Cattle feeding in the United States, along with beef production overall, enjoys a rich history populated with colorful characters, creative entrepreneurs and inspirational leaders. On June 30th, the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame will celebrate that heritage and recognize several outstanding individuals during its annual banquet in Denver.

At the banquet, the Hall will induct two cattle feeders from a distinguished list of nominees. These two will join a list of past inductees including Paul Engler of Texas and W.D. Farr of Colorado from the Hall’s inaugural year of 2009. In 2010, the organization inducted Kenny Monfort of Colorado and Ladd Hitch of Oklahoma.

The Hall of Fame also will present two prestigious awards during the banquet. The 2011 Industry Leadership Award will recognize an individual from outside of cattle feeding for a career of leadership and service to the American beef industry. Also, the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award will recognize the critical role of feedyard employees, honoring a feedyard worker whose outstanding dedication and work ethic have benefitted his or her employer and the beef industry overall. The award is named for its inaugural recipient, the late Arturo Armendariz, who spent nearly three decades as a valued employee at Poky Feeders in Kansas.

Since its inaugural year in 2009, Drovers-CattleNetwork  has published in-depth profiles of each year’s inductees to the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame. Watch for our July 2011 issue, in which we will again recognize the influential beef-industry leaders honored at the June 30th banquet. And if you can, consider attending the banquet in Denver. It’s a great event and a chance to celebrate the U.S. beef industry and the people who make it great.

For more information on the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame and to register for the banquet, visit the CattleFeeders.org Web site.