Standard of Excellence

Braford cattle should have Brahman inheritance evident in their appearance, indicative of 1/4 – 3/4 Brahman characteristics. Brafords are docile but alert with males appearing masculine and females feminine.

Colour and markings

Braford colour with Hereford markings, brindling and excessive freckling are a disqualification.

Development size and weight

Better than average ‘weight for age’ essential.

Muscling

To be heavy and smooth, double muscling a disqualification.

Bone

Bone structure sound and free of hereditary defect including twisted nose and jaw, undershot twisted nose and jaw, undershot or overshot jaw crooked front legs, post hock or sickly hocks. Long sprung pasterns and cramped hocks undesirable

Action

Free and straight.

Coat

Short and sleek.

Skin

Loose and pliable.

Standard of Excellence
Backline

Strong and wide.

Brisket

Deep and wide not wasteful.

Dewlap

Loose.

Ears

Medium to large size either straight or drooped.

Eyes

Eyes well shielded, red pigmentation highly desirable.

Feet

Must stand up well on their feet to reflect good balance and correct bone structure.

Flank

Deep and not wasteful.

Forearm

Strong and meaty, elbows straight and not tucked in.

Haed

Forehead broad and full.

Heart Girth

Full and deep.

Hindquarters

Rump, long and full, with length between hip and pin bones, pin bones wide apart, quarters long, deep, full, muscular and slightly sloping.

Hips

Moderately wide, not prominent.

Horns

Polled or dehorned.

Hump

Desirable.

Legs

Legs of good bone and in proportion to the size of the beast, light bone undesirable, hind legs should be squarely placed.

Loin

Broad and strong back line. Hip moderately wide, not prominent, all well covered.

Muzzle

Broad, clean face with short hair desirable.

Neck

In proportion to size of body.

Nostrils

Nostrils large, black nose undesirable.

Pasterns

Not overly long

Rib cage.

Wide and well sprung from backbone, full behind the shoulders, deeply and smoothly covered with flesh.

Scrotum

Neat testicles, well proportion. Red pigmentation is desirable.

Sheath and navel

Bulls to be moderate in the sheath. Females to be large and roomy and show feminine characteristics and mothering ability. Excessive navel development is not acceptable. Sheath on bulls to be of moderate development, pendulous or excessive tightness a disqualification.

Shoulder blade

Blades covered, evenly set to ribs ensuring free action

Shoulders

Smooth and not prominent.

Tail brush

To be white. This hair type indicates coat type.

Tail

Tail set neatly between pin bones (high tail setting undesirable).

Thighs

Lower thigh well developed, twist full.

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