Lee Borck, Dave Wood
, John Lacey and Erasmo Becerra recognized
Two notable figures in the cattle-feeding business - Lee Borck and Dave Wood
- became the newest class of inductees to join an elite group of pioneers to the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame
, an honor reserved for exceptional visionary men and women who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry.
Visionaries, champions and modern-day influencers in the cattle-feeding industry, Lee Borck and Dave Wood
embody what it means to be a cattle feeder.
Borck and Wood
were selected by a nominating committee, along with three other distinguished cattle feeders, and were then voted on by their peers.
"Lee and Dave continually bring innovative ideas to the table, whether they are meeting with their respective companies, or making decisions on behalf of their peers through their leadership roles," says Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax and 2011 Hall of Fame banquet emcee.
"Our industry is fortunate to have cattle feeders with the passion and drive that Lee and Dave
Dave Wood, Harris Feeding Company
When Dave Wood accepted his first job with Harris Farms, Inc., he had no idea he would one day become one of the most recognized cattlemen in the cattle-feeding business and make the Harris name a household word.
Forty years later, Wood
has helped Harris Feeding Company
and Harris Ranch Beef Company
pioneer many firsts in the beef business, including being the first beef processor to enter the market of fully-cooked, heat-and-serve beef entrees.
, who has always understood the need to meet the demands of the end-user, also developed the Harris Ranch "Partnership for Quality" program, which unites the producer, feeder and packer to ensure the consumers' demand for consistent, high-quality beef is met.
In addition to leading his company, Wood also has served the industry he is so passionate about, acting as past president of CattleFax and the Western States Meat Association and serving as chairman for many industry associations, including the Cattlemen's Beef Board.
success downstream in the beef chain, Wood
stays true to his
roots by running his
own stocker and cow-calf operation and partnering with Lacey Livestock
, which operates a cow-calf and stocker operation known as Centennial Ranch.
The California cattleman also is a co-owner of a diversified farming and nut tree operation.
track record of success, as well as a commitment to his career and to the beef industry as a whole, makes him a remarkable cattleman and cattle feeder," says Blach.
"It is individuals like Dave
that have made the cattle-feeding industry what it is today."