The Hereford brand can be
traced back to 1627.
The first Herefords were
imported in 1817 to the USA .
The English Herd book was
opened in 1846. It contained the pedigrees of 551 bulls.
In 1878 the English Herd book
Society was founded and seven years later the Herd book
closed to all animals whose sires and dams had not already
1892: The first 2 Hereford
bulls were imported from England to South Africa.
1901: George Moorcroft
imported the Hereford bull, Southern Cross and 14 female
animals to South Africa.
1902: James Gray from
Waverley, Ceres Road, Cape Province, imported a bull “Rufus”
and two cows Abigail and Dolly
1903: Sir Abe Bailey and Mr
GW Young acquired large numbers and must be considered the
founders of the breed in South Africa.
1903: Die Transvaal
Government imported 27 cows and 4 bulls shortly there after.
The herd was established at the Potchefstroom College of
1910: Importation of large
numbers of animals proved a big factor in establishing the
Hereford in South Africa before Union.
1917: The Hereford Society of
Southern Africa was established on 6 April 1917 at the
Witwatersrand’s show with Sir John Ray as President. The
Constitution was accepted 5 months later on 6 September.
1906 – 1917: Herefords were
recorded by South African Stud Book, and the First Volume
includes the pedigrees of the earliest importations.
1925: S.L. Moorcroft,
Klipkraal, Cape Province is listed as a founder member in
the Hereford Herd book Volume 1.
1927: Two polled Hereford
bulls (Pisidove and Priam) and one cow Perfection Gem 2nd)
were imported by Major WE Heydeman, Thornby, and Harley,
Southern Rhodesia from America.
1945: Charles Eustace started
the Arbor Hereford Stud in Underberg KZN. The oldest
existing stud in South Africa.
1948: Jaros Investment
started the Vicedale Hereford Stud, which became the largest
Hereford stud in the world under Jarrosson Estates, with
more than 2000 registered cows. It was also one of the
largest registered herds of all breeds in the world.
1951: First World Hereford
conference meeting in England.
1956: Second World Hereford
conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1957: Herefords moved to the
top of the list of global beef cattle exports issued by die
Livestock Export Group and covering the six months ended
30th June. They exported 116 head, 26 more than the Beef
Shorthorn at 90, and nearly double the Aberdeen Angus
figures of 63. Of the 116 head, 63 were exported to
Australia, 31 to Israel, a sub-tropical country which has
shown a marked preference for the breed, eight to the USA,
six to Argentina, and three to South Africa.
1959: Vicedale Herefords was
the first SA Hereford herd and part of 5 breeds to start
official performance testing by the department of
Agricultural in Irene.
1959: durend the end of the
1950’s and the early 1960’s >120 bulls were exported to CBC
Botswana from Jarrosson Estates as well as the first
Hereford cattle of the Bromfield herd to Namibia.
1960: 3rd World Hereford
Conference in Kansas City, United States.
1961: The bull growth test
station at Irene were opend with a Hereford bull as
demonstration animals and were finance by Vleissentraal.
1961 Syferpan Kismet 9th is
the first Hereford to win the Gold Cup at the Rand Show.
Syferpan Herefords went on to win 40 interbreed
Championships in SA.
1961 Vicedale Magnus Grand
Champion of all Breeds Kimberley and Vryburg Show
1963 Syferpan Kismet 25th
belonging to Tim Henderson is the first Polled Hereford Bull
to win a major Championship at the Natal Royal Show.
1963: Vicedale Magnus of the
Jarrosson Estate, Vryburg were the champion of his breed as
well as the Grand Champion beef breed bull at the
1964: 39 Hereford animals
1964: 4th World Hereford
Conference, Dublin, Ireland
Tot 1964: AS Ruffel with Ms
Anderson as secretary
1964 – 1967 : Erny Viljoen as
1965: Lukanji Kismet gold cup
1965: Grand champion beef
bull at Windhoek “Syferpan Grenadier” belonging to AW
1965: The North West Hereford
club were established in Kimberley.
1965: Rand Easter Show,
Australian judge Mr RS Wilson. National Champion cow Holpan
AB Johanna II of WH Hambly and son. National Champion bull,
Brocket Uranium of Murray Campbell.
