February 17, 2017
Bob Call and his wife, Dolores, own and operate CBY Polled Herefords in Cushing, Okla., and for many years have donated time and resources to the Hereford breed. More than 40 years ago, Bob entered into the Hereford business. Bob’s day job was that of a certified public account for the Call, Barrick, Ethridge and Webb firm until his retirement.
Bob stepped up his Hereford involvement considerably in 1999 when he assumed the duties as secretary/manager for the Oklahoma Hereford Association. He was instrumental in organizing the first-ever Junior National Hereford Expo in 2000. It was the first year the polled and horned junior shows were combined. Also in 2000, he was elected to the AHA Board of Directors. During his four-year term, he served on the publications committee and as chairman of the finance committee. He assisted in establishing and supporting the PRIDE (Program Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel) Convention and other youth programs. Bob has also served as president of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA), working on projects like the gala during the American Royal National Hereford Show.
“Bob Call did not create the HYFA, but he did lead the charge to reform, revitalize and refurbish a stagnant organization into a dynamic, energetic team of individuals committed to the development of youth,” says Lyn Chastain, past president of the American Hereford Women. “He has broken down barriers of self-interest and self-promotion and allowed individuals and groups to find a way to work together for the common good.”
Fellow breeder Norman Durham says, “Bob Call’s tireless efforts and commitments to the Hereford breed have significantly increased and raised the standards of Herefords in the local, national and international beef industry. Few, if any, individuals have given so much to the Hereford breed in our times of need.”