Red Meat Club announces 2013 Friend of the NWSS honoree

Jan 18, 2013
by WLJ

The Red Meat Club of Denver’s annual dinner promoting the red meat and livestock industries was held Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at the National Western Club.

The coveted Friend of the National Western Stock Show and Red Meat Industry award was presented this year to Dr. Robert Kelly Shideler of Mancos, CO.

Shideler’s contribution of time, talent, and leadership to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and to the NW Scholarship Trust has set the standard for other volunteer leaders and will continue to positively impact the lives of young people for many years to come.

Dr. Bob, as he is known by his many friends, has been around NWSS since the day he was born in 1923. “I was raised on ranches in western Colorado and have always been closely associated with the ranching world,” said Shideler. He went on to say his father, Marvin Shideler, was the ranch manager at Crystal River Ranch in Carbondale, CO.

Dr. Shideler attended Colorado A&M to study Animal Husbandry; he finished his degree in Veterinary Medicine. He practiced 25 years in private veterinary services, predominantly with horses and cattle. This included feedlot and cattle herd practice primarily in large registered Hereford and Angus farms, as well as general equine and reproductive technology.

Dr. Shideler’s community services include organizations such as St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Colorado State University Alumni, Roundup Riders of the Rockies and the NWSS Association as a director and chairman of the Scholarship Trust. Dr. Schideler also served our country in the U.S. Navy for over two years in the South Pacific, including operations in Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and the Philippines.

The featured speaker for the evening was Andrew Gottschalk, owner of LLC and senior vice president, RJ O’Brien & Associates. Gottschalk attended Ft. Hays State University and majored in Economics. He has been a livestock market analyst and broker for the past 40 years, providing both long term and short term fundamental, technical market analysis and risk management services to clientele ranging from individual producers to many of the nation’s leading agribusiness companies. His clientele comprise the full spectrum of the beef and food industry. He is a frequent speaker at various beef industry “Situation & Outlook” and “Risk Management” forums throughout the U.S. He is a frequent presenter at Federal Reserve Bank Agricultural Outlook Forums.

He is also a direct participant in agriculture, being the second generation of his family involved in beef cattle and grain production. — WLJ