Chris Lacy has Hereford in his blood. From the time his ancestors registered the o6 brand in 1872 until today, Hereford cattle have been the cornerstone of the o6 Ranch dynasty in West Texas.
As its manager and part owner, Lacy credits his great grandfather, H.L. Kokernot, Sr., with founding the successful o6 Hereford operation in 1912, and it continues today.
Lacy is a past president of the Highland Hereford Association, and his great grandfather was one of the early members of Highland, originally established to market West Texas Herefords and ship them to Chicago, Fort Worth, and various packing plants to the north. Now it’s an organization serving all ranchers and cattle breeds in the area.
At its annual meeting and sale on Jan. 27-28 in Fort Worth, Highland’s parent organization, the Texas Hereford Association, recognized Lacy’s many contributions to Highland, naming him a 2018 National Hereford Show Honoree.
“I feel my grandfather and great grandfather would be pleased that I was given the opportunity to receive this award. They were Hereford people, and they would be glad to see that this ranch is still running Herefords,” Lacy said.
With many family members now actively involved in the o6 operation, Lacy feels confident the ranch will be working, succeeding, and running Herefords well into the future.