Steven, there were a few good cattle of that era that should have been kept pure and improved to keep up with the needs of a changing beef industry. Instead, the breed was dominated by the Mischiefs, the Zatos, and other 3 and 4 frame Herefords with no milk in terrible udders. As the cattle industry became more efficient and cattle feeding moved away from farmer feeders in the midwest to the professional feeders in the high plains, very few Hereford breeders had the genetics to provide the needs of a different economic environment. This bull represents the mainstream Hereford world of the 60's. If you search the Hereford Journal over my Dad's breeding career, you will find very few true breeders. When change was unavoidable, most Hereford breeders abandoned the breed, a very few found Herefords with the ability to compete in the real world, and a few found refuge in the show world. Those few Herefords with the ability to compete in the real world were a combination of genetics from the English imports from the late 1940's thru the early 1960's and a few hard headed breeders that never lost the economic traits needed by a new beef industry. Into that mix came the "Americanization" of Herefords. This included genetics from other breeds as well as a few breeders with the ability to breed cattle with economic significance. Unfortunately, the most widely used Herefords as this change progressed was the Miles City L1's. With such a narrow genetic base and breeders so dedicated to not going outside the base, Hereford genetics have stagnated for 40 years and we have lost a generation of commercial cowmen. On the polled side, I know of no commercial herd of significance in my area using polled bulls more than one calf crop. In a few days I will answer your question about Herefords becoming Americanized and my opinion about the relevance of HOP, so I can infuriate the few I have not already offended.
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2020 20:11:42 GMT -6 by timbernt