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Block and Bridle Club to Honor Doug Brand
Lincoln, Neb., February 24, 2017 – Douglas Brand of Seward will be recognized as the 2017 University of Nebraska–Lincoln Block and Bridle honoree.
The Block and Bridle Club focuses on building leaders in the livestock and meat industries. The award recognizes those who have contributed to Nebraska agriculture through leadership, service, youth projects, community activities and involvement with the university.
Brand is the vice president of the agriculture lending division of Jones National Bank and Trust Co. in Seward. Beyond his professional role, he has established a long record of promoting animal agriculture in Nebraska through his leadership. Brand has served as a 4-H leader for 18 years and a member of the Seward County 4-H Foundation Board since its inception over a decade ago. He actively works with 4-H and FFA students, assisting with the selection of their livestock for fair projects.
In addition, Brand has been a member of the Seward County Agricultural Society for 39 years, and currently serves as secretary of the board. He coordinates all programming for the Seward County Fair. Brand has also served on the Nebraska State Fair Board for 24 years. In 2009, he and his wife Gail, were the lead chair-couple for the Cattlemen's Ball near Milford.
Among the awards and recognitions Brand has received over the years are the Nebraska Fair Person of the Year Award and the National Heritage Award for service to fairs and expositions, which he received in 2013. In 2012 he was inducted in to the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and in 2013 was inducted into the UNL Builders Association.
Brand graduated from UNL in 1973 with a degree in animal science. As a student, he served as annual editor, treasurer and president of the Block and Bridle Club. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Brand will be honored at the Block and Bridle Club Honoree Banquet on April 21 at 6 p.m. at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St., Lincoln.
Tickets to the banquet, which will feature a prime rib dinner, are $25. Tickets can be purchased by contacting a Block and Bridle Officer or Andi Hallberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. A reception for Brand and his family, friends and past honorees will precede the banquet at 5:30 p.m.
The Block and Bridle Club is part of the Animal Science Department within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 2010 TO 2019
Ann Marie Bosshamer-2016Bosshamer is currently the executive director of the Nebraska Beef Council where she leads a team to collect and manage beef checkoff funds in the state of Nebraska. In 2015 checkoff collections totaled $9.2 million. Of those funds, $3.5 million are managed by the Nebraska Beef Council for the state. Known throughout Nebraska as the "Voice of Beef," Bosshamer has made countless presentations to producer groups and has narrated dozens of radio advertisements to promote beef.
Communicating beef to a national and international audience is a passion of Bosshamer's. She works with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to share the story of beef to international guests and other influencer groups. Her tours for national media and agricultural influencers have helped define Nebraska in the national psyche as a place where people care about animals and nurture the land.
In addition, Bosshamer is a leader in youth mentorship. She has committed many hours to youth and students, having made several presentations to classes at UNL. The Nebraska Beef Team, created by Bosshamer over 10 years ago, has become a national model for beef education. A joint program with UNL, the Nebraska Beef Team places students in grocery stores to provide credible information and help customers select and cook great beef.
Bosshamer graduated from UNL with a degree in diversified agriculture in 1992. She worked as a Nebraska Extension assistant in Lancaster County until she began her career with the Nebraska Beef Council in 1996.
Bosshamer will be honored at the Block and Bridle Club Honoree Banquet on April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union. Tickets to the banquet are $10 for club members, $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by contacting a Block and Bridle Officer or Andi Hallberg at email@example.com. A reception for Bosshamer and her family, friends and past honorees will precede the banquet at 5:00 p.m
Bill Rishel -2015Rishel was raised on a livestock and crop farm near York, Pennsylvania. Bill Rishel and his family moved to North Platte, NE in 1975. Along with his wife Barb, Bill started Rishel Livestock Services, Inc., a sales management company, in 1977. He also began developing Rishel Angus, a registered herd of Angus cattle. Rishel's herd genetics have played a dominate role in the artificial breeding companies American Breeders Service, Accelerated Genetics, and Select Sires.
Rishel is very involved in the livestock industry, having held a variety of leadership positions in many organizations. He began his journey with the American Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef where he sat on their Board of Directors for five years. Rishel was then Chairman of the Certified Angus Beef Board of Directors in 1995. More recently, Rishel has been involved with the Nebraska Cattlemen serving as their president in 2010. He has also been involved with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation, Ag Builders of Nebraska, NCTA statewide Advisory Council, NCBA working group on beef grading, Beef Focus Group at US MARC and 2015 Beef Industry Long Range Planning Task Force.
Rishel Angus is nationally and internationally recognized and has received special recognition for their commitment to identification and improvement of carcass merit. Bill has kept performance records on his herd and has identified outstanding seed stock for their operation from the beginning. Rishel Angus continues to be a leading breeder in terms of their commitment to identifying the carcass merit of cattle out of a belief that the real focus of the breeding program needed to be the acceptance of its product by consumers. Because of this, many of the leading individuals for carcass merit in the Angus breed carry the Rishel Angus, B/R, prefix.
Rishel graduated in 1967 from Penn State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and an M.S. in Animal Breeding in 1969. Bill and his wife have three daughters who all attended UNL: Jill and Ron Wolforth family reside in The Woodlands, TX; Joy and Tyler Brandt family reside in Ankeny, IA; and Judy and Ryan Terwilliger family reside in Lincoln, NE.
Mark Jagels - 2014
Jagels is the fourth generation to operate his family farm that was homesteaded in 1883. Along with his wife Suzanne, Jagel runs a diversified operation that grows white corn, yellow corn, and soybeans; has a cow/calf operation; custom feeds cattle, and operates a trucking business.
Jagels has demonstrated outstanding service to the livestock and grain industries by holding a number of leadership positions in agricultural organizations on the state, national, and international levels. In 1999 he was appointed to the Nebraska Corn Board and then went on to serve as Chairman. He currently serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation which works internationally to put U.S. meat on the world's table. Jagels has been actively involved in Nebraska Cattlemen, Agricultural Builders of Nebraska, Thayer County Farm Bureau, U.S. Grains Council, and the National Corn Growers Association.Jagels has done extensive international work; completing trade missions to Cuba, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, Poland, and Hungary. He and his wife have hosted chefs from EU and international USMEF trade teams.
Jagels graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor's degree in Ag Economics. He and his wife have three sons: Derek, who works as a grain merchandiser; Brett, who is a third grade teacher; and Jason, who has re-turned to the family farm.
Bill Dicke - 2013Bill Dicke was born October 22, 1949, in McCook, NE. He graduated from Wauneta High School in 1968. In 1972, Bill received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with double majors in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics. Bill continued his graduate education in Ruminant Nutrition and completed his Masters degree in 1974.
Bill began his professional career as Director of Technical Service and Assistant Nutritionist at ZIP Feed Mills in Sioux Falls, SD. He then progressed toward the nutritional consulting business having experience working for Scott Pro, Inc., in Scott City, KS, and Koers Consulting in Salina, KS. In 1981, Bill founded his own independent nutritional consulting firm, Cattlemen's Nutrition Services. Today, Cattlemen's Nutrition Services, LLC now headquartered in Lincoln, NE is one of the largest independent consulting firms in the United States. The company consults for about 130 clients in 13 states. Bill was a "primary influencer" in the development of ethanol byproduct feeding. Bill's creativity provided recommendations that allowed feeders to use higher levels of wet byproducts in feedlot diets giving his clients significant economic advantages allowing them to be profitable as corn prices increased. During the past eight years, Bill has brought three young nutritionists, all University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates, into his business. Bill also manages the Dicke Family farm in Dundy County in southwest Nebraska. The farm received the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Award in 2009. This year Bill was nominated for the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement.
Bill is a member of the Ag Builders of Nebraska and served on its board from 2005-2010. He is a committee member of the Sustainable Animal Agriculture Campaign for Nebraska. Bill serves on the nominating committee for the National Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame and the Education Committee of the Nebraska Cattlemen. In addition, Bill is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Kansas Livestock Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, High Plains Nutrition Council, the UNL Alumni Association, and charter member of the CASNR Alumni Association. Bill has also served on nutrition advisory boards for several pharmaceutical companies and
agri-business firms throughout the last three decades.
Bill is a devoted supporter of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Department of Animal Science. He believes the department is critical to Nebraska's livestock industry, and his support for faculty and students has been demonstrated in many ways. He is an enthusiastic fundraiser for University of Nebraska-Lincoln research and teaching programs. Bill was an early supporter and promoter of the Feedlot Internship Program, Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium, Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars, Klopfenstein Student Excellence Fund, and Block and Bridle Steak Fry all with the goal of developing young leaders for the beef industry. Bill's latest endeavor has raised almost $250,000 along with matching funds from the Kenneth and Caroline Eng Foundation, equaling almost half a million dollars to support ruminant nutrition research and teaching. Furthermore, Bill's commitment to students is demonstrated by giving time to present lectures in graduate level feedlot nutrition classes. Bill and his wife, Laurie, are also regular participants in the annual Block and Bridle Steak Fry to interact with the undergraduate students.
Bill married his wife, Laurie, in 1975. They have two daughters, Javanah Weiler of Syracuse, NE and Sarah Naber of St. Joseph, MO and five grandchildren. Bill is very active with youth in the community. Both Bill and Laurie serve as TeamMate mentors for students in Lincoln Public Schools and have hosted several high school aged foreign exchange students. Bill is a former 4-H leader. Bill and Laurie are members of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE, and former foster parents.
It is a great privilege for Block and Bridle to honor Bill Dicke as the 2013 Block and Bridle Honoree. His contributions to the Nebraska Livestock Industry, the University of Nebraska, and his community through his passion, devotion, and humble leadership are truly honorable.
On the Honoree Tour club members toured the feedlot of one of Bill's clients to gain a better understanding of what he does as a nutrition consultant. The following day we visited Cattlemen's Nutrition Services offices in Lincoln. Bill and Laurie invited the group into their home for a delicious home cooked meal. It was a wonderful chance to get to know Bill and his family.
The club is very thankful for Bill and Laurie's hospitality and would like to congratulate Bill Dicke once again.
Bill Luckey - 2012Bill Luckey was raised on a family farm located northeast of Columbus, NE. From a very early age Luckey demonstrated an interest in agriculture, particularly animal agriculture. As a youth, he was a member of the Silver Stars 4-H Club. Among many club activities, showing cattle and participating in the club's livestock judging team were among his favorites. While attending Columbus High School, Luckey was a member of the school's FFA chapter. Luckey graduated high school in 1973 and began his college career at Central Community College-Platte Campus. Luckey ultimately transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1977. In 1978, Luckey was married to his wife Nancy and in the same year he took over the family farm.
The Luckey family epitomizes the spirit and determination of the family farmers who are the backbone of the agriculture industry in Nebraska. Luckey considers his greatest accomplishment to be raising a family with his wife, Nancy. All of the members of the Luckey family (Bill, Nancy, Ryan, Lucas, Michael, and Kyle) are involved in agriculture. Luckey continues to manage the family farm's grain and livestock operations. The farm includes approximately 400 acres of farmland with a 2000-head hog finishing barn. In addition, the farm maintains approximately 400 cow/calf pairs. The livestock units provide the outlet through which much of the farm's grain is marketed.
In addition to his full-time job, managing the family farm, Luckey is a proven leader at the local, state, and national levels and has demonstrated a true passion for promoting the agriculture industry. Luckey has excelled in leadership roles with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, the National Pork Board, the US Pork Center of Excellence and the National Pork Producers Council. Through a long track record of participation in the Nebraska LEAD and the National Pork Board Operation Main Street Programs, Luckey has made countless presentations conveying the positive message of the livestock industry to the public. Luckey's dedication to the industry is also evident in his service to youth including involvement in the Platte County 4-H program and the "Life on the Farm" extension programs for urban school children.
Paul Engler - 2011
Born in 1929 in Stuart, Nebraska, and raised in Bassett, Mr. Engler established a strong work ethic as he milked cows and peddled milk to his neighbors. Those early customers, who demanded consistent performance, formed the basis for his approach to business and life – work hard and be totally dedicated to your business and industry. At 13, Mr. Engler borrowed the money to purchase and manage his first 100 head of cattle. He graduated from high school at age 15, and using proceeds earned from that initial cattle investment, he enrolled in Animal Husbandry at the University of Nebraska. He graduated in seven semesters.
In 1960, Mr. Engler was in Hereford, Texas, loading cattle onto a train bound for Nebraska. Another train, loaded with milo and feeder cattle was headed to California. The two primary resources needed to establish a viable cattle feeding industry were being exported out of the state. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Engler returned to the Texas Panhandle and demonstrated the economic viability of large-scale cattle feeding operations when he founded Hereford Feedyard. After a short stint working for IBP as vice-president in charge of their carcass division from 1972 to 1975, Mr. Engler established Cactus Feeders, the largest privately owned cattle feeding company in the world. This $750 million commercial cattle feeding company has more than 500 employee-owners and a one-time cattle feeding capacity of 520,000 head with 10 cattle feedyards located throughout the Texas Panhandle and southwest Kansas. In 1998, the company went international with the creation of Cactus Argentina.
Mr. Engler is credited as the creator of "formula" pricing in 1987. This precursor to "grid" marketing changed how cattle value was determined and is credited with indirectly increasing consumer sales of beef and reestablishing beef's dominance on the dinner plate.
Numerous awards have been bestowed upon Mr. Engler for his many and varied contributions to the beef industry. He's considered a "Top 40 Beef Industry Giant", received the Cattle Business of the Century Award, the Industry Advancement Award, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vision Award. He was an initial inductee to the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame and the first recipient of the Industry Achievement Award. He is also a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. There are far too many awards to name, but Mr. Engler credits his experiences as a student and graduate of the University of Nebraska for providing the incentive needed for the many things he accomplished during his career.
The Block and Bridle Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made commendable contributions to Nebraska agriculture. Recently, Mr. Engler worked with UNL officials to establish the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program in support of ambitious, entrepreneurial students at UNL. As a Nebraska native, his life was spent actively promoting the cattle industry, and he created and designed many operational and technical innovations that significantly changed an industry – a cattle feeding industry that is critically important to Nebraska.
Vance Uden - 2010The University of Nebraska Block and Bridle Club and the Animal Science Department are pleased to honor Mr. Vance Uden of Franklin, Nebraska as the 2010 Block and Bridle Honoree. The Uden Family own and operate TC Ranch and are Angus seedstock producers. The ranch is located in south central Nebraska in the Republican River Valley and consists of about 700 registered cows and 100 to 150 yearling heifers. TC Ranch is a staple in the Angus breed in Nebraska and nationally and has been for many years. TC Ranch conducts an annual bull sale in February and 2010 was their 26th Annual Production Sale.
Vance was a UNL graduate and a member of the livestock judging team and Block and Bridle Club. Vance spent his lifetime actively promoting the beef cattle industry in Nebraska and nationally. He avidly helped and worked with young people in the beef industry. Vance took particular pride in his support of the Animal Science Department and TC Ranch has been and continues to be an annual stop for workouts for our livestock judging teams.
Vance was awarded the 2008 Beef Improvement Federation Seedstock Producer of the Year, 2008 Nebraska Angus Breeder of the Year, 2007 Beef Improvement Seedstock Producer Roll of Excellence, 2005 Inductee into the Angus Heritage Foundation, 1996 Master Breeder of the Year, and 1992 Soil and Water Conservation Steward.
Vance and Connie established TC Ranch as a leader in the Angus breed. Vance was a thoughtful contributor and hard worker wherever he invested his time and talents. The Udens have hosted 4-Hers, university students, judging teams, and producer groups at TC Ranch on many occasions. Vance was a speaker for classes at the University of Nebraska. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Angus Association and served as president of the Nebraska Angus Association. He was a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Nebraska Cattlemen, and Kearney/Franklin County Cattlemen. He was a supporter of 4-H locally and throughout the state of Nebraska.
Although Vance is no longer with us, his work with 4-Hers, young livestock producers at the state and national level, and support for the programs and young adults at the University of Nebraska continues through Connie and her family. We appreciate what Vance and his family have done for the livestock industry in Nebraska and are extremely pleased to have him as our 2010 Block and Bridle Honoree.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 2000 TO 2009
Homer Buell - 2009Video
"The University of Nebraska Block and Bridle Club and the Animal Science Department are happy to announce Mr. Homer Buell of Bassett, Nebraska, as our 2009 Honoree. Homer, a fourth generation rancher, is co-owner of the Shovel Dot Ranch and is a 1971 UNL graduate.
Homer has served as President of the Nebraska Cattlemen and the Nebraska Hereford Association, as well as Chair of the Integrated Resource Management and Producer Information Committees for NCBA. In looking forward to the future of agriculture in our state, he has been President of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation Board, as well as having hosted several ranch tours for UNL students including the Center for Grassland Studies Citizens Advisory Council. A thoughtful contributor and hard worker wherever he invests his time and talents, Homer Buell is a leader in furthering the success of Nebraska's livestock industry and agriculture, in growing Nebraska's youth, and preserving and advancing Nebraska's quality of life.
