Guest of Honor

Each year, National Dairy Shrine recognizes a contemporary dairy leader for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry. The "Guest of Honor" award is one of the industry's most prestigious. The recipient need not be a National Dairy Shrine member, although the nomination must be made by a member. Portraits of honorees are displayed at the National Dairy Shrine Museum and National Dairy Hall of Fame in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

2020 - Jay Mattison

Jay Mattison after graduating from Iowa State University with a Bachelors' degree and a Masters' degree in Animal Production & Breeding he began his career in Extension at Iowa State. His career includes time as the Genetic Director at NAAB, the Genetic Program Manager at Federated Genetics and owner of the management consulting company ReQuest LTD. Mattison became CEO of National DHIA in 2003, where he still serves today. Mattison has been a member of CDCB's Board of Directors for the past 16 years, serving two different terms as the CDCB Vice-Chair and Chair between 2004-10. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Committee on Animal Recording (ICAR) since 2006, and as President of ICAR since 2017. Since 1998, he has served as the administrator of the U.S. National Committee of the International Dairy Federation. Mattison has also been on the Board of the U.S. Animal Health Association since 2007.

2019 - Dr. Michael Hutjens

Dr. Hutjens, is an internationally acclaimed dairy cattle nutrition expert and esteemed educational communicator. After earning his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in dairy science and nutritional sciences Hutjens started a career in dairy education. In 1979, Hutjens became the Extension Dairy Specialist at the University of Illinois where he served for 32 years. Mike has spoken, or provided nutrition instruction in 46 states and 17 foreign countries. He has authored numerous popular press nutrition columns, articles and books as well as scholarly publications. Hutjens' work in “online” dairy education was groundbreaking when it came to using the Internet and computer technologies. He was the coordinator and editor of the first National Dairy Database. Additionally he created the first electronic “Dairy Certificate” program in the 1990s, which was the first university animal science class of its kind offered in the United States.

2018 – Dr. Gordon Doak

Dr. Gordon Doak served as the President and CEO of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB). After obtaining his PHD in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Missouri in 1974, and serving in a post doctoral program Gordon started his career in 1976 at NAAB as the Director of Certified Semen Services, Inc. In 1988 he became the CEO of NAAB and held that position for 25+ years. Dr Doak was instrumental in numerous scientific and innovative improvements to the Artificial Insemination industry and greatly influenced the future of cattle breeding. Gordon was a key leader on numerous breed improvement and government committees both internationally and domestically. His career was highlighted by his work to create the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding. Dr Doak was internationally known as the technical expert and voice of the U.S. dairy breeding industry.

2017 – Bonnie Mohr

Bonnie Mohr, Owner and President of Bonnie Mohr Studio, in Glencoe, Minnesota is the first woman being honored with this recognition. As a self-taught artist, Mohr's career began in 1988, when Select Sires commissioned her to paint a few of their most famous bulls. Since that initial project, she has gone on to become the one of the worlds' most popular and most respected dairy artists. Furthermore Mohr is also an incredible giver of her time, money and talent. Mohr has given freely to over 100 charities through donated artwork. Over the years, these charities have comprised of many dairy-based organizations including FFA, 4-H, breed associations and fundraisers for farm families following tragedy. In addition to being a world-renowned artist, Mohr is a dairy farmer's wife and together she and her husband John have raised 5 children on their registered Holstein farm, Glenmark Genetics, Inc.

2016 – Richard Denier

Richard Denier, the former General Manager of World Wide Sires has had a preeminent role in the genetics industry as a leading exporter US Dairy Genetics. During his nearly 30 year association with World Wide Sires the company has grown into one of the largest exporters of livestock genetics in the world. Rich has served the industry in many roles and shared his passion for dairy with numerous foreign and domestic groups. Mr. Denier has served leadership roles with the National Dairy Shrine as President in 2001 and with the California FFA Foundation. Richard Denier has also served on several committees for his alma mater Cal Poly. Rich is well known for his philanthropic aid and the beneficiaries include California FFA, Boys and Girls Club, Cal Poly and the National Dairy Shrine. Mr. Denier still remains very active in the family dairy, operated with his brother Fred in Galt, California.

