Hall of Merit

Hall of Merit inductees aren’t necessarily Hereford breeders, but have greatly influenced the Hereford breed and cattle industry.

2016 Winners

  • Art Handel Jr.

    Art Handel Jr.

    Rapid City, SD

    was inducted to the Hereford Hall of Merit in 2016. Handel is the third generation of the Handel Hereford family. He attended South Dakota State University where he was involved in Block and Bridle, Little International, the rodeo club, the livestock judging team and the meats judging team. While at SDSU, Handel began traveling and working sale rings across the country. To date, he has worked more than 5,000 sales.

    In 1970, Handel began a 33-year career as a field representative with the American Hereford Association and the Hereford Journal. He traveled across the United States, worked with the adult and junior organizations and conducted many state, national and international tours. Art was instrumental in starting the South Dakota Junior Hereford Association and was an adult advisor for the program for many years. Art also buys Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder calves for feed yards in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.


Previous Years’ Winners


2014 Winners

  • John Ascuaga
    Carson City, NV


2013 Winners

  • Jim Boyd
    Abilene, TX

  • Dorian Garrick
    Ames, IA


2012 Winners

  • H.H. “Hop” Dickenson
    Overland Park, KS

  • T.D. “Dusty” Rich
    Albuquerque, NM


2011 Winners

  • Ed Meacham
    Norman, OK


2010 Winners

  • Robert (Bob) Call

  • Lovell Kuykendall


2008 Winners

  • Jon Beever

  • Larry Cundiff


2007 Winners

  • Col. Stanley E. Stout


2006 Winners

  • Guy Shull

  • Michael “Mike” MacNeil


2005 Winners

  • Dr. G.T. Easley

  • Gary Smith

  • Willard Wolf