The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame has been established to honor the exceptional, visionary men and women who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry. Each year, new inductees will be added to this distinguished list of honorees.

2022 Inductees


Norman Timmerman
NA Timmerman, Inc. 

Norman Timmerman learned the virtue of hard work at a young age. Born one of six to a cattle feeding family, Norm actively contributed to his family’s operation from adolescence, often hauling cattle to the stockyards in the morning before school.

Half a century later, that family tradition holds strong. Norm and his 3 brothers spent the next 50+ years successfully expanding their family business into eight states including a network of feeyards with a capacity of 90,000 head, ranches, and a beef packing plant. Not only have Norm and his brothers expanded their operation but they’ve also brought up a highly capable third generation that continues to build on the Timmerman family legacy. 

In 2012 NA Timmerman, Inc. was formed. It is a family operation that Norm and Sharon own jointly with their immediate family; son, Jason and wife, Wendy, daughter, Kristin and husband, Jeff Stagemeyer, and son, Ryan and wife, Nicole. NA Timmerman, Inc. specializes in feeding high quality cattle which perform well on the grid. The company includes feedyard locations in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, as well as multiple grass leases and backgrounding partners with a one-time feeding capacity of about 100,000 head.

For his part, Norm has always had a deep passion for the cattle feeding industry. (In fact, the only time he’s ever spent away from it was his attendance at the University of Nebraska and US Marine Corps.) Those who know him best would likely say it’s a passion matched only by his passion for people. Norm would like to thank his wife, Sharon, his brothers and sisters, his children, and their spouses and all his employees over the years for their support and hard work.  The successes over the years could not have been possible without each of them. As a member of numerous boards and committees, Norm is very active in serving his local church, schools, cattle industry boards and broader community.

Driven to take a step further and share his passion with future generations, Norm and Sharon gifted the resources to UNL to create the Leo O. and Irene Timmerman Feedyard Management Specialization Program Fund, a permanent endowment at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In Norm’s words “We are pleased to be making this gift in honor of my parents, Leo and Irene, as an opportunity to forever recognize their agriculture legacy and contributions while also giving back to the state and industry that has meant so much to our entire family.”   

Norm often says, “Hard work will give you a lot of luck.” Accordingly, you can find him at the feedyard daily, doing whatever is needed to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

  Tom Jones

Tom Jones
Hy-Plains Feedyard 

Raised on a row crop farming operation just north of Garden City, Kansas, Tom Jones has marked his career with a sharp emphasis on learning and advancement. From his time as an Animal Science major at Kansas State University to his diverse experience on both the live cattle and packing plant sides of the industry, he has consistently surrounded himself with cattle feeding’s best and brightest and kept a keen eye on what’s ahead.

So when Tom acquired Hy-Plains Feedyard through an investment group in 1999, he immediately began identifying opportunities for improvement. His discernment led to two decades’ worth of building on Hy-Plains’ successes and, eventually, the opening of the Education and Research Center in 2017, an organization whose overall goal is to educate producers and consumers. Topics range from appropriate antimicrobial use and water conservation to farming practices and community development. The center also supports multiple groups whose goal is to identify issues for the industry, collaborate on research projects and help make improvements throughout the entire supply chain. The ERC has facilities and support staff to conduct science-based research projects to identify practices to improve animal health and efficiencies while producing a safe and wholesome product for consumers.


2021 Inductees 

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Johnny Trotter
Bar-G Feedyard

Raised in Hereford, Texas, Johnny Trotter is a true member of the cattle feeding community. Trotter has always posessed a strong passion for farming, ranching and horses, all of which became stepping stones that influenced his career. 

Today, Trotter owns one of the country's largest individually owned cattle feeding operations, Bar-G Feedyard. Located in Hereford, the feed yard has an occupancy of 125,000 head of cattle. Trotter also operates other business ventures including Livestock Investors, LTD, Quality Distillers Grain, XCL Feeders, Inc. and Trotter Farms located in Deaf Smith and Castro counties. 

Outside of his business ventures Trotter is involved with American Quarter Horse Association, American Horse Council, International Feedlot Cowboy Association and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. 

Trotter has contributed greatly to his Texas community and the cattle feeding industry as a whole. His generosity has provided many opportunities that have benefited countless people. From success in the agriculture industry and business ventures to philanthropic giving, Trotter has been a great asset to the Texas panhandle and the industry as a whole. 

