Show Rules & Classifications

The American Hereford Association recognizes six National Hereford Shows. Find the show rules and classifications here.

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AHA Show Rules

AHA Show Classifications

The decision to have both a Hereford and polled Hereford show or to have a combined show will be left up to the discretion of the state breed associations and show management.    

National Point Shows

American Royal, Kansas City, Mo. Keystone International Livestock Exposition, Harrisburg, Pa. National Western Stock Show, Denver North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, Ky. Southwestern Livestock Exposition, Ft. Worth, Texas Western Nugget, Reno, Nev.

State And Regional Hereford Female Show Classifications

  1. Cow-calf (Any female older than the below ages with a calf at side.)
    • Calf older than 270 days of age on the show date is not eligible to show in cow-calf class.
    • If the cow is horned and the calf polled, then the pair shows in the horned cow-calf class, and if the cow is polled and the calf is horned, then the pair shows in the polled cow-calf class.
    • Calf is eligible for individual classes but must be entered in the appropriate class.
  2. Spring heifer calves calved after March 1.
  3. Junior heifer calves calved Jan. 1 to Feb. 29.
  4. Winter heifer calves calved Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.
  5. Senior heifer calves calved Aug. 1 to Oct. 31.
  6. Late summer yearling females calved June 16 to July 31.
  7. Early summer yearling females calved May 1 to June 15. 8. Spring yearling females calved March 1 to April 30.
  8. Junior yearling females calved Jan. 1 to Feb. 29.
  9. Senior yearling females calved Aug.1 to Dec. 31.

Female divisions
Junior Heifer Calves…………………………………………Class(es) 2&3
Fall Heifer Calves………………………………………………Class(es) 4&5
Intermediate Yearling Females…………………Class(es) 6&7
Spring Yearling Females……………………………….Class 8
Junior Yearling Females………………………………..Class 9
Senior Yearling Females……………………………….Class 10*

* There is no senior yearling female division for shows that occur between Jan. 1 and May 1.
* If there are more than 10 animals in a class, the AHA show committee recommends that the class be split.
* Cow-calf does not compete for overall champion female.

State and regional Hereford bull show classifications

  1. Spring bull calves calved after March 1.
  2. Junior bull calves calved Jan. 1 to Feb. 29.
  3. Winter bull calves calved Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.
  4. Senior bull calves calved Aug. 1 to Oct. 31.
  5. Late summer yearling bulls calved June 16 to July 31.
  6. Early summer yearling bulls calved May 1 to June 15.
  7. Spring yearling bulls calved March 1 to April 30.
  8. Junior yearling bulls calved Jan. 1 to Feb. 29.
  9. Senior yearling bulls calved Aug. 1 to Dec. 31.
  10. Two-year-old bulls calved Jan. 1 to July 31.

Bull divisions
Junior Bull Calves …………. Class(es) 1 & 2
Fall Bull Calves ………………. Class(es) 3 & 4
Intermediate Bulls ……….. Class(es) 5 & 6
Yearling Bulls …………………. Class(es) 7 & 8
Senior Bulls …………………….. Class(es) 9 & 10

* If there are more than 10 animals in a class, the AHA show committee recommends that the class be split.

National Hereford female show classifications

  1. Cow-calf (Any female older than the below ages with a calf at side.)
    • Calf older than 270 days of age on the show date is not eligible to show in cow-calf class.
    • If the cow is horned and the calf polled, then the pair shows in the horned cow-calf class, and if the cow is polled and the calf is horned, then the pair shows in the polled cow-calf class.
    • Calf is eligible for individual classes but must be entered in the appropriate class.
    • Cow-calf does not compete for overall champion female.
  2. Spring heifer calves calved after May 1.
  3. Spring heifer calves calved March 1 to April 30.
  4. Junior heifer calves calved Feb. 1 to Feb. 29.
  5. Junior heifer calves calved Jan. 1 to Jan. 31.
  6. Late winter heifer calves Nov. 16 to Dec. 31.
  7. Early winter heifer calves calved Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.
  8. Senior heifer calves calved Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.
  9. Late summer yearling females calved June 16 to July 31.
  10. Early summer yearling females calved May 1 to June 15.
  11. Spring yearling females calved March 1 to April 30.
  12. Junior yearling females calved Jan. 1 to Feb. 29.
  13. Senior yearling females calved Aug. 1 to Dec. 31.
    • Senior yearlings do not show after the first of the year (Denver and Ft. Worth).

Female divisions
Spring Heifer Calves ……….. Class(es) 2 & 3
Junior Heifer Calves ……….. Class(es) 4 & 5
Winter Heifer Calves ……….. Class(es) 6 & 7
Senior Heifer Calves ……….. Class 8
Intermediate Yearling Females .. Class(es) 9 & 10
Spring Yearling Females …….. Class 11
Junior Yearling Females …….. Class 12
Senior Yearling Females …….. Class 13

  • Denver and Ft. Worth — No senior division for females.

AHA reserves the right to break classes so a 30 day age span may be maintained in the spring, junior, winter and senior calf classes. (Classes 2-8)

National Hereford bull show classifications

  1. Spring bull calves calved after May 1.
  2. Spring bull calves calved March 1to April 30.
  3. Junior bull calves calved Feb. 1 to Feb. 29.
  4. Junior bull calves calved Jan. 1 to Jan. 31.
  5. Late winter bull calves Nov. 16 to Dec.31.
  6. Early winter bull calves calved Oct.1 to Nov. 15.
  7. Senior bull calves calved Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.
  8. Late summer yearling bulls calved June 16 to July 31.
  9. Early summer yearling bulls calved May 1 to June 15.
  10. Spring yearling bulls calved March 1 to April 30.
  11. Junior yearling bulls calved Jan. 1 to Feb. 29.
  12. Senior yearling bulls calved Aug. 1 to Dec. 31.
  13. Two-year old bulls calved Jan. 1 to July 31.

Bull divisions
Spring Bull Calves ………. Class(es) 1 & 2
Junior Bull Calves ………. Class(es) 3 & 4
Winter Bull Calves ………. Class(es) 5 & 6
Senior Bull Calves ………. Class 7
Intermediate Bulls ………. Class(es) 8 & 9
Yearling Bulls ………….. Class(es) 10 & 11
Senior Bulls ……………. Class(es) 12 & 13

* If there are more than 10 animals in a class, the AHA show committee recommends that the class be split.

AHA reserves the right to break classes so a 30 day age span may be maintained in the spring, junior, winter and senior calf classes. (Classes 1-6)

Rules and classifications

Exhibitors in Hereford classes are subject to the Association’s special rule on class qualification, and any animal without a legible tattoo will not be eligible for show. For state and regional shows, all Hereford animals must be officially recorded at show time to be eligible to show. For national shows all Hereford animals must be officially recorded (registered) 30 days prior to the show date to be eligible to show. Entries with registrations “Pending” or “Applied for” will be ineligible to show.

Group classes

Get-of-sire — Four animals shown in above single entry classes with both sexes represented and all progeny of one sire. It is permissible to use either the cow or calf from a cow-calf pair for the get-of-sire. Get-of-sire may be comprised of animals from one or more owners.

Best six head — All animals must have been shown in their respective single entry classes and they must be owned by the exhibitor or by a member of his/her immediate family. A cow-calf will be considered as two head in the best six head class. Best six head may be comprised of both horned and polled animals.

Premier exhibitor, Premier breeder

Awarded with the following point system: first place = 5 points, second place = 4 points, third place = 3 points, fourth place = 2 points and fifth place = 1 point. No points will be given for champions. Points will be awarded for the best six head for premier exhibitor. The same scoring system as above will be used for awarding points for the group classes. It is suggested that banners be given to the premier exhibitor and the premier breeder.

National Junior Show Ownership Rule

Cow-calf pairs, heifers and steers may be jointly owned by siblings provided all are individual members of the National Junior Hereford Association and are between the ages of 7 and 22 as of January 1 of the current year. No animal is eligible to compete if recorded in joint ownership (other than the sibling rule) or ownership of farm or family name. Bred-and-owned bulls, however, may be owned by the exhibitor, a ranch/family name as long as the junior exhibitor is also the breeder.

National and regional show point system

Placing                          National Show         Regional Show
1 ………………………………………………………. 10 ……………………………………. 5
2 ……………………………………………………….. 9 …………………………………….. 4
3 ……………………………………………………….. 8 …………………………………….. 3
4 ……………………………………………………….. 7 …………………………………….. 2
5 ……………………………………………………….. 6 …………………………………….. 1
6 ……………………………………………………….. 5 …………………………………….. 0
7 ……………………………………………………….. 4 …………………………………….. 0
8 ……………………………………………………….. 3 …………………………………….. 0
9 ……………………………………………………….. 2 …………………………………….. 0
10……………………………………………………….. 1 ……………………………………… 0
Division Champion ………………… 10 …………………………………….. 5
Reserve Champion …………………. 5 ……………………………………… 3
Grand Champion ……………………. 10 …………………………………….. 5
Reserve Grand Champion ….. 5 ……………………………………… 3

Points for show bull and show female of the year will be based on the Regional Show Point System. Animals do not have to show in a regional show in order to be eligible for show bull or female of the year in the respective four quadrants. An animal may only win show bull or female of the year for one quadrant per year. Ownership percentage followed by ownership succession (breeder, first owner, second owner, etc.) will determine from which quadrant the animal will be recognized.

