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Practical Cattle for Practical Cattlemen

Maternal, economical, easy-doing, fertile, adaptable, dependable, convenient, versatile, longevity, hardy, docile, marbling, profitable…

...these are just a few of the words that practical cattlemen from across Canada use to describe Herefords.


Today's practical cattleman is faced with ever increasing input costs. Costs like feed, labour, and animal health. In the past the solution has been to maximize production, but that doesn't always work as this also means maximized input costs. Mature size, dystocia, temperament, foraging ability, feed conversion, hardiness all affect the amount of inputs required. Today's practical cattlemen is faced with the challenge of maximizing profitability by minimizing inputs through optimized production. So where does the Hereford breed fit in to this scenario. Here's what some practical cattlemen are saying:

Chris Odden, Groundbirch, British Columbia – "Disposition, hair – coupled with feed efficiency is what keeps Herefords on our Ranch."
Dorothy Rossiter, Westrose, Alberta – "We find that the Hereford cows cost less to feed and they still put out a good size calf."
Eric Lawrence, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan – "Herefords do well in our range conditions, they can withstand variations in temperatures, and they are easy fleshing cattle that do well grazing without any extra feed. We feel that Herefords are more economical."
Robert Graham, Holland, Manitoba – "The hair coat and the moderate size make them a cheaper animal to winter. I don't need to baby them."
John Lightle, Campbellford, Ontario – "Herefords are easier to look after. They're more docile, aren't as hard on fences or equipment, they eat less, can stand the cold weather and make excellent mothers. This all means less work for me."


Herefords…optimum production for maximum profitability. What this means is that all things considered Herefords produce more calf for your buck. How do they do it?

Bruce Creith, Pilot Mound, Manitoba – "For me they have been bringing just as high a price but they require less maintenance and upkeep – basically less work for the same money."
Russell Jans, Tompkins, Saskatchewan – "There's a pride to having good cattle and you take them to the sale and they bring you top dollar. I've seen them pay a nickel more for our straight Hereford steers at more than one place."
Bob Balog, Balog Auctions, Lethbridge, Alberta – "Hereford is providing the consistency, uniformity, grading results and meat quality the industry is looking for. We had straightbred Hereford feeders selling better than they had for 5 or 6 years last fall. You can't beat the Hereford cattle on the yearling market. And there is tremendous demand for straightbred Hereford females."

Herefords have what the feedlot, packer, and most importantly, the consumer are looking for.

Bryce Weiss, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan – "The Hereford Charolais steer is one of the premiere steers in the feedlot industry."
Leonard Finstad, Etzikom, Alberta – "When they go to market, our Herefords provide an even group which is appealing to buyers. They like our cattle for their length, depth and thickness. Herefords also meet the growing demand for marbled beef."
Cor Van Raay, Iron Springs, Alberta – "It's hard to beat the good Charolais Hereford cross calves – they're some of the better cattle you can feed."
Michael Allemeier, Teatro's Fine Dining, Calgary, Alberta – "Hereford is the best quality beef you can offer in this country."

You can't be all things to all people.

But the same adaptability and versatility that has made the Hereford breed the most widely used British beef breed in the world is enabling practical cattlemen across Canada to use them as straightbreds or crossbreds in virtually any environment.

And they work.