Please join us in honoring Homer and his family Friday, April 24 at 6:30 at the East Campus Union at the 75th Annual Animal Science/Block & Bridle Honors Banquet.
Tickets are $20 and may be ordered from Nancy Savery, B&B Club Secretary 402-472-6440. Student scholarships and awards will be handed out as well. A reception for Homer, family and former honorees will be held at 5:30 p.m. on third floor of the East Campus Union. Parking provided to the north."
Jay Wolf - 2008Family: Wife: Susie Children: Mitchell, Alex & Hilary
Jay Wolf, Albion, owner and manager of the Wagonhammer Cattle Company, was honored as a new member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Block and Bridle Hall of Fame April 25, 2008.
Jay and his family own and manage the Wagonhammer Cattle Company, a diversified cattle operation with farming, feeding and ranching enterprises near Albion and Bartlett. The Wagonhammer operation was founded in 1910 with a single dairy calf by Jay's grandfather and great uncle, Julius and Max Wolf, who emigrated from Germany. Julius and Max saw the grazing potential of the Sandhills after the drought of the '30's, when many people abandoned the area. They converted to a cow-calf operation, and registered Angus were added in 1960.
Jay received a B.S. in Agriculture from UNL in 1980. Following graduation, he moved to Denver to work as a loan officer for the oil and gas industry. He returned home in 1984 when his father retired. Jay brought managerial, accounting and finance skills to the operation but he credits a large part of the operation's success to the long-time company employees.
Jay first became involved with the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) in 1988 when he attended the convention that formed NC. In addition to serving at the committee level, Jay was also the president of NC in 2007 and has served as president of the Nebraska Corn-Fed program. Jay was one of the fund-raisers for the NC Excellence Fund and made personal as well as Wolf family corporation gifts to the fund. He has been supportive of educational opportunities for young people at UNL and at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis. The Wolf family has been instrumental in the development of the Wagonhammer Education Center and the new UNL teaching laboratory building at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory.
Jay is the third of four children born to Jim and Elaine Wolf. James Wolf received Honoree of the year in 1995. Jay's mother Elaine also lives in Albion.
"I have tried to follow my parents' examples of service and philanthropy. We all have benefited from what others have done before us and we have done our share of giving back."
Al Svajgr - 2007Family: Wife: JoAnn Children: Jeff, Joan Tigges and Jana Kopf
Dr. Al Svajgr, Cozad, owner and operator of Agrow Inc., was honored as a new member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Block and Bridle Hall of Fame April 20, 2007. The club's annual hall of fame honors people who have made significant contributions to Nebraska agriculture through leadership, service, youth projects and community activities.
Svajgr earned his Bachelor's degree and Master's degree from UNL and his doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He worked for five years for Continental Grain Corporation before moving back to Cozad to work with the family operation of cattle feeding, ranching, farming and banking.
Agrow Inc. is a cattle feeding, back-grounding, yearling grass operation and irrigated farming. Along with Agrow, Svajgr also is one of the owners and current president of Darr Feedlot and is involved with Midwest Bankco Corporation, a bank holding company in Nebraska with five locations in Nebraska and Colorado.
Svajgr is an active producer in the beef industry. He has been president of the Dawson County Cattlemen's Association, Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association, past board member for the National Cattlemen's and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and past chairman for the Human Nutrition Research committee for the NCBA. He spent six years working with the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board.
In addition, he holds leadership positions on the Nebraska Greenbelt Committee, Nebraska Cattlemen's Foundation Board, Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska and the Nebraska Rural Rehabilitation Advisory Board.
He is a past board member of the Cozad Hospital, Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, Nebraska LEAD, Cozad Public Library and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
Sherman Berg - 2006As retired President of the Knights of Ak-Sar-BenFoundation, Sherman is a true champion for youthinterested in remaining within the state of Nebraska and pursuing a career inagriculture. Following 40 years ofservice to the livestock industry, he has directly impacted over 30,000 youththat have participated in the programs he has developed for the World's Largest4-H Livestock Show at Ak-Sar-Ben.
Sherman developed the"Catch-a-Calf" program, a mentoring program that pairs a member of the Omaha business communitywith each youth involved. This efforthas aided in narrowing the urban and rural divide that exists within the stateand resulted in many scholarships being offered to 4-H'ers by their mentors. Further, Mr. Berg was instrumental indevelopment of the Purple Ribbon Auction that garnered over $290,000 inscholarship funds for youth programs this past year alone. In addition to these highly influentialprograms, Shermanis one of the founders of the River City Roundup festival that, for more than23 years, has educated urban youth on the agriculture industry and itsimportance to the state. Finally, Mr.Berg has directly impacted the UNL Block and Bridle Club, supporting the LittleAk-Sar-Ben competition.
Robert Dickey - 2005A third generation farmer, Robert "Bob" Dickey is a true leader in today's agricultural industry as he has selflessly dedicated himself to the improving the future of agriculture both nationally and in Nebraska. Bob Dickey was born September 5th, 1939 in Ponca, Nebraska. He grew up helping his dad on the family farm. It was on his family's farm where Bob developed his strong moral character and passion for agriculture. Upon graduating from Laurel High School in 1958, Bob went on to earn a certificate in General Agriculture from the University of Nebraska in 1960. He then served his country from 1961-1962 in the United States Army. In 1965 Bob married his wife Mary. They have raised three children, Julie, Jim, and June.
Bob's impact on agriculture goes far beyond his Laurel Nebraska farm where he and his family raise corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle. He served as a Nebraska State Senator for District #18. He also serves on the National Corn Growers Board of Directors, was the Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council (1997-1998), Chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board (1995-1996), a director and past chairman of Farm Credit Bank Board (NE, IA, SD, WY). He is also a current member of the Nebraska Soybean Association, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Nebraska Pork Producers, as well as the Agricultural Council of America, and the Agricultural Builders of Nebraska. As a Council officer, he conducted extensive personal negotiations with national industry leaders (corn, pork, sorghum, barley, soybeans) to improve cross-industry alliances and broaden agricultural promotion.
Bob has traveled internationally to promote American products to numerous foreign markets. Such opportunities include serving as a member of Governor Mike Johanns's trade missions to Japan in 2003 in addition to Hong Kong/China and Mexico in 2004. These endeavors compliment his other experiences representing U.S. agricultural products to customers in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
Bob's believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of the family farm. He has helped numerous beginning producers through the years. He has participated in share agreements using cows and calves, compensated producers for finishing hogs in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska, carried a land contract, loaned machinery, and done countless other things to assist young producers.
Bob has been recognized with numerous awards for his service and business skills. Such awards include "Man of the Year in Service to Nebraska Agriculture, Progressive Farmer Magazine (2000) and "Top 100 Best-Managed Farms in the USA", Farm Futures Magazine, (1998) and named to the Nebraska Hall of Agriculture Achievement in 2000.
Bob Dickey's contributions to the livestock industry and agriculture as a whole are many. He is a motivated, passionate man that practices what he preaches. Bob serves as an example to everyone on how one person can make a difference with a positive work ethic, sincerity, and passion.
Frank Sibert - 2004Family: Wife-Shirley
As a rancher, banker, cattle feeder, county agent, and through many other roles, Frank Sibert has served the Nebraska livestock industry for over 50 years. He and his wife Shirley have committed innumerable hours and significant funding in support of leadership and scholarship programs for young people.
Frank was born on October 7, 1929 in Red Cloud, Nebraska and spent his childhood and youth growing up on a farm near Inavale. At age 16, Frank joined the Army, but returned to Nebraska soon after completing his duties there. In 1952, Frank graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Animal Science. Also, he and Shirley were married in 1952.
After graduating from UNL, Frank served as an Assistant County Extension Agent in Dawson County. For two years, he also was in charge of the State Rural Youth Program, a part of the State 4-H Club Office. Following this, Frank left a lasting impression with many Nebraskans for his service to the Sandhills Cattle Association, where he served as manager for 10 years. Frank was also employed by the Stockyards Bank in Omaha as an ag loan officer and continued to develop his ties to the livestock industry. During his years in Omaha, he was an active member in the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben. He served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and was always active in helping with the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Livestock Expositions. In 1975, Frank and Shirley purchased the Rolling Stone Ranch in Valentine, and moved to the ranch in 1977. During the next 25 years, Frank was very busy with his own ranching business, but continued his outstanding service to the livestock industry.
One of the accomplishments of which Frank has the fondest memories is his time as Chairman of the Nebraska Cattlemen's Research and Education Foundation Board when he led the effort to establish an endowed Professorship Chair in the Animal Science Department. This effort resulted in a $200,000 endowed fund which provides an annual stipend to an Animal Science professor who is chosen as the "Nebraska Cattle Industry Professor". Frank and Shirley have been very generous in providing scholarships for Nebraska's youth. They established an endowment with the Nebraska Cattlemen's Foundation which annual provides a $1,000 college scholarship. They also established a $100,000 endowment in the Sandhills Area Foundation, which has been used to provide numerous scholarships to area youth. The Nebraska LEAD program also benefits from a $100,000 endowment established by the Siberts.
After spending over 20 years ranching in the Sandhills, Frank wanted to help insure that ranchers in the area continued to have a market for their cattle. To achieve this, Frank led a group of 30 investors to purchase the old Valentine Livestock Auction Market and to replace it was a modern and efficient facility, which was completed in 2003. Frank is also involved in the Rotary Club, Cherry County Promotion Board, and the Sandhills Investment Syndicate, just to name a few.
Frank's dedication to the livestock industry and youth of this state has had and will continue to have an impact for generations to come. His generous giving of time, talent and treasure is a measure of his service to agriculture, to education and to the youth of Nebraska.
Max Kimmerling - 2003
Family: Wife: Viola
Children: Phillip (deceased), Linda Kopp, Kent (deceased), Kathy Strouf, Paul, Kevin.
A dairyman from Beatrice, NE, Max Kimmerling has given much of his time during the last 25 years to ensure Nebraska's dairy producers have a market for their milk. He was born June 5, 1927, attended school in Beatrice and graduated from Beatrice High School. He attended the University of Nebraska where he was a member of the Block and Bridle Club and served as secretary/treasure of the Varsity Dairy Club. He also was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and Alpha Zeta. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture with majors in Dairy and Animal Husbandry. He and his wife Viola were married while Max was attending college.
After graduating from UNL, Max and Viola returned to the family farm in Gage County. They have been milking cows ever since. By today's standards, their herd is relatively small, 60 to 100 Holstein and Milking Shorthorn cows. But it is truly a family farm. Even today, on days when he is not involved in board meetings, Max is usually at the farm doing a significant amount of the milking and farm chores along with his son Paul and Paul's family. It is evident that Max and Viola place high value on involving the entire family in the farming activities. Their children and grandchildren have been very active in 4-H and Max and Viola readily share pictures of their family showing the prize Milking Shorthorns at county and state fairs and national shows.
Max was very involved in the activation of the Nebraska Dairy Industry Development Board. LB 275, a bill that provided an operative provision for the board, was passed into law in 1992. Through Max's leadership the board was activated in 1998 and Max served as Chairman from its inception to 2001. Max, a Corporate Board Member of Mid American Dairymen, Inc., was involved in the decision to merge Mid American with three other cooperatives to form Dairy Farmers of America in 1998. He served in the reorganization of DFA as one of its first corporate board members from 1998 until 2001. His fellow dairymen consider this service to be how he helped them the most. The work culminated in the largest cooperative in the U.S. More than 22,000 dairy farmers participate, marketing some 38 billion lbs. of milk annually with a value of approximately $8 billion.
Max has been described as a "take charge" person, a leader, but in a quiet and unassuming way. He is a strong promoter of agriculture and youth activities in the Beatrice community, in Nebraska, and nationally. As a fellow dairyman wrote, "Max has exemplified meeting the daily challenges of operating a successful dairy farm and of spending a large amount of time away from the farm fighting the battles for his fellow dairy farmers as they do the necessary things to have a profitable existence."
Frank Bruning - 2002Family: Wife: Mary
Children: Fred, Jane
Other than years spent serving in the US Marines or on campus at the University of Nebraska, Frank Bruning has spent his entire life in Bruning, Nebraska. He was born on April 21, 1926. He attended school in Bruning, graduating from high school in 1943. Following high school, he studied at the University of Nebraska for one semester, and then in fall of 1943, he enlisted in the Marines and served in Guam for 14 months. Upon discharge, Frank returned to the University of Nebraska and majored in Animal Science. In 1949 he received a bachelor's degree in agriculture. While at the university, he was instrumental in forming the Rodeo Club, was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and was active in numerous other activities.
Frank married Mary Reiss. They started a registered Hereford herd in 1950, and in 1975 with son Fred, they added registered Angus cattle to their operation. Recently, they have added a five-breed composite herd of cattle. In their operation, they have both spring and fall calving seasons. All cows are maintained near Bruning and Fairbury and are fed feedstuffs produced in their farming operation. Other cattle are also purchased for grazing and fed for slaughter. Innovative grazing practices have been incorporated into a total life-cycle management program.
In 1961, Frank and Mary created a unique business, Feedlot Fencing, Inc. that grew out of innovative use of oilfield pipe and rods. This successful venture provides steel rods and pipe, along with gates and panels that Feedlot Fencing manufactures, for feedlots, ranches, dairies, buffalo and horse operations across much of the Midwest. Mary and Penni (Fred's wife) handle most of the fencing business management.
In 1891, Frank's grandfather started Bruning State Bank, which was originally called the German Bank. Frank became President of the bank in 1965 and then Chair of the board in 1987. The Bruning family remains the major holders. Fred, who is the fourth generation, is also active in the bank. The central mission of Bruning State Bank has always been promotion and support for agriculture and rural communities. During Frank's tenure with the bank, it has grown from $3 million to almost $90 million in assets. He has also been a central leader in the Bruning Community Foundation and is active in the Grassland Council.
Throughout Frank's life, he has been a creator of educational opportunities for both Ayoung and old. He helped create the Farmers and Ranchers College, an annual event supported by area agribusinesses and University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. He has also been a supporter of area 4-H and local school activities. Frank Bruning will continue to make lasting, positive impressions on youth and our leaders for tomorrow.
Sallie Atkins - 2001Family: Husband: Alan
Children: Tracy, Tessa and Terra
Sallie James was born on November 9th, 1951 in Alliance, Nebraska to Harold and Dolores James. Sallie's early years were spent on the Gudmundsen Ranch northeast of Whitman which was managed by her father. Later this ranch would be donated to the University of Nebraska as a research ranch and would become the NU Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory. In 1956, Sallie's parents moved back to the James home ranch north of Mullen where Harold ranched until his untimely death in 1969. Sallie attended school in Mullen and graduated from Mullen High School in 1969. Sallie and Alan were high school sweethearts and were married on August 30, 1969. They moved to Lincoln to purse their education; Alan in Animal Science and Sallie at the Lincoln School of Commerce where she completed an Associates Degree and worked for Farmland while Alan attended UNL. Alan and Sallie came home to ranch near Halsey with Alan's parents Roy and Mary Alice in 1971. Sallie began working in the Purdum State Bank, just up the road north of the ranch and worked there until 1983.
While working off the ranch at the Purdum Bank, Sallie still helped out on the ranch with major work days and gradually became more and more active in volunteering her time with organizations such as the Nebraska Cattle Women, Nebraska Cattlemen, Sandhills Cattle Association and the Nebraska Beef Council. Her tireless and enthusiastic efforts to promote beef and beef products locally across Nebraska soon grew to the point she was being asked to help out on the national stage. She was soon involved in numerous national boards and organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Livestock and Meat Board as the Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Executive Committee, the Beef Industry Food Safety Council as Co-Chair, on the Board of Directors of the International Stockmen's Educational Foundation, as Beef Vice-Chair of the International Livestock Congress and has Chaired the Ag in the Classroom project of the American National Cattle Women.
Likewise, Sallie's efforts in Nebraska also grew as she served the University of Nebraska on the Food Safety Executive Committee, the Board of Directors of the UNL Center for Grassland Studies, Advisory Board for the NU Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, is the current President of the Nebraska Ag Leadership Council and is a member of the Ag Builders of Nebraska.
Since Sallie Atkins became Executive Director of the Nebraska Beef Council she has worked tirelessly to build an excellent staff and to encourage programs that use checkoff dollars wisely. As Executive Director, Sallie, with her Board of Directors, guides the implementation of nearly $8 million Nebraska producer check-off dollars. Through these efforts Sallie is building the future of increased consumer demand for beef. Sallie has forged the foundation for renewed producer information messages to help producers better understand the uses of their checkoff dollars. She has pioneered Project Ag-Venture in Nebraska classrooms to help school children understand agriculture and through the ANCW this program is now a national program. Sallie has helped implement the Beef Ambassador Program for high school students. Sallie has helped transform the Beef Team at UNL from a concept to a reality of providing frontline beef information to shoppers at the retail meat case. Sallie has served as a guest lecturer at UNL on many occasions for many different classes.
