The National Junior Angus Association recognized Paul and Lynn Hill, Champion Hill Angus of Bidwell, as the newest inductees into the Honorary Angus Foundation at the National Junior Angus Show in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 14.
Paul Hill is a former chairman of the Angus Foundation board of directors, a role he served in for four years. In addition, he was active in raising money for the junior program and other fundraising efforts. Hill was also one of the driving forces behind hiring Angus Foundation President Milford Jenkins, and he spearheaded the $11 million Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus.
“As a stalwart advocate of the Angus Foundation over the years, Paul has played a crucial role in its recent growth and development,” said Jenkins. “In addition to being a major promoter of the Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus, Paul and Lynn have financially supported the effort personally. Paul has also helped secure financial support from numerous other Angus breeders, corporations and friends for education, youth and research activities.
“The lives of countless Angus youth will forever be enriched, either directly or indirectly, as a result of Paul’s enthusiasm, passion and hard work on their behalf in tirelessly championing the need for funds for scholarships, leadership training and opportunities for them to grow and mature to lead our Angus breed, communities and country tomorrow,” Jenkins added.
Hill began his career as a herdsman for Briarhill Angus Farms in Union Springs, Ala., in 1971. Briarhill dispersed 10 years later, and he served as a herdsman in Connecticut, South Carolina and Virginia. In 1990, Hill became herdsman for Marshall Reynolds. The two became business partners in 1993, founding Champion Hill Angus. The herd, which included 200 donor cows and 900 recipients, had a year-round breeding program to maximize the use of recipients and supply the demand for show heifers.
After many successful years in the Angus business, the Hills retired in February 2017 to spend more time with their family, dispersing the Champion Hill herd. According to the American Angus Hall of Fame, the Hills’ sale, which sold 850 cattle, set a world record.
The Hills’ two daughters, Sarah and Neenah, have been active lifelong members. Sarah served as 1992 Miss American Angus and served on the NJAA Board in 1993-94.
At the 2017 NJAS awards ceremony, the Hills were honored along with the late Terry and Pam Bailey, High Roller Angus, Center, Texas.
In 1985, the NJAA board of directors established the Honorary Angus Foundation to recognize and thank those who have shown incredible support of Angus youth. Seven Angus breeders were honored as the first inductees, and each year the NJAA honors up to three individuals.
Any member of the American Angus Association is eligible to nominate individuals or organizations for the Honorary Angus Foundation. For more information, contact the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or visit angusfoundation.org.
Source: Sarah Hill, Angus Media