February 18, 2019
A third-generation rancher, Greg Shaw has been a committed Hereford breeder from day one. The Shaw Hereford Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho, got its start in 1946 when Greg’s parents, Tom and Mary, selected a Hereford heifer as the foundation for the family’s herd. Ahead of their time, the family began collecting
performance data in 1963. Greg officially joined the operation after graduating college in 1968 and got straight to work in bettering the herd.
In cooperation with the University of Idaho, Greg, his wife, Cleo, and Tom started the Northwest Bull Test Center in 1969, the first performance bull test center in the Northwest. That same year, Greg enrolled the Shaw Hereford Ranch cow herd in the AHA Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program, recording everything “by hand on good, old carbon-copy pages.”
In 1988, the Shaw herd was divided into three. Greg and Cleo ventured out on their own and started Shaw Cattle Company while raising their three children Tucker, Sam and Jaime, while carrying on the tradition of producing reputable performance cattle.
Greg’s commitment to the industry is supported by his multiple leadership roles and industry-wide recognition. He served as president of the AHA Board of Directors and was also a board member for the Idaho Cattlemen’s Association and the Idaho Purebred Council. During his time on the AHA Board, he served as chairman of the breed improvement committee when Whole Herd TPR was implemented. In 2016, Shaw Cattle Company was recognized as the Beef Improvement Federation Seedstock Producer of the Year, an honor to an outfit that “prides itself on selling commercial bulls from a real-world cow herd.”
Willard Wolf states, “As an American Hereford Field rep for the Western states, I worked with Greg 33 years. I have continued to work with the Shaw family for the past 16 years. Greg is a great guy that gives his all to the Shaw operation, Shaw family, Hereford breed and the cattle industry.”