  Steve Gabel

Steve Gabel
Magnum Feedyard

Steve Gabel has dedicated his career to improving and serving Colorado agriculture and the cattle feeding industry. Born and raised in Weld County Colorado, Steve graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 1975. He attended college at Colorado State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

 After nearly 4 years working for Cattle-Fax, Gabel spent time with 2 feeding companies in Colorado.  In 1993, he and his wife, Audrey acquired a wore out, 3,500 head  yard in Wiggins, CO and Magnum Feedyard was born. Since, they have grown Magnum to  35,000 head capacity today. Magnum’s growth and success can be attributed to Gabel’s foresight, adaptation to production technologies and dedication to people. This carries through in consistently making improvements to ensure the highest standards for employee safety, sustainability, and animal welfare, leading Magnum to be named the National BQA Feedyard of the Year in 2017. Gabel and family also run a commercial cow-calf operation on 3 separate ranches in Wyoming and northern Colorado.

Aside from his entrepreneurial endeavors, Steve has also dedicated time volunteering with state and national agricultural associations. Steve is the past chairmen for the Colorado Beef Council; a position he held for fifteen years. Additionally, he is an active member of the Colorado Livestock Association, serving as President in 2009-2010 and has been involved with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Currently, Gabel serves on the Board of Governors for Colorado State University.

2020 Inductees

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Carl Stevenson
Red Rock Feeding Co. 

Carl Glenn Stevenson was born and raised in California. He attended UC Davis and graduated in 1940 with a degree in animal husbandry. The next year, he was drafted into the army and joined a Veterinary Corp Unit in Ft. Bliss, Texas. stevenson served the entire four-and-a-half years of the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, his primary responsibility being to take care of the mules that pulled and packed artillery. He was the only non-veterinarian to head the Army School of Farrier.

Following the war, Stevenson spent four years on the Giffen Cantua Ranch in the Central Valley of California. This is where his passion for cattle feeding was realized, and in 1951 he moved to Continental, Arizona, to start a cattle feeding operation for the Farmers Investment Company. In the early 1960s, Stevenson began working closely with the University of Arizona. With the assistance
of Dr. Bill Hale and Dr. Bart Cardon, he developed the art of cooking and rolling grain, which he fully implemented in his own feeding operations.

In 1964, Stevenson started the Red Rock Feeding Co. in Red Rock, Arizona. Still operating today, it has grown to a 30,000–head feedyard with 1,200 acres of additional farmland.

  Don Oppliger

Don Oppliger
Oppliger Companies

Born in Columbus, Nebraska, Donald Lee Oppliger attended the University of Nebraska and started feeding cattle in the early 1980s in Texico, New Mexico.

Oppliger started his operation in 1980 by renting farm land in Hereford, Texas, and growing corn for Frito–Lay. He then purchased a 15,000–head feedlot in Farwell, Texas. The cattle-feeding operation thrived under Oppliger’s direction. His knowledge and experience in the cattle-feeding and farming industries enabled him to vertically
integrate his operation.

After relocating to the Texas-New Mexico
border, Oppliger began fine-tuning the integration of the cattle-feeding and farming operations and continued expanding. In 1991, he acquired a 35,000– head feedlot in Clovis, New Mexico, and more irrigated farmland to supply the new feedlot. Then, in 1998, Oppliger purchased a large farm in Lincoln County, Nebraska, on which he built a 55,000–head feedlot, later expanding it to 70,000.

In the last decade, the Oppliger Companies have acquired multiple ranches across western Nebraska, additional farmland in Nebraska and Texas, and two feedlots located near their larger farming operations. The ranches offer excellent pasture for cattle grazing as well as hunting grounds in the fall. The farmland, in addition to feeding cattle,
grows corn, soybeans, popcorn, grain
sorghum and potatoes for commercial sellers.

Through the use of innovative farming and feeding techniques and good business practices, the Oppliger Companies remain committed to producing quality beef and grain commodities. Such practices continue to fuel the growth of the Oppliger Companies. Oppliger was a passionate pilot who flew himself to his feedlots, farms and ranches. He died doing what he loved: flying. Oppliger is survived by his wife, Joi. He had two sons, Grant (deceased) and Ben.


2019 Inductees

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Bill Foxley
Foxley Cattle Company

After Notre Dame and a subsequent three-year tour in the Marines, Bill Foxley’s Foxley Cattle Company built a 15,000 head feedlot south of Omaha in 1962, with mill equipment developed on the west coast.

Much of what Bill learned about the business was self-taught and acquired through hands-on experience. During his storied career, Mr. Foxley has bought and sold ranch land, marketed hundreds of thousands of heads of cattle, developed new feeding techniques and led positive change to both his business and the industry at large.

Consulting nutritionist Jim Elam said the Foxley Cattle Company’s costs of gain were the lowest in the country. Handsome profits were locked in with hedges on the Mercantile Exchange’s new cattle contracts. In 1974, the company made a leveraged buyout of Fortune 500 meatpacker Flavorland Industries for less than its working capital during Flavorland’s worst loss year. The first year under new ownership was its best ever.

