Pat Wilson inducted to Hereford Hall of Fame

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

Pat Wilson, formerly of Frostproof, Fla., started his Hereford seedstock operation, Crooked Lake Ranch, in the 1960s and continued to produce top-quality cattle there until his death Oct. 14, 2008.

Pat was a firm believer in performance testing, and used his commercial cattle operation to evaluate his seedstock breeding program.

Pat and his wife, Patricia, were honored in 1973 with the Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) Commercial Producer of the Year Award, just the second producer ever to be honored with that recognition.

Thomas “Fred” Stokes observes that, “The Crooked Lake herd consistently achieves exceptional performance on grass alone in the inhospitable climate of central Florida.”

Pat also dedicated time to serving the industry by supporting state and national Hereford associations, as well as county, state and national beef associations.

Mark Cooper of Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., says, “Pat has been a good friend and inspiration to me and many other livestock producers across America, and he has been a very influential voice for the American producer.”


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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Pat Wilson was posthumously inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 3. Pictured at the award presentation (front row, l to r) are: Bill King, 2009 AHA president; Jinx Chaney, Biloxi, Miss.; Max Henry and Patricia Wilson, Lake Wales, Fla.; Coot Wilson, Frostproof, Fla.; and Wil Blaylock, Cullman, Ala. Back row (l to r) are: Clay and Heather Wilson, Lake Wales, Fla.; Wilson and Missy Blaylock and Chesley and Claire Peyton Bowman, Cullman, Ala.; Charlie, Cindy and Seddon Henry, Lake Wales, Fla.; and Mary Ruth, Caleb and Jacob Wilson, Frostproof, Fla.

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