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Morgan named Outstanding Hereford Woman of the Year

Kay Morgan, Burwell, Neb., was named the 2014 Hereford Woman of the Year. Pictured at the awards presentation (l to r) are: Lauren Echols, NHW Woman of the Year committee co-chair; Kay and Ronny Morgan; and Suzanne Matheny, NHW Woman of the Year committee co-chair. Photo courtesy American Hereford Association

Kay Morgan, Burwell, Neb., was recognized as Hereford Woman of the Year during the National Hereford Women (NHW) annual meeting in Kansas City on Nov. 1.

Each year the NHW recognizes and honors one woman for her achievements and dedication to the Hereford breed.

Kay has greatly impacted the Hereford breed by her leadership and service through the Hereford Women of Nebraska and NHW organizations. She contributed to the successful merger of the American Hereford Women and National Organization of Poll-ettes in 2009 and served on the NHW board during the transition. During this time, Kay was also Hereford Women of Nebraska president.

"Kay is passionate about the purpose of NHW and the Hereford Women of Nebraska," says Vawn Hula, Hereford Women of Nebraska president. "After being elected to the board of directors, I knew I could go to Kay with any question I had about the association, the breed or how to manage life as a ranch wife."

Growing up on her family's Hereford farm near Waverly, Neb., Kay says she remembers always having an interest in the Hereford breed. She was on the Nebraska Junior Hereford Association board of directors and met her husband, Ronny Morgan, while showing Herefords at the state fair. While being a part of Morgan Ranch, they had four children — Carrie, John, Patrick and Roger — all who inherited her passion for Herefords and later came together to form Morgan Cattle Partners.

Kay has spent her adult life giving back to the Hereford breed and has served as Nebraska Hereford Association secretary and Nebraska Junior Hereford Association advisor for nearly 30 years. Kay and the Morgan Ranch co-sponsor a belt buckle for the Nebraska Hereford Queen and have hosted numerous cattle shows, sales and other events. She is also involved in her community as an active member of United Methodist Women and volunteers time toward 4-H as a judge for cooking and crafts projects.

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The Hereford Women of Nebraska concluded its recommendation letter by writing, "She is a role model to many and is unquestionably deserving of this award."

–American Hereford Association