Registered animals will always be more valuable than unregistered stock, simply because of their known pedigree and genetic make-up.  Miniature Herefords are registered with the American Hereford Association (AHA), just like regular Hereford cattle.  You must be a member of the AHA in order to register calves.  For for more information, visit the American Hereford Association website.

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  1. I purchased a small herd of Miniature Herefords last year. It was a herd sell out due to health issues of the owners. They had been raising Miniature Herefords for twenty years. The herd originally came from all registered AHA stock, but the owners had a disagreement with AHA and thereafter just registered the cattle with the International Miniature Cattle Breeders Society. The disagreement was because AHA did not recognize Miniatures as miniature on their papers. After purchasing the herd, I contacted AHA about dual registering all the animals since they all went back to AHA stock and the girl I talked to was VERY RUDE and not helpful at all. I had it all figured out even if I had to register stock I didn’t have and she flat out got rude with me and said there was nothing she could do. Now I know other associations will let the stock be registered if all animals that go back to registered stock are also registered. SO what is AHA’s problem. I am not very happy about the whole situation. They are losing money over it but I guess they don’t care.

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble registering your animals with the AHA, but I think it is still worth your time to do. The other “registry” is not with an association but rather with an individual, so it will not be recognized when you try to sell your stock or show your cattle with organizations such as the National Western Stock Show in Denver or the Houston Livestock Show, etc. And as long as you can go back through the lineage of your animals and show they are all registered with the AHA, you should be able to do that. Hopefully you would receive friendlier treatment next time!

      Also, the AHA cannot differentiate Miniature Herefords from the other, regular Herefords on the registration, because it is dependent on the size of the individual animal – the genetics are otherwise the same. Unless they came out and actually measured your animal, they couldn’t guarantee it was a Miniature.

      Good luck!

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