Topline Purebred Herefords
Hereford Bulls For Sale
Ruakiwi Polled Herefords Ltd specializing in Top Quality Commercial Polled Hereford stock from Top line Purebred Bulls. Our Sale season starts from September every year. We at Ruakiwi Herefords strive to produce commercial Bulls that provide exceptional results for our clients. Our sire bulls are selected for their low birth weight and high growth rates. These traits are as important to us, as all herd replacements are mated as yearlings, as it is for those who are looking for highly profitable terminal sires for the dairy industry.
Equally important to us is temperament and good health, all bulls sold are Bud tested and fully vaccinated including Lepto.
Ruakiwi Herefords are managed on medium hill country that overlooks the beautiful Raglan harbour. Our cows are set stocked with ewes for calving while heifers are more closely supervised to ensure good nutrition and other animal health requirements are met for these young cattle.
All male calves that fail to meet our required standards are steered and along with any female cattle that become deemed unsuitable for producing exceptional young bulls are finished as prime cattle.
We are proud of the results our efforts have produced to date but are always striving to improve and develop our Ruakiwi Hereford purebred stock.
Our 5500-acre farm is based in Waingaro, Waikato 50 km west in Hamilton. you can contact us via email for any query.
History of Polled Herefords
Polled Herefords represent the development of an idea – an idea spawned in the minds of a small number of Midwestern Hereford breeders in the late 1890s who realized that it was both possible and practical to develop “modern Herefords minus horns.”
These breeders were motivated by the promising prospect of developing Herefords with outstanding beef-producing characteristics, but with the added desirable trait of being naturally hornless. They planted the seed from which grew a new giant in the American and world beef cattle industry
The Polled Hereford of today is the result – a modern, practical breed of cattle that has experienced widespread acceptance and desirability.
Polled Herefords were developed from the horned Hereford breed which was founded in the mid-18th century by the farmers of Hereford County, England. Among the horned Herefords an occasional calf would be born which did not develop horns. This change from parents’ characteristics is known as a “mutation.” These cattle soon came to be called “polled,” which means naturally hornless.
Warren Gammon, a young Iowa Hereford breeder from Des Moines, originated Polled Herefords. He seized upon the idea of producing the hornless cattle after seeing some on exhibition at the Trans-Mississippi World Fair in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1898.
Three years later, Gammon established the Polled Hereford breed registry with 11 head of naturally hornless whiteface cattle he had located and purchased. These Herefords were registered in the American Hereford Association, but were not identified as to their polled characteristic. Therefore, Gammon formed the American Polled Hereford Cattle Club to maintain a separate record of purebred Polled Hereford registrations.
Thus, in 1901, the Polled Hereford breed came into being with 11 registrations on record. In 1907, the pioneer breeders of Polled Herefords incorporated their organization, with headquarters in the Gammon home in Des Moines. Gammon served as executive secretary until 1921.
Today the Polled Hereford registry is combined with the American Hereford Association.