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Breed: Brahman:

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 Tomkins.
  • 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 mothering capabilities.


Sources: OSU's Breeds of Livestock -- Hereford Cattle page, and the Traditional Hereford Cattle Breeders Club. The photos were from Kostenlose Kuh Bildergalerie (free photos).