, 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.
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 have."
Lee Borck, Beef Marketing Group and Innovative Livestock Services
, a Kansas native, is a forward-thinking cattle feeder whose motto, "There is a reason the rear-view mirror is so small and the windshield is so big," perfectly captures his
innovative approach to the cattle-feeding business.
has focused on adding value to the end-product, while meeting the needs of animals and consumers.
As the Chairman of the Board for the Beef Marketing Group and President of Innovative Livestock Services, Inc., Borck has been instrumental in developing a unique approach to meet the retail customer needs through innovative alignment between the producer and the meat case.
commitment to food safety, animal care and sustainability are the pillars to many of the specific cattle and beef programs he
has been involved with.
A proven leader and advocate for the beef and cattle-feeding industries, Borck has served in many leadership roles, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association board (NCBA), the Cattlemen's Beef Board and past president of CattleFax and the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA).
In 2007, Borck's accomplishments and dedication to his
alma mater, Kansas State University
, were recognized when the university awarded him its highest honor - a Medal of Excellence.
also received a Vision Award from NCBA
is an exceptional cattleman, businessman and person.
is truly deserving of this honor."