The new Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inducted its first two members, Paul Engler of Texas and the late W.D. Farr of Colorado in a ceremony in Denver this week. The dinner event, sponsored by Intervet/Schering Plough, preceded the company’s Cattle Feeders Summit, and the audience primarily included cattle feeders, who joined the hosts in honoring the two industry pioneers.
Dick Farr, Greeley, Colo., spoke on behalf of his father W.D., who passed away two years ago. He reflected on how W.D. was always looking to the future, and searching for better ways to do things. He helped pioneer things cattle feeders take for granted today, such as fence-line feed bunks, which allow feeding directly from a truck in the alley rather than pulling a feed wagon into each pen. Dick Farr talked of how W.D. would have been honored to be present at the event in the company of his fellow cattle feeders, but would have been embarrassed by the accolades. He would have been more interested in the presentations during the summit the following day, as his passion was to learn more about cattle feeding.
Richard McDonald, former executive director of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, introduced Paul Engler, outlining his career that led to his founding Cactus Feeders, now a Fortune 500 company and one of the 20 largest businesses in Texas. In accepting the honor, Engler spoke of his parents and the mentors he credits with influencing his values and business philosophies. His legacy from his father, he says, is his sense of compassion, integrity and love of his country. He also recalled going to work for another cattle feeding pioneer, Louis Dinklage of Nebraska. Engler took a job with the Dinkalge operation as a cattle buyer, earning $300 per month -- a considerable pay cut from his previous job that paid $700. It was, however, one of his best decisions, Engler says, as it gave him the chance to learn the cattle feeding business.
The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to recognizing those who have changed the cattle feeding industry for the better and set the standard for future generations. Initially, the organization and its information will be housed on a Web site, CattleFeeders.org, which will launch this fall. Eventually though, the organization hopes to move to a ‘brick and mortar” site. Jim Miles of Intervet/Schering Plough, says the organization has registered as a 503c non-profit, and will seek industry support for future growth.
Drovers recently published detailed profiles of W.D Farr and Paul Engler. To read the Farr profile, click here.
For the Engler profile, click here.