One of the site visitors, Jean Goettenmoeller, found these Hereford facts and
photos for a school project (that she got a 100% on). She shares them here
with all Hereford fans.
- The Hereford is the oldest of all beef breeds.
- They were first formed in Herefordshire, England, in 1742 by Benjamin
- Henry Clay imported the first bull and two cows to the US in 1817.
- There were only 200 head were imported up to 1880, but the demand
increased dramatically in the next decade: more than 3,500 head of Herefords came
to America during the 1880-1889 period.
- Since that era, the Angus have taken over the #1 spot (in numbers of
registered beef cattle), but Herefords still maintain #2.
- The American Hereford Association (the first official Hereford breeding
organization) was established on June 22, 1881.
- Herefords are typically a reddish-brown color with white on the head,
legs, tail, and underbelly.
- Occasionally there are "yellow" Herefords born; these are a golden
yellow color but still have the white spots. However, they are very rare.
- Herefords are a medium-sized beef breed, weighing 990 to 1430 pounds.
- They are very hardy, and very efficient at converting field grass
into high quality meat.
- They are known for their docile temperament and their natural
OSU's Breeds of Livestock
-- Hereford Cattle page, and
the Traditional Hereford Cattle Breeders Club. The photos were from
Kostenlose Kuh Bildergalerie (free photos).