Sallie Atkins is recognized by her peers as an enthusiastic, effective leader on behalf of the beef industry, as a friend and mentor of youth and an ally of all beef producers
Harry Knobbe - 2000Family: Wife: Doris
Children: Jeff, Lori, Chris, Tammi and Scott
In 1939 Harry Knobbe's father purchased their original homestead for $80 per acre. Harry's parents raised him with good family values that emphasized community service. In 1959 he graduated from West Point Central Catholic and began farming in 1960.
On October 13, 1962, Harry married his wife, Doris, who was also a 1959 graduate of West Point Central Catholic. Together they would raise their five children while building and maintaining a successful operation.
Harry is recognized for his enthusiasm toward the state and national beef industry. He is a member of the Cumming County Feeders Association and has served as the chairman. He is currently the NCBA dues division chairman and is a past member of the LEAD board. Harry was also appointed by Governor Johanns to the Beginning Farmer Board.
In his community, his business is a member of the West Point Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development Corporation. Harry's contributions to his church, area retirement home and school have been extensive in the last thirty years. He has also been instrumental in the Cumming County Ag Awareness Group. Among this group's many activities is the desire to help those in need. This was demonstrated recently by the aid given to Sandhills ranchers after last year's fire along with flood victims in South Dakota.
Harry is recognized for his innovative solutions to everyday challenges and believes strongly in his responsibility to be a steward first. He believes that being a good steward is both economically feasible and fosters a positive public opinion of the cattle feeding industry. This is demonstrated by simple techniques such as burning waste oil to heat the machine shop and shredding office paper for bedding in his indoor facilities. His operation generates significant income from the sale of manure. Fertilization of the land is handled with great care as soil tests are conducted to determine nutrient need. In 1994 Harry was awarded the Nebraska Cattlemen Stewardship Award as well as the region seven award.
Harry's continued success has come as a result of being able to evolve and develop a vision for future needs and challenges. Early in his career he took the initiative to attend farming programs on East Campus to further his education. His vision was furthered, as he became a user of the mercantile exchange earlier than most Nebraska producers. Most recently, he continues to actively support the education of consumers through a self-developed program in cooperation with UNL. The beef team now brings education to consumers in a supermarket setting about beef product selection and preparation.
Harry's role as a spokesperson has garnered national and international attention. He feels that he is not only representative of himself but feels that we are all responsible to the industry. He says, AYou must be a part of something bigger than yourself in order to be successful.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 1990 TO 1999
David Hamilton - 1999Family: Wife: Loretta
Daughters: Angela, Christa, Julie and Katherine
David W. (Dave) Hamilton was born on August 11, 1952. He was raised on the ranch, homesteaded by his great grandfather in 1898, north of Thedford. The ranch evolved from the original 640 acres through the guidance of grandfather, Lloyd, and parents, Reed and Rosa Lee, to the present 10,000 acres of deeded land. Nearly 7,000 acres of leased land completes the ranch unit that supports 1,100 cows and bred heifers today. The ranch is currently a commercial retained ownership business bridging all phases of production with a carefully managed crossbreeding program designed to fit the resources of the Sandhills.
Dave graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. degree in Animal Science (Range Production option) in 1974. Dave was active in the Block and Bridle Club and was committee chairman of numerous events such as Little Ak-Sar-Ben, Spring Tour, Livestock and Meats Judging Contests and Ham Sales. He was a member of Alpha Zeta, a member of the Junior and Senior Livestock Judging Teams and was active in intramural sports.
After college, Dave married Loretta Doyle of Stapleton who also graduated from UNL and was active in the Block and Bridle Club having been elected Block and Bridle Queen in 1975. Upon returning to the ranch, Dave and Loretta worked to build on the solid foundation of good grassland stewardship established by Dave's father, Reed.
Dave has been active in his community as chairman of the local 4-H Council, chairman of the Extension Board, chairman of his Church Building Committee and chairman of the Thedford High School Board of Education. The Hamilton ranch has been a host to the Nebraska Range Youth Camp for 30 years where thousands of young people have been welcome to come and learn about range management. Likewise, the Hamiltons have hosted range and pasture management students from the University of Nebraska for 25 years and have contributed greatly to teaching graduate as well as undergraduate students.
Dave's leadership in the Nebraska Stock Growers Association [later to be the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC)] and the Sandhills Cattle Association (SCA) was quickly recognized. He has served four years on the SCA board, eight years on the NC board and has chaired three committees for NC. Dave's leadership also has been recognized nationally as a board member of the Cattlemen's Beef Board, and has served as chairman of the planning committee, member of the executive committee, and on the transition committee that formed the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Dave currently serves as a member of the Nebraska Cattlemen's ANebraska Corn Fed Beef@ Task Force. In 1992, the Hamiltons were recognized by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association as winners of the Region VII Environmental Stewardship Award.
Dave has spoken at many Nebraska and national meetings on range management, retained ownership and beef production efficiency.
Dave is recognized by his peers as an excellent manager of grass and cattle, as a leader in the beef industry, as an effective teacher of youth and is respected as a true gentleman.
Robert Volk - 1998Family: Wife: Jeanette
Children: Clark and his wife, Lezlie, Jan and his wife, Kim
Grandchildren: Claire and Madeline
Robert (Bob) Volk was born on April 21, 1938. He was raised in Battle Creek, Nebraska, and went on to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his college career, Bob was an active Block and Bridle member. He held numerous offices in the club and was elected the Block and Bridle President in 1958. After graduation, he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves.
In 1961, he began his professional career with the Colorado Extension Service and then went on to work for the Drovers Journal and the American Hereford Journal as a Livestock Fieldman. In 1967, he accepted the position of Director of Agricultural Activities for Ak-Sar-Ben and in 1974 was offered the position of General Manager, a position which he held until 1990. In Bob's 23 years at Ak-Sar-Ben, he made major contributions to the youth and livestock industry of Nebraska. He was the head of nearly 800 full- and part-time employees and was used to build 4-H facilities in every county in Nebraska. Through his many positions and accomplishments, Mr. Volk has helped to develop and maintain the world's largest 4-H Livestock Exposition and Rodeo.
In addition to his commitments to youth and livestock activities at Ak-Sar-Ben, Bob was also extensively involved with Ak-Sar-Ben's horse racing. Bob established the Nebraska inter track waging simulcast system and expanded this system to the five race tracks in Nebraska in 1989.
In 1990, Bob was chosen as the Manager for the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic. Since the first annual event in 1991, the Classic has become the premier showcase for cattle breeders in the Midwest. It draws international attention on a yearly basis. Bob has also been actively involved in the Junior Livestock Show that is held during the Classic. This event has grown each year to a total of over 400 competitors this past year. His present position is Originator and Consultant of the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic at Kearney, Nebraska.
Bob and his wife, Jeanette, currently reside at the site of their family cattle operation 2 ½ miles east of Arlington, Nebraska. Together with their sons, they maintain a 120-head cow herd known as J&C Simmentals. Using a breeding program which involves extensive use of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, J&C Simmentals has produced several nationally known sires in the Simmental breed. They have been awarded the Premier Breeder Award at the Nebraska State Fair for the past two years, as well as the Premier Exhibitor Award for 1996 and 1997. J&C Simmentals has sold cattle in 21 states as well as Canada and hold an annual production sale that was ranked among the top ten sales in the nation in 1996.
In addition, Mr. Volk is a member of the University of Nebraska Citizens Council and is an active member of several breed associations. He is also a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Arlington.
Richard Shinn - 1997Family: Wife: Marilyn
Children: Doug, Mike, Bruce, Brad
Grandchildren: Riley, Nolan, Jordan, Bethany,Mary, Andrew, Christina, Grant
Richard F. Shinn was born on February 26, 1930 in Dunning, Nebraska. At that time, his family was living northwest of Brewster, Nebraska near Goldman Lake. He began his education at Hardscrabble District 22, a country school near Dunning, which he attended through the eight grade. He then attended high school in Curtis, Nebraska at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture. After graduating from high school in 1947, he entered the University of Nebraska, obtaining a bachelor's degree from the College of Agriculture, with an emphasis in Ag Economics and Poultry, in 1951. After college he served 2 years in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War, being stationed in Alaska. After leaving the military he joined his father as a partner in Shinn Turkeys in 1954.
Richard and his wife Marilyn, have four children (Doug, Mike, Bruce, and Brad), and eight grandchildren. All of his sons have remained involved in the family businesses, which began with Mr. Shinn's father's turkey farm in the 1920's. The original farm was located northwest of Brewster, Nebraska in the German Valley area. Today, Shinn Turkeys Inc., Shinn Turkeys S.E., Nebraska Turkey Ranch, Inc. and Aurora Turkey Project, produce a combined total of over one million turkeys annually. The Shinn operations have been the largest turkey producers in the State of Nebraska for the last 30 or 40 years. In addition to his turkey operations, Mr. Shinn and his family run 550 cow/calf pairs on over 12,000 acres of owned land.
Richard Shinn's leadership in the poultry industry extends far beyond the local family operations. Mr. Shinn has been a vital part of the Nebraska Turkey Growers Cooperative (NTG), which is part of one of the only two remaining independent turkey cooperatives in the United States. He has served as board president of NTG for many of the last 30 years. He has served many years on the board, and as board president of Norbest Inc., the marketing cooperative serving NTG and Moroni Feed Company. Shinn also has influence on the national level, serving on the board of directors of the National Turkey Federation. He has also been very active in Farm Credit Services, serving on the Production Credit of the Midlands board, the Farm Credit Bank of Omaha, and AgAmerica Farm Credit Bank boards, with a term as Chairman on the two bank boards.
Mr. Shinn's professional affiliations include memberships in Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Nebraska Turkey Federation, Nebraska Poultry Industries, National Turkey Federation, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, Nebraska AgRelations Council, and a lifetime member of the Nebraska Alumni Association.
In addition, Mr. Shinn is active in the community as a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Blaine County Farm Bureau, and served over 20 years on local school boards.
Max Waldo - 1996Family: Wife: Patricia
Children: Leslie, Lee, Linda
Grandchildren: Jared, Amber, Laura, Cara, Jessica, Megan & Thomas
Max L. Waldo was born on June 6, 1936 at home in Franklin, Nebraska. He graduated from DeWitt High School and then attended the University of Nebraska. He received his Bachelor of Science from UNL in 1960.
Waldo Farms, which is a family oriented business, began in 1895 when they purchased their first Duroc sow. She farrowed 51 pigs and raised 36 in her first three litters. The Waldo family has been in the red pig business ever since.
Max joined the operation in 1960 after he graduated from UNL and became a full partner. Their SPF herd and intensive performance testing program was started at that time. In spite of extreme fluctuations in profit and losses, expansion has been ongoing in order to maintain a competitive edge in providing breeding stock for the ever-increasing size of operations within the swine industry.
Since 1970, Waldos have had the world's oldest and largest registered Duroc herd. Other breeds have been added in recent years in order to better serve the needs of the commercial producer. Their total recordings of the four pure breeds they produce make them the largest performance tested purebred swine recorder in the US. Sales of breeding stock have been made in 49 states and over 25 foreign countries. Max spent time in several of these foreign countries discussing swine production. Some of the countries that he has spent considerable time consulting in are Canada, Mexico, Korea, Phillippines, Taiwan, Denmark, and China.
Max has been active in the livestock industry for over 30 years and has played a vital role in the pork industry. He became a leader in the field of performance testing as he has been involved in it since 1937.
Waldos breeding stock have won numerous state and national awards. Past honors for the Waldo family, specifically Max, include the Pork All-American, National Hog Farmer Service Awards, and several seed Stock Producer of the Year awards.
James Wolf - 1995Family: Wife: Elaine
Children: Debra, Susan, Jay and David
James Milton Wolf was born on September 14, 1921, in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from East Denver High School and then attended Michigan University. He received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1943 and his LLB. from Harvard Law School in 1949. Jim and Elaine were married in 1949 and have four children. Both daughters graduated from Colorado College while their two sons graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, They also have nine grandchildren.
In 1910, with headquarters in Albion, the Wagonhammer Cattle Company began with Belgian and Percheron draft horses. During World War 1, the company went from the draft horse business into the cattle business. Wagonhammer started their cattle business by sending trainloads of steers to Albion. This feedlot continued to expand to a 2,000 head capacity, one of the largest of its times.
Jim joined the Wagonhammer Cattle Company after World War II. In 1959, Jim converted the ranch from growing steers to a cow-calf operation. In 1965, he established a registered Angus herd. In the late 1960's, the commercial cow operation evolved into a crossbreeding enterprise with the introduction of continental breeds. Over the years, the crossbreeding system has stayed as a major part of the Wagonhammer ranch's operation.
Today's ranch consists of 36,000 acres of Sandhill's pasture, 1400 commercial cows, 400 registered Angus females, and 75 Charolais females. Approximately 1,900 calves are born each year, with about 200 of those being born in the early fall. Of these calves, some are sold to youth for market beef projects, some are put into the 4,000 head capacity feedlot, and others stay within the herd.
With the diverse nature of the operation, a great deal of key employees are required. The Wagonhammer employs seven people on the ranch and eight on the feedlot and farm. Many of these individuals have been working as part of the Wagonhammer Cattle Company for several years.
Jim has been active in the ranching and livestock industry for over thirty years, and has played a vital role in the beef industry. He became a leader in the field of performance testing cattle. He believes that not only is visual appraisal important but so is measurable performance data, on live as well as slaughtered cattle. Much of this data is part of the American Angus Association's data base for providing Expected Progeny Differences.
Jim has received many awards and recognitions since he became part of the Wagonhammer Cattle Company. He was named Beef Improvement Federation "USA Seedstock Producer" of the Year in 1979; received the Ak-Sar-Ben Agricultural Achievement Award in 1985, and was elected to membership in the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement in 1994. These are just a few of Jim's many accomplishments.
Jim has served on a variety of committees and areas throughout his career. He served on the Board of Directors for National Beef Improvement Federation, as President of Ideal Beef Systems-Performance People and was a member of the Consumer Relations Committee for the National Cattlemens Association.
Besides national livestock organizations, Jim has also been very active in his community, not only to the youth and livestock, but to everyone. For many years, he supported Boy Scouts and 4-H. He and his wife have also helped organize and donate funds for the construction and equipment for the Boone County Fitness Center in Albion.
Within the community, Jim as served as a member of the school board and past chairman of the Wolf Memorial Center Advisory Board. He has also been an active member of the Albion Kiwanis and Masonic Lodge.
Jerry Adamson - 1994Family: Wife: Deloris
Children: Todd, Taylor, Tracy, Tanya
Grandchildren: Lindsay, Dayna, Caitlyn, Braden
Jerry Daniel Adamson was born on February 22, 1939 and was raised on the family ranch near Cody, Nebraska. He graduated from Cody High School and then attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. While at CSU, Jerry was a member of the livestock judging team and FarmHouse Fraternity. Jerry and Deloris were married on June 6, 1960 and have four children, three of which have Bachelor of Science degrees from UNL.
Jerry has been active in the ranching and livestock industry for over thirty years. In 1963, he purchased half of his father's operation and formed the Rocking J Ranch.
The ranch began with 15,000 acres and 350 head of Hereford cows. Today the ranch boasts an acreage of 50,000 acres, 2,100 head of spring calving cows, 100 head of fall calving cows, 300 head of bulls, 1,400 head of yearling calves and 50 head of horses.
He plays a vital role in the beef industry. One of his key activities is the "Branded Beef" program. Now in its third year, the program has grown from 50 to 700 head per week. Jerry is one of three people responsible for all cattle that go into the program. This is value-based marketing in action in today's beef industry.
Jerry has received many awards and recognitions since beginning in the ranching business. In 1992, he was named "Nebraska Cattleman of the Year". Jerry has become the only Nebraskan to receive the "Commercial Producer of the Year" award from the Beef Improvement Federation. He has been awarded both the "Outstanding Young Farmer/Rancher in Livestock Breeding" and "Top Rancher in Cherry County" in 1974. These are just a few of the many awards Jerry has received.
The Rocking J Ranch has produced an illustrious lineup of cattle over the years. They have had a Grand Champion pen of feeder steers in every major show in the nation. The bulls, Awesome, and his son, Totally Awesome, received champion honors at Louisville in 1992 and 1993, respectively. State Fair Grand Champion steers from seven states across the nation have worn the Rocking J brand.
Besides livestock, Jerry has been active with youth in the livestock industry. He served as 4-H leader in Cody for 10 years and has remained active in the club for many more years. He and his wife have hosted judging teams from several state universities, and he is always eager to help young people who are interested in livestock production. He has also worked with many college interns.
