Barnard, Kansas native and partner of Post Rock Cattle Company, Bill Clark is the 2011 American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame inductee. Clark was recognized during the 2011 AGA annual convention, held January 7-8 in Denver, Colo.
“Bill Clark is a cattleman, a dedicated worker, and a family man. These characteristics and so many more place him in a category of long respected and valued American Gelbvieh Association members,” said Dana Stewart, AGA director of member services. Clark was nominated by the Kansas Gelbvieh Association (KGA).
Clark entered the seedstock business in 1951 with a polled Hereford heifer. Over time his eye and selection for high-quality beef genetics led him to the Gelbvieh breed. In 2010, Post Rock Cattle Company celebrated their 25th annual Gelbvieh production sale. It was their most successful sale to date with 96 bulls averaging just over $3,000.
As a key player in the Gelbvieh breed, Post Rock Cattle Company has raised and used several breed influencers including DCSF Post Rock Top Brass, DCSF Post Rock Black Savvy, DCSF Post Rock Bouncer, DCSF Post Rock Heartland, JEB Polled Gizmo, BTI Extra 2106K and MRCO New Direction.
Bill and his wife, Marlene, have three daughters and one son, and ten living grandchildren. Bill’s son Leland and his wife Jan, as well as their children Meredith and Quentin, play a very active role in the day to day operations at Post Rock Cattle Company.
“It is truly a team effort in the production and promotion of Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle at Post Rock,” says Bill. “I have no greater joy than my grandchildren, be it working cattle, harvesting grain, throwing bales, water rafting or mountain climbing. We are meant for each other.”
Clark has been actively involved in the KGA and helped organize and host the first traveling state association tour. On the national level, he has served on several committees including productivity and national sale. Bill also served two terms on the AGA Board of Directors and helped make decisions on blended breed EPDs, whole herd assessments, and the Balancer program.
Locally, Clark has served on the Extension board, as well as the board chair. He has also served on the Farm Bureau board, is a charter member of the Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association, and has been a Sunday School teacher and chairman of his church’s Pastor Committee.