Responsibly raised – for feedyard producers this entails looking after their cattle, employees and the environment, all while producing a safe and wholesome product for consumer consumption.

In recognition of individual producers who implement responsible practices and in celebration of tradition of the cattle-feeding industry, The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame (CFHOF) was created in 2009. Since then, individuals who have devoted their careers to improving the cattle-feeding industry are recognized each year for their service. On July 30, four individuals were recognized and honored at the CFHOF banquet in Westinmeister, Colo.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame this year were cattle feeding legends Roy Dinsdale of Dinsdale Bros. Inc., Palmer, Neb., and the late J.R. “Jack” Simplot of J.R. Simplot Company, Boise, Idaho.  Dinsdale was on hand to address the crowd and encouraged his fellow cattle-feeders take this high time in the cattle business to enjoy everything life has to offer.

Also being recognized for her service to the cattle-feeding industry was beef journalist Betty Jo Gigot, owner/publisher of CALF News Cattle Feeder, Garden City, Kan. Her ability to deliver factual news straight to the point and her passion for telling the stories of cattle producers awarded her the Industry Leadership Award.

Receiving the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award and a custom made hat from Greely Hat Works was Brad Thomas of Darr Feedlot, Cozad, Neb. Despite losing both his arms in a farming accident as a child, the cowboy has pushed on to be one of the feedyard’s top employees – gaining the respect and admiration of everyone working with him.

Read more about the award recipients by clicking the highlighted link to their names.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Cattle Feeders Business Summit where they learned about the latest research, technology updates, market projections and news within the cattle-feeding industry.

CFHOF banquet and business sessions can be viewed on For more information on CFHOF, visit