Whole Herd TPR FAQ

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The simple answer to this question is “Yes.” The rules of the American Hereford Association do allow joint ownership of an animal with siblings only. Special Note: Most 4-H and FFA sanctioned shows do not allow joint ownership. Exception: Bred-and-owned animals may be multi-owned by siblings as long as the junior member is the breeder, first and continuous owner of the animal being shown. This applies only to shows sponsored and managed by the American Hereford Association. Exception: Bred-and-owned bulls may be owned in partnership with an adult breeder. However, to show at the JNHE the junior must remain the breeder and remain listed as the first recorded owner of the bull.
A bred-and-owned animal is one where the junior member owned the dam of the heifer/bull at the time the heifer/bull was conceived. The junior member must be listed as the breeder, first and continuous owner on the registration certificate.
The categories offered in junior Hereford shows are: Owned Heifers – these are heifers that are purchased either from a family member or any other Hereford breeder. Bred-and-Owned Heifers – these are heifers where the junior member owned the dam of the heifer at the time the heifer was conceived. The junior member must be listed as the breeder, first and continuous owner on the registration certificate. Bred-and-Owned Bulls – these are bulls where the junior member owned the dam of the bull at the time the bull was conceived. The junior member must be listed as the breeder, first and continuous owner on the registration certificate. Steers – these are steers owned by the junior member. All steers must be registered by the American Hereford Association and out of a registered sire and dam in order to show at the Junior National Hereford Expo. ALL STEERS MUST HAVE A DNA PROFILE ON FILE WITH AHA AT TIME OF ENTRY. NO STEER CERTIFICATES WILL BE ACCEPTED. STEERS MUST HAVE REGISTRATION PAPERS TO SHOW AT THE JNHE. Cow-Calf Pairs – these are cow-calf pairs where the calf is bred-and-owned by the junior member and the date of the transfer of the cow into the junior member’s ownership is prior to the conception date for the calf.
The age requirements for shows vary both on the younger age limit as well as the older age limit. It is important to check the rules for age of the exhibitor for the specific show in which you are interested in participating. Note: For shows sponsored and coordinated by the American Hereford Association such as the JNHE, the junior must be a minimum of 7 years of age and not 22 years of age by January 1, of the current year of the JNHE.
The National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) offers a world of opportunities to youth. Members of the NJHA are eligible for:
  • Registering cattle with the Association at membership rates
  • Receiving the September (junior-focused) issue of the Hereford World (one per household)
  • Participation in junior activities including conferences, shows and other contests
  • Receiving two issues of the NJHA newsletter (one per household)
  • Showmanship competitions
  • Leadership training (officers and directors)
  • Hereford Youth Foundation of America Scholarships
  • Information on fitting, tattooing, judging, advertising and promotion
The annual membership fee to be a junior member of the Association is $15. The payment of this fee allows the junior member to participate in activities and events sponsored by the AHA, the NJHA and the Hereford Youth Foundation of America. (Additional entry fees, registration fees, and/or supplemental costs may apply depending upon the event or activity.) Special Note: If a junior is actively registering cattle in his or her name an additional $20 member service fee will apply in addition to the $15 annual dues.
Junior memberships expire on the 22nd birthday of the junior member. All junior members must pay annual membership dues ($15) in order to participate in the programs and activities offered through the AHA/NJHA. The membership renewal date is September 1 of each year. Special Note: if a junior has not turned 22 years of age by Jan. 1 the junior can still participate in the JNHE that year.
Junior memberships are available for any young person from birth through their 22nd birthday. Memberships are limited to juniors who live in the U.S. and/or Canada. To participate in the JNHE members must be 7 years of age by Jan. 1 of the current year and have not yet turned 22 by Jan. 1 of the current year.
The NJHA is the organizational name for junior members of the American Hereford Association. The NJHA is governed by a 12-member board, which is elected each year during the annual meeting of the NJHA, held during the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE).
Only compliant Whole Herd TPR breeders will see this information. The calf crop must be analyzed to calculate this data. Visit Hereford.org/myherdtutorials for a step-by-step tutorial.
