Craig UdenCraig Uden

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.

 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.

 Craig is a dedicated supporter of the University and NCTA, serving on several advisory committees for both institutions. He currently serves as part of the advisory committee for the newly formed Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems Initiative. His insight to current issues affecting producers, both small and large, was his focus when he served on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Operating and Policy Committee before becoming the president to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in 2017. He is committed to local producers having served with the Dawson County Cattlemen, the Dawson County Ag Society, the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Board, and the Nebraska Beef Industry Council.

 Craig’s passion lies in helping young people gain experience and get started in the industry that has been so good to him. He has volunteered his time as a 4-H project leader, hosts internships and feed cattle for the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Retail Value Steer Challenge. Nebraska Cattlemen Executive Vice President says this concerning Craigs dedication to youth “Craig has always remained a strong advocate for youth in our state and demonstrated this advocacy by hosting tours, contributing to research and supporting judging teams.”

 Craig has received multiple awards for his service. In 2021, Craig was inducted into the Nebraska Cattlemen Hall of Fame and was named Friend of the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation in 2014. Craig received the Alpha Gamma Rho Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture in 2017, and Outstanding Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni in 2012. He and his wife Terri were recognized by the Lexington area Chamber of Commerce as the Farm Family of the Year in 2019

 The Block and Bridle Club is part of the Animal Science Department within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL.