Sulphur Springs cattleman Billy Dan Lindley now has another title to add to his resume. The former school teacher, principal and fertilizer salesman was recently elected as president of the American Brahman Breeders Association.
Lindley spent the majority of his career as principal in Yantis, followed by several years of teaching and serving as principal at Travis Elementary in Sulphur Springs.
It was however his first job, as a part-time employee at a sale barn, that lead him to a career as a cattleman. Lindley has raised cattle most of his life, but while working at the sale barn, he was introduced to the Brahman breed.
“There weren’t many of them and they really fascinated me,” Lindley, 65, recalled.
By 1968, he and his family were raising registered American Brahman cattle.
“We started real big with one Brahman heifer,” he joked.
One turned into 10, and today, Lindley and his family (wife Suzanne, and daughters Sara and Patricia) run 100 head of the bovine on their Hopkins County property.
Once Lindley retired from teaching, he and his family were able to devote more time to showing Brahman cattle and working in the breed association. Lindley served on the Texas Brahman Association as secretary, vice president and president, and then began working his way up the national ranks.
“You work your way through it,” he said of moving up in the association and being elected. “I was real proud that it was a unanimous ballot. It’s really an honor.”
Despite being asked for years to take positions within the association, Lindley said the overwhelming support among association members was a nice surprise.
“We never planned on this,” he added. “It’s something we never thought we were capable of. We never thought we were a large enough breeder.”
Lindley’s term as the association president will last a year, but could be stretched into two, as traditionally, the president is re-elected to a second term.
The phone at his house hasn’t stopped ringing since assuming the title earlier this March.
“Everybody’s been real congratulatory,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of good friends all across the Southern United States. We’re meeting people we never would have met.”
While Lindley serves as ABBA president, his ranch duties will be handled by his one and only employee, James Jordan.
“We have a real good young man that helps us,” Lindley said of Jordan. “He has been with us a couple of years and we feel comfortable leaving it in his hands.”
As the association leader, Lindley’s tasks will include assigning board members to committees, continuing to produce his newsletter, serving as a liaison in the industry and promoting the breed whenever the opportunity arises.
“It’s really just an honor being president,” said Lindley. “Not many school teachers get into this level of it.”
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