2024 Hall of Fame Nominee

Jeff Rudolph

Hi-Gain Feedlot Southeast Nebraska

Jeff Rudolph was raised on a row crop and livestock farm in southeast Nebraska. While growing up, Rudolph had a huge passion for the cattle industry, and his thirst for knowledge of the business was clear. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985 with an animal science degree and participated on the livestock and meat judging teams. His first job post-college was with Caprock Industries in Gruver, Texas as a feedlot management trainee. In the first years of his career, he served in procurement, marketing, and superintendent positions at various feedyards in Kansas and Texas. 

In 1993, Rudolph was offered the opportunity to return to his home state of Nebraska. He accepted a feedlot management position for Hi-Gain Feedlot in Farnam, NE. He was promoted to general manager of both Hi-Gain’s locations in Cozad and Farnam, NE. 

Rudolph started his own cow-calf operation alongside his family and enjoys learning new aspects of the beef industry. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed meeting cattlemen from all over the United States and is known for his customer service and integrity. He strives to improve the beef industry for future generations.