Borror named California Livestock Man of the Year

Apr 17, 2009
by WLJ
Borror named California Livestock Man of the Year

(l-r) California Livestock Man of the Year Bill Borror with silver tray presented by Tim Lindgren, and James Van Maren, special consultant for agriculture, California Chamber of Commerce, at the 2009 Cow Palace.

The California Livestock Man of the Year award was presented to William F. Borror of Tehama Angus Ranch, Gerber, CA, during the Jr. Grand National Livestock Show held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA. This prestigious honor has been presented by the California Chamber of Commerce since 1950 when A.T. Spencer was recognized. He developed the Romeldale breed of sheep, which became quite prominent in the U.S. in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Spencer owned the property that is now Tehama Angus Ranch. The barn where the first Romeldales were born still stands at the ranch headquarters.

This award recognizes Borror’s contributions to the genetic improvement of the Angus breed, plus outstanding service and leadership in California’s livestock industry and the business community at the local, state and federal levels. Tehama Angus Ranch has been recognized for having cattle meet Pathfinder status every year by the American Angus Association. Borror received the American Angus Heritage Foundation Award for his contributions to the Angus breed.

Borror has been president of the American Angus Association, with membership of 30,000, president of the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and later the international Beef Improvement Federation.

Tehama Angus Ranch has received the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association award and the Beef Improvement Federation Seedstock Producer of the Year awards. He received the Pedigreed Livestock Breeds Council award in 2008 for outstanding service to the industry.

Borror graduated from the University of California, Davis, and was recognized with the U.C. College of Agriculture & Environmental Science Award of Distinction. He has served as a member of the California State Board of Food & Agriculture for two terms.

In Tehama County, Borror has been a member and chairman of the Tehama County Board of Supervisors, serving two terms. He is also past president of the Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association and Man of the Year. He is past president of the Tehama County Farm Bureau.

His parents, Dale and Inez Borror, were Tehama County Farm-City Night Farmers of the Year, while Borror was the second generation recipient.

Son and daughter-inlaw Kevin and Linda were the third generation to receive this award. In his remarks, Borror paid tribute to his family for their unwavering support: His wife, Sandy. of 54 years, and sons, Kevin and Eric, and daughter-in-law, Linda, who now operate Tehama Angus Ranch; Their son, Aaron, and wife, Rebecca, who have a ranching operation in Oregon; His granddaughters, Callie and Rochelle, and grandson, Bryce, who will be graduating from Colorado State University next month, and will be returning to the ranch with the responsibility for carrying on the fourth generation at Tehama Angus Ranch.

He gave special recognition to his parents who encouraged him to enter a career in the purebred beef business as a 9-year-old when he purchased his first registered Angus cow. “When she dropped her first calf, a heifer, Dad met me coming home from school and said, son, you are now in the cow business,” he said. Fifteen years later, Dale turned the cow herd over to Bill. He paid special recognition to the University of California Extension Service, the Livestock Specialists and County Farm Advisors who played a significant role in helping along the way. Present for the reception and award ceremony were Dr. Jim Oltjen, Univeristy of California Cooperative Extension beef specialist, and Josh Davy, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa counties farm advisor. Tehama County was also the home of these former California Livestock Man of the Year recipients: Charles F. Stover, 1959; C. Roy Carmichael, 1968; Jack Owens, 1982; and Ellington Peek, 1993. — WLJ