2015 – R Douglas Wilson

Doug Wilson, the CEO of Cooperative Resources International has had a preeminent role in dairy industry not only for his company but for many allied industry organizations. During his over 20 year association with CRI and its' affiliates the company has grown and prospered now with 1600 full time employees. Doug has served the industry in many roles and shared his communication and writing skills with numerous dairy groups over his 45+ year career. Mr. Wilson has served leadership roles at the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives and the National Association of Animal Breeders. Doug Wilson had a prominent role in developing the linear type evaluation system now used globally. He has been previously recognized by World Dairy Expo, the American Guernsey Association, the NAAB Service Award, the Cooperative Builder Award and the Distinguished Graduate Award from the Iowa State Dairy Science Department. Doug Wilson has truly helped to shape the future of the dairy industry with his leadership and vision.

2014 - Bernard M. Heisner

Bernard (Bernie) Heisner is a passionate dairy advocate and has spent his career promoting, encouraging, supporting and preserving the industry. Heisner spent twenty years serving dairy producers as General Manager of COBA/Select Sires, Inc., Columbus, Ohio. During his tenure this Select Sires member cooperative experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. However, the group that benefits the most from Heisner's dedication and passion for the dairy industry is undoubtedly the youth. Heisner, the 1970 national collegiate judging contest high individual, has spent countless hours encouraging, teaching, advising, and mentoring young people and students as they have embarked on successful dairy careers. Bernie's service to National Dairy Shrine has been exemplary as board member, president, and finance chairman in addition to coordinating the 50th anniversary celebration. He continues to serve the industry on local and state committees promoting a strong and sustainable future for agriculture. Heisner and his wife, Sue, now reside in Fairview Heights, Illinois near their son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons.

2013 - Dr. Robert Cropp

An expert in milk pricing and marketing, Dr. Cropp's career spans more that 47 years in the dairy industry. He began his career in 1966 at the University of Platteville and in 1990 joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an excellent teacher and in high demand for his marketing expertise. Robert Cropp's publications reveal the breadth of his knowledge and lifelong passion, with topics including futures trading, options trading, market pooling or de-pooling, milk price estimates and federal milk market order reform. He has been an outstanding public servant who has had great influence on national dairy policy, especially in highlighting the needs and concerns of dairy farmers and the processing industry they support.

2012 - David M. Galton

Dave Galton was the driving force behind the creation & development of the nationally recognized Cornell University Dairy Fellows Program and was instrumental in the growth of the Northeast U.S. dairy industry. Doc Galton is an outstanding teacher and mentor receiving several national teaching awards. Additionally he successfully coached the Cornell Dairy Cattle Judging team to 9 National Championships and had 8 high individual judges. Galtons research efforts focused on improving milk quality, mastitis control, milking machine function and herd management. As President of National Dairy Shrine he championed the development of the Progressive Producer Award and the creation of the Graduate Production Award. Galton is now the owner-operator of 2 large dairies in New York.

2011 - Steven A. Larson

Steve Larson has made an immense contribution in developing the dairy industry by his career as a journalist and managing editor of Hoard's Dairyman. His leadership at industry gatherings, co-op board meetings and dairy events was exemplary. During his tenure, Hoard's Dairyman became the premier dairy publication around the world. Steve's editorials emphasized what was best for the industry and always contained supportable facts with fairness and integrity. Steve was also very involved in the continued operation and improvements to the Hoard's Dairyman farm.

2010 - Calvin Covington

Calvin Covington has been an industry leader in milk pricing and marketing. During his career he worked for the American Jersey Cattle Association for 23 years. Starting out as a field representative and working his way up to Executive Secretary and CEO. Calvin was a driving force in the movement of changing the national milk pricing system from heavy emphasis on fluid, to the value of the components of fat and protein, which is utilized today. His tireless efforts were a big part of this dramatic change. In 2000 Calvin became the CEO of Southeast Milk Cooperative and was very successful in milk marketing at this cooperative for ten years. Calvin has now retired and returned to his fourth generation farm in North Carolina to spend more time with his family.

2009 - Dr. William Sandine

Dr. Sandine had an illustrious career at Oregon State University. He mentored over 70 graduate students and developed several patented processes to improve cheese making and extending the shelf life of cheese and other processed foods. He truly changed the efficiency of the production of cheese. His patents are still being actively used today by cheese plants all over the world. His research has truly helped the industry develop longer shelf life products to help feed the world.