His community activities include serving on the Valentine High School Board for 16 years, being a member of the District #180 School Board, president of the local fire district, president of the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest Land Users Association, and being on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Valentine.
Jerry has served on several committees and participated in a variety of panel discussions. He has been the keynote speaker at distinguished beef industry seminars at local, state and national meetings.
Roger Wehrbein - 1993Family: Wife: Jeanene
Children: Douglas and David
Roger R. Wehrbein was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on August 18, 1938. He graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1956. Roger then enrolled at the University of Nebraska, College of Agriculture, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. While attending UNL, Roger was a member of Alpha Zeta Honorary Fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and was very active in the Block & Bridle Club. Roger was B & B President in 1960 and received the Outstanding Senior Award in 1960. After graduating from UNL, he was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
Roger has always been active in farming and still resides on the family farmstead. This diversified family farming corporation farms 3,000 acres and consists of beef, dairy and swine units. Roger is a partner with his three brothers in Breeze Valley Farms, Inc. He is also a partner in D & R Livestock Co. and is involved in the R W Cattle Co.
Roger is active in many agricultural activities. He is serving on the Board of Directors of the Farm Credit Services where he also held the office of chair. He is a member of the Capitol Pork Producers, the Nebraska Council of Public Relations for Agriculture, a member of the Board of Director of the Nebraska Agriculture Leadership Council (L.E.A.D) and the Cass County Farm Bureau. He is currently involved in many non-agricultural areas serving as a member of the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce, a trustee for the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, serving on the Advisory Board of the Mayor's Committee for International Visitors, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Missouri River Boundary Commission.
Roger has also been very active in local and state policies. He was a State Central Committee member and served twice as Committee Chair for the State Republican Convention. Roger was elected to the Nebraska State Legislature in 1986 where he serves on the Appropriation, Performance, Review and Audit, Executive Board, Reference and Legislative Council Committees.
Roger is and has been an outstanding agricultural and political leader. He has served in many areas of the agricultural field and has always enjoyed working with youth activities. He believes in maintaining a strong family relationship and in taking time to serve others.
R.B. Warren - 1992Family: Wife: Doris
Children: Lisa, Gale, Robert, Mark and Reid
R.B. "Dick" Warren was born 1-7-25 and attended schools at Silverdale and Arkansas City, KS. He received his B.S. in Agriculture at Kansas State University in 1948, and M.S. in Animal Breeding at Oklahoma State University in 1950. He was Assistant Professor at Michigan State University 1949-55, came to the University of Nebraska in 1956 and retired as Professor Emertius in December 1990. His affiliations included Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta, American Society of Animal Science, National Block & Bridle (Pres)., National Livestock Coaches (Pres), and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities ('48). R.B's activities at Kansas State included drama, football, student council, first Rodeo Club President, President of Block & Bridle and the dairy and livestock judging teams. His athletic endeavors and achievements in high school, college and retirement years were only slightly affected by being left handed and one armed since 1927.
He coached livestock judging teams at Michigan State 1950-55 and livestock and horst teams at the University of Nebraska 1958-90. His teams ranked as reserve National Champions 4 times, Champion American Royal 3 times, with many other honors at the strongest national collegiate contests. He coached 5 livestock teams at Michigan State (1950-55) and 27 at the University of Nebraska (1958-87) plus 5 separate Nebraska horse teams (1985-90). Thus, his 37 different years as collegiate livestock and horse judging coach, served the field and his colleagues purpose and power in their efforts to keep livestock evaluation modern and useful. Because of the collegiate livestock judging complexity, R.B's philosophy was "the most able student performers are a power mesh of intellect and self starters." His judging team alumni are strong in ability, communication, and product delivery, in a great variety of fields and time span.
R.B. assumed leadership for the Nebraska 4-H Horse Program on a part time Extension appointment from 1964-90. He developed, managed and coordinated the Nebraska District and State 4-H Horse Shows for 27 years, with over 121,000 entries. Over 36,000 members and parents attended his horse clinics and judging training sessions during that period. District show development, dress codes, individual performance evaluation broadcasts, safety equitation and talent level class structures were a few of the valuable innovations used in the Nebraska 4-H Horse Program. In 1983, the R.B. Warren Annual 4-H Horse Scholarship Fund was established in his honor. In 1984 he was awarded the Excellence Programming for his horse program, which set a pattern copied by many other states in the USA.
His teaching and extension efforts were valuable assets as a student organization advisor to Block & Bridle, Farmers Fair, Ag. Exec. Board and U. NE Rodeo Assn. many different teams. National Block & Bridle competition in Scholarship, Activities and Published Reports was very rewarding for the Michigan State and University of Nebraska chapters during his advising tenure. His leadership and dedication as a Nebraska professor and an extension specialist touched many lives. Helping to nurture appetites for new knowledge, sifting of facts, assembling the whole product and learning to tell the tale clearly, was the purpose and joy of his mission.
R.B. was a nationally approved judge of Quarter Horses and Appaloosas for over 30 years plus many other horse breeds and types. He also judged breeding and market shows in beef, swine and sheep at county, state fairs and national levels. His long time educational horse efforts and judgement serve his retirement interest well as a strong competitor in Team and Calf Roping in National Senior Pro Rodeos.
James Volk - 1991James R. Volk was born in Battle Creek, Nebraska. He graduated from Battle Creek High school in 1950. From that time, he became owner/operator of the Glendale Farms of Battle Creek, Nebraska. The farm specializes in purebred SPF swine and Simmental cattle. Along with these two livestock enterprises, a substantial portion of their income comes from grain production. Jim and his wife, Stella, have raised 4 children. They are J.D., Jan, Tom and Sue.
During the next 40 years (1950-1990) Jim Volk changed and expanded his farming operation. He started by increasing his swine herd during the 1950's, and selling his dairy herd. During the 1960's Jim added stock cattle and Yorkshire hogs to his operation. At that time you could travel south of Battle Creek and see all his A sheds on the fields near the highway. The 1970's and 80's brought many changes. Jim bought several farms near home and started a second swine herd. He also started his Simmental herd in 1975 and has used some of the best bulls in the U.S. within his herd. Many buildings were built, and today there are no A sheds in the pasture. Currently, Jim has 850 acres of which 800 is tillable, plus two swine herds and a 60 cow Simmental herd.
Jim has been a strong leader in Nebraska in utilizing on-farm performance testing records. Mr. Volk started weighing and probing pigs for backfat in 1954 and has continued this practice through today. He also has used the Simmental data since he started his Simmental herd and data is collected on all animals produced on his farm. From 1983-1988, Jim served on the American Yorkshire Club Board of Directors and was very instrumental in helping that organization develop a performance program for Yorkshire swine.
In this area of youth development, James Volk has been very influential in the Madison County Area and in the state in general. He has sponsored many FFA banquets and awards; he has helped 4-H by being a volunteer leader and by sponsoring awards; he has also hosted numerous judging teams on his farm for work-outs.
Jim has encouraged others to pursue animal production as a career and in his own family he has been very successful. A son, Jim, and a nephew, Rex, are both a part of the farm operation and his daughter Jan, is also involved in a swine operation that she started.
James Volk has been, and is still, one of the best leaders in Nebraska animal agriculture. His foresight and intelligent approach has helped many organizations. He was one of the organizers of the Nebraska Swine Council and the second president of the Nebraska Pork Producers. During this period, Jim spent a lot of time working with other states in establishing a National organization. He has also served the swine industry in many areas shown in this nomination. More recently he has helped the cattle industry and the farm records organization of Nebraska.
Jim has given freely of his time to assist governmental and university personnel in many areas. He has helped with animal health programs, area extension programs, farm representatives and general consultant in various areas.
Robert Ahlschwede - 1990Family: Wife: Betty
Children: Carolyn, George, William, Robert
Robert Ahlschwede grew up on a farm in Seward county and graduated from Milford High School. He was married in 1939 and farmed in Saline and Seward Counties. In 1948, he bought an acreage on the edge of Beaver Crossing and began raising sheep. The family moved to their present farm at Crete in 1955, where they added a Registered Shorthorn herd, raised pigs and expanded sheep production-purebred Hampshires, Suffolks and Corriedales. Bob became involved with Angora goats in 1980 and presently has a herd of about 100 nannies.
Bob has played a very active and inspiring role in the sheep industry. He is President of the Nebraska Sheep Council. He has been a Director and President of the Nebraska Registered Sheep Breeders and a Charter member, Director and Vice President of the Sheep Council. Presently, he serves on the board of Directors of the Mid-States Wool Growers and of the American Sheep Industry. Bob organized the sheep markets reports on T.V. and played a vital role in the Sheep Check-off program. He was the original Chair of the Ram Test Committee and continuously participates in and supports the program.
Bob has been an inspiration to youth. He is known for his encouragement and support of the 4-H program and served as a club leader for 12 years. He has welcomed many judging teams and Block & Bridle groups to his operation and has provided livestock for workouts and contests. He has been named Honorary Chapter Farmer by 3 separate Future Farmers of America Chapters. The Sheep Production Class has viewed his management and breeding techniques, and listened to his enthusiastic philosophy of the livestock industry. Each student, whether University, high school, or 4-H Youth, came away from the Ahlschwede farm knowing a happy, successful person and his pride in their success.
Community and civic affairs have also attracted Bob's time. He was Saline County's Chairman for the Nebraska Centennial. He was a Czech Festival Volunteer, School Board president, Master of the Grange, and Director of Beaver-Tamora-Utica Men's Chorus. He is a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Bob and his wife, Betty, are very proud of their four children and eight grandchildren. All of their children are graduates of UNL and have advanced degrees from other universities. Robert Ahlschwede has been a unique combination of fresh ideas, experienced judgment and unbridled enthusiasm for people, young and old, who are striving for progress.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 1980 TO 1989
John Klosterman - 1989John C. Klosterman graduated from Doane College in 1958, with a degree in mathematics and physics. Three years in the United States Navy provided him the opportunity to see the world from the Artic Circle to South America including Northern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. Upon returning to the family farming and livestock business, he gradually assumed management responsibilities for Grass Valley Farms. The current operation includes 1600 acres of diversified crop production, 125 head of beef cows and a feedlot capacity of 1800 head. Additional farming operations are conducted in Colorado and Nance County.
John has been active in many livestock affairs in Butler County and the State of Nebraska, including serving as president of the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association in 1970 and 1971 and vice president of the national organization in 1976. John was a strong proponent of the merger of the American National Cattlemen's Association, serving on the consolidation study committee that drew up the merger plan. Since the formation of the NCA, he has chaired several committees and served on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Board.
John was one of the people organizing the Nebraska Feedlot Council (1986) and was elected to its Board of Directors. He was appointed to the Consolidation Committee, guiding the successful merger of the Nebraska cattle organizations into the Nebraska Cattlemen. He was selected the Nebraska Cattlemen's first president.
Serving as chairman of the Butler County Hospital Board of Trustees since 1971, John is very proud of the new hospital, the expansion of the services to include new resident doctors and arrangements for specialists to make the facility a leading medial facility. He has a sincere interest in the David City community, having served on many local development programs and Chamber of Commerce activities.
John has been a strong supporter of the University of Nebraska, IANR and the Animal Science Department. Special efforts of the Ag. 40 group, the 2001 Task Force and Livestock Industry representatives on the Animal Science Departmental Review are among his many contributions to the institute. He serves the total university community as a member of the University Foundation Board of Trustees.
James Roberts - 1988James Roberts was born June 11, 1930 to a Lexington, Nebraska banker and received a degree in Business Administration from UNL in 1953. It was then that he became interested in the cattle industry and returned to Lexington to begin a feedlot operation which has grown to the 10,000 head capacity Roberts Cattle Co.
Mr. Roberts has won numerous awards including: Dawson County Outstanding Young Farmer (1959), Public Service to Agriculture Award (1983), AK-SAR-BEN Agricultural Achievement (1983), Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement (1983), Honarary Hall of Agricultural Achievement (1983) and National Cattlemen's Association Businessman of the Year (1987).
Jim has served as director for Cattle-Fax, an advisor for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and appointed to the Interstate Agricultural Grain Marketing Commission. He has been successful in all aspects of the livestock industry, including cattle feeding, cow-calf production, stocker/grazer operations, packing plant manager, commodities broker, grain company operator, farmer and consultant to investigators and money lending organizations.
In addition, Jim is a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Trusteess, Chairman of the Agriculture "2001" Committee, Chancellor's Advisory Committee, Ag Builders and Ag 40 Group. Jim was also a strong force in gaining approval for the $19M Animal Science completion project.
The UNL Block & Bridle club is honored to admit Mr. James F. Roberts to the Animal Science Hall of Fame.
Harry Hart - 1987Harry Hart was born November 1, 1926, near Cozad, Nebraska. After graduating from Cozad High School, Hart served two years in the United State Navy during World War II. Following his military experience, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. Harry and his wife, Jeanne, have raised one daughter and two sons on their livestock and grain farm near Cozad. Their daughter, Pat Gewecke, currently resides in Omaha and sons Bruce and James live in the Cozad area.
Presently, Hart is known statewide as the owner/operator of an elite purebred Suffolk and Hampshire sheep flock and has been in the purebred sheep business for 38 years. His first educational experience was six sheep for his high school FFA project. In 1950, Hart purchased their first three registered Hampshires from Willard Waldo. Suffolks were introduced into the Hart operation in 1960.
Hart is a strong believer in the important of good record-keeping and performance testing. He established one of the first performance testing sheep programs in the nation and was one of the first participants in the Iowa and Nebraska performance records program.
The University of Nebraska has been a benefactor of Hart's interest in improving the quality of sheep produced. Hart has participated in research with sheep implants at UNL. In addition, he helped enact the participate in the University of Nebraska Ewe Program. Numerous collegiate livestock judging teams have used the Hart facilities and stock for contests and workouts.
In Dawson County and across Nebraska, Hart is known for his encouragement of youth in the sheep industry. Hart has been a sponsor of the Nebraska Sheep Winner's trip to National 4-H Congress and has also been a county 4-H leader for 15 years. Many 4-H and FFA members have benefitted from both Hart's experience and the quality of his flock. He maintains a program whereby he rents quality rams to 4-H and FFA members for a nominal fee, and he also guarantees his ewes to breed. Hart has judged many county and state fairs, as well as other sheep shows.
Hart has been an active and loyal supporter at the local, state, and national level. Hart served on the Board of Directors for the American Hampshire Sheep Association and the Nebraska Registered Sheep Breeders. In addition, he is a charter member of the Nebraska Sheep Council. Locally he has served as President and Secretary of the Dawson County Sheep and Wool Association and director of the Dawson County Feeders Association.
Hart is a member of the First United Methodist Church, 30-year member of the VFW and past commander, BPOE 2250, and Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include softball, baseball, tennis and he has raised and raced homing pigeons.
Block and Bridle is proud to honor Harry Hart as the 1987 addition to the Animal Science Hall of Fame.
Jack Maddux - 1986Jack Maddux was born May 7, 1932 as a third-generation rancher on the Wauneta operation that was homesteaded in 1886. Jack earned a B.S. degree from Colorado State University. Jack and his wife Carol have three children – Jack, Sandra, and Mary.
The Maddux breeding program incorporates new technology into a three breed rotational program of A.I. with Angus, Simmental and Gelbvieh blood lines. All the calves are finished in the Maddux feedlot along with purchased background calves.
The Maddux program was one of the first to adopt a multi-cell rest-rotation grazing management system, cross fencing and no-till corn production. Jack also uses estrous synchronization, heifer pelvic measurements and implant and reproduction research project results.
Jack is actively involved with the Nebraska Stockgrowers Association, National Cattleman's Association, Ag Builders and the Ag 40 Group. Jack was selected as the 1984 Businessman of the Year by the National Cattleman's Association.
In addition we thank Jack for his support of the Block & Bridle club and the UNL Animal Science program and congratulate him on being selected the 1986 Block & Bridle Honoree.
Julian Canaday - 1985Julian Canaday was born October 7, 1930 on a ranch that has been in the family since it was purchased by his grandfather in 1906. Julian and his wife, Kathleen, raised two sons on the ranch located 13 miles north of Bloomfield and through the generations has grown to 1,720 acres. Son, David, is a partner in the family swine operation and son, Paul, is Assistant Vice President of the Federal Land Bank in Columbus, Nebraska. The livestock enterprises include both cattle and swine and Julian has done more than this fair share in promoting and improving animal agriculture through his leadership and dedication.
Formal education following high school included one year at Nebraska Wesleyan University and a B.S. degree in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska in 1952. Julian is in partnership in the swine operation with son, David, where particular emphasis has been on rate of gain, feed efficiency and carcass merit. Julian maintains a cow herd of 185 with all of the cattle involved in a production testing program of the American Simmental Association. The use of artificial insemination and involvement of central test stations has long been a part of the swine and beef programs.
