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2024 Fall Gathering  Saturday, September 21 4:00-6:00

The Bar   5316 W 95th St Prairie Village, Kansas 66207

Questions?  Cheryl Daily Fannin                


2024 Fall Gathering   September 21, 2024    4:00-6:00

The Bar   5316 W 95th St   Prairie Village, Kansas 66207

RSVP Cheryl Daily Fannin

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Birth of the Black Hereford

   A combination of Angus and Hereford breeds, the Black Hereford traces its roots to a ranch in Kansas.  That's not surprising considering Kansas ranchers boast world-renowned beef genetics and are always striving to improve their herds.

   The idea of combining Hereford and Angus breeds was not a novel one for Joe and Norma Hoagland, owners of J&N Ranch and creators of the Black Hereford. What was unique was the concept of intentionally crossing the two to make Herefords black.

   "The big advantage of Herefords is their temperament and feed efficiency," Hoagland says.  "Angus marble well and are easy calving.  With Black Herefords, we try to select for the best from both breeds."

   Now ranchers can take advantage of the market premiums for black-hided cattle with the benefits of having Hereford cattle.

   "An animal that's a five-eighths Hereford blood is the first level you can register as a Black Hereford," Joe Hoagland says.  "Slowly over time, you have black on both sides of the pedigree, and you just keep introducing new Hereford genetics to make it more Hereford but keep the hair color black."

   The Black Hereford has found a good niche.

   "We founded the Black Hereford Association in 1994," Hoagland says.  "Today, we have 500 breeders in 35 states.  We've sold cattle from Hawaii to Pennsylvania, we've even shipped two bulls to New Zealand."

From Kansas Agriculture, 2024 Edition,