AHA President Cliff Copeland KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M., was announced as the new president of the American Hereford Association (AHA) during the Annual Membership Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 3.
A Hereford enthusiast since birth, Cliff currently co-manages Copeland and Sons LLC with his wife, Pat; parents, Clifford and Barbara; and Cliff and Pat’s son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Kyla.
Copeland and Sons was established in 1943, and cattle are its only business. The family’s 500-head herd includes 90 registered Hereford females, 80 cows used to produce club calves and 330 commercial Hereford cows.
“I am extremely humbled by being named the new president and I will try my best to be deserving of the honor,” Cliff says. “Demand for our breed is as high as it has been in over 30 years. We have been rediscovered as a great choice to get a hybrid vigor boost out of the nation’s predominately black cow herd, and not lose carcass merit in doing so.”
During his youth, Cliff was a member of the American Junior Hereford Association board and served as president. Committed to helping the breed, Cliff has helped with Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) promotions in his area.
Cliff served as the AHA vice president in 2012 as well as chairman of the show and sale committee and was a member of the executive, breed improvement and member service committees.
Selected to serve as the 2013 AHA vice president was Steve Lambert of Oroville, Calif. Steve is a second-generation Hereford breeder who was active showing cattle as a youth on the state and national levels. His family owned and operated Creekside Ranch, which was one of the largest Hereford cattle operations in California. Today Lambert Ranch is a diversified enterprise, growing high-quality grain, hay and Hereford and Angus cattle. A Gold TPR (Total Performance Records) breeder, Lambert Ranch has bred several Dams of Distinction.
Steve has served as a director of the California/Nevada Polled Hereford Association since 2002. In addition, he has been very active in local government and other community organizations, including serving as mayor of Paradise and being Butte County Supervisor.
Steve has three children.
Completing their terms on the AHA Board were outgoing president, David Breiner, Alma, Kan.; Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas; and Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.
click image to zoomPictured is the 2013 American Hereford Association (AHA) Board of Directors. Seated (l to r) are: Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M., president; Steve Lambert, Oroville, Calif., vice president; Dale Micheli, Ft. Bridger, Wyo.; Marty Lueck, Mountain Grove, Mo.; and Craig Huffhines, Kansas City, Mo., executive vice president. Directors standing (l to r) are: Keith Fawcett, Ree Heights, S.D.; Sam Shaw, Caldwell, Idaho; Jonny Harris, Screven, Ga.; Curtis Curry, McAlester, Okla.; Eric Walker, Morrison, Tenn.; Fred Larson, Spring Valley, Wis.; Dale Venhuizen, Manhattan, Mont.; and David Trowbridge, Tabor, Iowa.