Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Presented Awards During Nebraska Cattlemen’s Annual Convention

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The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation (NCF) hosted lunch on December 5th during the Nebraska Cattlemen Annual Convention and Trade Show in Kearney. With nearly 230 in attendance NCF recognized three industry professionals and contributors.

The Nebraska Ranch & Conservation Endowment award honors those professors or instructors that are providing cutting edge research and/or student instruction in a range management and conservation related area. This year Scott Knobbe, NCF President, presented the award to Dr. Travis Mulliniks, assistant professor in Range Cow Production Systems out of West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, NE. His area of expertise is beef cattle ruminant nutrition, metabolism, and physiology. The focus of his research objectives are to create cost-effective, innovative rich, simple to implement rangeland/forage and animal management practices and systems that promote ecological stewardship, grazing animal efficiency, and economic sustainability.

The Nebraska Beef Industry Endowment award honors those professors or instructors that are providing cutting edge research and/or student instruction in a beef industry related area. This year, NCF, presented the award to Dr. Jim MacDonald, Professor of Animal Science at UNL. Dr. MacDonald he holds a 60% research, 40% teaching appointment. His primary research focus is in beef cattle production systems. Dr. MacDonald teaches classes in animal nutrition, management, and systems analysis at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also an instructor for the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars program, the UNL Feedlot Management Internship Program, and he advises both graduate and undergraduate students.

The Friend of the Foundation award is presented annually to a person and/or business that has shared endless amounts of time, talent and/or treasure with the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation. The 2019 recipients are Homer and Darla Buell. Homer and Darla’s s roots in the Nebraska cattle industry go deep as they are one of the 4th generation of Buell’s to operate Shovel Dot Ranch. Shovel Dot Ranch was founded in 1882 by Homer’s great grandfather who homesteaded and developed the Shovel Dot brand and laid the foundation for a long and successful history for the Buell family, as the ranch has expanded with each generation. The Buell’s have built relationships with advocates for agriculture locally, nationally and internationally and have earned an outstanding reputation as respected leaders – contributing their time and talents to benefit our industry. Throughout his career, Homer hasn’t forgotten the lessons he learned while growing up on the ranch and has worked to instill those same values in Nebraska youth. He has served in many leadership roles and sponsored youth programs that allow young people to become more involved in agriculture.


Established in 1968, the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation’s mission is to advance the future of Nebraska’s Beef industry by investing in research and education programs. The Foundation’s success and its ability to endow scholarships, to sponsor leadership and education programs, assist with research and infrastructure projects has been possible only because of the support from the Nebraska cattle producers and allied industries. As the Foundation grows, expands and moves forward in its mission to raise funds for educational and scientific activities that benefit the state’s beef producers – the board asks you to consider investing in your industry through the Foundation. To donate or for more information concerning the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation, contact Lee Weide, Nebraska Cattlemen Vice President of Operations at 402/475-2333 or Jana Jensen, NCF Fundraising Coordinator at 308/588-6299.

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