Echo ranchers honored as 2007 OSU Diamond Pioneers

October 19, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Brothers Doug and Don Bennett, of Echo, are neighbors and partners in Oregon Hereford Ranch. For 31 years, each has followed a career in the livestock industry. They are two of the 38 men and women named as 2007 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

The 2007 class was added to the college’s Diamond Pioneer Agricultural achievement registry Wednesday, October 17, in Corvallis at a luncheon hosted by Dean of Agriculture Thayne Dutson. The registry, in its 24th year, honors achievements of those 74 and older in agriculture and related fields and in their communities. The Bennett brothers were nominated by the OSU animal sciences department.

Both Bennetts were raised on a registered Polled Shorthorn ranch in Washington. And both saw military service in the 1950s.

Doug Bennett graduated from Washington State University in 1960 and then managed Lehn Bros. Herefords until 1963, when he returned to the Pullman campus to earn a master’s degree, teach animal science classes and coach the livestock judging team. He then managed Stone Hereford Ranch until 1976.

In 1970, Don Bennett, Doug Bennett and Howard Stone established High Meadows Cattle Co. at Wallowa, later adding a winter range and hay ranch at Cecil in Morrow County. After developing a highly productive herd, the ranch and cows were sold in 1976. That same year, Doug Bennett managed a record-setting Stone Hereford dispersal sale.

Doug and Don Bennett formed a partnership in 1976 to purchase Stone Hereford Ranch to establish Oregon Hereford Ranch. The ranch’s registered Herefords were sold at sale in 1998 and the ranch expanded into a 4,000 head feedlot, purebred Angus herd and a further diversified farming operation.

Doug Bennett’s career took a detour to Texas in 1979 when, with partner Sam Friedman, he purchased and established Lone Star Herefords. After selling his interest in Lone Star in 1998, he returned to Oregon and the Oregon Cattle Ranch.

Don Bennett has been a director of Pendleton Grain Growers and served as associate director of the Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho Hereford Association. He is a past president of the Grays Harbor County Cattlemen’s Association in Washington.

Doug Bennett is a past president of the Beef Improvement Federation and the Oregon, Washington and the Northern Idaho Hereford Association. He served on the board of the American Hereford Association and the executive committee of the Texas Hereford Association.

Others to be honored as 2007 Diamond Pioneers are Thomas Allen, Jr., Larry Boersma, Kenton Chambers, Robert L. Stebbins, Benno Warkentin, J. Lowell Young and Tom Zinn, all of Corvallis; Henry Turk, Grants Pass; John Leffel, Hillsboro.

W. L. Andersen, Independence; Doug and Janie Tippett, Joseph; Cleve and Ellie Dumdi, Junction City; Frank King and Eddie Meeker, Klamath Falls; Arleigh Isley, LaGrande; Louise Grothe and Neil (C.J.) Taylor, Lakeview; Don Denman, Medford; Everett Seagoe, Merlin; James D. Wilson, Monmouth.

Tom Uriu, Ontario; Thomas Bedell and Gerne Newcomb, Philomath; William and Donna McCormack, Prineville; Robert Huckfeldt, Redmond; Betty Jo Smith, Shedd; Lawrence Fisher, Sublimity; Art and Marjorie Van Gilder, Wasco; Bill Bennett, Connell, WA; Fred Hagelstein, Vancouver, WA; Ellington Peek, Cottonwood, CA; and William Kittredge, Missoula, MT.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin