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Celebrating the Rich Traditions of the Cattle-Feeding Industry

The selection of two new inductees to the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame for 2013 will once again pay tribute to individuals who have made exceptional, lasting contributions to the cattle feeding industry.

Now in its fifth year, the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame recognizes men and women who have dedicated their careers to preserving the industry’s mission and improving production practices.  Its founding partners include Merck Animal Health, Drovers/Cattle Network and Osborn Barr.

Two names from the following list of impressive nominees will be announced for induction at the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet to be held July 25, 2013, in Denver, Colo.:

Louis DinklageDinklage Feedyards Inc. Louis Dinklage was one of the pioneers in the cattle feeding business in eastern Nebraska. In 1923, he established a 3,000-head operation near Wisner. Through the years, he was instrumental in making the area one of the nation’s cattle feeding hubs.

James HerringFriona Industries L.P. James Herring is the president and CEO of Friona Industries L.P., the fourth largest cattle feeding operation in the United States. Friona operates four commercial feedyards in the Texas panhandle and a one-time capacity of more than 275,000 head. Herring previously served as president of CattleFax and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Robert “Bob” Josserand AzTx Cattle Co. Bob Josserand is the chairman of the board and founder of AzTx Cattle Co., a family cattle operation with feedyards in Texas and Kansas. The AzTx Cattle Co. is known in the industry for developing a specialized branded beef program. Josserand has been a devoted member of the cattle feeding industry and is a past president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Marshall “Jack” ReeveReeve Cattle Co. Jack Reeve had a private veterinary practice in St. Charles, Mo., and in Garden City, Kan. Always an entrepreneur, he began feeding cattle, which led to the purchase of the Reeve Cattle Co. Reeve had a significant effect on higher education as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents and numerous other state and national boards and committees.

Leo TimmermanTimmerman & Son Feeding Co. Inc. In 1945, Leo Timmerman established his career as a cattle feeder in Omaha, Neb. He founded Leo Timmerman Feeding Co., a business that specialized in providing custom feeding, placements and commodity trading for feeders throughout the country. Timmerman is recognized as a one of the first facilitators between cattle feeders and the meat industry.
 
“Through support of the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, we’re proud to help recognize the visionary men and women who have played such a key role in the supporting the industry and providing consumers with wholesome, high-quality beef products.”
Jim Miles 

Selection Process

Nominees are chosen by a four-member committee, with inductees selected based on industry-wide voting that concluded earlier this year.  Cattle feeders cast their votes for two visionary nominees they feel will bring the most value and integrity to the industry.

Two other Hall of Fame awards will also be announced at this year’s banquet, recognizing outstanding contributions and leadership:

The Industry Leadership Award recognizes passionate industry advocates who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, provided exemplary service and have made significant contributions to the advancement of the cattle-feeding industry. Cattle feeders determine nominations for this award and vote to select the annual recipient.

The Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award recognizes feedyard employees for exceptional service in helping to improve the industry and the beef it provides to American families.  It is named in honor of Arturo Armendariz, a long-time, devoted employee of Poky Feeders.  Feedyards nominate award candidates, with the recipient selected based on input from cattle-feeding industry editors.

“The cattle feeding industry has a rich, vibrant history,” said Jim Miles, fed cattle marketing manager, with Merck Animal Health.  “Through support of the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, we’re proud to help recognize the visionary men and women who have played such a key role in the supporting the industry and providing consumers with wholesome, high-quality beef products.”

To learn more about the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, visit www.cattlefeeders.org.