Julian was very instrumental in the Nebraska Swine Council, the fore-running of the Nebraska Pork Producers and served as first Secretary-Treasurer (1960-1963). Other leadership roles include the Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association, Nebraska Livestock Breeders and Feeders, County Cattle Association, IANR 2001 Task Force and many Farm Bureau activities.
Julian's contributions to local programs include many activities related to 4-H and FFA, Country Fair Superintendent, School Board, Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, Church Board Chairman and Trustee, and Director of Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District. The family have always been very strong supporters of conservation and have four dams on the ranch. The latest technology in minimum tillage is utilized in the cropping system to conserve moisture and save energy costs.
Julian Canaday was presented as the 1985 Honoree at the April 27 Awards banquet.
Lloyd Bevans - 1984Lloyd was born April 7, 1924 and grew-up on a small farm in the Waverly, Nebraska area. He now lives in Waverly with his wife Shirley. They raised four daughters; Diane, Joan, Janece and Sharon and two sons; Brian and Bill. He became involved in turkey production through an FFA project in high school, which earned him FFA State and American Farmer Degrees. With his brother Richard he continued raising turkeys through his college years. He was one of the pioneers in commercial turkey production in the United States. With Lloyd's direction, Bevans Turkey Farm expanded, and now markets a premium turkey under its own Cornhusker Crown label. During much of this time, he also operated a feed mill and grain business, produced sheep and on occasion hogs and cattle.
While practicing law he continued to expand his turkey operation and became heavily involved in agricultural associations and programs to improve Nebraska agriculture. His long service (28 years as director) with the local (Lincoln area) Production Credit Association (PCA) is a good example of his involvement in public financing of Nebraska's animal and grain industries. This close financial tie with agriculture has given Lloyd many opportunities for leadership in the farming community. His primary interests have, however, remained with animal production.
He has been active in the National Turkey Federation since beginning turkey production 45 years ago. He served on the NTF Board of Directors for eight or ten years of that time. He has often used personal time and money to assist with programs that would help the total industry.
Lloyd has been a strong leader in the Nebraska Poultry industry. He was instrumental in the reorganization of Nebraska's poultry association. This effort led to establishment of the Nebraska Poultry Industries, an umbrella organization that tied together the Nebraska Turkey Federation, Nebraska Egg Council, Nebraska Poultry Improvement Association and the Allied Poultry Industries Association into one strong active group working for all poultry enterprises in Nebraska.
His leadership was a driving force in the referendum that led to the Poultry and Egg Development Committee. This is the check-off program the industry uses to raise funds for the promotion of Nebraska eggs and turkeys. Lloyd has served on this committee since its inception in 1974.
Lloyd is an active member of the Nebraska Turkey Growers Cooperative Association and presently serves on their Board of Directors. He was one of the leaders involved in the reorganization of Nebraska's Turkey Industry about nine years ago. As a result Nebraska turkey producers have doubled their annual production to almost one million birds and regained a strong competitive position in the national market. He has won numerous awards including Nebraska Poultryman of the Year in both 1974 and 1978.
Lloyd is a strong supporter of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has served on several industry advisory committees to IANR administration and is always ready to help individual Departments and faculty members. He currently serves on the Southeast Community College Board.
Lloyd and his family now produce approximately 200,000 turkeys and several hundred sheep each year. His contributions to Nebraska's animal industries have been many. They have been constant, continuous and will not stop.
Lloyd Bevans was presented as the 1984 Honoree at the April 28 Awards Banquet.
Richard Sorensen - 1983Dick Sorensen was born May 6, 1936, in Wayne, Nebraska. He grew up only ¼ mile from his present home, where he was involved in farming with his father. He now lives with his wife, Judy, and son Steve. All three, along with herdsman Aaron Schuett, work together to make Greenview Farms a successful hog operation.
After attending Wayne High School, Dick served for a time in the army, and then returned to northeast Nebraska to raise hogs with his father. Because of rhinitis problems in their swine herd, he decided to raise Specific Pathogen Free hogs and eliminate this and other disease problems. This would make their quality breeding stock more valuable to both commercial and purebred breeders. Dick raised both Hampshire and Durocs until 1973, and has sine maintained purebred Durocs coupled with about t0 crossbred litters each year, using Yorkshire and Landrace boars. Sorensen utilizes a pasture system combined with confinement to maximize efficiency. Breeding stock is merchandised primarily to commercial producers throughout the Midwest. Because of the demand for healthy SPF pigs, many hogs are also exported to other countries.
Along with making a name for himself in the seedstock business, Dick Sorensen has been an outstanding industry leader. He was a pioneer in laying the groundwork for the Nebraska Swine Council in 1961, and later served as the fourth president of that organization. It is now known as the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. Dick's leadership abilities also carried him to the presidency of the Nebraska SPF Swine Accrediting Agency.
In 1966, Dick was one of a small group of pork producers from across the nation that journeyed to Moline, Illinois, to form the National Pork Producers Council. He was one of a handful of producers that donated "seed money" to get that organization going. It is now the largest commodity organization in the country.
Dick's family has been very supportive of his industry activities, and have kept the home fires burning during his times away from them. Judy Sorensen has been an active partner in industry activities as well. She was a key figure in the initiation of the Nebraska Porkettes, served as one of its very first officers, and remains an active pork promoter today.
Dick was directly involved in the success of the fund drive that resulted in the Housing and Management Center at Concord. He has recently been actively involved with swine pseudorabies legislation.
The Sorensens have hosted many tours and have a long list of civic activities. Because of his self-confidence and wit, Dick is a popular master of ceremonies at numerous banquet functions, always serving as an ambassador of animal agriculture.
Along with donations of time and money, Dick and Judy often provide hogs for roasting, ham sandwiches for traveling high school athletic teams, and have been active promoters of youth.
H. Eugene Schroeder - 1982Gene Schroeder was born in Benkelman, Nebraska on September 14, 1921. He grew up in Imperial, Nebraska where his family was involved in the lumber and grain business. Gene was first involved in the cattle business at the age of eight when he started working part time on the large Kilpatrick Ranch near Imperial. Schroeder attended the University of Nebraska, where he majored in Business and took many Animal Science electives.
Gene and Madeline Krotter made a start in the registered Hereford business in 1948 as partners, purchasing Prince Domino and Helsman Third bloodlines. Eventually the pair became man and wife and Madeline remains a strong behind-the-scenes partner with Gene today. They have one son, Chuck, who is manager of the registered cattle operations of the firm's farming operations. Schroeder Cattle Company is located surrounding Palisade in the valley of the Frenchman River.
Performance and profit is the motto of the S5 Ranch. Gene works forever improving quality that will turn a profit for each owner along the production line. Schroeder credits a period in the dairy business with giving him the penchant for record keeping that is the corner stone of his operation today. Keeping up with new technology available to the livestock producer, Schroeder's have experimented with embryo transfer.
The Schoeder commercial herd is used primarily for progeny testing herd sires and has qualified nine Registered of Merit Feedlot carcass sires under the American Hereford Association's rigorous testing program. In the mill at S5 is the development of a composite breed based on the combination of four beef breeds. For the paternal side, outstanding Gelbvieh heifers, noted for their high fertility, will be crossed with Sayler bulls, noted for their carcass traits. High performance Hereford heifers will be crossed to leading Angus sires to form the maternal side of the cross. Schroeder's goal for the composite emphasizes reproduction, rapid early growth with moderate mature size, carcass quality, and the retention of heterosis through subsequent generations.
Certainly a factor in the efficiency of the Schroeder program lies in their excellent facilities. A chute designed by Gene has proved to be very functional and is an example of the innovative-thinking found at S5.
Home raised working horses are a part of the S5 program. They are now introducing racing blood into their present program in hopes of future track performers.
The farming operation consists of 1,000 acres of irrigated corn along with wheat and alfalfa.
An interesting side light is Schroeder Gravel Company. In their excavations they have found many fossils, and select pieces can be viewed in Morrill Hall.
As a promoter of youth, Gene has been involved with a number of 4-H programs and hosted numerous field days and judging clinics at the ranch. Gene holds a prominent leadership role in the cattle industry today. He has served the American Hereford Association as President, Vice President and represented that association as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cattlemen's Association in 1981-1982. During 1981 and 1982 he served as Chairman of the Grading and Inspection Committee for the N.C.A.
Gene has been awarded several honors which include Top Farmers of America Award of Honor, Southwest Nebraska Conservation Award, Agricultural Builders Award by the McCook Chamber of Commerce, "Man of the Year in Livestock" given by the Record Stockman, Block and Bridle Honorary Member and Ak-Sar-Ben Agricultural Achievement Award.
Gene Schroeder was presented as the 1982 Block and Bridle Club Honoree at the April 23rd Awards Banquet.
Merlyn Carlson - 1981Merlyn Carlson was born February 12, 1935 in Chappell, to Mr. and Mrs. Myron Carlson. He began showing carloads with his father in 1950 at the National Western and Chicago Feeder Cattle Show until 1974. He graduated from Chappell High School in 1953. Merlyn enrolled at the University of Nebraska as an animal science major where he completed his freshman year. He then transferred to Colorado State University. during college he met Janice Johnson and they were married August 26, 1956. Merlyn received his bachelor degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1957 and upon graduation he enlisted in the army for six months.
Merlyn then returned to the ranch and formed a partnership with his father. The Carlson operation has expanded and improved from 4500 acres that Myron purchased in 1943 to 10,500 acres today. 2000 acres are farmed with wheat, irrigated corn and alfalfa being the principal crops raised. Merlyn has always been an innovator and through the use of center pivot irrigation for grazing pasture he has consists of 600 angus cows. Merlyn desires a narrow genetic base to ensure uniformity and predictability and has been selecting for maternal traits for twenty years. Purebred replacement heifers have been marketed to commercial herds, but today Merlyn feels production can be increased with a terminal cross breeding system.
Merlyn's ingenuity is evidenced by his continuing interest in research. On the ranch his main areas and goals include genetics to increase value per animal, improved hay production, fuel efficiency through the increased use of horses and feed conversion to reduce costs of production. The Carlson operation increased its diversification several years ago with the addition of a commercial feed lot by Chappell that includes a feed store and mill. 2000 to 3000 head are marketed for slaughter each year. Merlyn, a man always looking into the future, has designed efficient facilities to implement a disease preventative program as he feels this is an important criteria for a successful operation.
Although Merlyn keeps very busy with the family, ranch, feedlot, and his organizations he has found time to be active in the community. He has served on the Methodist Church Board, Lodgepole Lions Board, Deuel County Conservation Board, Chappell Hospital Board, and the Farmers Elevator Board.
Not only has Merlyn been influential in the family operation, but in the industry as a whole. During 1970 and 1971 he served as the Nebraska Stock Growers President. While President he was instrumental in establishing the Nebraska Beef Industry Foundation, the adoption of the 104 Check Off and the Cattle-Fax Service for Nebraska. Merlyn also founded the NSGA Research and Education Foundation, reorganized NSGA into local area affiliates and provided steps toward present NSGA Public Relations Program.
Merlyn's greatest contribution to agriculture is his work with the National Cattleman's Association. His first involvement on the national level was with the American National Cattleman's Association where he served as chairman of the Membership and Finance Committee and the Beef Research Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board. After the merger and development of the National Cattleman's Association Merlyn was elected as first Vice-President in 1979 and served as President in 1980.
Merlyn has been named to the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement in 1971 and to the Northern International Livestock Exposition Hall of Fame in 1975. He has also been awarded the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Ag Achievement Award in 1971 and the Nebraska Agri-Business Club Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award in 1980.
Merlyn Carlson was presented as the 1981 Block and Bridle Club Honoree at the April 24th Awards Banquet.
J. Gerald Beattie - 1980Jesse Gerald Beattie was born June 20, 1918 at Sumner, Nebraska to Francis and Mayme Beattie. He was the oldest of four children which included his brother, Howard, and sisters Mary Ellen and Wilma Jean. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1936, farmed with his father for two years, then enrolled at the University of Nebraska where he was in ROTC program. Gerald graduated from the Ag College in 1942 and then served 3 ½ years in the Army. Gerald was married to Lt. Mattie (Army) Armstrong in London, England in May of 1945. Army met Gerald while she was a 1st Lt. Army Nurse.
They returned to Nebraska where Gerald worked with the Soil Conservation until 1948 when they bought the 320 acre farm near Sumner. The farm has since expanded to about 3,000 acres, along with cattle and hog operations known as F.L. Beattie, Inc. and Hamlot Inc. The family corporation was formed in 1960 and today includes sons Jeff and George. Jeff has the cattle and George the swine.
Gerald, described as an innovator in the pork industry, has experimented with various feeding techniques and operations. The Beatties currently use a feeding system that adds water to the feed. He also utilizes various types of buildings, floors and slats, and refuse systems in his growing operation. Beattie, Inc. produces 7000 pigs per year. Beatties farm 700 acres of irrigated corn and alfalfa.
Since Gerald can rely on his sons and other employees to maintain the farm and it's operations, he is able to concentrate on serving the pork industry by devoting time to travel to meetings and working for both the state and national pork organizations. Gerald was one of the founders of the Nebraska Pork Producers Council and served as President 1968-1969. He was elected to the Executive Board of NPPC in 1970 and was Vice President in 1972. He served as the NPPC president from 1974-1976. The Beattie family continues to play an active role in the state and national pork organizations.
Gerald has been very active in many local and state organizations. He has served on the Boards of the Dawson County Livestock Feeders Association, Farm Bureau, Dawson County Soil Conservation, American Baptist Churches of Nebraska and the Sumner, Eddyville and Miller schools. He is also affiliated with the Dawson County Sparerib Club, Top Farmers of American, American Legion, Nebraska Swine Seminar and Sumner Baptist Church.
Gerald was active in organizing the Sumner and Eddyville Coops and in the redistricting of the Sumner, Eddyville and Miller Schools. He has taught Sunday School for over 30 years and has worked with 4-H and Scouting programs.
Gerald served on the National Livestock and Meat Board from 1976-1979 and recently completed his term on the Multilateral Trade Negotiation Committee. He has supported the University of Nebraska whole-heartedly through the NPPC and serves on the Medical Center Board of Councilers.
Gerald has been named a Top Ten Winner by the Nebraska Agri-Business Council, received an Agricultural Award from the Lincoln Agri-Business Awards, received the Nebraska Pork Chop award in 1966, was presented the Public Service to Agriculture award from the Nebraska Agri-Business club in 1974 and was honored at the 1980 American Pork Congress by the National Hog Farmer for Outstanding Service to the Pork Industry.
J. Gerald Beattie was presented as the 1980 Block and Bridle Club Honoree at the April 25th Awards Banquet.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 1970 TO 1979
Don Ringler - 1979Don Ringler was honored posthumously as a Block and Bridle Honoree. Ringler was a Seward High School and University of Nebraska graduate. He was raised on a farm in Seward County and served as president of his FFA Chapter.
He began his newspaper career in Blair, Nebraska, and worked for papers in Newton and Charles City, Iowa, and Kankakee and Rockford, Illinois before coming to the Omaha World Herald. In 1978 he was named regional vice-president of the Newspaper Farm Editors of America.
Ringler joined the Omaha World Herald in 1967. In 1978 he was named National Farm Writer of the Year by an organization of fellow reporters and editors. He was selected in March of 1978 as the national winner in farm news competition sponsored by the Newspaper Farm Editors of America. In 1970 he received the top prize in the Nebraska Associated Press Association's news writing contest for his comprehensive story on the state's boxcar shortage. He was presented on Oscar in Agriculture Award by DEKALB Ag Research Inc. in 1976 for his story describing problems associated with irrigation in Nebraska. The triumph of Agriculture Exposition honored him in 1977 with its Agri Award for his "informative contribution to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural industries." Among the groups giving Service Awards to Ringler for his farm coverage were the FFA, the Nebraska Association of Soil and Water Conservation and the Mid-America Dairyman Inc.
Wesley F. Hansen - 1979Wesley F. Hansen was born in North Platte on May 4, 1919 to Henry and Gertrude Hansen. He was the youngest of three children and the only son. Wes graduated from high school in 1937. Upon graduation he enrolled a the University of Nebraska where he completed a two-year farm-ranch operations course. In 1940, Wes married Barbara Smith of North Platte. Since that time they have been blessed with three children, Pamela, Thomas and Mary Ann.
Wes's son, Thomas, represents the fourth generation of Hansens since his grandfather Hans J. Hansen immigrated from Denmark in 1878 and founded the Hansen Ranch Co. In 1880 after being dried out of Howard County, he moved to this site where the original farmstead house was built and is still standing. This is also the present site of the ranch headquarters.
The Hansen ranch, home of the 77 brand is located 7 miles northwest of North Platte, Nebraska and includes over 30,000 acres spanning Lincoln, McPherson and Keith Counties. It is a cow-calf operation with over 1,200 cows and over 1,500 acres of hay ground.
