Hereford Hall of Fame new inductees

Nov 13, 2009
by WLJ
Hereford Hall of Fame new inductees

Ken Bieber, Onida, SD, Jack Orr, Granby, CO, Frank Rodgers, Buhl, ID, and Tom Shaw, Caldwell, ID, were all inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in Kansas City, MO, during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting. The Hall of Fame honor annually recognizes breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed. Ken Bieber Ken Bieber’s father, JC Bieber, started raising registered Herefords in 1945. Ken married his wife, Bonnie, in 1959 and they joined in partnership with Ken’s father and brother, Jerry. In 1983, Jerry dispersed his herd, but Ken and Bonnie, along with their sons, Brooke and Kirk, and daughter, Brenda, continued under the name K&B Herefords. In 2005, Ken and Bonnie passed the operation to their sons and moved to Gettysburg, SD.

The Biebers have been using artificial insemination for more than 40 years and have been showing cattle at the National Western Stock Show since 1976. Through the years, they’ve had numerous champions on the Hill, as well as in the pen and carload shows.

K&B Herefords was honored with the South Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association Producer of the Year Award in 1992, and with the South Dakota Hereford Association Seedstock Producer of the Year Award in 2008.

Bonnie was a member and officer of the South Dakota Hereford Women’s Association and served as secretary of the American Hereford Women. Ken continues to serve on the South Dakota Hereford Association board of directors. They also support the state junior association and help with fundraisers, sales and other events.

Fellow South Dakota Hereford breeder Vern Rausch says, “Ken and Bonnie have not only been leaders in the showring, but also in performance testing, herd management, and in DNA testing to find genetic defects within the Hereford breed. The K&B prefix has been held in high regard on pedigrees for decades.”

Jack Orr Jack was raised on his family’s ranch near Kremmling, CO. Growing up, Jack was his maternal grandfather’s, Fred DeBerard’s, right-hand man and learned from him about all facets of ranching and raising champion purebred and commercial Herefords. Fred was previously inducted into the AHA Hall of Fame in 1979.

By the time Jack started high school, he was in charge of his family’s commercial herd. In 1953, Jack married Alta, and they raised three sons and a daughter while continuing to ranch with his granddad. In the mid-1960s, Jack, his father, Ted, and brother, Ted Jr., formed Orr Cattle Co. During the late 1960s and 1970s, the ranch exhibited numerous champion and reserve champion carloads of Hereford feeder steers and heifers at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and all other major shows including Phoenix, Chicago and Kansas City.

When Orr Cattle Co. dispersed, Jack and Alta purchased the Linke Ranch at Granby, CO, and the Eagles Nest Ranch east of Kersey, CO, and continued raising Herefords. Jack’s accomplishments in the showring started when he was managing his grandfather’s cattle in 1956 and continued with his own cattle.

In 1970, Jack served as the youngest president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He continues to serve on the NWSS board of directors, a position he’s held for more than 25 years. Jack has also served as president and board member of the Colorado Hereford Association and board member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Colorado State Fair Commission.

Jack was part of a Colorado delegation to Japan in 1969, Hereford breeder Donald Norgren explains. “Jack’s contacts culminated in the export of Hereford heifers from Colorado over several

Ken Bieber of K&B Herefords, Onida, SD, was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2. Pictured (seated, l to r) are: Ken and Bonnie Bieber. Standing (l to r) are: AHA Board member Marshall Ernst, Brooke Bieber, Kirk Bieber and AHA Board Member Jerry Huth.

Jack Orr, Granby, CO, was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2. Pictured (front row, l to r) are: Owen, Jack, Isabella and Olivia Orr, all from Denver, CO. Second row (l to r) are: Katie Egbert, Benicia, CA; Kyle and Tonya Perez, Nara Visa, NM; Jack and Alta Orr; Kaycee and Jason Hoffman, Thedford, NE. Back row (l to r) are: Susie and Ed Orr, Greeley, CO; Fred and Coleen Orr, Denver; Val Orr and Steve Bosley, Broomfield, CO; Clair and Deb Orr, Kersey, CO; Jean Hinman, Ft. Morgan, CO; and Tammy Ellerman, Ft. Lupton, CO.