The Iowa Cattlemen's Association has presented Owen John Kalsem and David K. Kalsem the 2006 ICA Hall of Fame Award. The Kalsems are brothers who farm near Huxley, Iowa. They received the honor December 7, 2006, during the ICA Winter Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.
The Kalsems own and operate Kalsem Farm, Inc. where they raise crops and feed cattle northwest of Huxley in central Iowa. They are third-generation, traditional cattlemen who represent the best example of a "typical farmer feeder family operation." Using homegrown rations in their 950-head capacity feedlot, they feed mostly calves, and many of those calves have come from the same ranch for more than 15 years.
The Kalsems have always kept meticulous records on cattle nutrition and performance. They obtain carcass data on each load of cattle sold and were ahead of their time in developing an age-verified, source-verified program to enable them to sell cattle on a premium grid.
Helped start feedlot monitoring program
The Kalsems have supported Iowa State University research and Extension efforts for many years. They were the very first test cooperators who helped work out the "bugs" in the early versions of the ISU Feedlot Monitoring Program during the 1980s.
"The Kalsems' encouragement and support of ISU research activities in turn allowed hundreds of other farmer-feeders throughout the state to benefit," says Doyle Wilson, ISU professor emeritus who helped develop the ISU Feedlot Monitoring Program.
John and his wife, Ann, and Dave and his wife, Cheryl, are all active in their community. They have been leaders in their church, the Story County Extension Council, Farm Bureau, Story County Fair Board, and county, state and national cattlemen's associations. In 1991, they were honored as Master Farmers by Wallaces Farmer magazine. In 2003, the Kalsems received the Good Neighbor Award for the exceptional care of their livestock and land, and their concern for neighbors and community.
Honnold receives Woman of Year Award
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association has honored Edna Honnold of Lorimor in southern Iowa with the 2006 ICA Woman of the Year Award. She has dedicated many years of service to the Iowa cattle industry, as a seedstock producer and as a volunteer to help promote beef.
Edna and her husband, Duane, own Honnold Angus near Lorimor, Iowa. For 63 years, they have operated the business that currently has 150 registered Angus cows. Edna is very "hands-on" in the operation, helping with buying, selling, sorting, processing, calving and tagging. She is also responsible for all record keeping for the operation.
Edna has been active in the Madison County Cattlemen's Association for more than 45 years and the ICA for 30 years. She has gone door-to-door every year to recruit new ICA members. She is a past president of the County CowBelles and was active in Iowa CattleWomen when those organizations were in existence. She won CowBelle awards at the county and district level for her efforts to promote beef and educate others about cattle production.
Many years helping Iowa beef industry
Here are a few examples of how Edna has been involved in helping the Iowa beef industry:
She has managed the Madison County Cattlemen's Association fair booth for 10 years; organized volunteers from Madison County to work the Cattlemen's Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair for eight years; handed out beef samples for more than 20 years during the Iowa State Fair. She has promoted beef in more than 100 demos at schools, grocery stores, and Ag Days; and cooked and served at dozens of "big" events such as the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival, annual banquets, weddings, graduations and open houses.
"Edna has been present at many cooking events and is the "go-to" person for everything. She is the first one to arrive and set up each day, as well as the last one to clean up and leave. She is known to many in the community as always cooking and serving at her church for any and all occasions," says Vicki Albrecht, president of the Madison County Cattlemen.
Edna has been active in her community, serving as a 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher, Farm Bureau women's chair and Madison County Farm Service Agency board advisor. She has received several honors for her volunteer work, including the Wallaces Farmer Master Farm Homemaker Award in 1987. This past fall, Edna was named Queen of the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival.
Lynch family honored as 2007 Iowa Seedstock Producer of the Year
The Tom Lynch family has been named the 2007 Iowa Seedstock Producer of the Year by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council. The Lynches were honored Dec. 7, 2006, during the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Winter Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Tom and Cora Lynch own Heartland Cattle Company near New Hampton in northeast Iowa. They have a 170-head cow herd of primarily Simmental cows with a few Angus and Charolais. The Lynches started their business in 1979 and have kept performance records for 25 years. They have expanded their business since their son, Kirk, joined the operation after he graduated from ISU in 2002.
The Lynches work closely with their customers who are interested in age and source verification for feeder or fed cattle premiums. The Lynches have also started a buy-back program for calves produced by their bulls in which they furnish carcass data to the calves' owners.
Helped many young cattlemen and women
The Lynches marketing program for the roughly 60 bulls they sell each year includes the ICA bull test program, private treaty sales and consignment sales. They are founding members of the Hawkeye Simmental Sale group, which holds annual sales. For the first time, the Lynches recently held their own female production sale in early November 2006 which sold about 130 head of bred heifers and cows and show heifer prospects.
The Lynches are active in many cattle and breed associations and within their community. They have influenced dozens of young cattlemen and women by serving on the Iowa Junior Simmental Association as advisors and on the Chickasaw County 4-H Youth Committee while their four children were growing up. Tom has served on the Chickasaw County Fair 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction as superintendent for 22 years. Cora has served on their local school board and chaired school fund-raisers for many years.