The Australian Hereford Society and the Australian Poll Hereford Society NOW Hereford Australia Limited or “HAL” www.herefordsaustralia.com.au/ now place the identifier against any Hereford that has Miniature Genetics in its Pedigree. This is done for the majority of the HAL Members, so that they don’t accidentally introduce Miniature Hereford genetics into their breeding program. The AMHCA is duplicating the same principle in its certification procedure of Miniature Herefords, only the other way around, as it is essential to keep our Miniature lines as pure as possible and free of the large Hereford genetics.
The MH or MP identifier DOES NOT mean the animal is automatically classed as a Miniature Hereford. Once you have the registration certificate issued by HAL, this certificate (or copy) is then to be forwarded to the AMHCA, so that the AMHCA can verify (based on genetic lines) that the animal is a Miniature Hereford. A provisional certificate will then be issued if the animal passes. When the height measurements are submitted after the animal turns 2 years and they meet the height requirements, full certification will occur. The AMHCA will only consider verifying that a Hereford is a Miniature Hereford if you are a member of the AMHCA.
To be eligible for CERTIFICATION by Australian Miniature Hereford Cattle Association an animal must be registered with HAL and must be:
Grading up to achieve purebred status as a Miniature Hereford is permitted if using Herefords registered with Herefords Australia Ltd . These animals will be called “purebred” Miniature Herefords as per the following chart.
For Example a HAL registered Hereford Cow crossed with a Certified Miniature Hereford Bull would result in a Grade 1 ( 50%) Hereford calf, and so forth.