Ed Meacham, Norman, Okla., began his influence as a vocational agriculture instructor at Miami High School in Miami, Okla. He touched the lives of many young people including auctioneers Eddie Sims and C.K. “Sonny” Booth. “He was one of the very best agriculture teachers in Oklahoma and could inspire young people to excel in whatever field they choose,” Booth says. “I can honestly say that I would not have become a successful purebred livestock auctioneer had I not had the four years with Ed.”
After leaving his teaching position, Ed worked for the Record Stockman and then joined the Polled Hereford World staff in the late 1960s. He was later appointed as director of field staff for the Polled Hereford World and remained there until his retirement.
Ed formed Meacham and Associates and managed sales and consulted for many top-notch breeders throughout the U.S. and Canada. “He mentored some of the best ringmen and auctioneers in the country,” says Hereford breeder Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.
Eddie Sims adds, “Ed dedicated his life to working with Hereford breeders and their families. He assisted a lot of outstanding Hereford programs with their promotional and marketing needs. Ed’s commitment and dedication to our industry allows him to be most deserving for the American Hereford Association Hall of Merit.”