AHA point shows and awards

Point show requirements as of May, 1 2016:

  • Official results from the show staff must be submitted within 30 days of completion of the show
  • Results must contain the following:
    • Eight-digit AHA registration number
    • Complete registration name as recorded in the AHA registration system
    • Owner(s) as listed on the papers from the AHA registration system
  • In order for results to be included in the calculation for show animals of the year, shows must have at least 25 head exhibited at the show
  • Shows that are listed as a national or regional point show as specified by the AHA show and sale committee will submit results to Bailey Clanton with the AHA at bclanton@hereford.org or mail them to American Hereford Association, Attn: Bailey Clanton, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101.

At the 2017 AHA Annual Meeting and National Hereford Show in Kansas City, Mo., the Association will start recognizing four national show animals of the year, continue to award 16 regional show animals of the year and recognize eight regional premier exhibitors of the year.

  • National Show Bull and Female of the Year for horned and polled
  • Regional Show Bull and Female of the Year for horned and polled
  • Regional Premier Exhibitor for horned and polled

DNA rule change

Please see AHA Rules and Regulations amendment to Rule 4 of Section VII on Page 30.

REGIONAL POINT SHOWS

Southeast Alabama National Fair, Montgomery, Ala. Appalachian District Fair, Gray, Tenn. Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock, Ark. Dixie National, Jackson, Miss. Florida State Fair, Tampa, Fla. Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, Ky. Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport, La. North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, N.C. South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, S.C. Tennessee State Fair, Nashville, Tenn. Williamson County Fair, Franklin, Tenn.
Southwest Arizona National Livestock Show, Phoenix California State Fair, Sacramento, Calif. Cow Palace, San Francisco Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, N.M. San Antonio Livestock Show, San Antonio Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa, Calif. State Fair of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City State Fair of Texas, Dallas Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City West Texas Fair, Abilene, Texas
Northeast Eastern National, Timonium, Md. Eastern States Expo, W. Springfield, Mass. Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Ill. Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, Iowa New Jersey State Fair, Augusta, N.J. New York State Fair, Syracuse, N.Y. Maryland State Fair, Timonium, Md. Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Minn. Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, Mo. Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio Ozark Empire Fair, Springfield, Mo. State Fair of West Virginia, Lewisburg, W.Va. Upper Peninsula State Fair, Detroit Wisconsin State Fair, W. Allis, Wis. World Beef Expo, W. Allis, Wis.
Northwest Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, Colo. Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, Kan. Nebraska State Fair, Lincoln, Neb. NILE, Billings, Mont. Oregon State Fair, Salem, Ore. Red River Valley Fair, Fargo, N.D. South Dakota State Fair, Huron, S.D. Washington State Fair, Puyallup, Wash. Western Idaho Fair, Boise, Idaho Wyoming State Fair, Douglas, Wyo.

2016 State Fair and Fall Show Schedule

Date Hereford Open Show Information Entry Deadline Judge Call Email
Aug. 6 Williamson County Fair 553 Enville Bottom Rd., Milledgeville TN 38359 July 15 Firstname Lastname 731-925-0567

2016-17 National Show Schedule and Judge Line-up

Keystone International Livestock Exposition 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17110 717-787-2905, keystoneinternational.state.pa.us Show date: Oct. 7 Entry deadline: Aug. 31 Judge: Shane Werk, Burton, Kan.

American Royal National Hereford Show 1701 American Royal Court, Kansas City, MO 64102 816-221-9800, americanroyal.com Show date: Oct. 30 Entry deadline: Sept. 10 Judge: Kevin Jensen, Courtland, Kan.

North American International Livestock Exposition National Hereford Show P.O. Box 36367, Louisville, KY 40233 502-595-3166, livestockexpo.org Show date:Nov. 17 Entry deadline: Oct. 1 Judge: Dan Hoge, Galva, Ill.

Western Nugget National Hereford Show 1405 Crown Dr., Reno, NV 89503 775-747-8917, 775-722-6116, nuggethereford.com Show dates: Dec.  1-3 Entry deadline: Early, Oct. 15; Final, Oct. 31 Judge: Chris Mullinix, Manhattan, Kan.

National Western Stock Show 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80216 800-336-6977, nationalwestern.com Show dates: Jan.  12-14 Jan. 12 – Juniors and Bulls; Jan. 13 – Carloads/Pens, Sale; Jan. 14 – Females Entry deadline: Nov.  20 Judges: Bill Conley, Clarksdale, Mo., and associate judge, Kyle Conley, Clarksdale, Mo. Carloads/Pens judges: Dale Micheli, Ft. Bridger, Wyo.; Ryan Rathman, Stanton, TX; and Travis Pembrook, Fairview, Okla.

Southwestern Exposition National Hereford Show P.O. Box 150, Ft. Worth, TX 76101 817-877-2400, fwssr.com Show date: Jan. 30 Entry deadline: Nov.  15 Judge: Matt Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M.