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Nebraska Cattlemen recognize 2011 award recipients

The 2011 Nebraska Cattlemen/Nebraska CattleWomen Annual Convention Banquet began on eve of Dec. 8. Master of Ceremonies, Polly Ruhland, CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, entertained the audience with her charm and wit as she introduced industry leaders and speakers.

Nebraska Governor Heineman addressed the audience and gave congratulations to the Mathewson Family for their outstanding service to conservation. The Mathewson Family won the 2011 Aldo Leopold Conservation Award.

Chef Jay McCarthy, Group 970’s Corporate Chef and the Beaver Creek Chophouse General Manager was the keynote speaker for the evening. Along with sharing photos from his travels around the world promoting beef, he left the audience with these words: “You never know when you plant the seed just how far it will go.”



Judy Reece of Valentine, NE, is a member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and she was honored by the Nebraska CattleWomen as 2011 CattleWoman on the Year.

Nebraska Cattlemen had the honor of presenting two Industry Service awards that honor individuals who have expressed exceptional dedication to the cattle industry while helping beef producers raise high quality beef.



Clayton Yeutter, Senior Advisor for Hogan Lovell, LLP joined the banquet via Skype to accept his award as the 2011 Nebraska Cattlemen Industry Service award recipient. “The beef industry has always been my favorite part of American agriculture,” Yeutter stated.

The second award went to Daryl Griepenstroh of Nebraska City, NE. Griepenstroh has cooked at the Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit at the Nebraska State Fair for 25 of the 28 years the Beef Pit has been in existence and has prepared over 345,000 beef meals.

The evening concluded with the Nebraska Cattlemen Hall of Fame honoree Al Svajgr of Cozad, NE. The Hall of Fame Award is Nebraska Cattlemen’s most prestigious award given to an individual who has played a role in shaping, promoting and preserving the beef industry.

The 2011 Nebraska Cattlemen/Nebraska CattleWomen Annual Convention Banquet began on eve of Dec. 8. Master of Ceremonies, Polly Ruhland, CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, entertained the audience with her charm and wit as she introduced industry leaders and speakers.

Nebraska Governor Heineman addressed the audience and gave congratulations to the Mathewson Family for their outstanding service to conservation. The Mathewson Family won the 2011 Aldo Leopold Conservation Award.

Chef Jay McCarthy, Group 970’s Corporate Chef and the Beaver Creek Chophouse General Manager was the keynote speaker for the evening. Along with sharing photos from his travels around the world promoting beef, he left the audience with these words: “You never know when you plant the seed just how far it will go.”

Judy Reece of Valentine, NE, is a member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and she was honored by the Nebraska CattleWomen as 2011 CattleWoman on the Year.

Nebraska Cattlemen had the honor of presenting two Industry Service awards that honor individuals who have expressed exceptional dedication to the cattle industry while helping beef producers raise high quality beef.

Clayton Yeutter, Senior Advisor for Hogan Lovell, LLP joined the banquet via Skype to accept his award as the 2011 Nebraska Cattlemen Industry Service award recipient. “The beef industry has always been my favorite part of American agriculture,” Yeutter stated.

The second award went to Daryl Griepenstroh of Nebraska City, NE. Griepenstroh has cooked at the Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit at the Nebraska State Fair for 25 of the 28 years the Beef Pit has been in existence and has prepared over 345,000 beef meals.

The evening concluded with the Nebraska Cattlemen Hall of Fame honoree Al Svajgr of Cozad, NE. The Hall of Fame Award is Nebraska Cattlemen’s most prestigious award given to an individual who has played a role in shaping, promoting and preserving the beef industry.


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