Black Hereford Traits
The American Black Hereford is bred for a number of outstanding attributes. First and possibly most important among these is fertility. In establishing the breed, bulls were even chosen for registration based upon the size of their testicles. Creating and refining a new cattle breed requires early and consistent generational progress. Heifers need to produce a calf at a young age, deliver that calf easily without complications. The Black Hereford does this very well.
Black Hereford heifers have wide pelvic bones that assure easy delivery. Calves are born small and grow quickly. The Black Hereford’s natural ability to efficiently turn their food into weight gain assures heavy yearling weight.
The breed is tracked and measured for the following weight EPD’s:
Yearling Scrotal Circumference
Total Milk (M + G)
Weight analyses are done every December for Black Herefords.
Heifer Pregnancy Rate
Maternal Calving Ease
Carcass Composition Traits:
Average Daily Gain
Residual Feed Intake
Carcass Quality Traits:
Percent Choice (Quality grade)
Coat Color (Homozygous/Heterozygous)
Heifer Pregnancy Rate:
Heifer’s chance of becoming pregnant over a normal breeding season
Maternal Calving Ease:
Percentage of unassisted births
Chance a heifer will remain in the herd until at least six years old
Average Daily Gain:
Genetic potential for rate of gain, for both pre and post weaning
Animal’s feed intake above or below its predicted needs for maintenance and growth
Marbling and Quality Grade