KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jay Creamer, Waxahachie, Texas, was selected as the 2013 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Jay was selected for the award by his peers — other Hereford herdsmen and breeders — and was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan. 19.
Jay grew up in Whitney, Texas, and was active in the cattle industry from the start. He worked for Sullivan Ranch in Hillsboro, Texas, throughout high school and during his time attending EMT school.
Soon after graduating, he began working for Talmo Ranch in Talmo, Ga., where he met his wife, Lindsey. He and Lindsey were married in 2005 and moved back to his home state of Texas. Today, they have two sons: 4-year-old Grady, and 9-month-old Gage.
In 2006 Jay began doing custom work for GKB Cattle in Waxahachie. He then transitioned to the role of herdsman, where he is responsible for all aspects of the show cattle herd: halter breaking, feeding, clipping, transportation and hiring help.
Gary and Kathy Buchholz, GKB Ranch owners, say Jay is a true asset to their operation.
“He’s a true herdsman, and he is able to maximize the cattle for show day,” Gary says. “He’s a hard worker, he never complains and he’ll do anything. And, he’s the type of guy I completely trust. I’ve always said I can train a person to clip and pull calves. But I can’t train honesty and morals. And you can’t buy them. But Jay has them both.”
Jay said he was honored to be named the 2013 Hereford Herdsman of the Year. “It’s an honor above any honor – the greatest in the Hereford industry,” he said. “The guys that have been before me are my friends and guys that I look up to. To be mentioned and to go after them is truly an honor.”