Angus Australia President, Brad Gilmour, recently had the honour of presenting James Litchfield OAM of Hazeldean Angus, Cooma NSW with Honorary Life Membership of Angus Australia for his service, conduct and outstanding participation in the society and the wider beef industry.
Mr Litchfield is the fourth generation of the Litchfield family, who have farmed in Australia since the 1800s. Mr Litchfield’s grandfather, James Francis, introduced Angus cattle to the Hazeldean operation in 1926.
A member of the Angus society since 1952, Mr Litchfield further developed the Hazeldean Angus Stud through expanding the size of the stud and pioneering the opportunity to apply genetic assessments within his breeding program.
His contribution through the early adoption of performance recording greatly assisted the development of the Angus breed. Mr Litchfield was on the Board of Directors of the Angus Herd Improvement Group (A.H.I.G) when it was developed in 1966, which forged the beginnings of performance recording as we know it today.
The goal of the A.H.I.G was to “make the Angus breed in Australia paramount” and was focused on improving and promoting the Angus breed across the supply chain.
In 1967, the Angus Society became the first cattle breed society to computerise its performance testing. Mr Litchfield was one of five representatives of the A.H.I.G, that signed a five-year contract with the AML and F Computer Bureau to initiate the scheme.
Mr Litchfield was also member of the New South Wales State Committee of the Angus Society during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and was a member of the Monaro Angus Breeders Group.
Mr Litchfield has also been recognised for his contributions to the agricultural industry through numerous awards including the Beef Improvement Association’s Howard Yelland award for services to the beef industry, the Eliza Furlonge Medal for services to sheep breeding and science, the NSW Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Shield for support and co-operation, election as Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, and the Helen Newton Turner Medal for Contribution to genetic improvement in the Merino Industry.
Mr Litchfield was awarded the Order of Australia medal during the 2018 Queens Birthday Awards for his contribution to Australian sheep and cattle industries.
During the presentation of the award, Mr Gilmour acknowledged Mr Litchfield’s major contribution to the Angus breed in Australia.
“James has always let his cattle do the talking in a very commercial environment which I’m sure as a commercial producer and the Angus breed as a whole we are better off for,” Mr Gilmour said.
“I congratulate James for his wonderful achievements in livestock breeding. Thank you, James, for a lifetime of advocacy and passion for the Angus breed.”
Top Image:James Litchfield was presented with Honorary Life Membership at the recent Hazeldean Angus Bull Sale, by Angus Australia President Brad Gilmour. Image courtesy of The Land