OMAHA, Neb., (November 20, 2008) – The 2008 Herdsman of the Year was honored with a trophy buckle in memory of Lawrence Grathwohl and sponsored by the Shorthorn Foundation, during the North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. Two members of the Grathwohl family, Nancy Heter and Becky Bacon, were in attendance as well as Jack Ragsdale, on behalf of the Shorthorn Foundation, to present the award during the selection of the Grand Female of the 2008 National Shorthorn Show to Josh Greenhorn, Waynesville, Ohio.
The selection of Herdsman of the Year is done by peers of the association. Members of the ASA present at the National Shorthorn Show were asked to nominate who they saw fit in receiving this memorial trophy buckle.
Josh Greenhorn, 24 from Waynesville, Ohio co-owns Greenhorn Cattle Co with his father Dave Greenhorn. While showing cattle, a friendship with Lance Guidry built into a working relationship between RL Cattle Company, Bell City, La., and Greenhorn Cattle Co. Greenhorn serves as the herdsman for cattle owned jointly between the two cattle companies and RL Cattle Co. is a consignor in the Greenhorn family's Shorthorn cattle sale.
Ricky Guidry, owner of RL Cattle Company, Bell City, La., comments on Greenhorn's work ethic:
reason I like dealing with Josh Greenhorn is he treats your cattle like his.
I feel very comfortable that my cattle get every opportunity to perform possible,
both in the show ring and in the sale ring. Josh promotes our cattle just
like he promotes his, as evidenced by RL Cattle having the High selling female
in Greenhorn's sale last year and the second high selling female this year.”
Lawrence Grathwohl was a loyal member of the American Shorthorn Association who died at the age of 41 from injuries received from a pickup truck accident. He raised livestock and farmed his entire life, however he was known for raising Shorthorn cattle which he showed all across the country. Throughout his years he received several awards and special recognition for his show cattle, including his last champion exhibited at the 2003 North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, KY, WHR RT RODEO AUGUSTUS 2111.
“The Herdsman Award is a great tribute to Lawrence's memory. He was a competitor
at heart and had the opportunity to exhibit many champions during his career.
He really valued the Shorthorn friends he made over the years traveling to shows
across the country,” says Nancy Heter, niece of Lawrence.
The Lawrence Grathwohl Memorial Herdsman of the Year will continue to be selected during the National Shorthorn Show. The 2009 herdsman will be chosen during the 2010 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Col.
The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability, and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.