2008 - Dr. Dale E. Bauman

Ithaca, NY. A professor in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University for 39 years. He has conducted research aimed at understanding lactation, metabolic regulation, and lipid metabolism in the dairy cow. Perhaps most well-known is his work demonstrating that somatotropin regulates nutrient partitioning to the mammary gland and can be used to increase milk production and feed efficiency. Recently, he has focused his research to describe the biology of conjugated linoleic acids in milk and dairy products. He has authored or co-authored approximately 650 research publications. Dr. Bauman is a passionate spokesperson for the dairy industry, education and science.

2007 - Dr. H. Duane Norman

Fulton, Maryland. A research leader at USDA's Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL), he contributed to genetic improvement of yield and fitness traits in dairy cattle. He dedicated his career to developing accurate genetic evaluation methods for traits of economic importance to dairy producers. Under his direction, genetic improvement of U.S. milk yield has risen 1.5% annually over the past 25 years. Through Interbull studies and multi-country progeny test projects, he and his AIPL team are recognized for the proven superiority of U.S. dairy cattle genetics.

2006 - Dr. Leland Allenstein

Whitewater, Wisconsin. Outstanding veterinarian, astute scientist, respected advisor, gifted teacher and leader, and personable colleague. For 25 years he served as the World Dairy Expo veterinarian where he was recognized for his compassion with animals and people. Driving force behind the establishment of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

2005 - Richard E. Nelson

Brattleboro, Vermont. Retired Executive Assistant of the Holstein Association USA. Highly respected for setting high industry standards relating to rules and regulations of the Association. Worked tirelessly to ensure the integrity of Holstein USA pedigree and performance records during 54 years of service to Holstein USA. Became widely known in the purebred circles worldwide as a capable, fair, honest and innovative leader.

2004 - Dr. Ben McDaniel

Raleigh, North Carolina. Ben was an insightful researcher, an industry consultant and an inspirational teacher for North Carolina State University. Dr. McDaniel's work in dairy cattle genetics was extremely important in the new era of population genetics. From developing methods to evaluate the genetics of dairy cows to studies on the practical improvements that could be made on various health and management traits of the cow, he was a pioneer.

2003 - Dr. Neal Jorgensen

Madison, Wisconsin. Retired Ag College Dean and Professor Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gifted educator and administrator, highly respected dairy scientist in the field of dairy nutrition education and research. Lead the National Animal Genome Research Project. Through his efforts, genetic marker identification has led to significant advancements in the development of genomic maps for cattle, swine, sheep, poultry and horses.

2002 - Carl Zurborg

Davenport, Iowa. Retired chief executive officer of Swiss Valley Farms Milk Cooperative in Iowa. Served as the catalyst in 1973 for Swiss Valley to become the first Midwest cooperative and one of the first in the nation to adopt multiple component pricing (MCP) of milk. He guided the mergers of some 45 local creameries and cooperatives with his management decisions always based upon "Is this good for the farmer member?"

2001 - Dr. A.E. "Gene" Freeman

Ames, Iowa. Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Animal Sciences at Iowa State University. One of the most influential dairy cattle breeding educators, respected around the world. Keen ability to recognize practical problems dairy farmers face and apply scientific principles to solving problems.

2000 - James R. Nichols

Ph.D., Blacksburg, Virginia. Retired in 1994 as Dean of College of Agriculture - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His leadership inspired students, dairymen, administrators and legislators. Served as general manager of Select Sires, 1971-1973.

1999 - Thomas L. Lyon

Shawano, Wisconsin. Respected leader of the A.I. Industry. Catalyst for innovative consolidation of organizations, most recently serving as CEO of Cooperative Resources International, Shawano, WI. Effective policy-maker and facilitator in agriculture, government and education.

1998 - Richard Clauss

Hilmar, California. Owner of CDF Jerseys, Hilmar, California, world's largest Jersey operation. One of the founders and owners of Hilmar Cheese Company. A former president of the American Jersey Cattle Club and National All-Jersey, he was honored as World Dairy Expo Dairyman of the Year in 1995.

1997 - Maurice E. Core

Columbus, Ohio. His 37-year career with the American Jersey Cattle Association began as a field representative. He was coordinator of the All American Jersey Show, managed first All American Jersey sale in 1971 and was executive secretary until his retirement in 1993. Also a past president and secretary of Dairy Shrine.

