET] calves). If you would like to remove the female or male, assign the “T” disposal code, sold with papers, to remove the animal from your inventory.

Multi-owned animals can have no more than four owners. Once you have completed the calf details, please add additional owners by clicking the search tool (magnifying glass). This will prompt a box for you to search and select the other owner. Make sure to add yourself as a new owner to maintain your share of ownership in the calf.

Accounts can be linked by going to Hereford.org and completing the Member Relationship Development Form (Form 11). The form is found by clicking the “Member Service” tab. Then click “Rules and Forms”. Submit the form to the AHA records department or e-mail it to records@hereford.org and the AHA records department will make the needed updates. Once the accounts are linked, you may begin reporting information as one herd.

If you didn’t receive an inventory update online or by mail, the reason is probably that you are currently non-compliant in the Whole Herd TPR system. Please contact the American Hereford Association customer service department. Staff will help you find what information is overdue, and then they will generate your next herd inventory.

When you log into MyHerd.org and you don’t have owned animals or data in your to-do lists, check your browser compatibility with the recommendations below.

PC (Windows) — Please use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer

Google Chrome — Download and install Google Chrome and then log into MyHerd.org.

Internet Explorer — Open your Internet Explorer browser.

  • Click the “Tools” icon in the top right-hand corner. (It looks like a gear.)
  • Click “Compatibility View Settings.”
  • Enter MyHerd.org and click “Add” to add MyHerd.org to the compatibility list.

Mac (Apple) — Download and install Google Chrome and then log into MyHerd.org.

Contact AHA for more information. If interested, request a current dam inventory. Complete the inventory form for all cows and breeding-age females expected to calve in the upcoming calving season. For each animal inventoried, assign a herd ID and list its registration number, name and the date calved. Designate each female as either fall or spring calving. Mail completed inventory form to the AHA and retain a copy for your records.

You may also update your herd inventory using MyHerd.org or a compatible herd management software system.

Deadlines

 It is important to meet deadlines when participating in the Whole Herd Total Performance Records program. See the yearly deadlines below.

January 15

Spring Herd Inventory Discount

Completion and return of spring herd inventories by this date will provide a $.25 per head discount on every female maintained on the spring inventory.

February 15

Genetic Evaluation

Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: March 15

March 1

NRSP Nomination Spring Herd Inventory Due

Final date to nominate sires for spring breeding in the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP).
Completion and return of spring herd inventories after this date will incur an additional $2 per head surcharge on every female maintained on the spring inventory.

March 15

Genetic Evaluation

Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: April 15

April 15

Genetic Evaluation

Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: May 15

June 1

Pan American Cattle Evaluation

Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: July 15

July 1

Whole Herd TPR Compliance

Final date to submit all dam reproductive status and weaning information for the fall calf crop.

July 15

Fall Herd Inventory Discount Genetic Evaluation

Completion and return of fall herd inventories by this date will provide a $.25 per head discount on every female maintained on the fall inventory.
Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: August 15

August 15

Genetic Evaluation

Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: September 15

September 1

Fall Herd Inventory Due

Completion and return of fall herd inventories after this date will incur an additional $2 per head surcharge on every female maintained on the fall inventory.

November 1

Pan American Cattle Evaluation

Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: December 15

December 1

Whole Herd TPR Compliance

Final date to submit all dam reproductive status and weaning information for the spring calf crop.

December 15

Genetic Evaluation

Closing date for all birth, weaning, yearling and ultrasound data to be included in the genetic evaluation.
EPD release date: January 15

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