Year Inducted: 
2017

After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 1964, Charles E. Boyd returned to his family’s Mays Lick farm where he built their cattle enterprise into the well-known and respected beef operation it is today.

Boyd Beef Cattle is recognized as one of this nation’s top seed stock producers of two major beef cattle breeds. He worked tirelessly to promote and advance livestock and farming organizations and associations and built a true family operation for future generations.

Boyd mentored youth and adults in evaluating livestock and in profitable production and management of quality cattle. He hosted and made his cattle available for 4-H, FFA and college judging teams from more than 20 states. He was also one of the most sought after purebred livestock judges, having served that role in almost every state.

He was a charter member of the Mason County Cattlemen’s Association and served as its first president. Boyd was also director of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, member of the Kentucky Livestock Improvement Association and Kentucky State Board of Agriculture.

Boyd was instrumental in founding the North American International Livestock Exposition and served on the beef advisory board and on the steering committee. He was a longtime member and director of the American Hereford Association, serving as president three times. He also served on the steering committee for the National Hereford Show.

Through the years, Boyd was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including his induction into the Mason County Alumni Hall of Fame and American Hereford Association Hall of Fame.

Boyd died on Sept. 30, 2015.