1996 - Willard G. Clark

Hanford, California. President and founder of World-Wide Sires, Inc., a company that brought U.S. genetics to much of the rest of the world and enhanced the operations of U.S. AI cooperatives. World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year-1984. NAAB Distinguished Service Award-1992. Built Cal-Clark Dairy into one of the nation's top Holstein herds.

1995 - Dr. Clint Meadows

Okemos, Michigan. Designed the "Dairy Wheel" used to calculate incomplete production records, organized a young sire sampling program for Michigan Guernsey Association, and managed the Michigan State Kellogg Guernsey herd. Represented the AI industry by speaking on the use of selection indexes internationally.

1994 - Richard H.L. Chichester

Plain City, Ohio. General Manager, Select Sires, Inc. A pioneer in genetic testing for "Mulefoot." An early supporter of BLAD research and education. His leadership provided a more definitive semen test for Johnes disease. Held numerous industry posts; served on the NAAB and National Dairy Shrine Boards of Directors.

1993 - Arthur Nesbitt

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. President and CEO, NASCO International. Served as Secretary and Treasurer of Dairy Shrine and as a director of World Dairy Expo. Was Executive Secretary of Pennsylvania Holstein Association. Named Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State. Received National 4-H Alumni Award. Considered the "voice" of World Dairy Expo for many years.

1992 - Danny Weaver

Cary, Illinois. Founded Agri-Graphics, Ltd. in 1967. Set the standard of excellence in dairy cattle photography. Introduced new techniques into dairy cattle photography, pioneering the first color dairy cattle photographs. A great teacher, he trained many young bovine photographers. Worked for Curtiss Breeding Service for 12 years.

1991 - G. Joe Lyon

Toledo, Iowa. A milk marketer, a promoter and one of the nation's finest Jersey breeders. A founding director of National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Pioneered promotion of Multiple Component Pricing. An internationally recognized dairy cattle judge. Named World Dairy Expo Man of the Year. Served as President of American Jersey Cattle Club and National All-Jersey. Received AJCC Distinguished Service Award in 1987.

1990 - R. Dean Plowman, Ph.D.

Logan, Utah. Became Administrator of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in 1988. Joined ARS in 1956 as dairy research scientist at Beltsville, Md. Instrumental in development of USDA sire summary procedures. Played a key role in development of the National DHI coordinating group.

1989 - Olaf Kjome

Spring Grove, Minnesota. Respected across the U.S. for his integrity and fairness as a dairy showman, breeder and judge. He was the first recipient of the Klussendorf Award while herdsman for the highly regarded Boulder Bridge Guernsey farm and later established his own top herd at Valleyland Farm. Served 25 years as executive secretary of the Klussendorf Memorial Association.

1988 - John Morris

Frederick, Maryland. Recognized for his contributions to the Maryland 4-H dairy program while Extension Specialist from 1950 to 1977. Under his leadership, dairy project enrollment grew to record levels and judging teams he coached won 13 national championships. His program innovations included the 4-H "Dairy Bowl" and "Dairy Adventure" reaching urban youth.

1987 - Dr. Robert Walton

DeForest, Wisconsin. President and General Manager of American Breeders Service. Designed and implemented first progeny testing program for dairy cattle. Developed Estimated Daughter Superiority System, later called Predicted Difference and used nationwide by AI industry. Past President of NAAB. World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year in 1982.

1986 - Eugene Meyer

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Managing editor of Hoard's Dairyman, a magazine studied by virtually every dairyman in the U.S. Worked closely with 500-acre Hoard's Farm and 185-head Guernsey herd. Past President of Dairy Shrine; honorary member of Klussendorf Assn.; served on numerous breed organization committees. Great ability to sort important industry information and report it in a practical manner.

1985 - Wesley Sawyer

Waterford, California. A recognized dairy leader in California and nationwide. Helped make Diamond S Ranch known internationally as a source of sound registered breeding stock. Made lasting contributions in the area of milk marketing. Held numerous leadership roles, including Holstein Association director; California Board of Food and Agriculture; National Dairy Council. World Dairy Expo Man of the Year-1977.

