Collinsville’s Carney Cattle Ranch and Larry, Brenda, Justin and Jess Carney, were recently honored with the 2018 Progressive Breeder award from the Texas Shorthorn Association during the state Shorthorn field day/annual meeting at H&M Farms in Boerne. The event was hosted by the Charles Herbst and Pat Mattick families.

Shorthorns have been in the Carney family for four generations, since Brenda’s grandfather, Nathan Hedges, and her father, Carrol Hedges of Whitesboro, raised and showed milking Shorthorns. Brenda started showing when she was 8 years old and her first calf was a Shorthorn. Larry Carney and Brenda Hedges first met 34 years ago at a steer show and have been married 32 years.

Their son Justin was also 8 years old when he showed his first Shorthorn heifer — CF Crystaleen, who later became a big part of the WHR and Sullivan donor programs. The Carneys’ son Jess began showing when he was 9 and continued until he was 21 years old. Justin and Jess were both active in FFA, with Justin serving as president. Jess was also active in the Texas Junior Shorthorn Association and served as treasurer. Larry and Brenda served as adult sponsors.

The boys won many champion heifer show awards across Texas and exhibited cattle in four National Junior Shows — Minneapolis, Minnesota; Lawton, Oklahoma; Grand Island, Nebraska; and Springfield, Illinois. Today, Justin farms and ranches. Jess graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in animal science. He presently works at Holiday Auto Group. Larry is a system service rep for Oncor Electric Delivery and Brenda is a teacher for the Collinsville Independent School District. She is also involved with the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. Larry is also a director of the Texas Shorthorn Association.

The Carney Cattle Ranch herd consists of 40 head of registered Shorthorns and recipient cattle. Their breeding program is based on three cow families — SULL Tina’s Girl, WHR Robin and CCR Reba. During their showing season, these heifers were named grand champion in Fort Worth and Houston, as well as class winners in Denver and Louisville. The Reba cow also was the Texas Junior Shorthorn Association State Show and State Fair of Texas champion female.

The firm has performed conventional flushing as well as IVF on all three cows. They paired these cow families with matings to DF Waco 6W, HD Swagger 802, CF Solution X ET and WHR Sonny 8114. The resulting calves are winning championships across the country. In addition to private treaty sales, the firm also consigns cattle to Glamour Girls, the Springtime Revival Sale and the Lone Star Edition sale. The Carneys plan to continue growing their herd with an extensive embryo transplant program.