January 20, 2018 * Contact: Jacob Redway, KCA * 859-278-0899 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Four deserving cattlemen were honored during this year’s Evening Banquet at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention in Lexington. Roy Burris, Hansell Pile Sr., Billy Glenn Turpin, and Jay Price were the association’s 2018 Hall of Fame inductees.
In his role as a Professor and Extension Beef Specialist with the University of Kentucky, Roy Burris has been instrumental in implementing educational programs that have greatly benefited the beef cattle industry. Roy secured a $750,000 grant from USDA along with other funding that helped start programs such as Master Cattlemen, Master Stocker, and Integrated Resource Management. He is well know for his writing, as he’s authored numerous extension publications and wrote for 31 years in the Cow Country News. His friends and peers say, “Roy changed Kentucky Agriculture.” Roy lives in Princeton, KY with Karen, his wife of 45 years. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Hansell Pile Sr. was remembered as a true gentlemen. In 1942, he began raising Polled Hereford cattle at his farm in Hardin County, KY. He raised breeding stock which were sold in 13 states across the country. Along with helping start the Hardin County Beef Association, Hansell was the county fair chairman and was active in helping 4-H and FFA members exhibit and raise cattle. Hansell was recognized by the Kentucky State Fair Board for over 50 years of consecutively exhibiting his cattle at the fair. Hansell was a steward of the land, and was always studying and learning to leave the land better than how he found it. Hansell passed away on March 1, 2006. His wife Frances passed away in 1989. They were married for 44 years, raising four children and two grandchildren.
Former KCA President Billy Glenn Turpin has impacted not only his community but individuals across the state. He was a vocational agriculture teacher at Madison Central High School for 31 years and led 10 national champion land judging teams. He worked closely with Madison County Extension Service to host several field days and demonstrations on his cow/calf farm. Billy’s involvement in the CPH-45 program helped improve the quality of cattle in his county as well as across the state. Billy’s peers say that “his heart is with the Beef Cattle Industry.” Billy has been married to his wife Mildred for 48 years. They raised two children and one grandchild.
Jay Price of Casey County exemplifies high quality farming and cattle practices. On his farm of 800+ acres, he raises 250-300 fall calving cows. He opened his farm to field days and tours to teach practices such as freeze branding, fencing, and forages that impacted the operations of local cattlemen. After teaching vocational agriculture for 27 years, Jay touched the lives of not only local cattlemen but many beef leaders across Kentucky. Despite recent health issues, Jay continues to be a strong voice for beef cattle farming. Jay and his wife Carol have lived on the family farm since 1980, and have raised two children and three grandchildren. Their grandchildren will be the sixth generation to have lived on the farm.
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association would like to congratulate all of these deserving individuals for their years of service and numerous contributions to the agriculture industry. Videos of the 2018 inductees can be viewed on the KCA Youtube and Facebook pages.