Bob Buchholz of Eldorado received the Earwood Award during the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ 107th annual convention on Friday, July 15th in Kerrville.

The award is the association’s most prestigious and coveted award. It is named for the late Fred Earwood of Sonora and is presented to individuals whose loyalty and dedication to the sheep and goat industry exemplify land and livestock values. The award is a bronze figure of sheep titled “The Money Makers,” sculpted by the late Don Bowen, of Coke County.

Bob Buchholz is the son of Inez and Douglas Buchholz, a ranching family with roots in the Texas Hill Country as far back as the 1850s. He grew up on the Nagel Ranch in Hays County. After graduating from Dripping Springs High School, he attended Tarleton University and then completed the TCU Ranch Management Program in 1975. After college, Bob and his older brother, David, broke and trained horses for the public. Over a 14-year period, they broke around 2,000 colts.

Bob is married to Mary Ross Buchholz. They and their sons, Robert, Dalton and Franklin ranch in Schleicher, Crockett, and Menard Counties where commercial meat goats are the centerpiece of their operation along with cattle and sheep. Rotational grazing, prescribed burning, trapping and livestock protection dogs to improve the land overall are essential components of Bob and Mary’s ranching operation.

In addition to his sons, Bob’s father-in-law, Joe David Ross of Sonora, was on hand to see the presentation.

Stanley B. “Seco” Mayfield, III of Sonora was presented with the TSGRA Dietert Memorial Award.

Kerr Wardlaw of Del Rio was presented with the TSGRA Young Rancher Award.

Curry Campbell of Sonora presided over the convention as the TSGRA President.

The TSGRA also honored other individuals who contribute to the advancement of the sheep and goat industry in Texas. They include:

• Parks Tucker III of San Angelo - Outstanding Agriculture Science Teacher Award;

• Josh Kouns of Seymour – Outstanding County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources;

• Shea Nebgen of Fredericksbur – Outstanding County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Community Health;

• Ed Smith of Schleicher County - Outstanding Trapper of the Year;

• Edie McDaniel of Round Rock and Amanda Foust of Lampasas – TSGRA Special Award for their work with the Chisholm Trail Youth Dorper Association

• Randy and Kathy Mankin of Eldorado (The Eldorado Success, The Big Lake Wildcat and The Devil’s River News) – Outstanding News Media Award.

The association elected new officers during the convention including Jim Quinn of Brady who was named the group’s President. Other officers are Rodney Kott of Fredericksburg, First Vice President; and Rick Powers of Sonora, Second Vice President.