1984 - Dr. C. F. "Fred" Foreman

Ames, Iowa. Made his greatest contribution guiding students toward successful careers following graduation. Served as head of Iowa State Dairy Science Department for 16 years and as a Professor of Animal and Dairy Science since 1955. Elected "Professor of the Year" in the ISU College of Agriculture. An internationally recognized dairy cattle judge and classifier, he judged or classified dairy cattle in 10 foreign countries and one or more times in 35 states. Served on numerous industry committees.

1983 - Ivan K. Strickler

Iola, Kansas. A leader in the dairy industry as an operator of a successful home dairy operation and served as president of several national dairy organizations. President of Mid-America Dairymen, Inc.; director, Vice President and President of Holstein Association; World Dairy Expo Board member; Executive Committee, National Milk Producers Federation; Vice President, Dairy Research, Inc. World Dairy Expo Man of the Year-1978. International dairy cattle judge.

1982 - Dr. George Trimberger

Ithaca, New York. Professor Emeritus of Animal Science at Cornell University. A world traveler in behalf of dairy cattle improvement. Coached 24 college judging teams. Internationally recognized judge. Helped launch AI program in New York. Authored "Dairy Cattle Judging Techniques." Spearheaded development of Holstein Descriptive Type Classification Program.

1981 - Stanley Chittenden

New Lebanon, New York. Nationally-recognized Jersey breeder. A Pioneer in and the leading breeder of Polled Jerseys, he was active with the Jersey breed at all levels. Served as Director and President of American Jersey Cattle Club, and President of both New York and National Purebred Dairy Cattle Associations. Received the AJCC Distinguished Service Award in 1971.

1980 - Bliss H. Crandall

President and General Manager of DHI Computing Service, Provo, Utah. Developed the first computerized system in this country for recording and calculating dairy records known as DHIA. The program grew from 10,000 cows in Utah in 1952 to more than 3,000,000 cows' performance records from all over the U.S. through 11 centers that process DHIA records. Received many awards for his outstanding dedication to the dairy profession.

1979 - Keith King

Former American Milking Shorthorn Society President, served on the corporate board of AMPI and the National Association of Animal Breeders Board. Judged every major Milking Shorthorn show in the U.S. and Canada and was the first American to judge Illawara Shorthorns in Australia. He was involved in breed associations, milk marketing organizations, the AI industry, the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and in promoting the dairy industry.

1978 - James F. Cavanaugh

Executive secretary of American Jersey Cattle Club and National All-Jersey Inc. Pioneered the adoption of the USDA sire summary. Served as Hoard's Dairyman editorial staff until 1947, then American Jersey Cattle Club's assistant secretary. Worked to improve consumer milk standards and get equitable prices for producers. Dairy Shrine president in 1962.

1977 - Dr. Raymond Brown Becker

Dairy husbandman emeritus at the University of Florida. His research on mineral nutrition found solutions to mineral deficiencies limiting production. An early pioneer in using citrus byproducts, his work on genetics and body abnormalities earned him the Borden Award for Dairy Production Research.

1976 - Robert H. Rumler

Executive Chairman, Holstein-Friesian Association of America. Traveled throughout the world representing America's dairymen. A past president of Dairy Shrine, he served as officer and director of the National Society of Livestock Records Associations and was one of four advisors to the USDA Joint Task Force on Dairy Research. An original member of the National DHIA Coordinating Group.

1975 - Dr. Ralph E. Hodgson

A former director, Animal Husbandry Research Division, Ag Research Center, USDA. Was president of the American Dairy Science Association and the World Association for Animal Production and was the U.S. liaison officer and chairman of the U.S. delegation to five International Dairy Congresses. He is the author of three books on dairying and has written over 100 bulletins.

1974 - Harry A. Herman

First executive secretary of the National Association of Animal Breeders. Helped guide the direction of the Artificial Insemination industry. In 1974 he began work as AI coordinator for the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association. In the early days of AI, he developed training programs for technicians and taught one of the first college-level courses on artificial insemination in America.

1973 - Enos J. Perry

Extension Dairyman at Rutgers University, New Jersey, from 1923 until his retirement in 1956. He established the first cooperative artificial breeding association in the U.S. in 1938. His text, "The Artificial Insemination of Farm Animals," has been widely used throughout the world. Lectured, consulted and advised dairymen around the world.