1965: 95 Hereford animals
were imported to South Africa.
1967: SA Hereford Society
celebrates their 50th anniversary.
1967: GJ van der Heever won
the gold cup at Bloemfontein show with the bull Syferpan
1968 – 5th World Hereford
Conference – Australia
1968: National Championship
Bloemfontein. Grand Champion bull Haven Unique of SL
Moorcroft and Sons. Supreme Champion cow/heifer Syferpan
Caroline R22 of SL Moorcroft and Sons.
1968: Syferpan Wellington
wins the first of 3 consecutive Interbreed Championships at
the Vryburg Show.
1968: The bull Crickley
Barrow Destiny was imported by Coloniesplaats Stud. He was
the first Hereford bull to be awarded the Breed Society
certificate of Golden Seal Award. Destiny was a prolific
sire especially in the 1970’s, due to his consistency in
breeding superb milking qualities in his daughters.
1968: Syferpan Unity 2nd bred
by SL Moorcroft & Sons sold to AJ Hillhouse for a SA record
price of R3 500-00
1968: Rose Moorcroft
receiving the Lowell-Price Trophy from the Prime Minister
the Hon. Mr John Vorster.
Until the 1970’s mainly live
animals were imported and there after semen and embryos were
imported out of a worldwide gene pool of which South African
members could make fast progress.
1969: Establishment of the
North West Hereford Club house in Vryburg on the show
grounds with Hans Köster as first President.
1969: GJ van der Heever won
the gold cup at Vryburg (Syferpan Wellington) and Port
Elizabeth (best pair).
1969: Rand Easter Show - The
Chamber of Mines Gold cup for the Supreme Champion Pedigree
Beef animal on the Show – Wilock Tommy of AP Olivier.
1969: Sarn Lavish (imported)
of Vicedale Herefords won the interbreed gold cup in
1970: Wenlock Julius of DJ
Louw won the Gold cup in Kimberley.
1970: Rand Easter Show,
National Championship. Grand Champion bull Willowgrove
Advocate of Estate Late Leon Jacobson. Grand champion
cow/heifer Willowgrove Tiara 3rd of Estate Late Leon
1970: Ward Gant of Sydney on
Vaal imported Herefords to South Africa from the USA.
1970: The Hereford breed was
the second largest breed in SA after the Afrikaner breed
10 000 cows.
1971: Syferpan Woodcock
winner of the Super Beef Champion Chamber of Mines Gold Cup
at the Rand Easter show.
1971 – 1977: John van Breda
1972: - Coloniesplaats showed
the Beef Interbreed champion with CP Cowslip 5 at the Rand
1972: Society consist out of
1972: 6th World Hereford
Conference. WHC delegates and Technical advisor Tim
Henderson and Arthur Hambly from SA.
1972: World Hereford
Conference National Championships at the Rand Easter show.
450 Hereford cattle took part in a parade at the
Johannesburg Witwatersrand show. The judge was Mr Archie
Black from Zimbabwe.
1972: The Society received a
silver ship from the Portugal Hereford Society as token of
friendship and gratitude for constant support and
1972: Gold Cup winner at
Kimberley DA Masterson with Syferpan Zero. Judged by Mr
1972: Some 50 head of
Hereford females were donated to Onderstepoort for research
work to be reported back to the 1972 Conference, and later
to the next one.
1972: Coloniesplaats Cowslip
5 Gold cup winner at the Rand show.
1973: The second bul growth
test station in SA was opened in Armoedsvlakte, Vryburg, and
was financed by Vleissentraal.
1973: Studdolph Valour of DJ
Louw won the gold cup at Kimberley and Bloemfontein
1973: Syferpan Armstrong of
Mr and Mrs Oertel won the gold cup at Vryburg.
1973: Hans-Richard Köster
judge in Engeland as first and only South African at the
yearly bul sale with more than 400 bull entries.
1974: Gold cup winner
Rowington Festival at Queenstown show.
1975 Syferpan Eina wins SA
Junior Champion Bull, followed by Selling for the SA Record
price in 1977.
