The American Hereford Association (AHA) recently rolled out the red carpet to honor families who have stood the test of time and are dedicated to the Hereford breed. Golden and Century honorees have been breeding registered Hereford cattle for more than 50 and 100 years. Honorees, family and friends were treated to an open house and reception at the AHA headquarters on Oct. 24 and were recognized at the AHA Annual Membership meeting on Oct. 25 in Kansas City.

More than 400 Hereford families were honored as either an American Hereford Association Golden or Century Award Recipient. Each honoree has maintained an interest in the Hereford breed from 50 to 100 years and continues to remain active within the association.

"The Hereford cattle, and the families who believe in them, have been an influential part of the development of the beef industry and especially the Hereford breed," said Jack Ward, American Hereford Association's Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement. "The Golden and Century Awards represent a tremendous milestone that very few families who are involved in production agriculture rarely see and we commend the dedication and longevity of these families. "

The American Hereford Association is the second largest purebred beef registry in the nation with 10,474 members and 68,826 head of cattle registered in the 2003-2004 fiscal year. For more information about the Hereford breed and the American Hereford Association visit www.hereford.org.

To receive a complete listing of century and golden award winners please contact Amy Cowan at acowan@hereford.org or Jack Ward at jward@hereford.org.

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