Louis Dinklage (1902 – 1984), Louis Dinklage Inc.– 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee
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, Dinklage 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.
When Dinklage started his operation with 30 head of cattle, he ran his first herd out on pasture, cut down green corn stalks and threw them into the pen by hand. By the late 1930’s, he had expanded to feeding 4,000 head of cattle with just a scoop shovel and a team of horses. Dinklage had a goal of feeding 1,000 head, but little did he know, he eventually would surpass that goal and run a feedyard with more than 65,000 cattle a year. Five feedyards still operate under men who worked for, or were mentored by Dinklage before he died in 1984. Dinklage was a mentor to many and an inspiration to all, and his legacy for leading others will resonate in the cattle feeding industry for many years to come.
2013 Industry Leadership Award Recipient
The Industry Leadership Award is a prestigious award that recognizes individualswho have demonstrated outstanding leadership, provided exemplary service and have made significant contributions to the advancement of the cattle-feeding business.
Harry Knobbe has dedicated the past 50-plus years of his life to the cattle-feeding industry. After opening a commodity brokerage office in 1967, Knobbe Commodities Inc., he began buying and selling all weights of feeder cattle to regional farmers through Knobbe Livestock. Today, he also owns a farming and cattle-feeding operation, Harry Knobbe Feedyards, which feeds several thousand head of cattle.
His passion and dedication to the industry is reflected in his many appointments with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association—including serving as vice chairman, chairman and executive officer for many committees and councils. Knobbe remains active in the industry at the age of 73 … and he doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon.
2013 Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award Recipient
The Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award was developed by the Hall of Fame to recognize feedyard employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to help improve the cattle-feeding community.