American Hereford Association selects officers, board members
Cliff Copeland, Nara Visa, N.M., was announced as the new president of the American Hereford Association during the Annual Membership Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 3.
A Hereford enthusiast since birth, Cliff currently co-manages Copeland and Sons LLC with his wife, Pat; parents, Clifford and Barbara; and Cliff and Pat's son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Kyla.
Copeland and Sons was established in 1943, and cattle are its only business. The family's 500-head herd includes 90 registered Hereford females, 80 cows used to produce club calves and 330 commercial Hereford cows.
During his youth, Cliff was a member of the American Junior Hereford Association board and served as president. Committed to helping the breed, Cliff has helped with Certified Hereford Beef promotions in his area.
Cliff served as the AHA vice president in 2012 as well as chairman of the show and sale committee and was a member of the executive, breed improvement and member service committees.
Selected to serve as the 2013 AHA vice president was Steve Lambert of Oroville, Calif. Steve is a second-generation Hereford breeder who was active showing cattle as a youth on the state and national levels. His family owned and operated Creekside Ranch, which was one of the largest Hereford cattle operations in California. Today Lambert Ranch is a diversified enterprise, growing high-quality grain, hay and Hereford and Angus cattle. A Gold TPR (Total Performance Records) breeder, Lambert Ranch has bred several Dams of Distinction.
Steve has served as a director of the California/Nevada Polled Hereford Association since 2002. In addition, he has been very active in local government and other community organizations, including serving as mayor of Paradise and being Butte County Supervisor.
Steve has three children.
Completing their terms on the AHA Board were outgoing president, David Breiner, Alma, Kan.; Paul Funk, Copperas Cove, Texas; and Jimmie Johnson, Clinton, Okla.
Delegates elected three new directors during the membership meeting. Curtis Curry, McAlester, Okla.; Jonny Harris, Screven, Ga.; and Sam Shaw, Caldwell, Idaho, will serve four-year terms on the 12-member Board.