Recognizing contributions to the breed and the continued pursuit of excellence, Hall Red Angus Ranch, Stapleton, Nebraska, was honored as 2015 Pioneer Breeder of the Year at the 2015 Red Angus Association of America National Convention, Sept., 9-11, 2015. Kyle Gilchrist, Douds, Iowa, who has served as the auctioneer for the family’s annual production sale, made the awards presentation. The Hall family includes Helen Hall, the wife the late Lamoine Hall, daughter Paula Pokorny and husband Brad along with sons Cade, Cauy and Dane. The Hall family was unable to be in attendance. Kim Ford, friend and fellow Nebraska Red Angus breeder accepted the honor on their behalf.

The Pioneer Breeder of the Year Award is given in recognition of an established herd that has led the beef industry making significant contributions to the betterment of the Red Angus breed.

The Hall Ranch made its first investment in Red Angus cattle in 1976 with the purchase of 20 registered Red Angus cows. Today, the ranch includes 400 to 450 mother cows and approximately 110 yearling replacement heifers that are ran on native Sandhills pastures. The ranch sells between 100 to 150 bulls at their annual production sale in North Platte, Nebraska.

“I’ve been told that Lamoine never missed taking a birth weight on a calf, never missed taking all weights on bulls and all the heifers, even before THR was in place,” Gilchrist said. “He was diligent in recording this information and using it to improve his herd and making it more efficient. Although Lamoine passed away in 2013, I know that he would be exceptionally proud of this award.”

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.