Heifer Evaluation and Reproduction Development (HERD) Program
The 13th annual 2017 Monroe County Heifer Evaluation and Reproduction Development or H.E.R.D. program sale was held May 6, 2017 where 77 bred heifers were sold for $115,625 for an average of $1502. Only heifers that the producers were willing to put into their own herds as replacements were selected. They measured all the traits important to reproductive improvement including pelvic area, reproductive tract scores, as well as traits important to farm safety like disposition. They were bred by A. I. to a high accuracy, calving ease bull, followed up with natural service to calving ease Angus bulls after A.I. These cattle were from consignors including Benny Bostick, Double F Farms, Wesley and Cody Ham, Jen-A-Rub Farm, Shadydale Farm, Sleepy Creek Farm, and S & S Farm.
Buyers had the opportunity to view the cattle the day before as well as the morning of the sale in paddocks set up at the farm. All heifers were guaranteed pregnant to calving ease Angus bulls.
Phil Ham, Monroe County Cattlemen's Association H.E.R.D. Sale Chairman, stated, "We have set a high standard for heifer quality and health management for heifers entering our H.E.R.D. breeding program."
The heifers were tested to be free of P.I.-BVD, receive all pertinent vaccinations, and are guaranteed pregnant.
The program is sponsored by the Monroe County Cattlemen's Association and the Monroe County Extension Service.