Charles Clark, Keldron, South Dakota, was inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame posthumously for 2016. The induction took place on Friday, December 11 during the awards luncheon at the 45th Annual AGA National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Charles’ family, including wife Peggy and children Amy, Clint, and Scot, were present at convention to accept the award.
Jim Beastrom, Pierre, South Dakota presented the Clark family with this award.
The AGA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. That contribution is through the influence of cattle they have bred, their breed promotion efforts, and leadership provided to the association.
Charles and Peggy Clark and their family owned Grand River Gelbvieh, where they started raising Gelbvieh cattle in 1973. Grand River Gelbvieh became an AGA member in 1975. The operation hosted their first production sale in 1979 and offered 24 registered bulls and 25 commercial females. At the time, no other operation had a production sale. The operation hosted an annual production sale until the complete dispersal of the 350-head ranch in 1990.
Clark was very progressive and used artificial insemination extensively in his operation, seeing the benefit of being able to make faster genetic progress. Once the ranch was established, Clark collected and marketed semen from his own bulls.
Clark was a community leader and served on the AGA Board of Directors and was president of the Association in 1983. In addition, he also served his community on the local school board, 4-H Leader’s Association, Farm Service Agency and rural electric boards.
Photo Caption: Jim Beastrom, Pierre, S.D., presented the Charles Clark family with the 2016 American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame award on behalf of Charles Clark. Left to right: Kathleen Clark, Scot Clark, Narcel Clark, Clint Clark, Jim Beastrom, Peggy Clark, Amy Clark Hauck