In an emotional and inspirational event Thursday evening in Denver, the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inducted four individuals who have left lasting marks on the American beef industry. The hall’s fifth annual banquet celebrated the colorful history of cattle feeding in the United States, with an eye toward the future of an industry these individuals helped make possible.
Leo O. Timmerman and Louis Dinklage were inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, a distinguished program honoring an elite class of visionaries and leaders in cattle feeding. Additionally, Harry Knobbe was presented with the Industry Leadership Award, and Edward “Mike” McMillan was recognized with the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes exceptional feedyard employees.
Jim Miles, fed cattle segment marketing manager with Merck Animal Health—a Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame founding partner—says the banquet is more than an awards presentation. “Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was created to honor those who made significant strides so that future generations can continue the time-honored traditions of cattle feeding,” says Miles. “Cattle feeding is many times a thankless job, so we are privileged to devote a night to thank the individuals who help bring safe, wholesome beef to America.”
2013 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Inductees
The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established to honor the exceptional individuals who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry. This year, Timmerman and Dinklage were among five individuals selected by the nominating committee. The slated nominees were then voted on by their peers.
Leo O. Timmerman (1913 – 1997), Timmerman & Sons Feeding Co. Inc. – 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee
Leo O. Timmerman started farming with three milk cows and two dozen chickens. Soon after, he bought three head of cattle, sparking a successful career in the cattle-feeding business. By 1950, Timmerman had his own grain and cattle trucks and was able to sell his cattle directly to the meat-packing companies, marking the first step in the decentralization of cattle marketing and meat packing.
Because of his knowledge and experience, Timmerman was able to pasture cattle for feedyards in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. By 1970his operation had reached more than 20,000-head capacity. A year later, he sold the business to his four sonsbut continued in the business by dividing his time between Omaha, Neb., and Scottsdale, Ariz., and trading commodities and feed cattle in Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona. Cattle feeding was a major part of Timmerman’s life until his death in 1997.