Meet Barbara our 2017 honoree!

Barbara Metch has been hooked on Polled Herefords since youth

A 4-H project gone wild! That is what Barbara calls Metch Polled Herefords!

When Barbara was the innocent age of 10 years old she started to show steers. Her rst was with a Polled Hereford. She not only won the breed champion, she went on to be named Grand Champion Steer. She was hooked. The next year she had a steer and a heifer project for 4-H. Polled Herefords, Stock Shows, and working with Cattle people has been her way of life from that point forward.

Leadership started at a young age for Barbara. She was 4-H club President, County 4-H President and to this day works as a leader and club manager in her local 4-H Club.In the earlier years there was no Junior Polled Hereford Association in New Jersey. Barbara was already active in the National Junior Polled Hereford Associations. So she went back home and started the New Jersey Association and served as president for 4 years. She participated as a delegate to the Junior Nationals for several years.

Once Barbara moved to Texas, she became involved with the Texas Pollette organization and a member of the National Organization of Pollettes. She would later serve as president of both Organizations and serving on the National board for 4 years. She served the National Organization of Pollettes as Chairman of the board and vice chairman, several committees. She was closely involved with the Ed Bible scholarship, National Organization of Pollettes Founders Scholarship, National Queen, and the Ways and Means committee.

Barbara was the rst Co-President of HYFA and helped starting up the foundation which lead to what it is today. She was on the startup committee for the merger of the ladies American Hereford Auxiliary, and National Organization of Pollettes.

Today she is serving on the National Hereford Woman Board and working with the National Queen Committee, Membership committee, History Committee, and others.

Barbara’s leadership expanded across other spectrums. She was the rst woman director elected to the Texas Polled Hereford Board of directors. On her second term she served as President of the Board for Several years.

Today Barbara is the Vice President of the North East Texas Hereford Association board of directors. She also serves on the boards of the Magnolia Hereford Association, Cross Timbers Hereford Association and was previously on the South Texas Polled Hereford Association board of directors.

In her professional life Barbara is a top agent for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. She has taken care of people’s insurance needs for 16 years. She loves meeting new people and helping anyone in their insurance needs.

Locally Barbara serves as treasurer of the Van Zandt County AgriLife Extension leadership board. She is also a 20 plus year member of the Beef and Forage Committee. Currently she is serving as a board member of the Van Zandt County Fair board where she is the Open Beef Show Chairman and Chairman of the Master Showmanship.

Metch Polled Herefords is located in Canton Texas. She continues to play an active and vital role of the ranch. She performs all arti cial insemination duties, responsible for calving out all cattle. Preparing and maintaining cattle for all sales and shows. Metch Polled Herefords runs 75 brood cows and sells an excellent crop of Bulls each year. Metch Polled Herefords has been breeding cattle for 45 years.

Barbara’s spiritual faith is just as strong as her faith in Polled Hereford Cattle. She has served as youth director of the Four Mile Lutheran Church for 15 years. She was also President of the church council and committee chair for the 165th anniversary celebration.

In 2005 Barbara married Gary Holan at the Four Mile Lutheran Church where they met. Together they share the love for the church, travel and Polled Hereford Cattle.

Barbara is the daughter of Don and Ann Metch (former National Show Honorees). Her Family includes Husband Gary Nolan, daughters Amber Holan, Carrie and Johnathan Donnell. Nephews Don Metch and wife Jenilee, their sons Wyatt and Colton Metch. Nephew Jake Metch and wife Mary Kate. Brother Bill Metch and his wife Chris.


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The Texas Polled Hereford Association (TPHA) Is A Not For Profit Organization With Membership Consisting Of Dedicated Polled Hereford Breeders Throughout The Great State Of Texas.

TPHA Believes That This Breed Has A Great Foundation And History In The Beef Industry And These Fine Cattlemen Will Make Great Contributions To The Industry For Future Generations Of Cattle Enthusiasts.

The Organization Strives To Deliver Value To Its Membership By Focusing Resources On Assisting Members And Regional Associations Wtih Marketing Their Operations Or Genetics. Promoting The Polled Hereford Breed And Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) To Non-Members. Providing Eduational And Fellowship Opportunities To The Membership. Supporting The State Junior Associations Through Scholarships And Various Awards Programs.