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Algeo Named 2010 Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award Winner

As the highest honor awarded by the California Cattlemen’s Association, the Gordon K. Van Vleck award is named for one of CCA’s great past leaders. It is awarded to an individual who is not engaged in beef cattle production as a primary occupation but has made great contribution to the industry.

Jack Algeo, was presented with the Van Vleck Award at the annual CCA/CCW Convention last week. Algeo was nominated by David Wood and John Lacey, both of whom were on hand to present the award.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this award the Jack,” said outgoing CCA Feeder Council Chair David Wood upon presenting Algeo with the award. “Not only has his example and leadership meant the world to me, but I know he has left an impact on countless others who he has come into contact with as well.”

Algeo began his involvement with the beef industry early in his career, and was focused on cattle feeding in California. As director of research at Sinton Brown – one of the first large-scale cattle feeding operations of its time – he was involved in numerous research trials that marked the beginning of the modern cattle feeding industry we know today. As an industry innovator, he developed one of the first least-cost ration formulation programs in the U.S. In addition, he was involved in commercial testing of many modern technologies utilized in beef production today. At the height of his career as a nutritionist, his consulting group was responsible for the feeding of almost one million head of cattle on an annual basis.

“Jack Algeo is someone who has had a tremendous impact on the feeding industry and beef improvement in California and across the United States,” said outgoing CCA President Tom Talbot, DVM. “CCA is proud to call him one of our own, recognize him with this honor and thank him for all the years of service he has provided to make the beef industry what it is today.”

Algeo’s 56-year commitment to the field of nutrition is self-evident in the fact the he is still today the consulting nutritionist for the Thoroughbred Horse Division at Harris Farms.

There are few who more openly demonstrate their commitment to family and friends than Jack Algeo. He and his wife, Catherine, have been married for 66 years and have three children. Jack and Catherine reside in Yerington, Nev.


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