By 1980, the company-owned inventory was a quarter of a million head in its five feedlots in Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Washington – thanks to friendly bankers and long-term lenders who provided ten to one leverage. 

His decisions were inventive and resourceful. Foxley built the 65,000 head Bartlett, Nebraska feedlot, with half-mile-long sheds over waste pits that were emptied twice a year to fertilize 10,000 acres of irrigated Sand Hills corn.

Foxley Grain Company acquired elevators in eastern Nebraska towns in the early 1980s. All company operations were successfully sold in the 1990s.

With the 1978 purchase of Charlie Russell’s “Wolves Attacking Cattle in a Blizzard,” Foxley put his cattle trading ability to use in building a major western art collection.


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James Herring
Retired CEO of Friona Industries

James’ career began on a solid academic footing. After earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Herring graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 

James was a Founding Shareholder of First National Bank of Park Cities in Dallas, Texas and served as a Director from 1985 until 1991.

On July 1, 2016, Mr. Herring retired after a 25-year career as President and CEO of Friona Industries, L.P. in Amarillo, Texas. During that time, Friona became the third largest cattle feeding operation in the United States with six commercial feedlots in the Texas Panhandle boasting a one-time capacity of 440,000 head.

In 1989, Herring took the pioneer cattle feeding company with a colorful past toward an incredibly bright future. His instincts told him the industry needed to move toward a more vertically aligned model that capitalized on product branding for beef. Herring recognized the need and opportunity to apply the model to the beef industry to produce a more consistent, tender, high quality product. Taking the bold initiative, he proved the concept successful.

Today, Friona Industries serves as a facilitator ensuring the promise of high quality beef is delivered upon. Ranchers Registry, a branded beef program is distributed to seven different retailers in almost 3,000 stores nationwide.

His influence has been felt on multiple boards and organizations, and his accomplishments have been recognized with numerous industry awards.

Please join us as we recognize and celebrate James E. Herring, a true visionary in our field.


2017 Inductees


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Earl Brookover
Brookover Feed Yards

Earl Brookover, a Scott County, Kansas native, grew up on a dryland farm. After working on various land development and irrigation projects in Texas, California and South America, and graduating with a degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University, Earl returned to southwest Kansas with a pioneering spirit.

In 1947, Earl and his wife Denelda moved to Garden City, Kansas. He sought more sophisticated irrigation methods that resulted in the vast production of feed grains. The grain surplus, combined with the moderate climate, inspired Earl to build the state’s first commercial feedyard in October 1951.

For more than 65 years, Brookover Feed Yards has been feeding cattle. After Earl’s death in 1985, the management of the feedyard was passed to his son, E.C., and grandson, Ty. To this day, it remains a family-owned operation that is dedicated to excellence, the community, and the people that represent them.


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Jeff Biegert
Midwest PMS

From the small town of Shickley, Nebraska, Jeff Biegert was born into agriculture where he grew up under the Midwest motto of “hard work never killed anybody.” He attended Texas Christian University, majoring in business, and post-college worked in Houston helping to build a large chain of daycare centers.

In 1976, Jeff moved back to Nebraska where he started a liquid feed manufacturing and cattle-feeding company called Biegert Feeds. Now known as Midwest PMS, the business has grown into 10 manufacturing sites and employs over 150 people across Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Iowa and South Dakota. Jeff has owned extensive ranching properties throughout the Midwest and is a founding partner of Power Genetics, a seed stock company.  He maintains ownership in Fort Kearney Feeders, a 58,000-head operation and North Platte Feeders, an 82,000-head operation.





2016 Inductees

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Paul J. Brown
Cattle Empire

Paul Brown was drawn to western Kansas by the allure of good soil and the potential for irrigation. He started running cattle in 1961 to counteract the cyclical nature of farming. It was the start of a career that would allow Paul to make a name for himself as an honest, hardworking cattleman in southwest Kansas. In 1978, Paul transitioned the farming operation to his eldest son so he could focus on his newly purchased 4,000-head custom feedyard, Cattle Empire. Today, Cattle Empire has a one-time capacity of 245,500 head in five facilities, is the fifth largest feeding operation in the country, and is still family owned and operated. Paul and his wife, Evelyn have four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


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Robert G. “Bob” Gottsch
Gottsch Cattle Company 

Bob Gottsch grew up on farms in eastern Nebraska during the Great Depression. After high school, he served in the U.S. military police in Germany. When he returned from World War II, Bob tried college, but didn’t like it – he wanted to be working. Bob and his brother hauled corn and cattle and delivered fuel around Elkhorn for a few years, then started feeding cattle on a leased lot. Bob fed other people’s cattle until he could afford his own. Bob expanded his Elkhorn feedlot through the years and added a location in Red Cloud, Nebraska, where he eventually had 42,000 head. He partnered with Ken Morrison in the 40,000-head Juniata (Nebraska) Feedyard and added a Kansas feedyard that exceeded 50,000 head. Bob Gottsch died in 2002. His sons have continued to build the business.




