Hereford Hall of Fame inductees honored

Farm Forum

KANSAS CITY. Mo. – Jimmy Powell, Fort McKavett, Texas, and Jack Turner, Oklahoma City, Okla., were inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Oct. 28th in Kansas City, Mo., during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Hereford Honorees Reception.

The Hall of Fame honor annually recognizes breeders who have dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed.

“We congratulate both of these men for the impact they have made on the Hereford breed,” said Jack Ward, AHA chief executive officer. “Their dedication to the breed is inspiring and I am honored to induct them into the Hereford Hall of Fame.”

Jimmy Powell

After serving as a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy, Powell returned to his family ranching operation and began his registered Hereford operation. For more than 50 years, Powell has selected for scale, composition, muscling and milking ability to produce cattle that perform in the feedlot.

Powell graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rice University. He was a member of the advisory committee for the Packers and Stockyards Administration for the United States Department of Agriculture and was named a member of the Secretary of Agriculture’s technical advisory committee for multilateral trade negotiations.

Powell served on the National Cattlemen’s Association tax committee and the National Livestock tax committee. He was inducted into the International Stockmen’s School Hall of Fame and the Texas State Fair Agriculture Hall of Honor.

Jack Turner

Turner started his Hereford herd after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with the basic principals of keeping an eye on birth weight and keeping mature size in check while emphasizing as much end product merit as possible.

Turner bred the famed L617 bull that was used in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) carcass merit project, which let to the first tenderness expected progeny difference (EPD) in the Hereford breed, and is still the basis for the current genetic markers for tenderness.

Turner serves on the Hereford Research Foundation board and has helped guide the American Hereford Association by identifying the research projects the association should be involved with. He is very supportive of research projects going on within the AHA both financially and with genetics.