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The Black Hereford breed developed in Kansas in 1994 when two Hereford breeders bred registered Hereford and Angus cattle to produce an F1, or the first generation offspring. The F1 females were then bred back to registered Hereford bulls in order to select for the black coat color. Since then the breed has developed rapidly, and in the last 4 years they have had over 10,000 head registered.


Although the Black Hereford breed differ in the color of their coat compared to traditional Herefords, the two breeds share many similar characteristics. They coincide the same general body conformation and characteristics of Hereford cattle, including a white face and white markings, coupled with a well-muscled body. Black Herefords are also primarily raised for beef production, like the traditional breed.


Black Herefords are typically registered with breed associations that recognize and maintain pedigrees for this specific color variant. Breed associations may have specific standards and guidelines for maintaining the integrity of Black Hereford genetics.


The American Black Hereford Association (ABHA) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the Black Hereford breed in the United States. Originally established to address the needs and interests of breeders of this kind, its primary purpose is to promote, register, and maintain Black Herefords.


Breed Registries and Associations


United States

American Black Hereford Association

Ernie Dominguez
P.O. Box 936 
Elgin, TX 78621

(512) 567-7840

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