Heldermon Elected to Lead Oklahoma Cattlemen

Ray Heldermon of Claremore has been elected as the 32nd. President to lead the 55-year-old beef cattle industry trade association. Heldermon has served as President –Elect for the last two years and brings a wealth of leadership experience and livestock industry knowledge to the post.
Heldermon grew up in Hinton, but moved with his parents to the Claremore area, graduated from high school at Chelsea and entered Oklahoma State University where he pursued a degree in Animal Science. He was a member of the 1971 OSU Livestock Judging Team. Following graduation, Heldermon worked for Dr. Bob Totusek on the OSU Range with the research herd. In 1973 Ray moved to Joplin, Missouri where he managed a Polled Hereford ranch and later managed the Charles Reider Limousin Ranch. In 1976, Ray along with his wife Donna and son Coy moved back home to Claremore and established the foundation Angus cowherd which would serve as the genetic source for the purebred Black Limousin cow herd that Heldermon would build during the next three decades.
Heldermon has served a President of Oklahoma Beef Inc. which is Oklahoma’s Premiere Performance Test Station, as President of the Oklahoma Limousin Breeder’s Association, and has served two terms as Director for the North American Limousin Foundation. He was involved in the reorganization of the Rogers County Cattlemen’s Association and became involved with the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association by serving as Co-Chairman and Chairman of the OCA Purebred Committee. He served as Northeast District Director 1994-1997and as Northeast District Vice President 1999 through 2002. Ray has been an active member of OCA since 1979.

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