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Alumni Craig Uden is 2022 Block and Bridle honoree

Craig Uden, a native of Bruning, Nebraska and a longtime supporter of the University of Nebraska and the Block and Bridle Club will be recognized as the 2022 Block and Bride Honoree. Each year the Block and Bridle Club selects an honoree that has contributed to Nebraska agriculture through leadership, service, youth projects, community activities and involvement with the university.

The Block and Bridle Club’s core objectives include the following: 1) to promote a higher scholastic standard and a more complete understanding of Animal Science among student members; 2) to promote animal agriculture through development of a program of activities that will supplement students' study of the animal sciences; 3) to enhance professionalism of students who will one day be leaders in the animal agriculture industry; and 4) to bring about a closer relationship among all students pursuing some phase of animal agriculture as a profession. Consistent with these objectives, the leadership, innovation, and commitment to the next generation are attributes exhibited by Jerry which make him an ideal selection for this year’s honor.

Craig graduated from UNL in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science. During his time at UNL Uden was active in Block Bridle, the Meats and Livestock Judging Teams and was a member of Alpha Gama Rho Fraternity. Craig is currently a part owner of Darr Feedlot where he was hired to manage the 1,500 head feedlot out of college. Darr Feedlot has grown to its current capacity of 44,000 head, is recognized for its innovations in cattle care and is a “must stop” when traveling through Nebraska for tour groups. Craig and his wife Terri also own a cow calf and heifer development operation which he has leveraged to help many new producers enter the cow calf business.

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