The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Nominees

The nominees for the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame exemplify the values we share and admire as an industry. Cast your vote now for our inductees. Due to the circumstances brought along by COVID-19 facing our industry and the entire world, voting has been extended to July 31, 2020 to ensure time for those interested in voting.  

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  Hy-Plains Feedyard Education and Research Center

A lifetime spent in the cattle industry lead Tom Jones to oversee the development of the Education and Research Center near Montezuma, KS. Designed to educate producers and consumers, the center, established in 2017 is a high point in the career of the Managing Member of Hy-Plains Feedyard. A graduate of Kansas State University, Jones worked on the live cattle side at Brookover Company as well as the packing plant industry at IBP and Hy-Plains Dressed Beef before putting an investment group together to purchase Hy-Plains Feedyard.

  Brandt Company

In the 1970’s, the Brandt family’s cattle operation grew rapidly under Bill Brandt’s direction, increasing from 1,200 head to 125,000. Today, the 125,000-head feedyard is the center of the Brandt Co. The company’s portfolio also includesa vertically integrated farm operation, a high-tech compost yard and a jointly owned rail line for corn shipments. The majority of the cattle are harvested at One World Beef, a packing house in nearby Brawley, CA, and operated by Bill’s son.

  Reeve Cattle Company

A 5th generation cattleman, Jack Reeve received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University and served in the U.S. Army before setting up a practice in Garden City, KS. Always an entrepreneur, Reeve started feeding cattle, developing farmland and eventually building a large ethanol plant. Today, Reeve Cattle Company continues with a capacity of 50,000 head.

  Magnum Feedyard

Steve Gabel has dedicated his career to improving and serving Colorado agriculture and the cattle feeding industry. Gabel purchased the 3,500-head Magnum Feedyard near Wiggins, CO in 1993 and has expanded it to 34,000 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 and animal welfare, leading Magnum to be named the National BQA Feedyard of the Year in 2017. Gabel also runs a commercial cow-calf operation along with his family. Gabel’s people-focus expands beyond the feedyard and family business to service including the Board of Governor’s for his alma mater, Colorado State University; leading the Colorado Livestock Association as President; countless 4-H volunteers hours; and thirteen years as Chairman of the Colorado Beef Council.

  Bar-G Feedyards

In 1983, after operating a grower yard and wheat pasture operation through the late 70’s, Johnny Trotter and SL Garrison brought together a group of cattlemen to purchase the 40,000 head United Beef Feedyard, which became Bar-G Feedyards. Currently Johnny serves as chief executive officer of Bar-G, near Hereford, TX, overseeing a 125,000-head capacity operation. Trotter owns and manages farms and ranches across the southwest and serves on many boards and committees as well as being one of three partners in All American Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, NM.

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