1972 - Dr. James H. Hilton

President Emeritus at Iowa State University, Ames. Was recognized as an outstanding teacher, researcher, administrator, and cattle judge. He served as Head of the Animal Husbandry Department and Dean of the College of Agriculture at North Carolina State University prior to becoming President at Iowa State in 1953.

1971 - Lawrence O. Colebank

Knoxville, Tennessee. Had more influence on the improvement of type in the Guernsey breed than any other person. He was the official classifier from 1954 to 1971. Recognized as the foremost ambassador of the breed, he classified more than 230,000 Guernseys in nearly 6,500 herds throughout the country.

1971 - Norman E. Magnussen

Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Was widely recognized as an outstanding breeder of registered Brown Swiss cattle, an excellent salesman, an inspirational leader, and a nationally known judge. Norvic Farm bred more Brown Swiss Superior and Qualified sires than any other breeding establishment in the nation.

1970 - Dr. Earl Weaver

Well-known educator, counselor, and dairy cattle judge. Spent 26 years on the staff at Michigan State University, 18 years as head of the Dairy Department. He traveled throughout the world as a lecturer and consultant and was recognized as an outstanding teacher.

1969 - Dr. Jay L. Lush

Internationally known geneticist. Applied population genetics to animal breeding. He spent 35 years at Iowa State University where he laid the foundation for modern methods of dairy cattle improvement. He trained more than 200 graduate students in animal breeding.

1968 - Glenn Lake

Michigan dairy farmer. Served as president of the National Milk Producers Federation, and sparked the formation of the Great Lakes Milk Marketing Federation. He is recognized for his long and effective contribution to milk marketing and his leadership in bargaining for better prices for dairymen.

1967 - William D. Knox

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Editor of Hoard's Dairyman since 1949. His major contributions were in the field of dairy cattle health, expanding the markets for dairy products, and the development of peacetime dairy programs to improve the economic lot of the American dairy farmer.

1966 - Warren Kinney

New Vernon, New Jersey. Master breeder of registered Brown Swiss and owner of Lee's Hill Farm, which established an outstanding reputation for milk production and show winners. His active participation in the farm and its breeding program helped create one of the outstanding dairy herds of all time.

1965 - Harold R. Searles

Minnesota Extension Dairyman form 1922 until his retirement in 1960. He was a leader in organizing cooperative artificial breeding associations, a widely known judge and Brown Swiss classifier, and was superintendent of the Cattle Department at the National Dairy Cattle Congress for more than 25 years.

1964 - W.D. Hoard, Jr.

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Publisher and general manager of Hoard's Dairyman. Grandson of W.D. Hoard, the "father of American dairying," he vigorously employed his energy toward strengthening the magazine's reputation for reliability of information and courage of editorial leadership for 350,000 readers.

1963 - Maurice S. Prescott

Lacona, New York. Editor and publisher of the Holstein-Friesian World for more than half century. In 1922, he originated the All-American Holstein-Friesian awards and is the author of the Holstein-Friesian History. He helped bring about improvement in all phases of dairying.

1962 - Otto H. Liebers

Lincoln, Nebraska. Owned Skyline Dairy, a large distributor of Golden Guernsey milk and home of an outstanding registered Guernsey herd. He was Nebraska's first county agent, served in Nebraska's Unicameral Legislature, and for many years was on the board of The American Guernsey Cattle Club.

1962 - Roger W. Jessup

Founder of Jessup Farms, Los Angeles, California. One of the largest drylot dairy operations in the world. He also created Jessup Breeders, for years the largest western-based artificial insemination company. He was a strong leader and active in all matters concerning the dairy industry.

1962 - Elbert S. Brigham

St. Albans, Vermont. A renowned Jersey breeder for 58 years on the farm where he was born. His was the first 100-cow herd to average more than 600 pounds of butterfat in one year. As a United States Congressman, he championed the dairy farmer's cause and was president of The American Jersey Cattle Club.

1961 - Dr. Carl F. Huffman

World-renowned dairy nutritionist at Michigan State University. Author or co-author of more than 125 papers published in scientific journals dealing with dairy cattle nutrition. The recipient of many honors and awards, he was president of the American Dairy Science Association in 1957.

1960 - Dr. W.E. Peterson

Internationally known professor of dairy husbandry. Spent 39 years at the University of Minnesota where he was known best for his research in milk secretion. He was the recipient of many national and international honors for his contributions as teacher and researcher.

