American Hereford Association 2012 Dams, Sires of Distinction

Farm Forum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For 2012, 2,469 Hereford cows from 729 Hereford performance herds in 42 states earned the honor of being named a Dam of Distinction by the American Hereford Association (AHA). The number of dams qualifying for this prestigious honor jumped 184 head since last year.

For the 32nd consecutive year, South Dakota Hereford operation Rausch Herefords owns the most Dams of Distinction honored at 112 head, and leads its state to the top of the list with 349 cows recognized.

The 2012 Dams of Distinction list honors the Hereford breed’s cows who meet the highest standard of production and recognizes the cattlemen who produce them. In order to be named a Dam of Distinction, a Hereford cow must meet all the job requirements for an ideal cow. She should produce a healthy, growthy calf every year; she should calve as a 2-year-old, and she should cause her owner absolutely no problems. A Dam of Distinction is the standard by which all Hereford cows can be judged.

The cow must do her job, but also her owner must manage the herd correctly to give her the opportunity to excel. Only a small portion of active cows is recognized. All heifers have the potential of being a Dam of Distinction, but only a small percentage fit the job description of an ideal cow year in and year out.

In order for a cow to be named a 2012 Dam of Distinction she must have:

1. Weaned a calf born since Jan. 1, 2011.

2. Produced at least three calves.

3. Initially calved at 30 months of age or less.

4. Had an interval between the first and second calves of no greater than 400 days. In addition, a 370-day calving interval must have been maintained after her second calf. The longer initial calving interval allows breeders

Top 20 States

Rank State No. of Dams

1 South Dakota


2 Nebraska


3 Kansas


4 Montana


5 North Dakota


6 Missouri


7 Idaho


8 Wyoming


9 Minnesota


10 Texas


11 Illinois


12 Wisconsin


13 Iowa


14 Oregon


15 Oklahoma


16 Colorado


17 California


17 Indiana


19 Washington


20 Virginia


Top 20 Breeders

Rank, followed by owner, followed by No. of Dams

1 Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D., 112

2 Journagan Ranch/Missouri State Univ., Mt. Grove, Mo., 30

2 Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho, 30

2 Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb., 30

5 Monahan Cattle Co., Hyannis, Neb., 27

6 Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock, Neb., 23

7 Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., 21

8 MM Ranch, Alexander Mih, Chanute, Kan., 20

8 Oleen Bros., Dwight, Kanas, 20

8 Ridder Hereford Ranch, Callaway, Neb., 20

8 Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D., 20

12 Jeffrey Boehnke, Kramer, N.D., 19

12 Elkington Polled Herefords, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 19

12 Duvall Polled Herefords, Lockwood, Mo., 19

15 Thorstenson Hereford Ranch, Selby, S.D., 18

15 Feddes Herefords, Manhattan, Mont., 18

15 Fawcetts Elm Creek Ranch, Ree Heights, S.D., 18

18 O.D. Perkes, Etna, Wyo., 17

19 Springhill Herefords, Blue Rapids, Kanas, 16

19 Helbling Herefords, Mandan, N.D., 16