About the SOPHA


Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association

The Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association was established in 1972 by a group of polled hereford breeders in southeast Ohio, with its headquarters in Monroe County. Its membership came from the counties of Monroe, Belmont, Noble, Washington, and Guernsey in Ohio, and the counties of Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler in West Virginia. SOPHA has since opened its membership to anyone interested in polled hereford cattle.

The purpose of the association includes breeding better polled herefords, extending the influence of polled herefords, creating and improving marketing opportunities for polled herefords, and cooperation with and participation in the activities of the Buckeye Hereford Association, West Virginia Polled Hereford Association, and American Hereford Association.

Currently, SOPHA provides its members with an educational opportunity each March by conducting a seminar based on some aspect of beef production. Our annual sale is held on the second Friday in May at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds, Old Washington, Ohio. A show for junior exhibitors is held on the third Sunday in June at the Noble County Fairgrounds, Caldwell, Ohio. The SOPHA district show, open to all members, is held in early September. The annual business meeting and banquet are held in mid-October. The association welcomes all interested persons to participate in any its activities. Please contact any officer or director for more information.

Become a Member

Join the Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association

SOPHA membership is open to anyone interested in polled hereford cattle. Membership dues are $20 per year.

SOPHA Anniversary

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

For 50 years, the Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association has worked to enhance the breeding better polled herefords. We have also worked to create and improve opportunities for our members to expand interest in the breed through meetings, sales, shows, and college scholarships.

2022 SOPHA Board Officers

2023 SOPHA
Board of Directors

Kaci Eddy
Debi Howard
Jud Love
Brenda Merry
Scott Moore
Tom Ostgaard

Bob Ullman
Keith Ullman
Andrea VanFleet
Travis West
Don Pollock, Director Emeritus