Charles Anstey Honored with Century Breeder Award
KANSAS CITY, Mo. In celebration of 100 years in the Hereford business, Charles Anstey was honored as a Century Hereford Breeder Nov. 2. Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, presented the award to Charles and his daughters, Cindy Anstey, Kathy Ankenbauer and Deb Brown at the AHA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
The Anstey Hereford legacy began 122 years ago, with Charles Anstey’s grandfather, George Anstey. George immigrated from England in 1876, at the age of 18. In 1878 he purchased land near Massena, Iowa, where his grandson and great-granddaughter continue to raise registered Herefords today.
George began Fairview Herefords with the purchase of one registered Hereford cow from the McKnight herd at the Iowa State Fair. In 1911, George purchased two bulls from Gudgell & Simpson, which Charles says mushroomed Fairview Herefords’ business.
George died in 1945, at which time his son, Charles L., purchased the top of the herd to add to his existing operation. Charles L. was passed away from cancer in 1956. At that time his son, Charles, took over the herd under the name Charles Anstey Herefords.
Today, Charles and his daughter, Kathy Ankenbaurer, manage 150 head of registered Herefords. The passion for Herefords George started has now been passed down to Kathy, and all cattle are registered under the same membership but with the name Triple A.
“We’re honored to be receiving this recognition,” Charles says. “It was really my grandfather and my dad who laid the foundation for us to reach this milestone.”
The American Hereford Association with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries, Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI), and American Beef Records Association (ABRA), provide programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit Hereford.org.
Charles Anstey was honored as a Century Hereford Breeder Nov. 2 during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting in Kansas City. Pictured (seated, l to r) are Charles and his daughter, Kathy Ankenbauer. Standing (l to r) are: Cindy Anstey, Deb Brown and Hannah Ankenbauer, all of Massena, Iowa.