Five names added to Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame

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Feb 20, 2012
by WLJ
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The Livestock Marketeers inducted three members of their fraternity—Don Cagwin, Dick Carmichael and Jay George—into the Hall of Fame during the 2012 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. They’re shown with the friends who “roasted” them (left to right): Craig Reiter of Elmore, OH; Delvin Heldermon of Sulphur, OK; Dick Carmichael of Springfield, TN; Lynn Weishaar of Reva, SD; Jay George of Lebo, KS; Gary McDonald of Benson, AZ; Don Cagwin of Virginia, IL; Sherman Berg of Blair, NE; Bruce Brooks of Marietta, OK; and Neil Orth of Kansas City, MO.

The Livestock Marketeers added five industry professionals to their Hall of Fame wall at the National Western Stock Show Club on Jan. 14.

The Livestock Market eers—an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders—met for their 47th Annual Banquet in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. The event is hosted by American Live Stock.

This year’s honorees included Don Cagwin of Virginia, IL; Dick Carmichael of Springfield, TN; and Jay George of Lebo, KS.

Master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice president of the American- International Charolais Association and a 1984 Hall of Fame inductee.

Posthumous additions included Walt Browarny of Calgary, Alberta, and Ed Huff of Warrenton, VA. Their names were added to the special plaque provided by Crow Publications.

The Livestock Market eers group was started in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to form a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards in order to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession.

Don Cagwin was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Lockport, IL, and raised on a livestock feeding farm.

Don exhibited cattle nationally through Illinois 4-H and FFA for many years, winning championships at the American Royal, Chicago Interna tional, National Western, Fort Worth and San Antonio shows. Cagwin currently owns and operates a Shorthorn farm in Virginia, IL. This herd was established in 1973. He lives on the farm with his wife of 51 years, Kathleen, and they have three children: daughter Cindy, who manages Cagwin Cattle Services; son Jeff, who owns and operates a Charolais cattle farm in Peoria, IL; and daughter Amanda, a CPA and chief accountant for the city of Springfield, IL. Don and Kathleen have five grandchildren.

Richard “Dick” Carmichael grew up on a family-owned farm near Bloomington, IN, raising, fitting and showing purebred Angus cattle for competition at local, state and national shows.

Dick earned a degree in animal science from Purdue University.

Dick resides in Springfield, TN, with his wife, Ruth Ann, and he continues to work the ring at more than 150 sales annually. His life still tends to be “dictated by the datebook,” but he considers that a good thing since this kind of work has always felt more like an adventure to him, rather than a job.

Kansas native Jay George understands that livestock producers have a passion for what they do, and he brings a matching respect and enthusiasm to marketing their stock.

A 1973 graduate of Kansas State University, Jay built his career as an American Hereford Association fieldman and with United Livestock Brokers, Inc. sales management.

Jay maintains a full United Livestock Brokers sales schedule. And after 30 years in western South Dakota, he has returned to the George family’s Kansas ranch, breeding commercial Hereford cattle and performance Quarter Horses.

For more than 40 years, Walt Browarny set the standard for livestock photography. Developing a number of techniques to get just the right shot, Walt changed the angle of his camera to depict an animal’s muscle, used mirrors to get its attention and brought a natural profile pose to his photos. The BROWARNY look became the cattle industry’s standard worldwide.

Walt died in Calgary, Alberta, on Aug. 24, 2011, at 75 years of age. Besides his wife, Marie, Walt is survived by his daughter, Shannon; son, Allan (Roxana); and grandchildren, Corbin and Sophia.

Visit www.browarny.com or www.showchampions.com.

Ed (Erskine) Huff of Warrenton, VA, established and led a long tradition of livestock fieldmen in the southeastern United States. He was a pioneer who worked for the Eastern Breeders Journal and the Livestock Breeder Journal, and is remembered as a great mentor and teacher to future generations of fieldmen in that region. — WLJ

The Livestock Marketeers added Don Cagwin to their Hall of Fame during the group’s annual banquet in Denver on Jan. 14. Shown here (left to right): Sherman Berg of Blair, NE; Don Cagwin of Virginia, IL; Bruce Brooks of Marietta, OK; and Neil Orth, Kansas City, MO.

Dick Carmichael was recognized for more than 40 years of service to the livestock industry during the Livestock Marketeers banquet held in Denver on Jan. 14. Shown here are (left to right): Craig Reiter of Elmore, OH; Dick Carmichael of Springfield, TN; Delvin Heldermon of Sulphur, OK; and Neil Orth of Kansas City, MO.

The Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame added Jay George to their ranks during the group’s annual banquet held in Denver on Jan. 14. Shown here (left to right) are: Lynn Weishaar of Reva, SD; Jay George of Lebo, KS; Gary McDonald of Benson, AZ; and Neil Orth of Kansas City, MO.

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