Only Whole Herd TPR participants are allowed to use herd IDs in place of registration numbers because they maintain an active herd inventory and each animal enrolled on their inventory has an assigned herd ID recorded in the performance system. Breeders not participating in the performance system don’t maintain an active herd inventory, so their calves are registered with pedigree information only; therefore, the records department doesn’t have a record of what each animal’s herd ID is. Technically the records department could look animals up by tattoo number, but more than one animal could have the same tattoo, and the wrong animal could accidentally be selected as the dam or sire. If you wish to use herd ID numbers rather than registry numbers for dams and sires when reporting your calves, you must enroll your herd in the Whole Herd TPR system with the AHA customer service department
When calves are sold before they are old enough to collect a yearling weight, a disposal code should be reported in place of the weight, providing a reason they left the herd (T – sold with papers, 1 – sold for breeding, 2 – sold for feeding, etc.).
The disposal code 2 – sold for feeding should be used to indicate the animal was sold to a feedlot.
The actual weaning weight should be taken between 110 and 300 days of age. Animals weighed outside of this age span will be marked irregular for weaning ratio.
Weaning weights are only required from ET calves if they are reported out of a “known” Hereford recipient cow; in other words, the recipient cow is registered and enrolled in a breeder’s current TPR cow herd inventory. ET calves out of “unknown” recipient cows are not required to turn in weaning weights for TPR compliance.
Yes, birth weight should be taken within 24 hours of birth. Birth weight is an optional trait, but for any birth weights to be used, you must report all of them. Partial reporting will result in none of the birth weights being used.
Contact the AHA customer service department to enroll your herd in the Whole Herd TPR system. The department will need to know what calf crop you want to start with and your calving season.
As a performance breeder it’s important to give credit to each cow on inventory which calved out. For cows bred to a sire of another breed, report the calf as unregistered and leave the sire field blank. MyHerd will process the calf’s record and display a warning message saying the sire field is empty; click the override button to complete the calf’s record.
Yes, MyHerd.org is the AHA’s online registrations system. For more information, send your member number to myherd@hereford.org.
Yes. Multi-owned females should be kept on inventory if an owner plans to register calves out of them.
If a female is listed on your inventory and is no longer in your possession, then a proper disposal code and date must be reported to remove the animal from your inventory. When a female is transferred, the AHA does not automatically remove the animal from your cow herd inventory, because we don’t know if you plan to register future offspring (possible embryo transfer [ET] calves). If you would like to remove the female, assign the “T” disposal code, sold with papers, to remove the animal from your inventory.
The Whole Herd TPR system doesn’t require every calf to be registered but they have to be reported. You can upgrade an unregistered calf to registered status later. It’s important to report all live calves so that each cow on inventory is given credit for producing a calf.
If a female is listed on your inventory and is no longer in your ownership, then a proper disposal code and date must be reported to remove the animal from your inventory. When a female is transferred, the AHA does not automatically remove the animal from your cow herd inventory, because we don’t know if you plan to register future offspring (possible embryo transfer [ET] calves). If you would like to remove the female or male, assign the “T” disposal code, sold with papers, to remove the animal from your inventory.
Multi-owned animals can have no more than four owners. Once you have completed the calf details, please add additional owners by clicking the search tool (magnifying glass). This will prompt a box for you to search and select the other owner. Make sure to add yourself as a new owner to maintain your share of ownership in the calf.
Accounts can be linked by going to Hereford.org and completing the Member Relationship Development Form (Form 11). The form is found by clicking the “Member Service” tab.Then click “Rules and Forms”. Submit the form to the AHA records department or e-mail it to records@hereford.org and the AHA records department will make the needed updates. Once the accounts are linked, you may begin reporting information as one herd.
If you didn’t receive an inventory update online or by mail, the reason is probably that you are currently non-compliant in the Whole Herd TPR system. Please contact the American Hereford Association customer service department. Staff will help you find what information is overdue, and then they will generate your next herd inventory.
When you log into MyHerd.org and you don’t have owned animals or data in your to-do lists, check your browser compatibility with the recommendations below.
  1. PC (Windows) — Please use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer
  2. Google Chrome — Download and install Google Chrome and then log into MyHerd.org.
  3. Internet Explorer — Open your Internet Explorer browser.
    • Click the “Tools” icon in the top right-hand corner. (It looks like a gear.)
    • Click “Compatibility View Settings.”
    • Enter MyHerd.org and click “Add” to add MyHerd.org to the compatibility list.
  4. Mac (Apple) — Download and install Google Chrome and then log into MyHerd.org.
Contact AHA for more information. If interested, request a current dam inventory. Complete the inventory form for all cows and breeding-age females expected to calve in the upcoming calving season. For each animal inventoried, assign a herd ID and list its registration number, name and the date calved. Designate each female as either fall or spring calving. Mail completed inventory form to the AHA and retain a copy for your records. You may also update your herd inventory using MyHerd.org or a compatible herd management software system.
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