Long time residents, Jim and Vicki Herzog decided it is time. Upon returning to Bloomfield in 1971, the Herzogs took over the family farm. Since then, they have turned a once typcial midwest farm into a thriving cattle business which still operates today.
Jim's mother was born and raised on the farm that is the feedlot headquarters today while his father was from the Lincoln area. With his Mother born on the family farm, his parents raised him to be a worker. Jim has been a farm boy as long as he can remember.
While Jim was in college, he and Vicki met and got married right after college. They newlyweds moved back after Jim was discharged from the Army with their youngest daughter to take over the family farm. Their plan was to expand the farm and feedlot to grow it into what it is today.
At the time, the feedlot held roughly 1,200 head of cattle. In the years that followed, the cattle yard continued to grow. In the early 2000's the Herzogs conducted a major expansion/renovation. Holding ponds were were overhauled and more pens were created.
As it stands today, the feedlot has expanded to a max capacity 7,500 cattle. They currently employ 10 men now with 8 full time employees during the week.
Throughout the Herzogs growth, one thing has not changed. They still treasure their staff as day 1. They respect their staff as they are what keeps the organization operating smoothly. Vicki says, "we lived life like we were taught." It is all about working and treating people right.
"We have always respected the employees. It shows in their commitment and productivity," Vicki said. A majority of the staff that have been with them for 25 plus years. They have kept safe working conditions and provided benifits. Vicki and Jim look at the business more like a family. By taking care of the staff, the staff continues to stay with the company.
The family has been wanting to retire for several years. It wasnt until recently that Mark Miller expressed interest in taking over the Herzog facilities. After coming to an agreement, Miller will be taking over the HH Cattle Company along with the four homes. The Herzogs will continue to own the farmland but will be renting to Miller.
When asked about their plans, Vicki said, "we plan on spending time with family." The Herzogs have 3 daughters, Amy, Jen and Claire with 6 grandkids. Jim and Vicki have a residence in Omaha where they plan to settle down. They look forward to relaxing and being with family with no future plans of operating a business.