Gills honored as 2009 Pioneer Breeder of the Year
Larry and Janet Gill and family, Gill Red Angus, of Timber Lake, SD, were honored at the National Red Angus Convention in Mahnomen, MN, Sept. 16-19.
Chad Pederson, Firesteel, SD, neighbor and fellow Red Angus breeder, presented the Gills with the award.
The Gills purchased their first Red Angus cattle from the Enid School Dispersion in Oklahoma in 1979. They also purchased cattle in Wyoming and Montana for their initial herd investment.
Over the past 30 years, Gill Red Angus grew and became established as a reputable seedstock source. As the number of registered Red Angus expanded, the Gills began phasing out their commercial operation, allowing them more time to focus on raising quality bulls and elite females. Their program is backed by sound cattle selection and strict culling practices.
“Gills’ dedication to customer service and tireless promotion of Red Angus cattle set the bar high for fellow Red Angus breeders,” said Pederson. Gills strive to be on the seats when their customers’ calves sell, buying for themselves and other feeders. They are confident Gill-sired calves perform well in the feedlot and on the rail and have their customers’ data to back it up.
“Because of their love of Red Angus cattle, the Gills are some of the strongest advocates for the Red Angus breed,” added Pederson.
Gills have generously volunteered their time. Previously, Larry served as president of the South Dakota Red Angus Association and also represented South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota on the national board as the District 5 Northern Plains director.
Larry and Janet raised four sons who play essential roles in the multi-generation ranching operation— Kenny and his wife, Laura; Brett and his wife, Emily; and Bryan and his wife, Kristen, and their two sons, Holden and Hudson. Son Lyle and his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Christian and Nicholas, live in New Jersey where Lyle plays an equally important mission serving in the U.S. Air Force. — WLJ