About Hereford Cattle
Herefords are primarily a
beef cattle breed and are raised for meat production. They are one of the most
popular types of cattle in the world today, with over five million that exist
in over 50 different countries.
Originally from Herefordshire, England, they were exported
starting in 1817 and have become one of the most widespread breed across the
world. They are popular among ranchers due to their hardiness, quality of meat,
and stoutness as well as the ability to do well in just about any
The Hereford breed was created by crossbreeding English
cattle with Shorthorn Cattle, to create this new type of beef cattle.
The first imports of Herefords were brought to the US around
the early 1800's and continued heavily through 1840. Herefords are
distinguished by a white face and red coloring, which was established during
the 19th century.
A Polled Hereford is a variation of the Hereford breed -
they have no horns (and a polled gene) which is a natural genetic mutation.
Today the American Hereford Association consists of both Polled Herefords and