Father of Beefmaster recognized

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Sep 13, 2004
by WLJ
By Sarah L. Swenson
WLJ Associate Editor

The founder of the Beefmaster breed, Tom Lasater, is being honored for his significant contributions to agriculture and ranching by the Texas State Fair.
The Texas State Fair honors prominent individuals who have promoted and advanced agriculture by inducting them into the Texas Heritage Hall of Fame. The Lasater family was notified that the late Tom Lasater was selected as an inductee and they will receive the award in his honor on September 24th, the opening day of the Texas State Fair.
Tom Lasater was raised on a South Texas ranch and began managing his father's cattle in 1931. Lasater strived for excellent genetics and practical breeding. Through his experience, he came to realize that a three-way cross breeding system of Brahman, Hereford, and Shorthorn genetics produced superior cattle that suited their needs. Because of Lasater's efforts, USDA officially recognized this three-way cross breed as the Beefmaster breed in 1954.
Lasater continued to select for genetics that represented the distinct breed he developed. He continued to ranch in Matheson, CO, until his death in 2001.
The Texas Heritage Hall of Honor was established in 1992 to recognize and honor men and women who made outstanding contributions as farmers, ranchers, drovers, inventors, innovators, educators, authors, legislators, and preservationists. These people represent the timeless accomplishment that link nineteenth century trail drivers and cattle barons to modern day agriculture, according to the state fair board of directors who voted for the program.
The Lasater family will participate in the Opening Day parade at noon through downtown Dallas and be honored at the official ribbon cutting ceremony on the steps of the Hall of State at Fair Park.
Four other prominent Texans are being inducted this year—Othal Brand, a leading figure in the Texas vegetable industry; W.S. "Sude" Ikard, who introduced the Hereford breed to Texas; J. Roy Quinby, plant breeder and geneticist who developed a system to produce hybrid sorghum seed; and W. L. Stangel, charter member of the Texas Technology College in Lubbock and instrumental in developing several modern breeds of Texas livestock.
A total of 39 individuals have been recognized by the Texas Heritage Hall of Honor. Five individuals are inducted every two years. — WLJ