“I’d like to do something in my lifetime to help the people in the cattle industry.”
Raymond E. Adams, Jr. was born in Maple Hill, Kansas, on April 10, 1931, to Raymond E. Adams, Sr. and Jessie Stewart Adams. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1954 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science and Industry. He then received a commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and was honorably discharged in May 1956. He later partnered with his father, operating the Adams Cattle Company, headquartered at Maple Hill, Kansas. The operation included a feedlot, an extensive farming operation, a back grounding program of calves raised and purchased, and a grazing program in the Flint Hills. He also owned and operated the XIT Ranch in Southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle, where the company’s cow/calf program was maintained. Raymond took great pride in his involvement with the creation of U.S. Premium Beef. He was a founding member and served on the founding board. He also served on the board of directors of the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Stormmont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. In 2004, he received a Kansas Livestock Association award for 50 years of membership. That same year, he was named Commercial Breeder of the Year by the Kansas Hereford Association. He was Livestock and Meat Industry Council Stockman of the Year in 2005. In 2006, Raymond received the outstanding Stockman Award for K-State’s Block and Bridle Club. Raymond E. Adams, Jr. dedicated his life to the production of quality cattle and horses. Adams passed away at the age of 78 on September 3, 2009, at his home in Maple Hill. He left behind his six children: Raymond E. Adams III, Marie Adams-Dolembo, Sally Bitar, John C. Adams, Clay S. Adams and Charles A. Adams, as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Raymond Adams was a fourth generation cattleman. Three of his sons, Eddie, John and Clay, carry on the business as the fifth generation.
Year inducted: 2013