Charles Boyd Sr.

February 20, 2017

Charles (Charlie) Boyd, Mays Lick, Ky., is the third generation at Boyd Beef Cattle and has inspired his children and grandchildren to be a part of the operation as well. Today, Boyd Beef Cattle is managed by Charlie and his wife, Martha; their son, Charlie Jr. and his wife, Paula, and their children, Blake and Logan; and their daughter, Suzanne, and her husband, Andrew Matheny, and their children, Austin and Taylor Belle. After Charlie returned home from earning his degree at the University of Kentucky in 1964, he dedicated his life to the improvement and advancement of the Hereford breed, according to Kentucky Hereford Association Secretary Earlene Thomas. His cattle have earned numerous awards in the showring and 17 Boyd bulls are in AI (artificial insemination) studs in the U.S. and Canada. Charlie has served the Hereford breed as a director of the American Polled Hereford Association and president and director of the Kentucky Hereford Association. Bruce Layne of BBL Beef describes Charlie with admiration: “He is on the move and making good things happen in the Hereford industry. The closer you look at his contributions to the industry and the breed, no one deserves this tremendous honor more than Charlie Boyd.” Thomas writes on behalf of the Kentucky Hereford Association directors and membership that Charlie’s accomplishments, involvement and influence on the breed make him worthy of such an honor. She writes, “This is a small way to reward him on the lifetime commitment that he has made to the Hereford breed and the cattle industry overall.”