McCraine named AZ Cattleman of 2005

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Mar 14, 2005
by WLJ
Arizona cattleman, Swayze McCraine of Prescott was named 2005 Cattleman of the Year by the Arizona Hereford Association at ceremonies opening the organization’s 31st annual bull sale during Cattlemen’s weekend.
McCraine, raised in Baton Rouge, LA, and a Louisiana State University animal science degree graduate, worked for Great Plains Western Corporation a mutli-faceted company with ranches in six states. He became vice president in five years. In 1978 he took over his family’s ranching operation in Mississippi, raising registered Brangus and commercial cattle. Six years later he moved to Prescott to be involved with his wife’s family ranch.
In 1986 the Arizona Hereford Association asked McCraine to manage its annual bull sale. He was instrumental in adding a ranch horse sale to the bull sale, and in 1988 he and Richard Smyer of the Prescott Livestock Auction put on the first Prescott All Breed Sale. McCraine’s vision turned it all into Cattlemen’s Weekend 14 years ago. It has become northern Arizona’s largest livestock event.
McCraine and his wife Kathy own and operate Camp Wood Cattle Company at Prescott and raise commercial cattle and quarter horses. — WLJ