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Hereford Breed is Well-Represented at Second Annual Cattlemen's Congress

Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:24:56 CST

Hereford Breed is Well-Represented at Second Annual Cattlemen's Congress The second annual Cattlemen's Congress is underway in Oklahoma City. In its inaugural year, Cattlemen's Congress quickly proved to be a world-class purebred cattle event with nearly 10,000 cattle in attendance. This year, more than 20 unique breeds of cattle are being represented at the show.

Shane Bedwell, chief operating officer and director of breed improvement at the American Hereford Association, told Ron Hays, senior broadcaster for Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, that the Hereford breed is going to be well-represented at the show for the second year.

"The second-annual event looks to be a big one," Bedwell said. "The numbers are up across the board, specifically in Hereford. We have cattle from all over the U.S. and a few that came from Canada."

Bedwell said the turnout is fantastic, with the Hereford breed presence doubling in the pen shows. Pen shows are unique by way of allowing folks to view a set of cattle that a producer has bunched together as a group of three or five that represents their operation well.

"It is a nice event that allows commercial producers to jump in on some genetics," Bedwell said.

Reflecting on last year, Bedwell said it was a trying year for the Hereford Breed Association but was not anything Hereford breeders could not manage in the end.

"Our slogan, as we wrapped up this year at our annual meeting, was 'grit builds greatness,'" Bedwell said. "There is a lot of truth in that. At the end of the fiscal year at the American Hereford Association, we were up - up in our registrations, up in our transfers, up in our cow inventory - bull sales were incredible and female sales were incredible."

Bedwell said that success can be linked to the Hereford breed's versatility.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more from Ron Hays and Shane Bedwell as they talk about the Hereford presence at this year's Cattlemen's Congress, reflecting on 2021 and why producers love to crossbreed with Hereford cattle.

   


   

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