The 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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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.