Wes's father, Henry, started with a Shorthorn herd, that was replaced by a predominantly Hereford cow herd. In recent years, Wes has initiated a cross-breeding program which includes Red Angus, Simmental and Red Poll. The cows usually stay on pasture until December, at which time they are brought into the valley. The cows start calving in mid-February.
The heavy end of the steer calves are sold in the fall. The lighter end, plus all of the heifers are kept until they are yearlings. At that time some of the heifers are chosen as replacements and the rest along with the rest of the steers, are fed in commercial feedlots.
One of the recent changes on the Hansen Ranch has been the use of "breadloaf" stacks. In past years, it took as many as ten men to help "put up" the 12-400 tons of hay. Now stacking machines have cut the labor requirement to only three men.
Wes has always been an innovator. Back in the early 1960's he was experimenting with many types of conservation practices in an attempt to better utilize the land the precious resources, "grass". Conservation practices he has engaged include planned grazing, grass seeding, wind breaks and tree planting, erosion dams and drainage ditches. Just this past year, Mr. & Mrs. Hansen were recognized as the conservation award winners of the Twin Platte Natural Resource District.
Wes also served on the advisory council to the College of Agriculture here at UNL. He has also been on the advisory committee to the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and has worked closely with the North Platte Experiment Station.
Awards honoring Wes and his family are the 1976 Nebraska Agribusiness Award for outstanding service to agriculture, 1973 Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Agricultural Achievement Award, 1968 North Platte Jaycee's Boss of the Year Award, 1964 Hall of Agricultural Achievement, Western Livestock Journal – Cattleman of the Month, Block and Bridle Honorary Member, and many more.
But perhaps over and above his accomplishments as a successful rancher, livestock feeder and conservationist are the leadership and service Mr. Hansen has given to the livestock industry. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was president in the 30's, Wes has served as president of the Stockgrowers Association. This award was presented to Wes in recognition of outstanding service to the livestock industry as president of the Nebraska Stock Grower's Association. Wes has also served on the Board of Directors to the National Cattleman's Association and the National Livestock and Meat Board.
In addition to all of these commitments, Mr. Hansen has found time to devote to his hometown community of North Platte as well. He served as a 4-H leader for 18 years. He has been very active with the Chamber of Commerce and he has served on the Board of Directors of the Dawson Public Power District and the First National Bank and Trust Company of North Platte.
W. Eugene Flynn - 1978Eugene Flynn, born in Blair, Nebraska in 1926, is presently manager and partner with two brothers of the Flynn Field Farms at Blair. Eugene and his wife, Katy, were married in 1952 and are the proud parents of six children: Ann, Dan, Kelly, Mike, Karen and Joy.
Upon graduation from Blair High he entered Dana College as a mathematics major for two years. He then enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. degree in farm management and agricultural economics in 1949, he returned home to the dairy operation.
Eugene's primary interest is a 400-head Registered Holstein dairy herd, of which 200 cows are milking at any one time. The herd annually produces more than 3 million pounds of milk and they sell 60 to 70 breeding bulls and 125 steers annually.
Flynn Field Farms also includes a farrow to finish hog operation that produces about 1,000 market hogs each year and 1,500 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn and alfalfa for feeding their livestock. About 20 family members are involved in the operation, including eight full-time employees. The most recent addition to the farmstead is "Country Corner", a small retail store specializing in cheese and other dairy products.
Mr. Flynn has been a leader in the Holstein breed in Nebraska, as well as nationally. He served as President of the Nebraska Holstein Association, District Secretary, delegate to the National Convention, and was chairman of the National Holstein Convention held at Omaha in 1959. He has also served as President of the Nebraska Inter-Breed Dairy Council and on the board of the American Dairy Association of Nebraska, has been president of the central states division of Mid America Dairyman, Inc., and currently serves as First Vice President of Mid-America Dairyman, Inc.
Locally, Flynn is a member of the Blair Chamber of Commerce, Blair High School Vocational Agricultural Advisory Board, Rotary Club, received the "AK-SAR-BEN Agricultural Achievement Award" in 1975. Mr. Flynn has hosted farm tours for child care center, Boy Scouts, 4-H and FFA groups, government groups from India and Japanese trainees.
"From the cow to the consumer" is a philosophy practiced by Gene Flynn and Flynn Field Farms today.
Melvin Kuska - 1977Melvin Kuska, a cattle producer and feeder, operates 700 acres of land which includes three types of irrigation: pivots, towline and gated pipe. He also runs approximately 200-300 feeder steers per year, along with 100 stock cows.
Mr. Kuska attended the University of Nebraska and received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1942. He was on the University of Nebraska Engineering Board in 1942 and later was an executive student at International Harvester Company at Chicago, Illinois. Other activities in his background include: Nebraska Agricultural Council past president, Fillmore County Fair Board President, County 4-H Council, 4-H Leader, and County Extension Board.
Melvin has made many contributions to the industry through his participation in agricultural organizations, he has served as Nebraska Livestock Foundation President,
National Livestock Feeders Association President, past president of the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association, and also past president of the Exeter Breeders and Feeders Association. Mr. Kuska's outstanding leadership and personality have won him the friendship and respect of all those who know and work with him in these organizations.
Mr. Kuska is also very active in many community and social organizations.
He and his wife are members of the Congregational United Church of Christ of Exeter, where he has served as Deacon and Chairman of the Church Board. Some of his other activities include: President of the Exeter School Board, Fillmore Co. Historical Society President, Farm Bureau member, Ak-Sar-Ben member, and associate member of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Kuska has also spoken at numerous Rotary Clubs and Women's Clubs to promote the livestock industry, at the University of Nebraska.
Melvin has not begun to slow up, but keeps supporting and promoting the livestock industry.
Archie White - 1976Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Archie was outdoors right away on his father's farm near Bradshaw, Nebraska, in York County. After attending a rural school near Bradshaw, he entered high school where he was really active in school activities.
Upon graduation, he farmed with his brother, Ellis, for 3 years. Then Uncle Sam called him to duty, where he spent 4 ½ years in the armed services with stays in Panama, the Philippines and New Guinea. After his discharge from the service, Archie enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Lincoln in 1945. While in college, Archie was an active member of Block and Bridle as Chapter Historian and was elected membership to Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of Agriculture. Archie graduated in 1949 and went to work immediately for the George A. Hormel Company in Austin, Minnesota. After spending one month there, he and his family moved to Fremont, where they are living today.
Archie's position today is the Manager of the Livestock Extension, which involves Public Relations for the plant, Supervision of the Grade and Yield Dept., and he is a hog buyer.
Archie is quite often seen on the phone making contacts with producers, livestock organizations and youth groups around the Midwest. He is a man who is interested in the pork industry and its quality control from start to finish.
Archie is well respected in his judgments in the show ring. He is the superintendent of the Midwest Market Hog Show in Fremont that has been in existence since 1952. Archie has been a member of the Judges of Champion Committee at the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota.
Archie is an advisor of the Nebraska Pork Producers' Council, received the first annual Pork Booster award in recognition of his leadership in the association, the Ak-Sar-Ben Special Recognition Award in 1971, and the past Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Select Masters in the Masons. He is also an active member of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and is a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Fremont.
Archie has a record of accomplishments that is representative of the time and effort put into what he likes to do: work with people.
Harold Stevens - 1975Harold was born in Grant, Nebraska, where his father to this day resides. During Harold's 10 years of 4-H work, he attended the 4-H Congress and was one of Nebraska's delegates to the National 4-H Camp in Washington, D.C. He was also active in FFA and was given the state farmer degree as a senior in high school. Harold enrolled in the Ag College at the University of Nebraska, seeking to get a double major in animal science and vocational agriculture. Harold was quite active in Block and Bridle and other activities, serving as Vice President of Block and Bridle, and President of the University 4-H Club.
During his tenure at Dawson County, which began July 1, 1945, 4-H enrollment has increased from 331 to 1,761 members. He has coached seventeen 4-H livestock demonstration teams for the national contest in Chicago, twelve 4-H livestock judging teams have competed in the Chicago International 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, and twelve teams have also gone to contests at the Denver National Western, many winning top honors.
Harold organized the first T-bone Club in Nebraska, the first Spare Rib Club in the state, helped in forming the Dawson County Sheep and Wool Association and has organized non-livestock commodity groups as the Dawson County Corn Grower's Club and Dawson County Noxious Weed District.
Harold has been recruited to judge 4-H Club shows, county fairs, area shows, and state fairs. He is currently the showmanship superintendent of the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Livestock Show touted as "the world's largest 4-H show".
In 1967, 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1974 he was selected by the University of Nebraska and the National People to People program to head up the Nebraska Educational tours to the South Pacific, Europe and Africa.
Harold also maintains an impressive list of civic activities; Lexington Rotary Club, Master Mason, Lexington and Cozad Chamber of Commerce member.
Harold has been recognized for many of his high achievements; The Agricultural Achievement Award from the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, the Distinguished Service Award from the Gamma Sigma Delta agricultural honorary, the USDA Superior Service award, Induction into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and many other awards.
Harold has put his best foot forward by "helping people to help themselves through 4-H and adult livestock programs".
Howard Pitzer - 1974Born near Plainview, Nebraska, Mr. Pitzer was raised on his parents' farm and took the drivers seat at the early age of 7. Horses have always been a part of Mr. Pitzer's life as they were part of the working crew on his parents' farm and also served as transportation to and from school.
Upon graduation from high school, he attended the University of Nebraska and won the first showmanship contest at the Block and Bridle "Junior Baby Beef Show" now known as the Little Ak-Sar-Ben Showmanship Contest. Mr. Pitzer also participated on judging teams, where he acquired his start in "horse trading."
Working his way up through the ranks, Mr. Pitzer moved to his present location in 1946. Being young and ambitious, and knowing the meaning of hard work, he built the small ranch into the efficient, highly productive unit it is today. Located 4 ½ miles northwest of Ericson in Wheeler County, it is beautifully situated along the Cedar River. Starting with a few Angus cows, the herd was built up to its present 2200 head.
The 28,000 acres are dotted with 10 center pivot irrigation systems, which have boosted a yield of alfalfa and pasture tremendously. Mr. Pitzer now devotes the majority of his time to raising top quality Quarter Horses which have made the Pitzer Ranch famous. One hundred twenty-five brood mares and 5 stud make up the heart of this excellent breeding program. The Pitzer Ranch has produced many outstanding horses, but at the top has to be "Two Eyed Jack", a 13-year-old stallion with a list of wins as long as his well-muscled legs.
Mr. Pitzer was selected as Nebraska's recipient of the "Stockman of the Century" award by the Denver Stockmen.
In addition to community activities including Masonic Lodge, church, school and county fair boards, Mr. Pitzer is active in the Nebraska Stock Growers' Association, the AQHA, and Nebraska Quarter Horse Association. He has also received the Ak-Sar-Ben award of merit for his service to the community and his contribution to the animal industry.
Guy McReynolds - 1973Born in Princeton, Illinois, Guy came to Clay County Nebraska with his family when he was a young boy. As a youth he was quite active in 4-H work, where he quite successfully participated in judging contests and 4-H swine shows which gave him a running start on his future occupation.
While attending the University of Nebraska he was a participant on the inter-collegiate judging team. Upon graduation in 1931 with a degree in Animal Husbandry, he went back to Illinois and worked 2 years as herdsman on the Bonnie Brace Hampshire farm, a prominent purebred swine farm.
Bringing with him a top purebred female foundation, he returned to Nebraska where he started farming on a quarter section northwest of Ashland in 1933.
Mr. Reynolds has been a member of the Hampshire Swine Registry and was instrumental in establishing the first National Hampshire type conference. He served on the championship committee for the first National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota and judged this World Series of all swine shows for the next 8 consecutive years, and highlighted his judging career by judging at the International Livestock Exposition for 14 consecutive years. His activities have led to sales of breeding stock to many states and several foreign countries.
In 1937 Guy was successful in qualifying the first production Registered Sow and Litter of any breed. In 1959 he had another significant first when he was the first breeder to establish a purebred SPF Association and the National SPF Association, received the Nebraska SPF Producers Award, 1972, served as a 4-H leader for over 10 years, member of the Nebraska Pork Producers Council and the Saunders County Farm Bureau, and member of the local school board.
His national recognition as a prominent livestock breeder was highlighted when in 1947 he was awarded the Who's Who of Hog people by the National Hog Breeding Magazine.
Joseph Watson - 1972"Honored Posthumously"
Joe Watson was born and raised near Albion, Nebraska and attended Albion High School. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1930, after which he served as Agricultural Instructor of Scribner until 1935 when he took the position as Cuming County Extension Agent. Mr. Watson is married and has two children, Bob and Madeline.
Joe R. Watson has provided the leadership and inspiration for an outstanding county 4-H program, with premium achievements in the livestock and citizenship areas. He has coached many outstanding 4-H livestock judging teams and guided many youths to the winners' circle in livestock shows. He has had a keen interest in livestock marketing problems, and always has placed strong emphasis on marketing in the county 4-H program.
Joe helped organize the Cuming County Livestock Feeders' Association and Livestock Tour. He was a key figure in securing a new beef dressing plant for Cuming County that helped bolster local agricultural economy.
Mr. Watson helped organize the Cuming County Public Power District; the Cuming County Rural Youth Group; the first county-wide noxious weed district in Nebraska; served as secretary of the Cuming County Dairy Breeders Association, and served on the legislative committee of the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association.
Joe R. Watson received the USDA 30 year service award, Knights of AK-SAR-BEN Agricultural Achievement Award, citation from the American Hereford Association, was elected president of Nebraska Association of County Agricultural Agents in 1942, and was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, and Epsilon Sigma Pi honoraries.
Joe Watson has been characterized by Extension Administrators as a "people's man" because of his devotion to the families of Cuming County and their welfare.
Forrest S. Lee - 1971Forrest S. Lee, a lifetime resident of Cherry County, is a commercial cattle rancher. After attending the University of Nebraska during the years of 1928-1930, he rented the ranch on which he now resides as a 2800 acre unit in 1934. In 1954 he purchased the ranch which has since been increased to a 10,000 acre unit of which 6800 acres are deeded and the remainder leased. A 500-cow commercial Hereford cow-calf-yearling operation is maintained on which health and performance data are recorded. Mr. Lee has cooperated with the University of Nebraska on numerous occasions offering his cattle and ranch for such research activities as meadow grazing, the study ofsystemics for grub control and field testing of calf scour vaccines.
He has been active in numerous local, state and national associations including past President of Sandhills Cattle Association, past President of Nebraska Stock Growers Association, past President of Nebraska Livestock Breeders and Feeders Association and past Chairman of the Nebraska Livestock Industry Committee. Active in the American National Cattlemen's Association, he served as Chairman of both the Research and Brucellosis Committee. In 1963 he served as Chairman of the Coordinated Beef Improvement Conference, sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science and the American National Cattlemen's Association. He represents the Nebraska Stock Growers Association at U.S. Animal Health Association meetings and was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Clifford Hardin to the National Cattle Industry Advisory Committee. He served as a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee and in 1968 was given the "Nebraska Builder" award by the University of Nebraska.
Mr. Lee has given freely of his time and talents to improve commercial cattle ranching in the state of Nebraska and to promote the livestock industry throughout the nation.
Otto H. Liebers - 1970*"Honored Posthumously"
Otto Liebers was born at Minden, Nebraska, June 25, 1887. Attended rural grade school, Minden High School, and Grand Island Baptist College. He was a graduate of Nebraska School of Agriculture, 1909, and University of Nebraska, 1913, with a Bachelor of Science, ranking first in his class. Mr. Liebers married Ethel L. Kindig, September 3, 1913 and they had three children.
Mr. Liebers became Nebraska's first County Agricultural Agent, Gage County, 1913-1916. He was the Agricultural and Immigration Agent for Lines West Burlington Railroad, Denver, 1916-1919, Manager, Nebraska Dairy Development Society for 10 years and Appraiser for Federal Land Bank for 15 years.
He served as President for the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement; director and member of the Executive Board Ford Foundation, Resources for the Future, Inc., Washington, D.C., Honorary director and past president of Nebraska State Guernsey Breeders' Association, Co-chairman of the Salt-Wahoo Watershed Association, director and member, Executive Committee of The American Guernsey Cattle Club, Petersborough, N.H., Director, Mid-West Sales Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, past president, Nebraska State Dairymen's Association and Inter-Bred Dairy Cattle Council, and director, Governmental Research Institute, Inc.
Mr. Liebers served as State Senator in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature, 1951, 1953, 1955, and special sessions, 1952, 1954. He was a member of the Nebraska Legislature Budget Committee, and chairman of the Legislative Tax Study Committee.
He was a member of Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Rotary Club, Lancaster County Fair Board, Masonic Lodge, Lincoln Dinner Club, University Club, Candle Light Club, Dairy Shrine Club, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Gamma Sigma, and Honorary Member of Innocents Society.
