2009 AICA Hall of Fame inductees
At the American-International Charolais Association (AICA) Spring Board of Directors Meeting, March 1-2, in Kansas City, MO, Arnold and Carol Wienk were welcomed into the AICA Hall of Fame as nominated by fellow Charolais breeders for continued service and dedication to the Charolais breed.
Arnold and Carol Wienk had modest beginnings in 1958 when Arnold purchased a Charolais bull to cross with his Hereford cows. Arnold quickly saw the added growth and muscling that he achieved in his calves by using Charolais genetics and began a purebred operation.
In 1970, Arnold and Carol hosted their first production sale. They continue to hold bull and heifer sales at their ranch in Lake Preston, SD. In 1971, Arnold partnered with Warren Hannah to purchase the first full French Charolais bull (Facco C09) to enter South Dakota. Since then, Wienk Charolais has made its mark as a foundation herd with strong genetics other breeders look for. A few of their notable herd sires are Mac 809, Duke 261, Tradition 066, JWK Impressive D040, Prime Cut 764 and Prime Time 908. Their genetics have continued to improve over the years with their embryo transfer work and carcass data collection.
Arnold Wienk is very heavily involved as a beef industry leader. He served several years on the AICA Board, including the 1981 president, and held a sixyear term with the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Arnold also worked to help establish the South Dakota Charolais Association, Kingsbury County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Upper Midwest Charolais Association, a five-state organization to promote Charolais. They were named the 1985 AICA Seedstock Producers of the Year. Arnold has also traveled extensively across the globe. He worked with the South Dakota Trade Missions Group to Mexico and represented the U.S. at the World Charolais Federation in France. Carol is one of the original members of the Charolais Dees. She was on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council for nine years, is active with the SD Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, and is a member of the American National CattleWomen. Arnold and Carol host groups from all over the world at their ranch. They welcome collegiate judging teams, exchange students, cattlemen’s groups, and anyone interested in learning more about their beef operation.
They were recently awarded the 2008 Friend of the Beef Industry Award from South Dakota State University. Arnold and Carol have found great success because of their love of family and friends. Arnold and Carol have five daughters, 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, many of whom have followed in their footsteps and stayed active in the beef industry. The Wienk’s great generosity, family values and numerous friendships across the country have made them more both outstanding beef industry leaders and wonderful friends to all who meet them. — WLJ