ICA names Schooley as 2008 Hall of Fame inductee
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) is pleased to announce Phil Schooley as the 2008 ICA Hall of Fame Award recipient. This prestigious award is one of the highest honors that ICA can give one of its members.
Selection is based on criteria such as: contributions to the beef cattle industry; contribution to ICA; community and civic contributions; and cattle business accomplishments.
Schooley and his wife, Debbie, have three children and seven grandchildren. He was born in Grinnell and raised in Belle Plaine, graduating high school in 1964. While in Belle Plaine, Schooley worked at the livestock market and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a livestock auctioneer, but first his career took a slight detour. In 1964-1965, he played football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He then transferred to play at the University of Northern Iowa, where he also received his Business Marketing degree in 1968. In 1969, Schooley reported to training camp in Philadelphia after being drafted by the Eagles. However, he returned to Iowa shortly after to rejoin his wife, their first child and their recently purchased business, the Bloomfield Livestock Market, and pursue his career as a livestock auctioneer.
In the 1970s, Schooley and the Bloomfield Livestock Market held one of Iowa’s first preconditioned calf sales. In the 1980s, he sold Quarter Horses and held purebred cattle sales. In 1995, he was active in IM- BIO Feeder Cattle Marketing and spent considerable time traveling around the country promoting the concept of graded feeder sales.
Schooley continues to auctioneer and raise cattle northeast of Bloomfield. Over the years, he has sold cattle for the ICA Bull Sales, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show, and many purebred cattle and horse sales around the Midwest. He also sells the feeder and cow sales held at Tama and Maquoketa.
He has been a longtime member of ICA and serves as the Livestock Marketing Association representative on the Iowa Beef Industry Council board.
His love of cattle goes beyond the animals to the people who raise, feed and market them. He believes are they greatest folks on earth.
Schooley received the honor Jan. 6, 2009, during the ICA Annual Convention at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, IA. — WLJ