Robert Thullner, Herreid, S.D., was recently honored by R-CALF USA.
"R-CALF chose to recognize Bob Thullner because of all he has done for the cattle industry over the years and for the work he has done as one of the staunchest supporters of this organization," says Johnny Smith, Ft. Pierre, S.D., one of the founders of R-CALF, who presented the award at the group's recent annual convention in Rapid City. "I have known Bob for nearly 20 years, and agriculture does not have a better friend."
Smith says Thullner has written many articles and letters and testified in support of the livestock industry.
"Bob gets the facts out at a time when too many are trying to degrade our industry," Smith says. "He says it the way it is. He doesn't have to check around to see if it's politically correct. There's no question where Bob Thullner stands, and he is on the side of the producer."
"I want to thank R-CALF for the honor," Thullner says. "My family and I will especially treasure this award because it comes from an organization made up of family farmers and ranchers dedicated to preserving and growing an independent heritage for the U.S. cattle industry."
Thullner is a 1962 graduate of Herreid High School, and he took over the family farm in 1965 from his parents, John and Wallie Thullner. He and his wife, Helen, have built the operation into a diversified family farm and produce cattle and hogs, wheat, corn, oats and barley.
In addition to his work to support R-CALF, he is active in the Farmers Union, the S.D. Stockgrowers Association, Dakota Rural Action and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference and was active in the early days of the NFO.