Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kan., has been named the 2011 American Gelbvieh Association Member of the Year. Hart was recognized during the 2011 AGA annual convention, held January 7-8 in Denver, Colo.
Every year the AGA honors an outstanding member who gives their time, talent and dedication to further the improvement of their state and national association. Nominated by the Heart of America Gelbvieh Association (HAGA), Hart is a distinguished recipient of this award.
Owner of Hart Farm Gelbvieh located within the Kansas City area, Hart has built a small, but progressive Gelbvieh herd.
“Since 1996, we have concentrated on breeding the best red genetics our breed has to offer. We’ve selected our females carefully and used the breed’s top A.I. sires,” comments Hart.
Fellow HAGA member Mike Shrewsbury describes the Hart farm’s genetic program as powerful red cattle that would make anyone proud to own. “Hart Farm Gelbvieh has produced several A.I. sires and donor quality females as well as show heifer prospects. These cattle are his pride and joy and it shows when you talk to him about Gelbvieh.”
When Hart is not at the farm or promoting Gelbvieh, he can be found at his advertising agency, the Hart Agency located in Fairway, Kan. He uses his career in advertising to benefit the HAGA. Bob develops state customer ads for the breeder directory, and edits and publishes the directory. Additionally, he edits and publishes the HAGA state paper, Golden Cattle News. He has served as the HAGA secretary/treasurer for six years, co-chairman for the HAGA state sale, and carries out the state association’s advertising plan.
An avid supporter of youth, Bob often attends the American Gelbvieh Junior Association regional shows and Junior Classic to support Gelbvieh juniors. He gives generously to sponsor meals or awards for state and national junior events. Recently, Hart was elected to his first term on the AGA Board of Directors.
“It’s very easy to see the example that Bob sets towards others in leadership through service. His countless hours of work and promotion have no doubt left a long-lasting impact on Gelbvieh throughout Missouri and the surrounding states,” says Dana Stewart, AGA director of member services.
Outside of the Gelbvieh breed, Bob is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association and a supporter of Wyandotte County 4-H and its annual auction. He is also a member of the Arabian Horse Association and the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association, among many others.