Ranchers honored for industry efforts

Carol Ryan Dumas Capital Press Seven producers were inducted into the Souther Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame. Standing in back are, from left, Bill Brailsford, Bruce Newcomb, Celia Gould, Henry Etcheverry and Don Taber. Seated are, from left, Aggie Brailsford, Kathy Etcheverry and Bev Taber.

By CAROL RYAN DUMAS

Capital Press

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Seven Idaho livestock producers were inducted into the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame April 10.

Honored were Celia Gould, Bruce Newcomb, Henry and Kathy Etcheverry, Bill and Aggie Brailsford, and Don Taber.

Gould grew up on the family Glenndale Ranches near Buhl and has worked on the ranch all her life. She was one of the first ranchers in Idaho to raise American Wagyu beef in partnership with Snake River Farms and now owns G+ Ranches.

She also was in the Idaho Legislature for 16 years and in 2007 became the first woman director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, a position she still holds.

Newcomb grew up on a farm near Declo that also raised Hereford cattle. After college, he bought out his father's interest in the cattle and bought a ranch near Glenns Ferry, running as many as 1,800 cows and yearlings. He served 20 years in the Idaho Legislature and eight as the speaker of the House.

Henry Etcheverry is descended from a Basque immigrant who started the family sheep business near Rupert. Under Etcheverry's leadership, the operation now runs more than 2,000 head of breeding ewes and replacement yearlings. He is a charter member of the Mountain States Lamb Cooperative and a past president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

Bill and Aggie Brailsford are third-generation livestock producers with roots in the sheep industry. They no longer raise sheep, but own and operate separate Hereford-Angus cross cow-calf operations. Bill operates the Flying Triangle, with about 400 cows near Hagerman. Aggie operates A.L. Cattle with about 1,200 cows near Emmett. They are long-time members of the Idaho Cattle Association and Idaho Wool Growers Association., and Aggie has served on BLM's Boise area Resource Advisory Council.

Taber moved to Shoshone from a small family dairy operation in Pennsylvania in the mid 1970s. He, and his wife, Bev, bought a beef ranch and ran as many as 500 cow-calf pairs. By 1990, they returned to the dairy business, now milking 850 cows, and were named a top producer by the Idaho Holstein Association. They and their three sons also farm nearly 4,000 acres and feed bull calves.

-- Carol Ryan Dumas

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