100 Years Strong!

Our business was founded in 1910. Learn more about Wagonhammer, its history, and the people dedicated to raising TOTAL PERFORMANCE Cattle

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Wagonhammer Crew


We have a great group of people dedicated to raising TOTAL PERFORMANCE Cattle.  They average 14 years of service.  Their combination of experience and talent is why we say TOTAL PERFORMANCE is not a slogan at Wagonhammer, it’s a PROGRAM.

Jay Wolf

Jay Wolf is a 3rd generation cattleman from Albion, NE.  Jay and his family own Wagonhammer Cattle Co. which celebrated its 100th year in 2010.  Jay is a University of Nebraska Lincoln graduate.  After spending four years as a banker in Denver, he returned home in 1984 to manage the family business.  Jay is a Past President of the Nebraska Cattlemen, has served on the board of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.  In 2016 Jay was inducted into the Nebraska Cattlemen Hall of Fame.  He is a member of Ag Builders of Nebraska and the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement.  Jay is active in supporting the University of Nebraska and was the 2008 Block and Bridle Club Honoree. He is also active in local community organizations.  Jay and his wife, Susie, have been married for over 33 years and have 3 children.  Mitchell is pursuing a career in occupational therapy, Alex is employed by Gavilon in Omaha, and Hilary is studying to be a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Arlyn Wilke

Arlyn Wilke is the Feedlot/Farm manager at Albion.  His responsibilities include purchasing and marketing the feedlot cattle, managing rations and consumption, commodity purchasing, crop production, and overseeing the feedlot/farming crew.  Arlyn has a great deal of industry experience.  After graduating from South Dakota State, he farmed and fed cattle with his brother on the family operation near Columbus NE.  Arlyn then joined Cargill, first working on the management team at the Schuyler processing plant, then at the Leoti KS yard where he was cattle manager.  When long-time feedlot manager, Jim Brown, retired in 2009, we were fortunate to be able to convince Arlyn to return to NE and take up his present position.  Arlyn and his wife, Theresa, have five children.  Joni and husband Jesse Hegemann have two daughters.  Son Eric and wife Chantelle have a girl.  Trenton is working on his PHD, Ethan is at UNL, and Lauren attends South Dakota State.

Steve Shermer

Steve is the Ranch Manager and lives near Bartlett on the Wagonhammer South Ranch.  He grew up in Burwell and spent 15 years at the historic King Ranch in south Texas before joining Wagonhammer in 2002.  Steve’s experience and expertise were critical assets during the historic drought of 2012/2013.  Thanks to Steve and his crew, we were able to maintain our herd and the health of our range.  Steve and his wife Yanci have two children.  Daughter Justine and husband Andrew Smith have two children.  Son Chantz is a student at NE Community College in Sterling Co.  Steve raises quarter horses and you can view them here.

Don Kahl

Donnie’s career at Wagonhammer began in 1982.  He lives at the West Ranch with his wife, Peg.  Donnie looks after several hundred commercial cows and has a high standard of care for both the cattle and the range.  Donnie’s son, Trevor, is a recent graduate of Chadron St. College.

Justin Blackburn

Justin is the foreman on our East Ranch where we run the registered herd, the fall herd, and put up the majority of hay for our operation.  He and his family joined us in early 2016.  Justin and his wife Sarah are busy people.  Triplet boys will do that to you: Kaiden, Everett, and Tehl.  For good measure, they have a daugher too, Aubrey.

Lynn Lincoln

Lynn is originally from south central Iowa and joined Wagonhammer in 2010.  He works on the Wagonhammer East Ranch with the registered cows.  Lynn and his wife, Mindy, have three daughters: Sara, Jenna, and Ella.  They love paint horses and basketball.

Steve Growcock

Steve and his wife Ashley joined Wagonhammer in 2016.    They have a couple of growing boys, Ty and Garrett.  Steve works with the registered cattle on the East Ranch.  Steve and Ashley grew up in NW Missouri.  Steve enjoys roping and hunting.

Tom Shaw

Tom Shaw, a member of the crew since 1988, lives on the East Ranch where he works with the registered cows.  Tom’s family includes wife Sue, daughters Tracy and Tori, and seven grandchildren.  Tom especially enjoys working with his granddaughter Tarryn’s FFA beef projects.

Alan Snider

Al looks after the South Ranch Club Calf Cows.  Al and wife Kathy have been with Wagonhammer since 1997 and have raised their family on the South Ranch.  Pictured here are: Back row  son-in-law Keith Brown, sons Monte and Goober.  Front Row- daughter Randi  Brown, Alan & Kathy, daughter Cara, and grand daughter Keegan Brown on grandpa’s lap.  The Sniders love rodeo and Kathy is an accomplished photographer.


Aaron Rees

Aaron is originally from Utah and came to Wagonhammer in 2016.  He works with on the South Ranch and manages some of the commercial cows.  Aaron and his wife Dana have 5 children; Dylan, Miles, Baylee, Dally, and Zoe.

Bill Ketteler

Bill Ketteler is Assistant Manager for the Farm/Feedlot.  He supervises the day to day activities at the Albion operation.  Bill became employed at Wagonhammer in 2009.  He is a native of Boone County and has spent his life farming and raising livestock in the area.  Bill and his wife, Sharon, are parents of Amber, Annie and Abby.  Also in the family photo are Amber’s husband Bryan and their daughter Leah, and Annie’s husband Nick.

Steve Cloeter

Steve Cloeter came to work for Wagonhammer in 2003.  Steve drives the semi, feeds, and does many other feedlot/farm tasks.  Steve and his wife Sandy are Albion natives.  They have two married children, Shad and Shannon, and three grandchildren.

Shawn McBride

Shawn is the Cattle Manager at Wagonhammer’s Albion Feedlot.  He joined us in 2015.  Shawn has worked in the Albion area with livestock for many years.  His wife Sandra is an Albion native.  They have two sons.  Dustin is a teacher and Spencer is attending community college and working part time.

Frank Schweers

Frank Schweers has worked at the Albion feedlot since 2012.  Frank is a jack of all trades, helping with cattle health/processing, shop work, farming, pen maintenance, and more.  Frank’s interests include his shorthorn cattle and spending time with son Blake.  Pictured with Frank are sons Blake & Joe, daughter Jaclyn & husband Tony, and daughter-in-law Jackie with sons Caleb & Ben.  Not pictured is son Jason who was overseas with the US Special Forces.

Rod Sherburne

Rod Sherburne grew up in Albion and has been working at the Wagonhammer feedlot since 2011.  Rod feeds and helps out wherever needed in other areas.  Rod is married to Cheryl and they have two daughters, Lyndsay is married to Andy Tisthammer and they have two children.  Nicole followed her mother’s footsteps and is a teacher.

Jim Beal

Jim joined Wagonhammer full time in late 2015 after working for us several years on a part time basis.  Jim operated heavy equipment just prior to coming to work for  us, but has many years of varied experience including working in feed yards.  Jim works at the Albion Feed Yard as a feeder, equipment operator, and about anything else that needs done.  He has a passion for Harleys and enjoys cruising when the weather is good.

Micah Krohn

Micah is the most recent addition the the Wagonhammer Crew.  Micah is the new Office Manager, she is stepping in for the retiring Pat.  Micah and her husband Scott live and Albion and have two children; Tate, who is a freshman at UNL and Hannah who is a 4th grader at Boone Central Schools.