Neb. (June 21, 2016) - Nebraska Cattlemen are proud to
announce that two members were recognized at The Beef Improvement
Federation (BIF) last week during the group's annual meeting and symposium
in Manhattan, Kansas. Plum Thicket Farms, Gordon, Neb., was awarded the BIF
Commercial Producer of the Year Award and Bill Rishel, North Platte,
Nebraska, a BIF Pioneer Award
to right: Wes Ishmael, Beef Magazine; Nancy and Rex Peterson; Craig
Beiber, BIF President
The Commercial Producer of the
Year Award is presented annually to a producer to recognize their
dedication to improving the beef industry at the commercial level.
Plum Thicket Farms is a family operation with a passion for raising
excellent beef cattle and improving the range and soil that are their
livelihood. Located in the Nebraska panhandle, Plum Thicket calves 325
Sim-Angus cows and operates a small backgrounding lot.
Rex and Nancy Peterson head the
cattle operation. After two tours of duty with the National Guard, their
son, Patrick, came home to lead the farming operation. Patrick is
passionate about improving soil health and conserving resources. His wife,
Krista, is a large-animal veterinarian with a mobile practice in the area.
She did a food animal internship at Kansas State University's College of
Veterinary Medicine and is a welcome addition to their management team.
The BIF Pioneer Award recognizes
individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef
cattle, honoring those who have had a major role in acceptance of
performance reporting and documentation as the primary means to make
genetic change in beef cattle.
to right: Craig Beiber, BIF President; Bill Rishel; Marty Ropp, BIF Vice
Rishel Angus is known in the
seedstock industry as one of the first to substantially commit to
identifying and improving carcass merit. Likewise, Bill is recognized as a
thought leader and mentor to many in the cattle industry.
Bill and his wife, Barb, married
in 1966. Bill managed two Angus operations in New York, before developing
Rishel Angus beginning in 1975. Rishel has devoted his life to
serving the beef industry. He helped create Nebraska Cattlemen, serving as
chairman of that organization's first Seedstock Council. Rishel served as
president of Nebraska Cattlemen in 2010. He has also served in leadership
roles with the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic.
Other Nebraskan's recognized at
the BIF Conference were Ronnie Green, Lincoln, Neb., a BIF Pioneer Award
and Steve Kachman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) statistics
professor, a BIF Continuing Service Award Nebraska Cattlemen would also
like to recognize the Frank Baker Memorial Scholarship Award recipients,
Kathleen Ochsner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kashly Schweer,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
More than 600 beef producers,
academia and industry representatives were in attendance at the
organization's 48th annual convention. BIF's mission is to help improve the
industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance