South Dakota breeder chosen as 2014 Hereford Herdsman of the Year
Daniel Fawcett, Ree Heights, S.D., was selected as the 2014 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Daniel was selected for the award by his peers — other Hereford herdsmen and breeders — and was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan. 18.
Daniel has been active in the cattle industry since birth. He grew up showing cattle and is still very involved with the show steers and heifers on the family ranch, Fawcett’s Elm Creek Ranch in Ree Heights.
After majoring in agricultural journalism at South Dakota State University, he returned to the family operation.
He is the primary manager of the family’s registered cow herd, responsible for the bred heifer development program and the breeding program, which includes AI (artificial insemination) and embryo transfer.
Daniel has an eye for the industry’s elite cattle, having judged state and regional shows on the east coast, as well as local fairs and jackpot shows.
He and his wife, Kari, have two children: Hollis, 4, and Ivy, 2.
Keith Fawcett, Daniel’s father, said Daniel is the epitome of a true Hereford herdsman.
“He is the definition of a true Hereford enthusiast,” he said. “He is an asset to Fawcett’s Elm Creek Ranch, as well as to the cattle industry.”
Daniel said he was honored to be named the 2014 Hereford Herdsman of the Year. “I’m still trying to figure out what has happened – I’m just blown away by it all,” he said. “I have many friends who have received this award in the past. It’s an honor to be a part of that group.”
–American Hereford Association