Kansas City, Mo. -- The Spring 2011 Hereford expected progeny differences (EPDs) are now online. Producers can visit to search the new data. Updated Trends, Trait Leaders and Distributions are also posted.

Eighty-eight dedicated Hereford breeders achieved Gold TPRTM (Total Performance Records) status for spring 2011, according to the American Hereford Association (AHA).

The Gold TPR Breeder recognition is presented to progressive Hereford breeders who have measured traits and collected and promptly submitted performance data at all levels of production.

"The reason the Gold TPR program was established was to recognize those breeders who go the extra mile to collect data at all levels of production and report that data in a timely manner," says AHA Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement Jack Ward.

Since the program's inception in 2005, Hereford breeders have increased their data collection efforts.

Breeders must meet a specific set of requirements in order to be eligible for the program. They are:

*Herd inventory submitted prior to date inventory surcharge goes into effect.

*Complete reporting of calving ease and reproductive status for each dam on inventory.

*Complete reporting of birth weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.

*Complete reporting of weaning weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.

*Complete reporting of yearling weights for all live calves recorded in the calf crop.

*Complete reporting of scrotal measurements for each bull calf with a recorded yearling weight.

*Ultrasound data reported on 25 percent or more of the calf crop.

*Note: For weaning and yearling weights, disposal codes are accepted if the animal has been removed from the herd.

The following Hereford breeders were recognized as spring 2011 Gold TPR Breeders:

Asmus Herefords, Audubon, Iowa; Baker Hereford Ranch, Rapid City, S.D.; Douglas Banks, Hamilton, Ohio

Bar JZ Polled Herefords, Holabird, S.D.; Bay Brok Farm, Dabneys, Va.; Beckleys Herefords, Rayenna, Ky.; Beef Resources Partnership, Tabor, Iowa; Beery Land & Livestock, Co Vida, Mont.; Blueberry Hill Farms Inc., Norfolk, Neb.; Bookcliff Herefords, Russell, Kansas; Brannan & Reinhardt, Otis, Kansas; Lloyd Brown, Powell, Wyo.; CK Ranch, Brookville, Kansas; Carters Polled Herefords, Rocklake, N.D.; Mark Cooper, Willow Creek, Mont.; Courtney Herefords, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Coyote Ridge Ranch, LaSalle, Colo.; Bruce Chambers, Alma, Kansas; Churchill Cattle Co., Manhattan, Mont.; Jackie or Christie Davis, Lincoln, Calif.; Deana Jak Farm, Wagontown, Pa.; Deer Track Farm, Spotsylvania, Va.; Duncan Ranch Co, Joplin, Mont.; Dvorak Herefords, Lake Andes, S.D.; Elkington Polled Herefords, Idaho Falls, Idaho Ellis Farms, Chrisman, Ill.; Elzemeyer Polled Herefords, Richmond, Ind.; Falling Timber Farm, Marthasville, Mo.; Flat Stone Lick, Marianna, Pa.; Frederickson Hereford Farm, Starbuck, Minn.; Friedt Herefords, Mott, N.D.; Gerber Polled Herefords, Richmond, Ind.; Larry & Carol Gildemaster, Virgil, S.D.; Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore.; Gary Hedrick, Marietta, Ga.; Hill Vue Farm, Blairsville, Ga.; Frank Hug & Sons, Scranton, Kansas; Jim Hultin, Helena, Mont.; Huth Polled Herefords, Oakfield, Wis.; JB Ranch, Wayne, Neb.; JBB/AL Herefords, Gooding, Idaho; JBN Livestock, Box Elder, S.D.; David or Juanita Jennings, Rogers, Ark.; Kevin Jensen, Courtland, Kansas; K7 Herefords, Lockridge, Iowa; K&B Herefords, Onida, S.D.; KEG Herefords, Valentine, Neb.; Ralph Kiger, Kernersville, N.C.; Knoll Crest Farm, Red House, Va.

Krogstad Polled Herefords, Fertile, Minn.; S.E. Lawrence Polled Herefords, Avilla, Ind.; Linton Polled Herefords, Miller, Neb.; E.L. Mobley, Fairdealing, Mo.; Mill Creek Ranch, Alma, Kansas; Monahan Cattle Co., Hyannis, Neb.; Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D.; Harry Myers, Jr., Statesville, N.C.; NS Polled Herefords, Shaker Heights, Ohio Eldon Olthoff, Emery, S.D.; Owego Stock Farm, Argyle, Wis.; Gino Pedretti, El Nido, Calif.; Ravine Creek Ranch, Huron, S.D.; Rolling Hills Acres, Saint Elizabeth, Mo.; Phil & Chris Rottman, Fremont, Mich.; S&S Farms, Windom, Kansas; Sandhill Farms/Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kansas; Lester J Schafer, Buffalo Lake, Minn.; Schu-Lar Polled Herefords, Lecompton, Kansas; Sellman Ranch, Crawford, Neb.; Jason Shanks, Waynoka, Okla.; Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho; Sonoma Mountain Herefords, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Grady Sparks, Connerville, Okla.; Simpson Polled Herefords, Redfield, Iowa Springhill Hereford Farms, Blue Rapids, Kansas; Virgil Staab & Sons, Hays, Kansas; Storey Hereford Ranch, Bozeman, Mont.; Stuber Ranch, Bowman, N.D.; Thorstenson Hereford Ranch, Selby, S.D.; Towner Farm, Girard, Kansas; Trinity Farms, Mount Pleasant, Texas; Triple S Ranch, De Queen, Ark. ; Vessers Triple E Hereford Farm, Powers, Mich.; Kathleen Wagner, Catskill, N.Y.; Weimer Cattle Co., Susanville, Calif.; Wichman Herefords, Moore, Mont.; and Williams Herefords, Presho, S.D.


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