Josh Taylor grew up in west-central Illinois showing cattle at a young age. He attended his first Hereford regional and national shows in high school and fell in love with the breed and the people. While in college, Josh worked around the country, clipping and fitting show and sale cattle for several breeders. He landed at Star Lake Cattle Company managing the show barn and helping with countless national champions.
Currently, Josh is the cow herd manager for Griswold Cattle Company, a large, multi-breed operation with more than 1,200 mature cows located in Stillwater, Okla. He’s responsible for creating breeding plans for the base herd and planning donor matings and schedules for the large recip herd. Josh coordinates cow herd records and registration for three breeds. Recently, he began a role with the genetics side of the operation freezing and processing semen from all of the ranch’s bulls.
Josh and his wife, Ashly, currently live in Perkins, Okla. They will celebrate their 20th anniversary this fall. Josh has an associate degree from Northern Oklahoma College. The couple’s 20-year-old son, Sam, is a student in Stillwater, Okla. In addition to his work with Griswold, Josh runs a small herd of show goats that are marketed to local FFA and 4-H students.
Josh judged many shows across the country, including the national Shorthorn and Maine-Anjou shows in Louisville and the Canadian National Hereford Show in Toronto. National Hereford and Angus shows include Roskilde, Denmark and numerous regional shows and state fairs across the country.