Doug Bennett Inducted into Hereford Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­— Doug Bennett, Echo, Ore., was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 3, 2008, in Kansas City during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting.

Doug has been a Hereford breeder for more than 40 years. He graduated from Washington State College and began working in the Hereford business as a manager.

Then in 1976 after managing Stone Hereford Ranch through its dispersal, Doug and his brother Don purchased Stone Hereford Ranch and developed it into Oregon Hereford Ranch.

In 1979 Doug partnered with Sam Friedman to develop Lone Star Hereford Ranch. After nearly 20 years of running that ranch, he returned to Oregon Hereford Ranch in 1998 where he started a backgrounding operation. Then last March, Doug began selling part of his Hereford herd and says he is now “semi-retired.”

Doug has also served in various leadership roles. He has been on the AHA Board, president and director of the Oregon, Washington, N. Idaho Hereford Association (OWNI), president of the Breed Improvement Federation (BIF) and as executive committee member of the Texas Hereford Association.

Jack Evans, EE Ranches, Winona, Miss., says of Doug, “Whether managing the cow herd, feeding, fitting and showing Denver champions, or handling merchandising and production sales, Doug Bennett is one of our greatest all-around cattlemen.”

Doug and his wife Gladys have four children: Doug Jr., Susan, Randy and Mitch; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and three more on the way.

The American Hereford Association, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries — Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) and American Beef Records Association (ABRA) — provides programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit

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Doug Bennett, Echo, Ore., was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame on Nov. 3. Pictured at the award presentation (l to r) are: Bill King, 2009 AHA president; Doug and Gladys Bennett and Susan and Joe Parks, Nash, Okla.


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