Bill Dicke, a beef nutrition consultant from Lincoln, was inducted recently into the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Block and Bridle Hall Fame. He is the 79th member of the hall.
The Block and Bridle Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made commendable contributions to Nebraska agriculture through leadership, service, youth projects and community activities.
Dicke, an animal science graduate of UNL, has been a feedlot nutritional consultant since 1979. His business, Cattlemen's Nutrition Services in Lincoln, consults for more cattle in Nebraska than any other group, says Dennis Brink, animal science professor at UNL.
During the past eight years, Dicke has brought three young nutritionists, all UNL graduates, into his business. The company consults for about 130 clients in 13 states.
Dicke is a strong supporter of UNL and the Department of Animal Science, where he worked as an undergraduate and continues to be a collaborator on research whenever possible, Brink says.
When the UNL feedlot internship program was first conceived, he was an early supporter and promoter and continues to stay involved, Brink adds.
He initiated and was the lead fundraiser for the department's Klopfenstein Scholarship.
His latest effort, the Ruminant Nutrition Department Support Fund, has raised almost $250,000 along with a matching fund from the Engler Foundation, equaling almost $500,000 to support teaching and research in this area.
He has helped sponsor the Block and Bridle Steak Fry each fall and he is a former 4-H leader.Dicke is a member of the American Society of Animal Sciences, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Nebraska Cattlemen, Kansas livestock Association, Colorado Cattle Feeders Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, High Plains Nutrition Council, Nebraska Nutrition Roundtable and the UNL Alumni Association. He is a member of the Ag Builders and served on its board from 2005-2010, and he is a committee member of the Sustainable Animal Agriculture Campaign for Nebraska.