CN October November 2023 Vol. 62 Issue 6


By LaRayne Topp Contributing Editor

I n 2023, the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame (CFHOF) carried out a decades-old tradition, sorting out from the rest of the herd a cattle feeder well-known for his innovation and love for agriculture. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inducted award winner Jerry Adams from Adams Land and Cattle near the small town of Broken Bow, Neb. He was one of 28 to be recognized since the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established in 2009. Honoring the exceptional, visionary men and women who’ve made lasting contributions to the cattle feeding industry, the Hall of Fame recognizes those who have devoted their careers to improving production practices and championing the mission of the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame.

Recognized during the annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show, the honorees are selected by a five-member nomination committee. These five compile the ballot, which is then voted on by industry members searching out the nominee who brings the most value and integrity to the industry. Currently, the nomination committee includes Betty Jo Gigot, CALF News publisher, Dr. Del Miles, veterinarian and consultant, and industry consultants Bill Dicke and Shawn Walter. “I am so proud of the growth and acceptance of the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame by the industry,” Gigot says.“It has become an integral part of reflecting on the history of cattle feeding from an individual view, one person at a time.” The Cattle Feeders Hall of Famers were spotlighted this year at the annual Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska. Held at the Weborg family’s feedlot at Pender, volunteer Mary Smith set up a display illustrating the history of cattle feeding in Nebraska and spotlighting people instrumental in the cattle feeding industry. While researching the biographies of the 28 CFHOF recipients, Smith noted that nine have ties to Nebraska. That’s not surprising, given that Nebraska boasts a cattle to person ratio of 3.29. In rural areas of Nebraska, excluding Omaha and Lincoln, the ratio adds up even higher – to 6.5 head per person. It’s little wonder so many Nebraskans made it into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame.


2023 – Jerry Adams of Adams Land and Cattle, Broken Bow From its beginnings in 1972, the Adams operation expanded from an initial 5,000 calves on feed and 3,000 acres of farmland. Adams and his brother, Bill, grew the operation to a finishing capacity of 125,000 head, with a backgrounding network up to 100,000 head in more than 85 locations. Today, Adams Land and Cattle is known for its technology, innovation and data-driven model of cattle production.

2022 – Norman Timmerman, NA Timmerman, Inc., Indianola Norm and three brothers expanded their family business over a 50-year span into eight states, including a network of feedyards with a capacity of 90,000 head, along with ranches and a beef packing plant. In 2023, NA Timmerman, Inc. was formed. Today, the operation includes a third generation, building on the Timmerman family legacy. Feedlot locations in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas have a one-time feeding capacity of about 100,000 head.


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