Top Hand Award

The Top Hand Award is the NDSA's most prestigious award, designed to express appreciation to those who have made exceptional contributions to the welfare of the cattle industry. The Top Hand will be awarded at the NDSA convention banquet. The winner will add his/her name to the Top Hand roster at the association's headquarters and receive a bust with the inscription:

"In grateful recognition of his/her unselfish concern for humanity, for his/her country and for the cattle industry. His/her many outstanding achievements and demonstrated leadership have earned him/her the high esteem, respect and admiration of his/her innumberable friends and associates throughout society."

Nominations for the Top Hand Award can be made by a member of the NDSA to the Honorary Membership Committee, who will review all nominations and present their recommendation to the board of directors for a vote at the March board meeting.

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Past Top Hand Award recipients

2017 - Jerry Effertz, Velva

2013 - Jack Reich, Zap

2009 - Wade Moser, Bismarck
2002 - Richard M. Tokach, Mandan
2001 - Stan Melroe, Gwinner 
1998 - Gordon McLean, Gilby
1996 - Kyle Miller, Bantry 
1995 - Odd Osteroos, Des Lacs 
1994 - Roger Stuber, Bowman 
1993 - Delbert Moore, Forbes 
1992 - Joe Milton, McLeod 
1990 - Millard T. Lund,  Bismarck
           Clair Michels, Bismarck 
1989 - J.L. Connolly, Golden Valley 
1987 - Jack Dahl, Gackle 
1975 - Brooks Keogh, Keene 
1974 - Don Short, Medora 
1973 - Karnes Johnson, Golva 
1973 - Jim Tyler, Bismarck 
           Andrew Johnston, Watford City
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