Performance Line One Cattle for the Working Cattle Rancher Since 1979

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Johansen Herefords knows that behind every great bull is a great mother. Their herd is founded on high producing, good uddered, great milking females. The herd has a strict culling program for our producing females. They are selected based on performance, fertility, structure, do-ability, and milk. The cow herd is a product of over 37 years of selection for these traits. 

The Heterosis Advantage!

For the commercial operation, the advantages of crossbreeding have been proven and tested over time.  The results have been document to show that if properly planned and implemented, the impacts can substantially increase the net return.  The research shows that F1 cows can result in a 6% higher calving rate, 4% higher calf survival rate, 8% increase in efficiency, 38% increase in longevity, and 25% increase in lifetime productivity.  It is important 

Carlson Herefords.  Our outcross bulls in the past (20 to 30+ years ago) were Carpenter-Williams and Canadian-bred Malgrems and Strang Herefords.  This combination of breeding has created females that will endure and create a high performing, predictable calf that will add dollars to your bottom line.

to understand that optimal use of a crossbreeding program requires thoughtful selection of complimentary breeds.  With our tight breeding program, our herd averages over a 20% inbreeding coefficient.  This inbreeding coefficient may depress the purebred animal for performance, but it will add an extra punch of heterosis to the commercial buyer who uses our bulls.  The calves out of Johansen Hereford bulls will produce a more predictable and a higher performing calf. In fact, the heterosis gained by the commercial breeder using our Line One bulls is comparable to that of crossbreeding between two breeds.  The bottom line is that using our bulls in your commercial program will not only improve your calf crop by gaining the positive traits from the Hereford breed, but also those gained by using our Line One genetics.

Herd Sires

In 40 years of the purebred Hereford business, Johansen Herefords has focused on high performance herd sires to improve growth and EPD's.  The herd bull selection process has been focused on creating a female that has the predictability, vigor, durability, and longevity to strengthen purebred and commercial herds.  Our Line One bulls have been purchased from Holden Herefords, Cooper Herefords, Baker Herefords, Ft. Keogh, Rock Creek Herefords, and

Our Program  

Our herd consists of 130 registered Hereford females.  The program began in 1979 with an emphasis on PERFORMANCE and PREDICTIBILITY.  Since the beginning, the base herd has been Line-One bred from the Miles City Range Station and Cooper and Holden blood lines.  It has been proven over time that these genetics are superior for our environment.  Our program has maintained this closed line breeding for the past twenty years which has enabled us to focus on trait selection and performance testing.  This has helped us create a more consistent and uniform product.  Our goal is to continue to improve and strive to create the perfect female.  This can be achieved by a rigorous culling program that focuses on soundness, fertility, longevity, udder quality, easy fleshing, and overall phenotype.  We  want to create a female that will hold up in our harsh environment and in turn, hold up in any environment while bringing home a calf that performs well on the rail and the scale.

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