1960 - J.C. Penney

Founder of the J.C. Penney Company, Inc.. Made his mark in agriculture through his devotion to the Guernsey cow. He founded Emmadine Farms where some the breed's outstanding animals were developed. In 1952, he gave his Foremost Guernsey herd to the University of Missouri to support research and teaching in agriculture.

1959 - Harold J. Shaw

Sanford, Maine. Was widely recognized as a master Holstein breeder and outstanding farmer. A former county agent and New England Green Pastures winner, his Shaw's Ridge Farms cattle made a lasting influence on Holstein herds throughout the nation. He served as President of the National Holstein Association.

1959 - Harry Strohmeyer, Jr.

For more than a half century, was recognized as the foremost photographer of dairy cattle. An avid student of dairy cattle conformation, his untouched photographs of successive generations of dairy cattle are an indispensable aid in recording progress through breeding. One of the founders of the Klussendorf Trophy.

1958 - Fred S. Idtse

Popular secretary of the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders' Association from 1938 through its period of most significant growth. Established Canton Shows, the State Herd program, and a type classification program and was one of the founders of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and Dairy Shrine, serving the latter as president.

1957 - Alfred M. Ghormley

Was president of the Carnation Company after serving in various capacities from the age of 19. He worked as herdsman, farm manager, manager of the fluid milk division, a member of the company's board of directors, and a member of its executive committee.

1956 - John S. Ames

Was for many years the manager of Langwater Farm, North Easton, Massachusetts. One of the best known line-bred Guernsey herds. The Guernsey Performance Register credits Langwater Farm with 1,092 animals, more than any other Guernsey breeding establishment. He was president of the AGCC for several years.

1955 - Horace W. Norton, Jr.

Became identified with the Holstein breed in 1919 and served the association in various capacities, including secretary-treasurer until 1953. Previously, he had served as assistant dean of agriculture and director of the Michigan Bureau of Animal Industry. He was known as a quiet, forceful leader, who pioneered HIR.

1955 - Karl B. Musser

Made a remarkable contribution to the growth and popularity of the Guernsey breed as secretary-treasurer of the American Guernsey Cattle Club for 31 years. Was a leader in organizing the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and Dairy Shrine, serving as officer of both groups; PDCA's secretary for many years.

1954 - Joe Eves

Is credited with starting the Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the National Dairy Cattle Congress as well as the Herdsman's Contest. A nationally known judge of all dairy breeds, he was a founder and, through the years, the most dedicated servant of Dairy Shrine as its long-time secretary.

1953 - E.S. Estel

Was secretary-manager of the National Dairy Cattle Congress for nearly 40 years. Under his leadership, it grew and expanded from a small, one-building fair to a plant of 26 major buildings covering 86 acres that was self-supporting. He also assisted in planning the formation of the American Dairy Association.

1952 - Dr. E.V. McCollum

Devoted his life to research and education in human nutrition. Was the first to discover that edible fats were not all alike and that butterfat contains something which sustained life and promoted growth in laboratory animals when other fats failed. This factor was vitamin A. His efforts led to the formation of the National Dairy Council.

1951 - Fred Pabst

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Developed the Pabst Holstein herd, for many years one of the best known registered dairy herds in the world. Conceived the idea of preparing scale models of the ideal Holstein cow and bull. The Pabst farming operation set an outstanding example for dairy farmers throughout the country.

1951 - Charles L. Hill

Rosendale, Wisconsin. Prominent Guernsey breeder who imported many outstanding animals for his "Sarnia" farm. He pioneered the monthly milk test and was first chairman of the Advanced Registry committee of the American Guernsey Cattle Club. He served as president of the former National Dairy Show.

1950 - Henry W. Jeffers

Plainsboro, New Jersey. Contributed much to the advancement of dairying through the Walker-Gordon Laboratory, the world's largest certified dairy farm. He helped develop the world famous rotolactor, the first commercial machine drying of hay, the first extensive use of grass silage, and the covered milk pail.

1949 - Dean Emeritus H. H. Kildee

Ames, Iowa. For many years one of the most popular and widely known judges of all classes of livestock. One of his many lasting contributions was his leadership in developing the unified dairy cattle scorecard, still used by all breeds. He was Dairy Shrine's first Guest of Honor.