1976: 7th World Hereford
Conference was held in Canada. Delegates Derek Vincent and
Hans-Richard Koster in Canada Adviser Coborough
1977: With the independence
of Zimbabwe the Society had to pay off a 1/3 of the female
animal figures to the Zimbabwe Hereford Association.
1977: 23 cows were donated by
various Hereford breeders in August to the University of the
Free State’s Agricultural department.
1977: Four Hereford bulls
were dontated by Vicedale Herefords in December to at that
time the hometown of Bophutatswana duing their independence
1977: Production recording
was compulsory for the Herefords.
1977 – 1980 W.J.le Roux as
1978: The Hereford Annual
meeting decide to allow the importation of bull semen and
1978: Nico Louw receiving the
Gold Cup for the Supreme Champion Beef animal at Kimberley
Show with his bull Dikstuk Viceroy.
1979: Coloniesplaats showed
the Beef Interbreed champion with CP Nimrod at the Rand
1979: Gold cup winner for the
best beef animal on the show – Manhoek Entity 7de of Manhoek
Hereford Stud at Kimberley
1979: Coloniesplaats Nimrod
Runner up Gold cup Rand Show
1980: 8th World Hereford
Conference was held in Uruguay. Delegates Dirk Louw and
Hans-Richard Koster in Uruguay –Adviser Raymond Naude
1980: Rand Easter Show
National Championship. Grand Champion bull Coloniesplaats
Norfolk of AA Kingwill & Sons, Grand Champion cow/heifers
Kanhym Bella H76 of Kanhym Estates. Judge Walter Romay from
1980: Syferpan Kismet ’77 won
the gold cup at Vryburg.
1980- 1982 M.C. Greyling was
1981: Coloniesplaats showed
the Beef Interbreed champion with CP Pembroke at the Rand
1981: Wardent SR Mark won the
3th Production recording class on the Pretoria Show.
1982 – 1992 C.P. Groenewald
was the Director.
1983: Wardent Oberholzer 0122
of the Wardent Hereford stud won the Production recording
class at the Pretoria Show.
1983: SA Championship in
Bloemfontein with judge Mr John S Hay from Canada. Grand
Champion bull Windimuir 560 LAD 23L of Kanhym Estates. Grand
Champion cow/heifer, Carrickmoor L32 of JW Philips.
1983: Hendrik Joubert won a
Toyota SR 5 bakkie for his Junior Champion heifer,
Sanniesguns Ida 028 at the National Championship
1983: Clubhouse at the RAS
was built in 1983...on the instigation of Dave Lamb, Pat
Eustace's brother-in-law, who along with other people and
institutions made generous donations towards it's
construction. The first meeting in the Clubhouse was held on
10/05/1983. Prior to that meetings were held in the
Conference Room at the RAS. Many meetings have also been
held on members' farms giving an opportunity to view the
1984: 9th World Hereford
Conference was held in New Zealand. Delegates Hans-Richard
Koster and Jimmy Basson in New Zealand with Chris Groenewald
1985: Sanniesguns won a
Toyota bakkie for the most points at the OFS Hereford
Provincial Championship in Kroonstad.
1986: National Championship
Show Pietermaritzburg: Judge - Gene Wiese from the USA.
Premier breeder - Sanniesguns Hereford, Champion bull
Klondike Sundance. Champion cow: Vicedale JRS2.
1986: Best Production tested
bull at the Royal show Vicedale Klondike R45
1987: Coloniesplaats showed
the Beef Interbreed champion with CP Domino 403 at the Rand
1987: Vicedale Herefords won
a Ford Bakkie for the most points in the Hereford Provincial
Championships at Kroonstad show.
1987: Sanniesguns won an
Isuzu bakkie for the breeder with the most points at the
“Kaaplandse” Hereford Nationale championships in Queenstown.
1988: Syferpan Warfield wins
the interbreed Championship at the Border Show followed by
selling for the SA Record price at the BAS Bull sale.
1988: New record price for
bull Syferpan Warfield of SL Moorcroft and Sons, sold for
R36 500 to Piet Louwrens, Smit Brothers and John Park.
1988: 9th World Hereford
Conference. Delegates Hans-Richard Koster and Jimmy Basson
in Spain with Chris Groenewald technical adviser
1989: National Championship
at the Rand show with judge Dr. Bill Jacobs from the USA.
