Centenarian played key role in cattle ranching

Centenarian played key role in cattle ranching

By Amanda Daniels
UNION-TRIBUNE COMMUNITY NEWS WRITER

February 23, 2006

ENCINITAS – A number of local people helped Forrest Bassford celebrate his 100th birthday earlier this month.

They may not have realized they were toasting a leader in agricultural journalism who helped establish Red Angus cattle ranching in the United States.

“He opened more gates to more ranches in the United States than any other person living, that’s his claim to fame,” said daughter Karen Kaytes of Encinitas. “He traveled a lot and would go on-site to ranches all over the world.”

Bassford is known in Encinitas for the daily walks he used to take and for his involvement with his church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Kaytes said.

To celebrate his birthday, friends and neighbors came to parties at his home and church, she said.

Bassford moved to the community in the 1970s with his wife, Marian, after he retired.

While retired, he pioneered the Livestock Publications Council, an international organization that unites trade journals.

He worked to increase membership and awareness of the council, his daughter said. He retired from the council at 93 and was honored with the naming of the Forrest Bassford Student Award. It is given each year to an outstanding college student who specializes in livestock publishing.

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