The American Hereford Association (AHA) has positioned itself to incorporate genomic technology and to discover the genomic markers that are economically relevant to the Hereford breed.

Sept. 19-20 the AHA hosted a media event sharing information about Hereford genomics, Hereford research projects and the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP). The highlight of the event was touring one of the NRSP test sites, Olsen Ranch, Harrisburg, Neb.

During the tour, AHA’s chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, Jack Ward, explained the organization has taken a proactive approach testing and validating the tools available, ensuring a Hereford genomic product that is reliable and useful to AHA members when it is released.