Pat Shepherd from LaGrange, CA was awarded the Educator of the Year by the California Cattlewomen and the National Cattlewomen.
Shepherd began her career approximately 50 years ago by being a 4-H leader in sheep, horses and homemaking along with maintaining a full time job as an optician while raising four children.
Many years ago Shepherd joined California Cattlewomen and became a Beef Promoter for Animal Health and Scholarship Chairwoman. Over the years she has never slowed down. She was awarded Cattlewomen of the Year for San Joaquin/Stanislaus Co. Cattlewomen. She has been involved at the California State Fair, managing agriculture booths. She also belongs to the Mid Valley Cowbelles where she is very active.
Recently Shepherd started a program to donate 2,000 pounds. of beef to High Schools and Intermediate Schools for their cooking classes. Mid Valley Cowbelles and cattlemen from Merced and Stanislaus have financed this project.
Shepherd tells the students that “beef is good for good health. We take excellent care of our beef herds.” She also has produced a brochure called “WOW, THE COW’ and it is used in the classroom for teaching students about the benefits of beef and its by-products. She has taught more than 40,000 students over the years.
Shepherd will travel to New Orleans at the end of January to receive this award from the National Cattlewoman’s Organization.