Cedric Cerf was born in San Luis Obispo, California, in 1887, but his family moved to San Francisco soon afterward. He attended the University of California, graduating with a degree in Engineering. He was one of Cal's all-time great athletes. Renowned as a rugby player, he captained the All American rugby team that competed in Australia and New Zealand.
After graduation, he spent two years as a grain farmer near Wheatland. In 1911 he became manager of the 31,000-acre River Farms in Woodland. In partnership with his brother, William, he also operated 10,000 acres devoted to grain and sheep near Knights Landing. Later, he and William farmed a large tract of land near Holt, producing cereal crops and hogs.
Mr. Cerf was very active in connection with the swine industry and the Farm Bureau. He was chairman of the swine section of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, a director of the California Pork Producers Association, a director of the Valley Livestock Marketing Association, and helped organize the swine section of the California Farm Bureau Federation. In addition, he sponsored the swine projects of 4-H Club members in San Joaquin County. In 1953 Cedric Cerf was awarded a "Certificate of Recognition" for his many years of cooperation with the Agricultural Extension Service.