Livestock Marketeers inducted into HOF
February 16, 2018
Livestock Marketeers inducted into HOF
DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers, an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders, met for their 53rd Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on Jan. 13.
Tim Lackey grew up showing and selling Hereford cattle on his diversified family farm in Shelbina, Mo., where he was very active at the local and state level. His college career was interrupted after his freshman year when he was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve a tour in Germany. After his tour of duty, he returned to the University of Missouri to graduate with a bachelor's in animal science. While attending MU he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and competed on the meat and livestock judging teams, where he was second-high individual at Louisville in 1977. Quickly joining the workforce Lackey went to work for the Drovers Journal in 1978 where he covered the state of Missouri for nine years. In 1987 he left Drovers to spend more time on his family farm where, along with his brother Kerry, they maintain 500 acres of crops and 120 cows. Lackey has stayed active in the marketing circles as he covers sales for various publications as well as real estate auctions. Lackey plans to continue raising cattle and working ring side as long as he is able. Mark Smith was born and raised in Jefferson City, Mo., and attended Jefferson City Public Schools, graduating in 1974. In 1978 Smith graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in animal science. While at Mizzou, Smith was active in Farmhouse Fraternity, Block and Bridle Club and was a member of the livestock judging team in 1976-77. Upon graduation in 1979, Smith took a job for The Record Stockman in Denver and moved to North Platte, Neb., as field editor for Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. In 1980, Smith went to work for the Limousin World in Fort Collins, Colo., and covered the states in the upper Midwest. In 1983, Smith joined Ken Holloway and Bruce Brooks at American Cattle Services, of Chattanooga Okla., where they managed Limousin Sales across the country and Canada. In 1987, Smith was hired by the North American Limousin Foundation of Denver as the director of advertising and member services. In 1990, Smith went to work for Symens Brothers Limousin in Amherst, S.D. and in partnership with Symens Brothers started and managed Limi-Gene Semen Sales and Consulting, then located in Longmont, Colo. In 2000, Smith and his wife Deidre started Grasssroots Genetics, a Semen Sales and Consulting Business and Grassroots Insurance, a Livestock Insurance business featuring the products of American Live Stock, a division of Markel Insurance Services. Smith has served as a past board member for the Iowa Limousin Association and was a national board member and past national president of the North American Limousin Foundation. He has been married for 25 years to Deidre Smith and they reside in Ankeny, Iowa.
Two Simmental ranches honored
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Susan and Curtis Russell, Reflected R Ranch, Sugar City, Colo., and Fred and Phyllis Swain, Swain Select Simmentals, Louisville, Ky., have been named the recipients of the 2018 Golden Book Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds. The Golden Book is given on behalf the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation and it's the most prestigious award given by the American Simmental Association. The Russells own and operate Reflected R Ranch, 150 head of registered Simmental and WW Feed & Supply LLC, a feed mill and retail store, based in La Junta. Acknowledged as leaders in their industry, Susan and Curtis each served six years on the ASA board of trustees, and both were elected to its executive committee. Heavily involved with Simmental organizations, Susan has been the secretary/treasurer for the Colorado Simmental Association since 1998, while Curtis has served a total of 12 years on the CSA Board, including time as president. The couple has been actively involved with membership events, ASA annual meetings, AJSA Classics, and as the primary coordinator for the National Western Stock Show. They serve their regional cattlemen's association, and Curtis was just elected to the Colorado Cattlemen's board. The Russells were recipients of the CSA's 2010 Breeder of the Year, Colorado Cattlemen's 2015 Outstanding Seedstock Producer, and received CSA's Honorary Life Award at the 2016 NWSS.
Fred Swain's vocation is pediatric dentistry, but he has maintained an equally great passion for the cattle business, the last 37 years with Simmental. The Swains, Swain Select Simmentals, an operation of 35 females, have been a diligent, dedicated advocate for Simmental cattle and breeders. Fred has served multiple terms, including as president, on the Kentucky Simmental Association board of directors, and two three-year terms as a trustee of the American Simmental Association. The Swains have been active in providing unselfish support of ASA's highly coveted junior program. In addition to ongoing involvement in the conduct of Regional and National Classics, more than $80,000 has been raised through the AJSA Eastern Regional Auction, held each year in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville. These funds are then allocated to eastern states that may have limited budgets so that they might have an opportunity to host the Eastern Regional Classic.
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