Why Choose The Hereford?
Identity: Throughout its history the Hereford has maintained its distinctive white face and red coat. All cross-bred Hereford cattle feature a white face, a distinct advantage for easier traceability and future predictability.
Foraging Ability: Herefords are well suited to forage based diets and as grass continues to be the cheapest form of feed, this improves financial returns. Research at Bristol University has shown beef produced off grass has a longer shelf life & better colour, is high in the essential fatty acid omega-3 and has a distinctive taste.
Docility: Hereford cattle are famous for their good temperament, a trait which eases management and improves operators safety. As farms continue to cut labour, this will be an increasingly important factor. Less stress during marketing also enhances beef quality.
Adaptability: Great phenotype variability means that the Hereford is an animal capable of adapting to all types of production systems and environmental conditions. This is why Hereford genetics have been exported to all regions of the world. Their genetics having been used equally in pedigree herds and cross breeding programmes.
Ease of Calving: Herefords have traditionally been used in the dairy sector because of their easy calving; resulting in an increased calf crop, viable cross-bred calves and reduced veterinary costs.During the past ten years finishing weights of Hereford sired progeny have increased significantly, averaging in excess of 300kg deadweight. However calf birth weights and ease of calving have remained constant, providing a welfare friendly environment for breeding females.
Fertility: Herefords are prolific breeders, an important characteristic for any breed as it affects profitability more than any other factor. Herefords weaning percentages are consistently in excess of 90%. Hereford stock bulls and breeding females also have a great longevity producing thrifty calves for many years...
Ease of management: The number of Hereford herds in the UK continues to expand at a phenomenal rate for many reasons, not least because of their ease of management from ease of calving to ease of handling.
Quality Beef: Herefords finished off grassland produce an excellent 'marbled' beef that is in great demand both within the UK and for export due to its distinctive flavour and renowned eating quality. It commands a premium at retail level when sold through the branded beef schemes and delivers increased returns to producers. Waitrose commenced with a Hereford Beef Scheme in the late 1990's and sales have increased significantly year on year.
Breedplan International Beef Recording Scheme: Breeding traits, principally calving ease, growth and carcase quality are recorded within Breedplan, a universally recognised livestock performance programme. Performance data for pedigree cattle can be viewed on the Society's website www.herefordcattle.org.
Herefords and Limfords established at Nether Hall
With a farm able to grow plenty of grass, a Cumbrian farmer has established a pedigree Hereford herd to run alongside his established Limousin herd and using the two to produce Limford beef suckler heifers as Neil Ryder found out.
Hereford bulls crossing with Jersey Suckler Dams – the perfect match for ‘Farmer Fate’
Hereford bulls and Hereford cross Jersey suckler dams are the unusual mix being used successfully by Lincolnshire farmer, Tony Lockwood. Neil Ryder talked to Tony alias‘Farmer Fate’.
Hereford Cross Breeding Pays Dividends
Less hassle, increased profitability and reduced input are just some of the reasons Simon Bainbridge of Donkin Rigg Farm; Northumberland changed to using Hereford genetics in his 150 cow commercial suckler herd.
Hereford out-performs all other breeds on Cotswold Edge
The Hereford breed has taken Alec and Mark Grey by surprise at Symonds Hall Farm near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, where its performance has outstripped that of any other breed they have ever tried.
Blend modern genetics with native characteristics and the Hereford is providing the total package for Simon Cutter’s field to fork enterprise
What goes around comes around, reflects Simon Cutter’s farming business – a low input organic system completely self-sufficient in feed. And it’s one which Hereford quite naturally fits in to, he says. However here comes the twist.
Why are EBVs important when buying a bull?
The purchase of a stock bull is one of the most important decisions a pedigree breeder and beef producer can make and represents an investment in genetic material that will have a major impact on the financial performance of the herd.
The Stress of Weaning for the Calf
With more pedigree Hereford Breeders’ moving from Autumn to Spring calving, the following article may be of interest. Here SAC’s Basil Lowman points out some of the fundamental differences and pitfalls between the two seasonal calving periods.
Why do dairy farmers select Hereford bulls? Some experiences of a farm vet
It is said that the bull is half the herd – for beef farms that statement is true, and in more ways than can be discussed in this article. However, when buying bulls for a beef herd there are only a few reasons that a farmer would give as to why they made their decision to purchase that particular animal: genetics, Pedigree, stature, confirmation or price would be a few of these.
Dendor Herefords continue to go from strength to strength!
The Jones family and their Dendor prefix are familiar to many pedigree and commercial livestock farmers in the UK and beyond. Dendor came from the herd founders, the late DENis Jones and his wife DORis. We find out how their, son Aled, his wife Jenny and their three boys, Guto, Twm and Ianto along with Aled’s sister Sian are progressing the herd’s genetics on their Powys unit.
Solpoll Successes Nationwide.....
WORLD class stockmanship, endless enthusiasm and a continuous commitment to breeding cattle best suited to the needs of commercial beef producers -just some of the reasons why the McMordie family of Ballygowan, Co Down have enjoyed success with their Solpoll pedigree Herefords for over 60 years.
From little acorns to mighty Alderoaks
Phil and Elizabeth Williams’ plans to establish a small pedigree Hereford herd for pleasure were overturned when one of their foundation heifers went straight to the top in the showing stakes - early success which led the couple to reconsider their objectives and establish new goals. The Alderoak herd is now scheduled within the next five years to double to 30 breeding cows, reach the breed’s top 5% of Breedplan genetic performance and produce stock of high quality conformation for both pedigree and commercial producers. We follow its progress.
Standing still - not an option for Shraden Herefords!
The Timmis family is demonstrating how Shraden, one of the longest established herds in the Hereford Cattle Society’s herd book can deliver performance to rival its Continental counterparts and meet with modern consumer demands.