2015 Inductees


Loren Doll
Irsik and Doll

Loren Doll has been in the cattle-feeding business since 1961, when he and his father, Fred Doll, partnered with three Irsik brothers to construct and operate Ingalls Feed Yard. This feedyard grew from a one-time feeding capacity of 2,500 head to 40,000 head. Becoming the managing partner and chief executive officer of Irsik and Doll in 1968, Loren was instrumental in leading the company's growth. Today, the company operates seven commercial cattle feedyards in western Kansas with a one-time total feeding capacity of 215,000 head.  



Robert Josserand
AzTx Cattle Co.

Robert D. Josserand, a native of Pratt, Kansas, is the owner of AzTx Cattle Co., which includes two feedyards in Texas and Kansas.Bob served on the boards of directors of the National Livestock and Meat Board in Chicago, Beef Industry Council, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and National Cattlemen's Association. He is a past president of Texas Cattle Feeders Association and National Cattlemen's Beef Association.



2014 Inductees

J. R. “Jack” Simplot
J.R. Simplot Company

Jack Simplot revolutionized the food industry with the first commercially viable frozen french fries, carved a cattle empire out of sage brush and desert, and built a $6 billion agribusiness that employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. Today, his company’s land and livestock holdings include extensive farm and ranch properties in the western United States with two large feedyards, nearly 40 farms and more than a dozen ranches.


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Roy Dinsdale
Dinsdale Brothers Inc.

In 1948, Roy Dinsdale received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and returned to the family’s cattle operation in Palmer, Nebraska. In the six decades since, Roy has nurtured Dinsdale Brothers into a large, diverse company involved in cattle feeding, ranching, farming, banking and other ag-related businesses. Third- and fourth-generation Dinsdales now oversee the 75,000 head of cattle located in Colorado and Nebraska, while Roy still keeps a watchful eye on the Palmer feedyard.


2013 Inductees

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After marrying Irene Meister, Leo Timmerman started farming with three milk cows and two dozen chickens. Leo and Irene lived off the money from the eggs and cream, but Leo found this farming practice lonely and slow-paced. During this time he bought two or three head of cattle, which began a successful career in the cattle-feeding business. A banker loaned him money to purchase six head of cattle then Leo made enough to buy another 25. In 1945, he quit raising milk cows and chickens and purchased a feedyard in Omaha that served as the foundation for his business.



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Louis Dinklage’s vision for the cattle-feeding industry helped him become one of the most well-respected cattle feeders in America. Born in 1902, Louis never could have imagined that by the late 1960’s he would be considered the country’s largest cattle feeder. He influenced both the cattle-feeding industry and the community, as he mentored many young cattle feeders, setting them on the road to success.



2012 Inductees

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As founder, owner and chairman, Bob displayed exceptional vision and leadership. He created a company that includes livestock breeding and ranching, commercial feeding, nutritional solutions, and beef processing. Under his command, Agri Beef Co. gave considerable focus to promoting sustainability throughout all organizational entities.



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Willard's passion for livestock and grain laid the foundation for his life within American agriculture. He was regarded as a leading agricultural economist, a cultivating businessman and a humble philanthropist.


2011 Inductees

As Chairman of the Board for the Beef Marketing Group and President of Innovative Livestock Services, Lee Borck has been instrumental in developing a unique approach to meeting retail customer needs through innovative alignment between the producer and the meat case.



Dave Wood is one of the most recognized cattlemen in the cattle-feeding business, and during his 40 years at Harris Farms, Inc., he helped make the Harris name a household word.


2010 Inductees

Ladd Hitch was an innovator in the cattle-feeding industry and one of the first feedyard owners to install large concrete silo pits and introduce one of the first irrigation systems in Oklahoma.



Kenneth Monfort revolutionized the cattle-feeding industry by building a packing plant in cattle-feeding country and inventing boxed beef to sell to foodservice and retail professionals.


2009 Inductees

In a cattle-feeding industry filled with hard workers and entrepreneurs, Paul Engler stands out for accomplishments both large and lasting.



Many in the cattle-feeding industry see William D. ("W.D.") Farr as the founding father of our modern industry.