Premier breeder: Sanniesguns Herefords. Grand Champion bull
Sanniesguns Watchit W57 and the Grand Champion cow/heifer
Sanniesguns IDA W33 both from Sanniesguns Boerdery.
1989: Farmers Weekly award
for the Elite Platinum cow Vicedale L124 - 9 calves and an
ICP of 359, 205 days – 245, wean index of 115.
1991: Society consist out of
1991 Syferpan Augustus Caesar
wins the Interbreed Championship at the Border Show.
1992: 10th World Hereford
Conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa. Delegates
Hans-Richard Koster and Jimmy Basson.
1992: 450 Hereford cattle
were shown on parade during the World Hereford Conference
1992: National World Hereford
Conference show: Judge of the bulls – Roger Hahn from
Australia – Grand champion bull: SGH Z48 of Sanniesguns
Boerdery. Judge of the female animals - Whip Donaldson from
Canada. Grand champion cow/heifer JWPZ Z23. Judge of the
group classes was Prof Frans Swanepoel. Premier Breeder:
1992: BM Topclass of PP Mong
Trust won the Production recording class at the Pretoria
1992 – 1995: Stefan van Wyk
was the Manager.
1993: Z34 Emba Gracious Gift
of Barend and Emce Wessels won the gold cup at the
Bloemfontein Meat cattle interbreed show.
1994 Syferpan Delarey wins
the interbreed Championship at the BAS and sells for the SA
Record price at the BAS Bull sale. Buyer: PA (Piet) Louwrens,
Malina Herefords for R43000
1996: National Championship
at the Rand Easter Show with jurges David Worrall and Piet
Rossouw: Emba Barend’s Pride C24 won as Senior and Grand
Champion bull. Grand Champion cow/heifer was CJM D5 Mouton
Viola. Premier Breeder: Sanniesguns Herefords.
1996: 11th World Hereford
Conference was held at Colorado State University, Denver,
Colorado, USA. Delegates Hans-Richard Koster and Jimmy
Basson in America with Heiko Koster (technical adviser)
1996: Heide Köster as first
personality of the year.
1997: Personality of the year
1998: Personality of the year
1998: Moorcroft Hereford
Centennial Year celebrated by the Moorcroft Family in
1999: National Championship
in Bloemfontein. Judge Alistair Smith from Zimbabwe. Grand
Champion bull Locheim Charm Uppermclass 97 WDW9721 of
Locheim Stud. Grand Champion cow/heifer Carrickmoor Barbara
JWPG7 of JW Phillips. Premier Breeder: Sanniesguns
2000: Russell Clark was the
National winner of the ARC-ABSA Beef production herd of the
2000: Personality of the year
2001: Locheim Catchit WDW9851
was exported to Tristan da Cunha. The bull was loaded at
Table Bay’s harbour and after a cruise of 10 days reach his
destination. Tristan da Cuncha consists out of four volcanic
islands - Tristan the only one with residents, and Gouch
(were South Africa had a weather station), Inaccessible and
2001: Personality of the year
2002: 12th World Hereford
Conference was held in Argentina.
2002: Hereford National
Championship is held in Bloemfontein. Supreme Champion
Sanniesguns Stockman M115. Supreme Champion cow/heifer
SGH9866. Judge Allistair Smith Zimbabwe
2002: Sanniesguns Suzette
9866 won the Gold Cup at Bloemfontein show.
2002: Personality of the year
2002: Sanniesguns Stockman
M115 was sold for a record price of R82 500 by Sanniesguns
Boerdery to Louis van der Watt.
2003: The Society consist out
of 102 members.
2003: Syferpan Lomu wins the
interbreed Championship at the BAS and later is exported to
Namibia where he was a successful sire at Otongovi
2004: 13th World Hereford
Conference was held in Armidale, Australia
2004: Russell Clark won for
the 8th time in a row the Eastern Cape ARC Beef herd of the
2004: The Landbouweekblad/Breedplan
class breeding bull of the year was awarded to P.M. Brown at
the Hereford Royal show.
Cow group of the year was awarded to Gerrit Kruger
2004: White face Hereford
project was announced at Vryburg show.