Edward Janike - 1970Edward W. Janike was born and raised in Rising City, Nebraska, and after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University in 1930, spent a year on the farm before joining the staff as an extension specialist in animal husbandry. He served as District Supervisor and Extension Animal Husbandman before accepting the position of Secretary for the Omaha Livestock Exchange in 1945. He returned to the agricultural Extension staff at the University in 1949 as State 4-H Club Leader and served successively as acting associate director, associate director and finally Director of Agricultural Extension, before assuming his present post as Dean of Extension in 1963.
Dean Janike has been active in national and regional Extension Service activities. In 1958 he received the Superior Service Award presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has served on the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, the National Project in Agricultural Communications, the National Public Relations Committee, National 4-H Club Foundation, State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and the Governor's Lay Leadership Committee and is a board member of the National Extension Training Center.
He is affiliated with Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta, agricultural honorary societies, as well as Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce, and is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 1960 TO 1969
Glenn Lewis - 1969Mr. Lewis was born at Beaver Crossing and attended rural school in Seward County. He lived near Beaver Crossing until 1918, then moved to the Exeter community. He served as president of the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association in 1953. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce; the Agricultural Achievement Award from Ak-Sar-Ben; and the Swift Centennial Award.
In 1966 he was honored by the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, being described as a man "known for his leadership and for his promotion of the livestock industry" as well as being "a good neighbor."
Mr. Lewis has been active in the Exeter Breeder's and Feeders Association, and has served as its president, and has been active in the Exeter Chamber of Commerce for many years.
Henry Klosterman - 1968He grew up on a farm near Oldenburg, Germany. Henry arrived in David City in June of 1925 and went to work on the farm where he lives now. He enrolled at the University of Nebraska, not to get a degree, but to try to become a part of American life and society. After farming for awhile near Ulysses, Henry came back to his present home place in 1932.
The Klostermans – Henry and son, John, turn all they produce into beef. They feed 1,500 to 2,000 head of calves a year.
The Klosterman farm totals 1,600acres, with over 800 acres irrigated mostly in corn. Between 600 to 700 acres in grass, alfalfa and some small grain. There are nine irrigation wells, with pumps operated by natural gas.
Henry was a member of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Advisory Council and was one of the most effective leaders in the Council's effort to make all Nebraskans aware of the needs of their University—in research, teaching and extension. The Council helped to convince the Legislature that building funds must be made available if the University was to serve Nebraska adequately. But Henry Klosterman has helped Nebraska build more than structures. He has stood for every kind of progress that might help his state. He has been a member of the Nebraska Resources Foundation since it was formed in 1947. He represented the Division of Nebraska Resources at President Eisenhower's Conference on Technical and Distribution Research for the Benefit of Small Business in 1957.
He is chairman of the Big Blue River Watershed Planning Board, a member of the David City Chamber of Commerce, and is a Trustee of the University Foundation.
In 1964 the University of Nebraska Regents named him a Nebraska Builder, the University's highest award for distinguished service.
Willard Waldo - 1967Willard Waldo is a progressive man, very active in many organizations as well as a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a B.A. in 1934 and a member of Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta.
He served as Agriculture Instructor at Stapleton, Nebraska in 1934-36. He was appointed County Agent at Franklin, Nebraska from 1936-1940. Upon resigning the latter position, he returned home to DeWitt to farm. His farm consists of 400 acres with Duroc, Jerseys, Milking Shorthorn and Hampshire sheep.
He has served as a Senator from the 21st District in the Nebraska Unicameral and was a member of the Agriculture, Public Health and Labor, and Public Welfare Committees. He has also been President of the Nebraska Livestock Breeders and Feeders Association, Chairman of the Nebraska Brucellosis Control Committee, Member of the Advisory Committee to the Dean of Agriculture College, Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association, and Vice President of the National Science Disease Research foundation.
He has received several awards and honors some of which include the 1957 Gage County Outstanding Farmer Citizen award, the 1952 Honor Nebraska Farm family, and honorary member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, and the Future Farmers.
He was one of the first purebred breeders who cooperated with the University of Nebraska in the disease-free pig project. And one of the first of Nebraska Swine breeders to use back fat probes and production records in selecting his breeding stock.
George Young - 1966*Honored Posthumously
Dr. Young was born in Syracuse, Nebraska in 1917. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry-bacteriology from the University of Nebraska in 1939 and a D.V.M. from Cornell University in 1943. He served in World War II as a U.S. Army officer and afterwards returned to academic work as a member of the University of Minnesota staff assigned to the Hormel Institute at Austin. During this time he was engaged in intensified research on swine diseases with emphasis in respiratory diseases.
In 1955 he joined the staff of the University of Nebraska Department of Veterinary Science and the following year he was made chairman of the department. He introduced techniques for obtaining and raising pathogen free colustrum-deprived pigs of (SPF) hogs as they are commonly called. Commercial laboratories to produce primary SPF pigs have originated in many states using techniques pioneered by Dr. Young.
He has received many regional, national and international honors and awards. They include the Animal Health Institute's Distinguished Service Award in 1961 and Sigma XI award, from both the University of Minnesota (1948) and University of Nebraska (1955). He was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1960 by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. In 1961 he received the Gamma Sigma Delta National Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture for his outstanding contributions to the field of livestock disease research.
M.A. Alexander - 1966Martin A. Alexander was born in Perry, Missouri, May 14, 1900. He obtained his B.S. degree from Washington State in 1923 with a major in Animal Husbandry and a minor in Soils. He received his M.S. degree in 1924 from Colorado State University. Mr. Alexander was married to Maude Phillips in 1927. Their only child, Sara Jane was born in 1937.
Professor Alexander served on the teaching and research staffs at the University of Arkansas (1924-1927); Kansas State University (1927-30) and University of Wyoming (1930-31). He was on the University of Nebraska staff beginning in 1931 where he was in charge of sheep. In addition, Mr. Alexander spent four years at Ataturk University in Turkey where he served as Chairman and Professor, Department of Animal Science, with the Nebraska Contact Group, A.I.D. (1959-63). After his return and until his retirement in 1968, Professor Alexander taught introductory Animal Science and Sheep and Wool Production.
Among the many courses taught by Professor Alexander, he probably made his greatest contributions as the coach of the livestock and wool judging teams. It was in this role that the students who were privileged to work under Alex really got to know him as a teacher.
Professor Alexander passed away on February 8, 1991.
Russell Kendall - 1965Russell E. Kendall was born December 30, 1900 at Galesburg, Illinois. His boyhood was spent on a Knox County livestock farm in the usual environment of that era of horse and mule-power farming. His interest in 4-H began at an early age and was to be an integral part of his later life. In 1915 he won the junior division of the county corn-yield contest. A registered Shorthorn heifer launched his 4-H livestock activities.
He entered the University of Illinois as a freshman in 1917. In the summer of 1918 he was employed by Dr. T.F. Dewitt of Morrison and Parshall, Colorado who owned and operated several registered Hereford ranches. It was here that he met Professor Howard J. Gramlich, then Chairman of the Animal Husbandry Department of the Nebraska College of Agriculture. This meeting was to change his future environment. When Professor Gramlich purchased his first foundation stock for his Grassland registered Hereford farm south of Lincoln, Nebraska, he invited Russ to become part of the operation. He entered the Nebraska Agricultural College in February, 1924. He graduated in February, 1927 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Zeta and the Block and Bridle Club. He was a member of various judging teams and acted as an assistant teacher.
After his graduation he was employed by the Packers National Bank of Omaha, Nebraska where he was assigned to inaugurate as service department for the bank's farm and livestock customers. He served as Vice-President until 1946 and has continued on the Board of Directors. He then joined Nixon & Company of Omaha, a manufacturer of livestock feeds, where his major responsibilities were in nutrition and customer service. This position has developed even further his association with the Midwest livestock interests.
Throughout these years he always maintained his interest in 4-H and other youth programs. The past several years he has been Chairman of the Youth Activities Committee, Agribusiness Division of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
In October 1965, he was honored by Ak-Sar-Ben of Omaha for his continued interest in 4-H clubs.
Earl Monohan - 1964The Monahan Cattle Company near Hyannis, Nebraska is now under the active management of James Monahan, Mr. Earl Monahan's son. It consists of more than 100,00 acres of grazing land stocked with 2,000 head of commercial Herefords and 150 head of registered Herefords. James H. Monahan founded the family ranch in 1887 and turned it over to Earl in 1921. The ranch began as a small homestead, two cows and two calves. Earl increased the holdings greatly during his tenure of management and established the purebred herd.
Mr. Monahan has held the following important offices in state and national livestock organizations: past vice-president and president of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association, past president and director of the American Hereford Association and presently a director of the American National Cattlemen's Association.
D.V. Spohn - 1963Dr. D.V. Spohn has specialized in the production of quality purebred cattle, sheep and hogs on his 640 acre farm near Superior, Nebraska. As indicated by his winnings, he has produced and is presently producing some of the top sheep in the state. Mr. Spohn produced and showed purebred Duroc hogs from 1917 to 1944. He also maintains a small herd of registered Shorthorns.
Mr. Spohn has been an active member of the Nebraska Livestock Breeders and Feeders Association. He has served on the Board of Directors on numerous occasions and as President of the organization for four years of the last ten. After helping organize the Nebraska Purebred Sheep Breeders Association, Mr. Spohn served as Director for twenty-six years and has been President since 1953. He has served as a delegate representing the Kansas-Nebraska Sheep Council in the American Sheep Producers Council for two years. Since Mr. Spohn produced purebred Duroc hogs it is not surprising that he served as President of the National Duroc Records Association for a one year term.
In addition to Mr. Spohn's work, offices and honors concerned with extension and the Soil Conservation Service, he has contributed generously of his time to community and civic activities of his agricultural community. These include being a band director, serving on the board of education, and being active in his local church. Nebraska is indeed indebted to Mr. Spohn for his leadership and contributions in the agricultural field.
Parr Young - 1962Mr. Parr Young is without any doubt one of the foremost leaders in feeding of cattle and swine in the state of Nebraska. As a little boy, Mr. Young was given two calves with the understanding that if he would take good care of both the could keep one. He took care of the calves and from that time until his retirement in 1955 cattle feeding has been his life.
Mr. Young was the founder and first president of the Cass County Feeders Association and was instrumental in organizing the Nebraska Feeders Association with he served as its second president. He also has served on the Nebraska Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Committee. In his community, Parr has been a trustee in the Murray United Presbyterian Church, chairman of the County Fair Bureau and completed terms on the county fair board and a Cass County Commissioner.
Although Mr. Young retired from the cattle feeder business in 1955, he still lives close to the place where he fed out many thousands of hogs and beef animals.
Harry Knabe - 1961Mr. Knabe, a nationally known swine breeder, started his success in 1918 and 1959 he qualified the first "Pacesetter Litter" in the world. This testing program measures sow productivity, rate of gain and carcass merit.
In 1929, Mr. Knabe developed the great Promoter boar, which took junior championship honors at the Nebraska State Fair that year, was named champion yearling in 1930 and was grand champion in 1931, 1932 and 1933.
After the depression and drought of 1934 he bounced back in 1936 with the world's junior champion boar. In 1938 he had both the world champion sow and world champion boar, believed to be the first time both champions were owned by one breeder.
In 1953, Knabe was named a Nebraska 4-H alumni winner. The Knabe family was honored as a pioneer farm family by Ak-Sar-Ben in 1956. Pioneer farm families live on farms which have been in continued ownership within the family for 100 years of more. Harry Knabe was born on the 344 acre farm homesteaded by his grandfather, John, in 1854.
Marvel L. Baker - 1960Marvel L. Baker was born in 1895 in Pleasant Grove Township, Coles County, Illinois. He grew up in Coles County except for three years in Wharton County, Texas. He earned the B.S. degree magna cum laude and the M.S. degree from Kansas State College which also awarded him the D.S. degree in 1949.
On June 30, 1919, he married Florence Clyde Wortham whose family has settled in Pleasant Grove Township at about the same time as his own. They had four children: Montee Robert, John Nolan, Dorothy Carroll, and Frances Maiella.
From 1924-28 he was instructor in Animal Husbandry and had charge of animal husbandry work at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis, Nebraska. From 1930-41 he was Animal Husbandman at the North Platte Experiment Station and had charge of the research and herd management programs with beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep and poultry.
In 1941 he came to the University campus at Lincoln as Professor of Animal Husbandry and in charge of beef cattle research. In addition to teaching and to investigations in feeding and nutrition, he was instrumental in developing beef cattle breeding research in Nebraska and in the North Central Region. From 1955-57 and 1960-62, he was Dean of the University of Nebraska Group in Turkey. Since then he has been in many organizations both Civic and in Agriculture. Since his retirement in 1963 Dr. Baker has stayed active with his work in Animal Science. In 1964 as Consultant with US Aid he reviewed seven university development programs in India. In 1969 the Animal Science building was dedicated in his name.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 1950 TO 1959
James S. Kreycik - 1959Mr. Kreycik was well known as an outstanding breeder in Aberdeen Angus cattle. He was associated with ranching all his life and lived on the homesite where he was born.
He was the owner of the Willow Grove Land and Cattle Company which was a charter member of the Sandhills Cattle Association. The Willow Grove was also a member of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association down through the years.
Jim had the distinction of being the only commercial Angus man to be elected to the board of the Nebraska State Angus Association. He served as a director of the KBR Public Power District with headquarters located in Ainsworth. He was a Master Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a veteran of World War 1.
Jim was a nationally recognized judge of Angus cattle, having judged all of the major shows in Nebraska, and served on the judging committee at the Denver Stock Show on three different occasions.
Cattle produced by the Kreycik Bros. and fed out by John Mommsen, Miles, Iowa, won six carload International Grand Champion Fat Cattle Awards. They also won Twice at the American Royal and twice at the Bourbon Show in Kentucky.
He was united in marriage to Edna McCartney of Geneva, Nebraska in 1922. Mr. and Mrs. Kreycik had four sons and one daughter, Jack, Don, Keith, Hale and Jean.
Byron P. Demorest - 1959*"Honored Posthumously"
Mr. Demorest was born at Blair, Nebraska in September, 1895, but spent part of his boyhood in Wyoming. He had lived in Omaha since the spring of 1908.
On June 1, 1910, he entered the employ of the Omaha Daily Journal Stockman as a messenger. In subsequent years he had served in virtually every capacity other than mechanical, from the office boy to market reported and editor.
On January 31, 1923, he married Minerva Heine, of Omaha. They have three children, Mr. William E. Winana, Jr., Dr. Byron H. Demorest, and Allan F. Demorest.
Mr. Demorest was one of the Midwest's foremost agricultural newspapermen, noted for his sincere devotion to the best interest of the farming and livestock business and his keen insight into the problems of the industry and of those who are engaged in it.
It was to him that the Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association awarded its first annual citation for outstanding service to the livestock industry. He was named to membership in the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement the University of Nebraska. Mr. Demorest helped organize the annual Pasture-Forage Livestock Conference in Omaha. He was a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Omaha Stock Yards 400 Club.
He was a livestock market authority, recognized for his broad knowledge of livestock production in feeding, and was an ardent exponent of the free and open livestock market.
William J. Loeffel - 1958On May 5, 1962, with the death of Professor William J. Loeffel, the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture lost a man who had served it for 45 years. In 21 of these years he was the head of the Department of Animal Husbandry where he received national and International recognition for his contributions to meats research, teaching, and administration. In 1959 he retired as department head and since then until his death he continued to served the college as professor of Animal Husbandry.
He had served as superintendent of the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock show as was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City. He also worked with the National Research Council, the Feed Industry Council, National Meat Review Committee, the American Society of Animal Production, the U.S.D.A. and a great many agricultural societies.
Professor Loeffel's mark is indelibly imprinted in Nebraska and American agriculture. He was one of who agriculture in general and especially that of Nebraska's livestock industry owes a great debt of gratitude.
Andrew D. Majors - 1957Andrew Dorsey Majors was the son of Wilson E. and Olive C. Nickell Majors. He was born in Peru, Nebraska on January 28, 1882. He was educated in Peru and attended Peru State Teachers College from which he graduated in 1901. On June 3, 1907, Andrew Majors married Mary Jones and to his union two daughters, Betty and Mary Edith were born. From 1901-03 he was employed by a sheep company in Northwestern Nebraska and Wyoming. From 1903-07 he worked for the Omaha Packing Company, Chicago and Omaha. In 1907 he was employed by the livestock department of the CB & O Railroad and later as the car distributor in the transportation department. In 1910 he became the office manager and later, the general manager, the secretary-treasurer of the Martin Bros. Company of Omaha.
