BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year named

May 8, 2009
by WLJ
BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year named

Harrell Hereford Ranch was honored with the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Seedstock Producer of the Year Award during the 2009 BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium May 2. Outstanding seedstock operations in the U.S. and Canada have been awarded this honor annually since 1972. Harrell Hereford Ranch, located near Baker City, OR, is a diversified family operation. It incorporates six ranches, 300 registered Hereford cows, 400 Black Baldy commercial cows, an 800-head backgrounding feedlot and 45 Quarter Horse broodmares.

The Harrells’ operation consists of Bob Jr., his wife Becky; daughter Lexie; and his mother, Edna, as well as sister and brother-in-law Beth and Wannie Mackenzie, who are also partners in the Harrell-Mackenzie Quarter Horse operation.

The cattle run on 8,000 acres of high-desert native range and 3,000 acres of irrigated tillable acres on which alfalfa and meadow hay, pasture, corn silage, earlage and small grains are raised.

The Harrell herd has been enrolled in performance testing since its inception in 1970, and for more than 39 years the goal has been to produce performance cattle that work under a variety of management systems and branded beef programs. The calving season is matched to the environment and the need to market yearling bulls at a desirable age and weight.

The Harrell family is also involved in programs designed to improve Hereford genetics and grow market share for Hereford beef, while promoting sustainable management practices for their customers and their families.

The Harrells hosted their 30th annual production sale this spring, offering more than 120 bulls, 40 females and 25 Quarter Horses. — WLJ