Frank Rodgers of Frank Rodgers & Sons Polled Herefords, Buhl, Idaho, got started in the Hereford seedstock business in 1948 near Denver. He and his wife, Margaret, would raise cattle there until moving to southern Idaho in 1973. In 2008 Frank and Margaret sold their last set of bulls in February and dispersed their herd in December.
In addition to showing in the NWSS pen show, the Rodgers’s collected carcass data every year to prove their herd. Until 2000 Frank fed out one-third of their calves to study each animal’s carcass data. After 2000, they began utilizing ultrasound. Frank made the carcass data available to buyers because he thought their having the data was important.
Frank and Margaret are active in their community, as well as breed and industry events. They support 4-H and FFA programs and the Idaho Junior Hereford Association.
Fellow Idaho Hereford breeder Greg Shaw of Shaw Cattle Co., says, “I have known Frank for many years and have always found him to be an enthusiastic and passionate supporter of Hereford cattle.”
Scott Holt, Caldwell, Idaho, was a young man when he met Frank. “Frank has helped shape my career in the livestock business,” Scott says. “Frank’s work ethic and spirit were constant reminders to do things right. He’s unwavering in his loyalty to the Hereford breed, and his integrity is without question. The Hereford Hall of Fame would not be complete without him.”
Frank and Margaret have raised two sons, two daughters and countless Hereford calves during their 56 years of marriage.