Recognizing the contributions to the Red Angus breed and the continued pursuit of excellence, Hueftle Cattle Co., Neil and Anita Hueftle, Cozad, Nebraska, were honored as 2015 Breeder of the Year at the 2015 Red Angus Association of America National Convention. Lee Leachman, Ft. Collins, Colorado, made the presentation.

In accepting the award, Anita expressed her gratitude for the recognition. “We are humbled to be selected and thank you for presenting us with this award,” she said. “We feel privileged to be a part of the association.”

Cattle have long been a part of the Hueftle family farming operation.  Through the early years, Neil’s father had other breeds of cattle, and initially when Red Angus came to the farm, it was as the opportunity to partner as a cooperator herd for other breeders. In 2004, Neil and Anita began selling Red Angus bulls under the HX brand. Currently Hueftles, along with their three sons, host a bull sale each March.

The Breeder of the Year award recognizes members who have contributed to and maintained an excellent quality in breeding Red Angus cattle in their herds over the years.  To be considered, a member must have enhanced his or her Red Angus her through quality breeding and preserved the Red Angus image throughout their many years in the cattle business.

The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the competitive advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. RAAA provides commercial producers with the most objectively described cattle in the industry by seeking and implementing new technologies based on sound scientific principles that measure traits of economic importance. For more information, visit redangus.org.