BIDWELL — After an 850 head of cattle “herd sale” in early February, Gallia residents Lynn and Paul Hill, of Champion Hill Farm, will be retiring to spend time with family.
In addition to the record breaking Angus sale, the couple have been a local power in Angus beef, placing in national competitions.
“Lynn and I wanted to retire while we still can enjoy our families,” said Paul Hill. “The most dynamic thing is that there were more people who attended that sale than there has been in 144 years. The cattle were sold all over the US and a big part into Canada. Our genetics (Angus breed lines) have gone world-wide. We’ve been a top breeder in the country. Out of the last 27 years, two thirds of those, first or second breeder of the year (in local and national competitions) was with Champion Hill.”
Champion Hill had its complete dispersal sale Feb. 4 at the United Producers location near the Gallia County Junior Fair grounds. Champion Hill is located in Bidwell.
Paul said Tom Burke, of the American Angus Hall of Fame, told him the that selling 850 cattle had set a world record with the breed in 144 years of Angus beef. Such was also previously reported by the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
The sale totaled around $3,238,000. According to Paul, four different females and their progeny had gone for over $100,000. Some females were averaging around $15,000 a head.
Paul has partnered with Marshall Reynolds, of Huntington, in the Champion Hill operation. Paul and Lynn had previously been working in Lynchburg, Va., before moving to Gallia County and had lived in the area a little under 30 years. Paul said he grew up in Marianna, Fla. Paul also credited Reynolds with much of the farm’s success throughout the years.
“Through the grapevine I had heard that Marshall was looking to develop a tremendous herd,” said Paul. “I approached him and we got together. Marshall had already had quite a few farms. He bought a lot of land after I got here and we developed (the operation) into what it was.”
Paul said that what set Champion Hill apart, was while also focusing on the herd’s statistic, the appearance of an Angus cow was important. Paul attended the American Herdsman Institute in Missouri and has spent a lifetime learning various breeding techniques including artificial insemination and more. He said people enjoyed Champion Hill Angus cows because not only could they serve competitively, they were also practical.
“As far as being a successful cattle producer of purebred cattle, the most important thing of it all is that you should pursue it with the passion of it being your hobby rather than being your job,” said Paul. “You need to enjoy what you do (as a career).”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.