Nebraska cattleman honored for production, university support

May 1, 2009
by WLJ
Nebraska cattleman honored for production, university support

Homer Buell, a rancher from Rose and past president of Nebraska Cattlemen (NC), has been inducted into the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Block and Bridle Hall of Fame. Buell was selected for the prestigious honor for exemplary business and natural resources management, and leadership of efforts to maintain and strengthen the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The University of Nebraska Block and Bridle Club selected an outstanding person when they selected Homer Buell as their 2009 Honoree, said Rick Rasby, beef specialist and a Block and Bridle Club advisor.

“Homer has a long and sustained contribution to the beef industry, not only in Nebraska, but also nationally. Also, Homer’s interest in helping young adults and youth in the livestock industry solidified why he should be included in the long list of past Block and Bridle honorees that have had tremendous contributions to the livestock industry,” Rasby said. Buell, the 75th member of the Block and Bridle Hall of Fame, considers himself not just a rancher, but also a grass farmer. By carefully managing the grass resources on the family’s Shovel Dot, cattle can graze nearly year-round, and thereby consume less harvested forage, Buell said. The Block and Bridle Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made commendable contributions to Nebraska agriculture through leadership, service, youth projects and community activities.

Buell is a fourth-generation rancher and a 1971 graduate from UNL. Following college, he operated his family’s Shovel Dot Ranch near Rose, which is more than 125 years old. His support for the university continues through help with cattle and forage research and defending the university’s budget in the Nebraska Legislature.

“Homer is an inspiration to all of us,” NC President Todd Schroeder said. “He is deserving of the honor. We are happy for him, and also proud of him.” — WLJ