The Native Hereford is:
The Female Tribes:
Female Tribes of the bulls in AI with relatives no longer living .
The Club is very fortunate in the resevoir of semen still available from the last forty years of breeding. It is available from both the AI companies of England and Wales, and those of Ireland. This has enabled us to retain a depth of variation in our genetic resources that many of the other native breeds in our situation do not have.
Some of the bulls, as you would expect, come from many of the tribes that are still left within the herd, fortunately however, some come from tribes that are no longer available to us. It is also true that many of the bulls we are currently able to use have long since died, some for nearly the length of time of living memory. It is therefore difficult to make a visual assessment of either the bull or their orginal progeny. However, it may be said if they were used during that period and that use was widespread, then they deserve the merit of looking into their qualities and faults. It should also be pointed out that many of the earlier bulls were purchased by the AI companies as "Crossing" bulls for the production of calves fit for fattening from the dairy herds of their day. This does not preclude they could not be bulls of merit in the pure situation, merely that they were purchased for the aforementioned purpose.
The Society's attitude
to AI also led to only a few being used in the early days for the
breeding of pure animals. The heavy tax on the use of AI bulls helped
to keep the use of natural service to the fore, and the use of natural
service bulls as a "Sweep" to cover cattle that were having
difficulty conceiving to AI, meant that many of these bulls had a
that was not really deserved. Today some of these old bulls are showing
merit in their use on pure breed cattle. It should also be worth
mentioning that a bull like the one illustrated above, (Westwood
Postman, click on the photo to get a better look at him), was
a Royal Show Champion, others include the two later Free Town bulls,
The semen today comes from three sources: the AI companies that originally owned many of the bulls; the individuals who either collected semen from their own bull or purchased the semen from AI companies; or from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, who set up a reserve bank for the preservation of the genetic diversity of the breed of cattle being conserved. Semen can be purchased in the normal manner from the first two. To obtain semen from the RBST however, is slightly more complicated. Eight bulls are on an open basis, but for the remainder you have to put together a case, to be presented to the RBST, for the use of semen from their reserve bank.
To scan the list of bull's semen available please click on the picture of Heritage Postman, in the column on your left. If you wish any other information then do not hesitate to contact us through the contact page on this site and we will endeavour to answer your queries.