Andras family honored with Century Breeder award

Nov 25, 2011
by WLJ

The Andras family was recognized as a Century Hereford Breeder during the 2011 American Hereford Association Annual Meeting. Pictured (l to r) are Cary Andras and Dale Venhuizen, AHA director.

In celebration of 100 years in the Hereford business, the Andras family was honored as a Century Hereford Breeder Oct. 29. Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, presented the award to Cary Andras at the AHA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

John Cennick Andras settled in the Murrayville, IL, area in 1837. The Andras family’s involvement in purebred cattle began in 1898 with the purchase of two “well-bred” heifers and a bull from Scott & Marsh, Belton, MO.

In 1898, his grandson, J.C. Andras, then 13, paid $600 for the three head with money saved from selling seed corn. Thus, Daylesford Farms was born.

The Andras family purchased their first registered Herefords in 1911. By the 1920s, the Andras family hosted annual production sales and were regular exhibitors at the Chicago International Livestock Exposition, American Royal, Fort Worth Stock Show and National Western Stock Show. In1935, they were the first to have a Hereford bull—Don Axtell the 16th—win all three major shows.

Although the heirs of the Andras family have gone different directions, the fifth and sixth generations are still operating in the purebred cattle business.

Cary Andras Jr. maintains a herd of purebred Hereford cattle on the home farm. Steven Andras and his son, Will, manage a Red Angus and Hereford operation in the area as well.

J.C. and Deb Andras, Checotah, OK, have spent a lifetime in the Hereford business. Their three children, John, Geoff and Whitney, have also been actively involved in the industry, having each served on the state Hereford junior association board of directors in Montana and Oklahoma, and exhibiting Herefords at the state and national level. — WLJ