Nebraska Cattlemen Industry Service Award and Hall of Fame Recipients

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Nebraska Cattlemen recognized three very deserving individuals for the Hall of Fame and Industry Service Awards on December 5th during the Annual Convention and Trade Show in Kearney. The individuals were selected based on their continuous dedication and contribution to the beef cattle industry.

The Industry Service award recognizes those for their outstanding service to the Nebraska beef industry through their dedication and commitment to helping shape and provide for the beef industry. The 2019 Industry Service award winner was Dr. Dale Grotelueschen. Most recently Dr. Grotelueschen was the Director of the University of Nebraska’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center, prior to that he spent years with Pfizer animal health and the UNL Panhandle Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dale is also currently the chair of the Cattle Health and Wellbeing Committee for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Throughout his dedicated years to the beef cattle industry he has published vital research papers on subjects related to BVD and has extensive knowledge and experience with beef quality assurance and disease prevention.

The Hall of Fame award highlights Nebraska Cattlemen members who exemplify an ongoing commitment to the beef cattle industry. Presented only once annually this award is Nebraska Cattlemen’s highest honor. The 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee’s are Dave and Loretta Hamilton. Dave and Loretta are 4th generation ranchers on the 18,000 acre Reed Hamilton Ranch in Thedford, NE. Over the years Dave and Loretta have transitioned the ranch into some non-conventional practices that have extended the life of their pastures and increased the number of cows. Between the two of them, Dave and Loretta, have served on the Nebraska Cattlemen board, Nebraska CattleWomen, Nebraska Beef board, Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation board, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association board, Cattlemen’s Beef board and the American National CattleWomen. This power couple has proved, time and time again, to be some of the best advocates for the cattle and beef industry over the years.

Nebraska Cattlemen is proud to award both the Industry Service and Hall of Fame award to these individuals in 2019.


The Nebraska Cattlemen association serves as the representative for the state’s beef cattle industry and represents professional cattle breeders, ranchers and feeders, as well as county and local cattlemen’s associations. Its headquarters are in Lincoln with satellite offices around the state to best serve members.

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