Who are we? We are a group of Beefmaster breeders in a region that encompasses much of the heart of the Midwest. We call ourselves Ozark and Heart of America Beefmaster Breeders because we wanted to maintain the core identity of the two groups that merged years ago to form OHOA.
Heart of America Beefmasters (OHOA) was begun in 1977 by Fred Farthing, Tracy Rugg, and Walt Truitt. The three men solicited other members and established the first spring HOA purebred sale in 1978. Ozark Beefmaster Breeders formed in the early 1990s, with Garland and Gary Sanny, and Tom Hood being among the earliest members. Ozark BB established a fall purebred sale at Goodman, Missouri. Both HOA and Ozark prospered throughout the 1990s, with each group boasting nearly 100 members during the peak of the cattle cycle.
Officially, we are a Marketing Group of Beefmaster Breeders United, our national breed association in San Antonio, Texas. Our goal is, quite simply, to use our numbers to promote the success of our breed and our breeders. We do this through Field Days, purebred sales, and commingled commercial feeder calf sales.
Our directors and officers serve in a volunteer capacity and are elected annually. If you'd like to learn more about OHOA breeders and events, feel free to contact any of our leaders listed on our membership page. You'll find functional cattle and friendly people wherever you go with OHOA.