Livestock industry honors ranching families

Newly inducted Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame members gather during the organization's 51st annual banquet April 13 in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame inducts 14

By CAROL RYAN DUMAS

Capital Press

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- The Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame inducted its newest honorees on April 13 in Twin Falls during the organizations 51st annual banquet.

This year's inductees are: Bob and Rhea Lanting, of Hollister; Robert and Kathryn Gardner, of Hailey; Chet and Kim Brackett, of Three Creek; Jake and Marj Prudek, of Buhl; Richard and Elsie Garrard, of Burley; Don and Nancy Harris, of Jerome; and Frank and Margaret Rodgers Jr., of Buhl.

* Chet and Kim Brackett are third-generation ranchers. Chet Brackett served on the board of directors for Idaho Cattle Association, was a director and president of Magic Valley Cattlemen, past president of the 71 Livestock Association and chapter president of the Society of Range Management. They have been active supporters of 4-H and FFA.

* Robert and Kathryn Gardner come from a long line of ranchers. The Gardners retired from active ranching in 2008 but still summer pasture some cattle on the ranch. The Gardners have been active in community and industry efforts. Robert Gardner served on the Blaine County Planning and Zoning board and as a county commissioner. He also served as president of the Blaine County Cattlemen's Association.

* Livestock specialist Richard Garrard taught vocational agriculture in Oakley and Delco before signing on as a University of Idaho county extension educator in 1979. He tackled a range of subjects from feeding and reproduction to range management and farm management. He also served as livestock supervisor for 45 Cassia County fairs. He is a supporter of 4-H and FFA.

* Don Harris worked for Producers' Livestock in Jerome and later the Twin Falls Livestock Commission. There he established the commission's buying station for cull cows in Wendell and later took over the operation and moved it to Jerome. He still runs the Harris Buying Station, which he's operated for 25 years, and a dairy replacement heifer operation. Don Harris and his wife, Nancy, have been supporters of Jerome athletic programs, 4-H and FFA programs in the Magic Valley.

* Bob and Rhea Lanting breed Simmentals with Red Angus in a family cattle operation. Rhea Lanting also served with the Idaho Beef Council before becoming a University of Idaho extension educator for Twin Falls County in the early 1990s, where she continues to promote beef. She has been active with 4-H and Magic Valley Cattle Associations, and is past secretary-treasurer for the Idaho Simmental Association. Bob Lanting has served on the Farm Service Agency county committee, is a past director of Idaho Cattle Association, trustee of the American Simmental Association, and is past director and president of Idaho Simmental Association.

* Jake Prudek raises polled Herefords. He was recognized by the Twin Falls Canal Co. for improving water quality through his on-farm irrigation system. He served on the Farm Service Agency county committee for 30 years, 12 of them as a director.

* Frank Rodgers Jr. is known for his support of youth, particularly through FFA, 4-H and the Junior Hereford Association. He has hosted FFA judging contests and served as beef superintendent for the Twin Falls County Fair. His business goal was to improve carcass traits in his cattle and he contributed to the University of Idaho extension's use of ultrasound in its youth beef programs. He also participated in university feed trials on his ranch. Last year, he was inducted into the American Hereford Hall of Fame.

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