2004: Personality of the year
2005: National Championships
at Moorreesburg with judge Mr Graham Day from Australia.
Grand Champion bul Locheim Prime Stock WDW 0223 and Grand
Champion cow/heifer Locheim Miss Duvet WDW 0204 both from
Locheim Herefords. Premier Breeder: Locheim Herefords.
2005: Personality of the year
2006: Herefords receive the
award for the breed with the best ICP for the 3th year in a
row from SA Stud Book.
2006: ROS0419 Southern Africa
breeding bull of the year of Piet Rossouw.
2007: ROS0419 Southern Africa
Breeding bull of the year of Piet Rossouw.
2008: National Championship
at Vryburg with judge Bruce Robertson from Nieu Zealand.
Senior and Grand Champion bull Locheim Carol WDW 050009, as
well as the Gold cup winner in the Supreme champion beef
cattle class. Grand Champion cow/heifer BMH 060022 from PP
Mong Trust. Premier Breeder: Locheim Herefords.
2008: ZK 6018 Beefmaker, the
junior and reserve National grand champion bull, also became
the Phase C and Junior Interbreed Champion at the Vryburg
2008: 15th World Hereford
Conference was held in Copenhagen.
2009: Locheim Markwart
WDW0688 was sold for a SA record price of R360 000 to
2009: Personality of the year
2010: Zuikerkop Candymaker
ZK0533 was award the ABSA Gold cup (Supreme Champion) at the
interbreed beef class in Bloemfontein.
2010: Personality of the year
2011: National Champion at
Royal show with Judge Dr Cliff Lamb from Florida, USA for
the individual class judging, and Kevin Miles from South
Africa for the group class judging. Grand Champion bull, as
well as Supreme champion bull and beef interbreed winner at
the Royal show WDW0841 from Locheim Stud. Grand champion
cow/heifer BMH 060022 of PP Mong Trust Premier Breeder:
2011: WDW09-50 of Locheim
Stud was award the Southern Africa breeding bull of the
2011: ZK08049 of Dr CW
Scholtz won the interbreed face C production recording class
at the Royal Show.
2011: Bull of the year WDW02
23 of Locheim Stud.
2011: Cow of the year BMH0622
of PP Mong Trust.
2011: Personality of the year
Esté Köster from Vicedale Herefords.
2012: 16th World Hereford
Conference was held in Canada
2013: Dr CW Scholtz won the
SA Stud Book Elite Vleissentraal bull growth test.
2014: National Championship
at Bloemfontein with Judge Ian Galloway from Australia.
Grand champion bull WDW12-53, grand champion cow/heifer WDW
12-37 both from the Locheim Stud. Premier Breeder: PP Mong
2013: Bull of the year
HVR090017, Hoekland Herefords, Harley van Rhyn.
2013: Cow of the year
KRM040012, RT Clark
2013: Personality of the year
Willem de Waal
2014: Bull of the year
WDW080082, Vicedale Herefords
2015 - The ICP of Herefords
was the lowest of all breeds > 1000 animals registered at SA
Stud Book over the past 12 years. Source: (2011 - 2015 Stud
Book reports) (2010 - 2004 ARC)
2016: Bull of the year
WDW120053, Vicedale Herefords
2016: Cow of the year
WG060012, Wilkloof Boerdery
2016: Personality of the year
2016: 17th World Hereford
Conference was held in Uruguay in April. Delegates Dr Hinner
Köster and Bertus Mong. Technical Advisor Prof Esté van
2016: Locheim Best Performer
WDW 120053 exhibited by Vicedale Hereford won Hereford
Champion of Asia/Africa, and qualify for the World Hereford
Champion contest at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in
Texas, USA. He was also the regional winner of the
2017: Society consist out of
2017: WDW00710 of Vicedale
Herefords won the Farmers Weekly Elite Platinum cow award.
2017: 100 year celebration of
the SA Hereford Society.
2017: Bull of the year
ZK1388, Dr CW Scholtz
2017: Cow of the year
SLM03014, SL Moorcroft and Sons
2017: National Championship
to take place in September in Moorreesburg at the Swartland
show with Judge Jack Ward.
2017: Ewald Köhne personality
of the year