Gothenburg cattleman inducted into Hall of Fame
Roland Lauer of Gothenburg was inducted Saturday night in the Dawson County Cattlemen's Hall of Fame. Around the 8th grade, Lauer stayed home to help with the harvest on the family farm located north of Cozad. In those days corn was picked by hand until 1945 when his father purchased their first piece of equipment to help with the harvest. After serving in the Korean War he returned home to farm with his father and eventually took over the operation.
In those early days of the 50's Lauer purchased calves in Gothenburg and Arnold. The ration consisted of corn, non-ground alfalfa and supplements which was fed by hand out of the back of wagon. Lauer took pride in retaining his calves and feeding them out. Lauer believes the feed rations that cattle have today is probably much better than humans eat because of the nutrition "that's weighed and balanced out very accurately." He also notes that it can now include distillers grains and corn stalks.
Lauer says he was humbled to receive the Hall of Fame award and has enjoyed the cattle business over the years.
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