Terry Klopfenstein, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Industry Leadership Award Recipient


Within this industry, advocates are as critical to success as the cattle feeders themselves. Their unconditional passion for the cattle-feeding profession should not go unnoticed, which is why the Hall of Fame established the Industry Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, provided exemplary service and have made significant contributions to the advancement of the cattle-feeding business. This year’s recipient, Klopfenstein, is no exception.

Klopfenstein, professor of ruminant nutrition at the University of Nebraska, is considered by many to be one of the most productive animal science pioneers. He is an internationally respected scientist and dedicated teacher. He has mentored hundreds of graduate students throughout his 45-year career, many of whom are recognized as excellent nutritionists. Other students have credited Klopfenstein’s successful feedyard internship as the springboard for their careers in animal health. His influence extends well beyond the classroom. Widely known for his research, Klopfenstein has authored 247 refereed articles, 484 abstracts and 507 technical publications.

Klopfenstein has received multiple honors including the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS)-American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award. He also was inducted into The Ohio State Animal Science and College of Ag Hall of Fame and the Nebraska Hall of Ag Achievement. Klopfenstein has been active with many industry organizations, including serving as president for American Society of Animal Science.


Hector Pacheco, Meloland Cattle Co.
Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award Recipient


The Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award was developed by the Hall of Fame to recognize feedyard employees that go above and beyond the call of duty to help improve the cattle-feeding community. Pacheco has dedicated more than 60 years of hard work and exceptional loyalty to the cattle industry. After emigrating from Mexico as a young man, Pacheco worked for dairies, cow/calf operations and feedyards in the Imperial Valley of California. Since 1980, he’s been a part of the Meloland Cattle Co. team where he lives at the feedyard and serves as the cattle foreman.

At the age of 78, Hector still oversees the care and well-being of the cattle and his cowboy crew seven days a week. Bill Brandenburg, Meloland Cattle Co. manager says “Pacheco’s sense of duty for the welfare of his cattle, crew and company sets him apart.” He also says that “Pacheco never makes an excuse and always sees a job through.”

Pacheco has passed down his pride for dedicated service, quality care and high standards to his son, Hector Pacheco, Jr., who works side by side with his father at the same feedyard.