AHA’s Bedwell selected as Top 10 Industry Leader

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association director of breed improvement and chief operating officer, was recently honored by Cattle Business Weekly as one of the Top 10 Industry Leaders under 40 for 2016.

The annual honor is awarded to 10 leaders involved in agriculture making a significant impact on the industry.

Bedwell directs the breed improvement division at the AHA where he oversees the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP), the Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR) program and the development of expected progeny differences (EPDs) for the breed. Bedwell leads AHA research projects and works with commercial and seedstock producers across the country to increase the value of Hereford genetics.

“I’m honored to be selected as a Top 10 Industry Leader,” Bedwell said. “The Hereford breed is continuing to progress and is gaining more market share within the commercial industry. I’m humbled to be a part of a breed that is rich in tradition yet continues to be forward thinking.”

Bedwell also serves as a prominent livestock judge in the industry, where he has judged cattle in more than 30 states and at many national shows, including the National Western Stock Show and the American Royal.

“We are thankful Shane is a part of our team here at the American Hereford Association,” said Jack Ward, AHA executive vice president. “He brings a wealth of commercial industry knowledge to our organization as well as the unique ability to communicate technology and science in beef-producer terms. He continues to make an impact on the industry as he documents and proves the Hereford advantage.”