Hereford

Facts about Hereford
Herefords were the first English cattle to be recognised as a true breed.

Breeding Aim
Herefords are generally docile and fast growing cattle with a good beef quality. These cattle are known for their vigor and foraging ability and for their longevity. Bulls are capable of remaining profitable at stud to the age of 12 years or more.

History of the Hereford Breed
The origin of the Hereford has been lost over time but it is generally agreed that it was founded on the draught ox descended from the small red cattle of Roman Briton and from a large Welsh breed once numerous along the border of England and Wales. Herefords have taken their name from the county Herefordshire, an historic agricultural region of England where this breed has evolved. The origins of this breed of cattle in the County of Herefordshire have been mentioned by various agricultural authors as long ago as the early 1600’s. During the 1700’s and early 1800’s documented records of the breed were maintained by various individuals in and around the Herefordshire area.

Characteristic
The modern Hereford is coloured dark red to red-yellow, with a white face, crest, dewlap, and underline. Herefords with white flanks and white markings below the knees and hocks are also common. Mature males may weigh up to 800 kilograms, while mature females may weigh around 550 kilograms. They are muscular, moderate to long in length of side, adequate in length of leg, large in size, trim, and smooth.