On the Omaha Livestock Exchange, he served as director for 15 years, two years as vice-president, two years as president, and two years as a member of the nutritional executive committee, six years as chairman of the legislative committee. He organized and became the first president of the United States Livestock Association which was organized in 1910. Mr. Majors was active in state and national livestock legislation. He was treasurer and a member of the executive committee of the United States Livestock Commission. He was the secretary of the South Omaha Bridle Committee. He was the vice-chairman of the board of regents of Omaha University. He was a member of "C of C", Ak-Sar-Ben, Af & AM, Scott Rite, Shrine, and Wheeler Memorial Presbyterian Church. His hobby was farming.
Edwin Belsky - 1956Edwin L. Belsky was the son of Thomas and Christine Sedivy Belsky and was born in Verdigree, Nebraska, on March 28, 1883. He was educated in Verdigree. On October 10, 1910 in Johnstown, Nebraska, Edwin Belsky married Ella V. Micheel and to this union one son, Blain D., and two daughters, Helen and Margret, were born.
From 1904-1913 Edwin Belsky was a rancher near Wood Lake, Nebraska. From 1913-1926 he was a rancher near Ell, Nebraska. Then in 1926 he became a rancher near Merriman where he ran about 200 head of Herefords. Mr. Belsky was the treasurer of the school board district in Merriman. He was also a member of the school boards in Wood Lake and in Ell. For many years he was the secretary of the North West Nebraska Hereford Breeders Association. He was also a member of the Nebraska Stockgrowers Association and the Arcana Lodge AF and AM.
Charles J. Warner - 1955Charles J. Warner was born in Waverly, Nebraska in March of 1875 and died there on September 24, 1955. During his school life he attended a country school, Luther College at Wahoo, Lincoln Normal, the University of Nebraska class of 1899, and Columbia Law College in Washington, D.C.
Some of Mr. Warner's many occupations included farming; breeder of registered Hereford cattle, since, 1926; and President of the Lancaster County Bank at Waverly from 1918 until 1955. To many Nebraskans Mr. Warner was best known for his active participation in the Nebraska Legislature. He was a member of the 1901, 1903, 1905 legislatures and a State Senator of the legislature from 1919 thru 1938, and was the Speaker of the First Unicameral. He served as the Lt. Governor of Nebraska in 1949, 1951, 1953, and 1955. A few of his legislative activities during these years had to do with the establishment of Kearney State College, the Nebraska Tractor Testing Laboratory, Public Power and Irrigation and work with the development and expansion of the University of Nebraska, with special emphasis on the College of Agriculture.
Mr. Warner was also recognized, besides by the Block and Bridle Club, by the Nebraska Builders Award, conferred by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, Honorary Innocents Society, University of Nebraska, Fifty Years Shipper Pin to Omaha Livestock Market, and he was honored by the Nebraska State Veterinary Association.
These are but a few of the activities and deeds Charles Warner did for the people of the State of Nebraska.
Albert Hultin - 1954John Albert Hultine was born in January of 1877 on the Hultine homestead south of Saronville, Nebraska. He married Huldah England March 27, 1901, and was the father of two sons, Lloyd and Cleo.
Mr. Hultine was an avid reader of current events; was a board member of the Perpetual Care Association; was a school board member and an active officer and board member of the National and Nebraska Polled Shorthorn Associations.
The Hultine's first showed cattle at the Nebraska State Fair in 1911. From 1916 on, this herd showed at the major shows winning ten international Grand Championships. (Royal, Western, Fort Worth, and San Francisco Expositions, plus seven state fairs).
Many Polled Shorthorn herds trace to Hultine breeding. The July 1954 "Nebraska Cattlemen" refers to Albert Hultine, "...he is respected by many contemporaries as having advanced and improved his breed more than any other living man."
Cattle from the Hultine herd have gone to Australia, South Africa, South America, New Zealand and Canada.
Mr. Hultine was in the first group to be honored as a Builder of the Breed by the Shorthorn World. He also received the first Nebraska Stock Growers Award of Merit given to a Shorthorn breeder the same year as the Nebraska Block and Bridle Club selected him to be honored. On May 21, 1958, Mr. Hultine received a 50 Year Shipper to the Omaha Market Pin.
E.Z. Russell - 1953E.Z. Russell, was born at what is now Florence, Nebraska, in December of 1866, before Nebraska was a state. He grew up as a kid in the cattle and hog business with his father. Later he was editor of the Twentieth Century Farmer in Omaha and then went to Washington, D.C. After his retirement from the Department of Agriculture and until his death, he assisted his son, R.C. Russell, in the operations of their farms and ranch.
Robert Mousel - 1952Robert D. Mousel was born in April of 1877 in a sod house on Medicine Creek. Together Robert and Henry (born in 1878) grew up on the family homestead near Cambridge, Nebraska. The two brothers got their start in 1898 and since have been known as the Mousel Brothers. They bought two heifers for $100 a piece and later in 1903 bought Princeps IV for $255. This bull started them on their road up.
Robert Mousel married Miss Pluma Babbitt in 1902. Their family of five boys and three girls include Claude, Lloyd, R. Wendell, Canellan K. and Robert G. Mousel Jr. The girls are Dorothy, Agnes and Beulah Mousel.
Their first auction was held in 1904 and twelve bulls sold at an average price of $117.70. At that auction they started in their catalogue about Herefords, "Herefords are supreme as beef cattle...Your farm is too valuable to raise scrub cattle. Buy a good bull and raise the easy feeding, early-maturing kind, the Herefords." With this belief the Mousel Brothers became well known as top Hereford breeders.
Henry Mousel - 1952Henry L. Mousel was born within a year of his brother in April of 1878 at the family homestead near Cambridge. As brothers Henry and Robert shared common interests in livestock, and would attend many livestock shows to admire the cattle being presented and shown.
Henry L. Mousel married Miss Mavel E. Welty. They had seven children, Paul W., Charles H., George and Ashur Mousel. The girls were Lucille, Ruth and Madeline Mousel.
In the early years of the brothers' partnership, they were active in the show ring promoting their cattle and the Hereford breed. Entries by Mousel Brothers appeared in many of the major shows from 1905 until 1919 and the trophy room at the Nebraska establishment was well hung with ribbons of varied colors. They stood high in the American Royals of 1906 and 1907 and again in 1918, and at the International in 1907, 1908, 1916, 1917, 1918 and 1919. In 1910, Precelia M. 2nd was senior and grand champion female for Mousel Brothers at the National Western Stock Show, in Denver. These early shows helped the brother promote their herd in later years.
These two brothers were truly devoted to livestock promotion and care, especially to the Hereford breed. Many of the top Hereford breeds in the Midwest can trace their lines to some of the Mousel Brothers' cattle.
W. Marshall Ross - 1951Wm. M. Ross was born in 1873 and was a resident of the Gibbon area for 70 years, where he was a well known livestock feeder and farmer.
He was a past president and manager of the Midwest Wool Marketing Association; a former editor of the Wool Growers News; produced a weekly radio program from Kansas City on sheep raising and helped organize and was president of the Nebraska Sheep Breeders Association.
He was a member of the Buffalo-Ravenna Soil Conservation District, was a director of the American Hampshire Sheep Association and headed the State Ram Sale and Show organization. He taught Sunday school at the Baptist Church at Gibbon for 30 years.
He died in January of 1959 and survivors were John, Elton and his daughter, Mrs. Sherwood Hoidale.
Sam R. McKelvie - 1950No additional information on this recipient is available.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE HONOREES FROM 1930 TO 1949
Delmer Anderson - 1949Delmer S. Anderson was born on October 3, 1882 on a homestead in Dawson County, Nebraska. He was the son of James and Mary Anderson. He was educated in Dawson County and attended Hastings Business College on November 9, 1904, Delmer Anderson was joined in marriage with Clara Gregory, and to this union were born three daughters; Francis, Zelda and Glenrose.
In 1878 Mr. Anderson became a farmer and a stockfeeder, owning approximately 3400 acres in Dawson and Gosper counties and feeding cattle and hogs. He was a schoolboard member in those counties. In 1928 he was elected Master Farmer. He was President of Lexington Co-op Gas and Oil Association, Director of Dawson County Fair Association, President of the Farmer's Elevator Association and Director of the Farm Bureau. Delmer Anderson was a member of AF & AM, Blue Lodge LI, IOOF, Rotary, and the Methodist Church of which he was a Trustee. Mr. Anderson's wife, Clara, was selected as a Master Homemaker and was the only Master Farmer's wife selected as such at that time.
Leunis Van Es - 1948Dr. Van Es was born in Melissant, Holland, in October of 1868, He received his V.S., at Toronto in 1893; his M.D. at Alabama in 1898; and his honorary Sc.D. at Pennsylvania in 1935. He was professor of veterinary science at North Dakota College, and professor of animal pathology and hygiene, at the University of Nebraska 1918-1946. He was a U.S. delegate to the Congress of Veterinary Medicine, the Hague in 1909.
He was member of the Veterinary Medical Association, the Public Health Association, the Tuberculosis Association and the U.S. Livestock Sanitary Association.
Some of his work in Veterinary Medicine have included research on Tetanus, bovine and avian tuberculosis, avian tuberculin test, glanders, hog cholera, swamp fever, parasitic and phylasix, immunity to Bacillus bipolaris, host relations of Bacillus tuberculosis, tuberculosis of swine and other mammals, enzootic liver cirrhosis, epizootology, anthrax swine erysispelas, principles of animal hygiene and preventive veterinary medicine. His research and publications have been instrumental in helping to find the cures and causes of many animal diseases.
Arthur Thompson - 1947Arthur W. Thompson's knowledge of psychology of selling, natural diplomacy and scrupulous fairness, has earned him the reputation of being one of the best auctioneers the livestock industry has ever known. He was a prominent figure, as auctioneer, in 38 states and Canada. He auctioneered at the National Ram Sale in Salt Lake City, Utah. Starting in 1925 he has served as auctioneer at the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Club auctions. But because of his busy schedule he worked primarily at Hereford livestock shows.
Mr. Thompson started pursuing his career as a livestock auctioneer in 1906, when he attended the Jones Auction School in Chicago. He apprenticed under T.W. Smith and for thirteen years, from 1909-1922, he was auctioneer in York County. In 1922, he was auctioneer of purebred livestock auctions in Lincoln.
Mr. Thompson recently established the Arthur and Viola Thompson Scholarship Fund with the University of Nebraska Foundation. The interest of this fund is to be awarded annually to an outstanding second semester sophomore or junior student in the College of Agriculture who is working toward a major in Animal Science.
Elmer E. Youngs - 1942Elmer Youngs was born in Lafayette County, Missouri, on January 16,1869. He was the son of Joseph L. Youngs, and Lavina Stahl Youngs. Mr. Youngs was educated in Lafayette, and attended Lafayette College in Higginsville, Missouri, and Spalding Commercial College in Kansas City, Missouri, from which he graduated in 1889.
On March 10,1889-97 he farmed in Missouri, and from 1897-1906, he ranched in Philips County. In 1906, as a rancher in Dawson County, he purchased 320 acres, which he later increased to 800 acres of valley land. At that time, he bred and fed Hereford cattle, and was one of the largest cattle feeders in Nebraska.
For 23 consecutive years, Elmer Youngs showed bulls at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, where he won Grand Champion for carloads of bulls and also for yearlings. For 11 years, he won from 1st to 4th in the open class for bulls at the Stock Show and for 14 years he was 1st in all Nebraska bull exhibits.
In December of 1938, Youngs sold his home farm of 480 acres, and in 1940 still owned 320 acres under pump irrigation which he leased out.
He was a member of the Governors of U.S. Livestock Breeders Assn., the Farm Bureau for 10 years and President of Dawson County Farm Bureau, also served for 2 years as President of State Farm Bureau. He was interested in civic and political affairs, but was never a candidate for an office. On his land he planted 40,000 forest trees, and in 1940, 95% were still growing. His hobbies were growing trees and Hereford cattle.
Edgar A. Burnett - 1941Edgar Albert Burnett was the son of Ellsworth S and Elsa Mary Crane Burnett, and was born in Hartland, Michigan on October 17, 1865. He received his B.S. and D. Sc. Degrees at Michigan State College of Agriculture, and a Dr. of Laws degree from Nebraska Wesleyan. While in college he was a member of Sigma XI, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Zeta, and Gamma Sigma Delta. On June 22,1899, Mr. Burnett, married Nellie E. Folsom and to this union a son, Knox Folsom Burnett, was born. From 1889-93 Edgar Burnett was an assistant professor of Animal Husbandry at South Dakota State College. He then moved to Nebraska where he became the Associate Dean of Animal Husbandry at the University of Nebraska, and was in that position from 1899-1907. from 1901-1909 he was the Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture. In 1928 he became the Chancellor of the University Of Nebraska and remained in that position until 1938. In 1938 he became Chancellor Emeritus. Other activities include; Director of Nebraska Experiment Station, a director of the Federal Land Bank of Omaha, a member of the American Educational Corps, and the American Expeditionary Force at the University of Beaune, France. From 1925-26 he was the President of the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities. Also from 1936-37 he was a member of the National Association of State Universities.
Sam Hudson - 1940No additional information is available on this recipient.
Bruce McCulloch - 1939Bruce McCullch was a man who did a lot through his writings to help the people of this state and surrounding states to better understand livestock and its related problems. He said, "Early in life I fell into the kind of work I like. I have enjoyed it. Maybe when I am finished with papers I have written and the talks I have given will have helped people just a little. I hope so." Besides helping adults with their problems, he wrote a book, Molly White Face, which explained the livestock business to children in their own language.
He came to Nebraska as a pioneer and all during his career he tried to stay away from what everybody else was doing but to go out on his own. He was a man of principles, but never forgot the lessons of accuracy, reliability, and dependability. Mr. McCulloch gave a very valuable service to every stockgrower, organization and feeder in Nebraska by his reports on market happenings and very informative editorials.
Evertt Buckingham - 1938*No additional information is available on this recipient.
Ashton Schallenberger - 1938*No additional information is available on this recipient.
Samuel McKelvie - 1938Samuel McKelvie was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1849. He moved to Appanoose County, Iowa, 1851; located in Schuyler County, Illinois, 1852, and was reared there. He married Jennie Glandon in 1872. They had nine children; Homer L., Otis A., Othello, Samuel Roy, Jennie Maud, Hiram Claud, Pearl, Florence and Floyd. He located near Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska in 1879 and one year later moved on the near-by farm where he raised his family.
When Samuel McKelvie left Illinois in 1879, to make his home on the prairies of Nebraska, the last thing he put in the freight car was Poland China pigs. They were the start of a purebred herd which he afterwards showed for fifty-two years at local, state and national affairs and expositions, including the World's Fair in 1893, the Trans-Mississippi Exposition in 1898 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis in 1904.
When he came to Nebraska, Mr. McKelvie was the only one having hogs and was known as the hog man. He also attended the first meeting of livestock breeders which was held at the University Farm. Eight people were there. The one he attended in 1934 had over 1400 farmers and breeders. While in Lincoln for a few years he taught short courses in swine judging and found it to be one of the most interesting jobs he ever had. Also, while in Lincoln he took four boys to the International Fat Stock Show and they placed first at that show in judging.
Block and Bridle Emblem
The Block and Bridle Emblem's significant to club members. It represents the principles on which this club is built. Character, sincerity, and a moral life are asked of members when they join and are depicted in the straight perpendicular of the "B". The distinct curves of the "B" are symbolic of the social pleasure, mental energy and determination of members. The meat block represents the material aspects of our life. The bridle stands for the behavior of B & B members, the control over ourselves that we try to maintain, the mannerisms and respect we show toward others and the way which we treat animals.
On December 2, 1919 student representatives from four animal husbandry clubs met in Chicago,Illinois, and formed the National Block and Bridle Club, the local clubs becoming chapters in the new national organization. Nebraska was a charter chapter along with Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Duringthis meeting the chapters formed a constitution which included a statement of the clubs objectives.They are:
To promote a higher scholastic standard among students of Animal Husbandry
To promote animal husbandry, especially all phases, of student animal husbandry work in colleges and universities
To bring about a closer relationship among the men and women pursuing some phase of animal husbandry as a profession.
BLOCK AND BRIDLE EVENTS
Throughout the year the Block and Bridle Club puts on events for the public. Here is some information on the major events that the club hosts.
The Block and Bridle Club supports the Nebraska Cattlemen by helping to serve meals at the Beef Pit held during the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
With the help of a variety of sponsors and volunteers the club provides a meal that includes a steak, coleslaw, beans and a drink. Tickets are sold in advance to faculty, staff and students and is one of the club's largest fundraisers. It offers a relaxing atmosphere for the students, sponsors and faculty to interact outside of a classroom setting.
Every year the club strives to promote agricultural awareness by inviting local daycares to participate in this event. Members set up separate areas with live animals and provide information to the kids about the animal located there. The event averages about 200 children each year.
Big Red Beef Show
Every year the club hosts a beef show at the Fonner Park Fairgrounds in Grand Island, NE with a sanctioned two ring show.The event is held every year around the first of March and is a great way to start off the beginning of the show season.