Bred Heifer Offering Honors James Bennett’s Legacy

April 15, 2024

Bred Heifer Offering Honors James Bennett’s Legacy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A choice lot in the Tucker Family Farms Professional Replacement Female Sale will honor the late James Bennett, Knoll Crest Farms, and his legacy in the seedstock and Hereford industry on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. eastern in Amherst, Va. In memory of their friend and mentor, Bill and Claudia Tucker have stepped up to offer choice of two of their best bred Hereford heifers, with all proceeds supporting the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and ongoing education and research projects happening at the American Hereford Association.

Tucker Family Farms is honored to pay it forward with this special tribute to James Bennett and Knoll Crest’s legacy. “With zero recognition of the thirty years between us, he celebrated my successes, was concerned over my challenges and without failure offered wise counsel for the next step,” Bill Tucker recalls. “The knowledge from this counsel will ring in my ears for the rest of my days and is an awesome gift from a great man.”

Lots D1 and D2 in the legacy bred heifer offering are wholly Knoll Crest Farm genetics and sired by KCF Bennett Acclaim C442. They are both bred AI to KCF Bennett Monument J338, who ranks in the easiest calving 2 percent of the breed and solidifies cowherd building traits. The buyer will take their choice of these front pasture females.

A pioneer in performance, from Red House, Va., Bennett passed in January 2024 and his influence in the industry had a positive impact locally, statewide, nationally and internationally, being inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame in 2007. James got his start in the seedstock business in 1944 and over the years Knoll Crest Farms has been and continues to be recognized for their performance-based genetics.

James Bennett was very active in the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), serving as president in 1979 -1980. He received BIF’s Pioneer Award in 1993, and in 1978 and 1998 Knoll Crest Farms was named BIF’s Seedstock Producer of the Year. Fast forward to 2000 and Knoll Crest customers, Bill and Claudia Tucker, Tucker Family Farms were honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award.

Make plans to join Tucker Family Farms as they host this Legacy Bred Heifer Offering in their Professional Replacement Female Sale this week to honor their mentor and friend, James Bennett. Learn more about the choice lot and the sale, here,


 ​​The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) was established in 1986 and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated exclusively to scholarship and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle. The mission of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America is to encourage, recognize and reward the development of life skills and values in the next generation of leaders by providing education, scholarship and leadership opportunities for Hereford Youth.