Mark Hannan figured out a long time ago that closely bred cattle give more consistent performance.
He learned that from the extensive use of Jersey dairy cattle in his east-Texas dairy.
Nine years ago Hannan began scouring the nation for the few remaining strains of linebred beef cattle. He bought the best representative groups he could and started his own linebred herds, an operation he calls Happy Cattle Company, just south of Canton, Texas.
One of the lines he brought home is a group of Trask Polled Herefords, once propagated by South Carolinian Neil Trask. These are the cattle which people so far are most likely to buy from him as seedstock, Hannan says.
However, that's not all the old-line seedstock he collected.
Hannan also put together herds of these origins:
Jim Lents's pure Anxiety IV horned Herefords.
Outcross herds of Anxiety IV horned Herefords from the Boyd Korb family (Louise and Sandra) at Burr Oak, Kansas, from Jane and Mike Deewall at Coldwater, Kansas, Richard Day at Sulphur, Oklahoma, and from Roy Largent at Fort Davis, Texas.
Straightbred Line One Herefords from the Miles City, Montana, research station.
Straight-bred Victor Herefords from Dogwood Farms in Kentucky and Crooked Lake Ranch in Florida.
The Kuhlman line of Polled Herefords from Nebraska, which descended from a crossbreeding by Ernie Kuhlman's grandfather, Henry, who bred polled stock with infusions of Anxiety IV blood to increase muscling and thickness.