Earl Forrest, Saluda, S.C., first entered into the Hereford business in 1941 when he bought a registered polled Hereford cow from Clemson University. This purchase started a lifelong passion for Hereford cattle.
Throughout the years, Earl has raised Hereford seedstock noted for moderate frames, efficiency on grass and mothering ability.
Earl has also given back, serving in various capacities as a member of a number of community and cattle organizations, including chairman and vice chairman of the American Polled Hereford Association Board of Directors.
His wife of 59 years, Marie, passed away in 2008. The couple raised five children, of which Brad has become a full partner in the cattle and farming business.
Associate Dean at Clemson University Extension Steven Meadows says he has known Earl his entire life and has always regarded him as an excellent Hereford breeder and person. “His unbridled enthusiasm for Hereford cattle and quest to always find and use the best genetics to improve both the purebred and commercial cattle industry throughout the Southeast is exemplary.”
The South Carolina Hereford Association nominated Earl for this honor because of his dedication to the Hereford industry. Secretary Donnie King writes on his behalf, “(Earl) was instrumental in the organization of our state association and has represented the breed well for almost 70 years. He will make an excellent addition to the Hall of Fame because of his contributions to the breed and high moral character.”