Area Rancher named 2016 US Livestock Industry Leader of the Year


Jim Jensen, a 4th generation Wyoming cattleman and owner of Lucky 7 Angus, was named U.S. Industry Livestock Leader of the Year during this year’s National Western Stock Show.  Jensen/Lucky 7 Angus was presented the honor on Friday, January 15th during the rodeo.  This award is jointly sponsored by the National Western and the Green Family Foundation, who has been continuously recognizing livestock industry leaders since 1946, among the first awarded was Warren Monfort. 

Jim Jensen is the head of a family operation that dates back to 1895.  The ranch began when Jim’s great-grandfather immigrated from Denmark to the Boulder, Wyoming area in 1895.  That first winter proved to be a struggle in a region known for snow and persistent bitter cold.  James would clear snow with a shovel to provide access to grass for his 3 horses and 7 head of cows.  He was a cowman that strived to put others before himself and to be the best at what he did.  That goal remains the driving force of his great-grandson to this day. 

On the wall of the main office at Lucky 7 headquarters hangs a plaque that reads: ‘Our Goal is to have the Most Profitable Customers in the Livestock Industry’.  Jensen has taken great strides in achieving this goal, and certainly his accomplishments prove that.  To protect their high elevation breeders, he was the first to create minimum standards in PAP Testing, which set a benchmark of 90% of the bulls tested at 7200’ having a PAP score of 44mmHg or below.  He was the first Angus only seed stock producer to purchase and implement the GrowSafe Feed Efficiency Test System, leading the way to profitability through feed efficient genetics.  He was the first and only Angus seed stock producer to offer a 4 year guarantee on bulls.  His leadership in profitability has propelled the family ranch to grow from a 350 cow operation 21 years ago, to a 2300 cow operation today.  Jim’s commitment to the livestock industry is honored by this award.  When asked for a comment, Jim simply said “We have a great team at Lucky 7 Angus and I am honored to have been chosen to receive such a prestigious award.”


Reigle Cattle Co. Celebrated Ribbon Cutting Open House

Reigle Cattle Co. invited neighbors, customers and chamber members to join them in a ribbon cutting and open house of their new feedlot office on Wednesday, December 30. Jeanne Reigle commented that the decision to build a new office was in reponse to the need to have more space for their employee kitchen and break room area.

"We will be able to remodel the original office and break room to create a larger and more user friendly area for our employees with the new office location".



Nebraska Agribusiness Club, 49th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Nov. 5, 2014, Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln, NE


Dr. Chris Calkins served as state FFA president in the state of Washington. Ultimately, he earned his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. 

He started on the UNL Animal Science faculty in 1981, when he was 25 years old. He is a Teacher Fellow and was named Educator of the Year by the North American Meat Processors Association. His ground-breaking muscle profiling research has been independently estimated to return $1.5 billion per year to the U.S. beef industry (and over $2 billion to Nebraska since its release). It led to development of the flat iron steak and other cuts of beef. He has been recognized with the World Prize for Meat Science and Technology  - the only tie the prize has been awarded in the United States.

Dr. Calkins received Meat Research awards from the two leading professional scientific societies - the American Meat Science Association (where he is past president) and the American Society of Animal Science. He is the recipient of the university-wide IDEA Award for innovation, development, and engagement as well as the first Omtvedt Innovation Award. He is currently President and CEO of TenderSpec, a faculty start-up striving to commercialize technology to certify tender beef.


Ag College Salutes Alumni Honorees 

The University of Nebraska’s “Curtis ag college” honored ardent advocates of the 103-year-old school at an alumni association banquet June 27.

A reunion of the joint alumni association for the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (UNSTA) and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) presented awards at the annual meeting at the Chances R Restaurant in York. Ann and David Bruntz were among those recognized with Alumni Achievement Awards.

Ann K. Bruntz and David D. Bruntz, Friend, both are 1971 graduates of UNSTA. David studied production agriculture, is an alumni association past president, is a NC Past President, serves on the Nebraska Corn Board, and is on the NCTA Statewide Advisory. Ann Ramm Bruntz is an NCTA veterinary technician graduate, has been active in many Nebraska agriculture organizations, and is Senior Development Director, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska Foundation.


Renee Weborg Wins Big at NCBA Convention

Attending the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in San Antonio last February paid off for the Brian and Renee Weborg family of Pender, Neb., Renee Weborg was selected as the winner of a one-year lease of a John Deere 6130R Tractor and 569 Premium Baler that was given away by John Deere Financial as part of a contest the company ran during the convention.

The Weborgs have a multi-family farming, ranching and cattle feeding operation in northeast Nebraska and South Dakota. According to Brian Weborg, they plan to use the new John Deere tractor and baler to help put up nearly 1,000 acres of hay this summer, plus cornstalks later this fall.

“We were very excited to hear we’d won the lease on the John Deere equipment, as it’s not something you usually expect when you register for these contests,” says Brian Weborg.

He notes the timing for delivery of the new tractor and baler couldn’t have been better. “We got the tractor and baler right when we were putting up hay so we immediately put it to good use,” he says, “It’s worked out great having the extra equipment to help get the hay baled more quickly and easily.”

This is the second year for the John Deere Financial One-Year Lease Giveaway held in conjunction with the NCBA Convention; attendees can register to win the prize by stopping by the John Deere exhibit. The contest winner has use of the tractor and baler for one full year with the option to purchase the equipment at the end of the lease period.

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