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American Hereford Association Focusing on Genetic Improvement in 2022
Mon, 17 Jan 2022 12:15:56 CST
The 2022 Cattlemen’s Congress is not just a great opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest of more than 20 unique cattle breeds, it also offers cattle industry leadership to come together in person. Jack Ward, executive vice president of the American Hereford Association, attended the 2022 Cattlemen’s Congress, where Ron Hays, senior reporter for the Oklahoma Farm Report, caught up with him to talk about a strong point of the Hereford breed.
Listen to Ron's conversation wtih Jack here.
“I have been with Hereford now for almost 20 years,” Ward said. “Over the years we have done a number of research projects of reinventing heterosis and hybrid vigor and where the Hereford breed fits.”
Thanks to research and documentation by generations of AHA leadership and members the American Hereford breed is one of the most genetically well-documented breeds in the industry today.
“I really must commend our breeders, the staff before me and the board because they implemented whole-herd reporting,” Ward said. “We are now committed to genotyping and using all the tools to find the good genetics within the breed.”
Through genetic documentation, Ward said he is seeing more and more crossbreeding with Hereford bulls.
“As I was walking through the pens, looking at the bulls, time and again (I talked) to breeders about how they are selling bulls now,” Ward said. “They are getting guys who have predominantly black cowherds coming to Hereford (breeders) because of the things they can offer from a breed-complimentary standpoint.”
Ward said it is an exciting time for the American Hereford Association. The AHA will continue to focus on genetic improvement in 2022.
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