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Milton Messner

Messner Herefords was established in 1948 when Milton Messner bought a few winning registered females and one bull. In 1950, Milton began selling Hereford Cattle by private treaty and consignment in local auctions. Milton joined the OHA in 1952 and the AHA with his first purchases in the late 40’s. Milton has been very involved in the AHA, OHA, Texas and Kansas Hereford Association, Northwest Cattlemen’s Association and the OCA. During Milton’s time on the OHA Board, he served as president during the years of 1976-1978. Messner Herefords also had a hand in research and development for the association.  In 1998, they assisted Auburn University in studying fertility in females and correlation in scrotal measurements of the sire. Not only did Messner Herefords work with Auburn University, but they worked with University of Arizona and Colorado State University in doing research within the breed. Milton has celebrated and promoted the beef cattle industry and agriculture for 71 years. Milton has encouraged and assisted many young people who now lead the way in the cattle industry. He feels strongly that the youth are the future and it is our responsibility to encourage them to carry on tradition of breeding excellence in the Hereford breed.


1996: Don & Billie Dennis

1997: G.T. "Doc" Easley, D.V.M

1998: Milt Messner & Keith McLemore

1999: Faye Trim

2000: Clifford Knight

2001: Burke Healey

2002: Robert Call

2003: Norman Durham & Haskell Hammontree

2004: Glen & Jean Britton

2005: Guy Shull

2006: Jim Boyd

2007: Dan Bowling

2008: Bill Jacobs

2009: Eddie Sims

2010: John Loewen

2011: Leon Langford

2012: Henry LeForce

2013: Charles & Nancy Buckminster

2014: Mickey Blakley

2015: Randy Ward

2016: Ted Curry

2017: Monte Soules

2018: Allen Moss

2019: Odell Gelvin

2022: Milton Messner

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