Birdwell's family has been in the cattle business previous to statehood with family land ownership dating back to 1902. Birdwell has been active in agriculture all his life. He was a member of the Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Team in 1966 and 67. Upon graduation from OSU, he taught agricultural education at Union City from 1968 to 1972. In the early 70's, he worked for the American Polled Hereford Association covering Oklahoma and Kansas. His passion though, is marketing and in 1975 he began a career of marketing cattle when he joined National Cattle Services. In 1978, he struck out on his own and is now a nationally respected auctioneer whose chant is recognized in purebred auctions around the country.
Family is fundamental to Birdwell. While he raises registered Angus and Hereford cattle along with a few registered Quarter Horses, he is most proud of his family. Jim and his wife, Jeanne are the proud parents of two children and five grandchildren.
Birdwell's list of awards and honors is long and distinguished. A small sample of recent honors include; the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Sciences Distinguished Services Award in 2005. In 2007, our recipient was inducted into the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver.
Service is important to Birdwell. He is willing to share his time and expertise in important endeavors. For instance, he served on the Industry Input Committee for hiring the new Head of the OSU Department of Animal Science and he has served on the Steering Committee for the Bob Totusek Endowed Chair. Additionally, Birdwell has led the OCA as a board member and most recently as the 31st president. While his living is selling cattle, his heart leads him to share his talents with organizations like junior breeds and the OCA.
Perhaps the best summary of Jim Birdwell, is the words of Bobby Jones, OCA South-Central District Vice President, who submitted his nomination: "Jim Birdwell is well respected among cattle producers in Oklahoma and throughout the nation. I see Jim as someone who lives his 'Cowboy Ethics' by showing that a man's word is his bond and a handshake is enough to seal any agreement."
The OCA represents more than 5500 Oklahoma ranching families. The OCA exists to support and defend the state and nation's beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership or activities call 405-235-4391 or visit www.okcattlemen.org.
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