ICA names Schooley as 2008 Hall of Fame inductee
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association is pleased to announce Phil Schooley as the 2008 ICA Hall of Fame Award recipient. This prestigious award is one of the highest honors that the Iowa Cattlemen can give one of its members. Selection is based on criteria such as: contributions to the beef cattle industry, contribution to the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, community and civic contributions, and cattle business accomplishments. Schooley received the honor Jan. 6, during the ICA Annual Convention at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, Iowa.
Phil and his wife, Debbie, have three children and seven grandchildren. Schooley was born in Grinnell and raised in Belle Plaine, graduating high school in 1964. While in Belle Plaine, Schooley worked at the livestock market and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a livestock auctioneer, but first his career took a slight detour. In 1964-1965, Schooley played football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He then transferred to play at the University of Northern Iowa, where he also received his business marketing degree in 1968. In 1969, Phil reported to training camp in Philadelphia after being drafted by the Eagles. However, he returned to Iowa shortly after to rejoin his wife, their first child and their recently purchased business, the Bloomfield Livestock Market, and pursued his career as a livestock auctioneer.
In the 1970s, Schooley and the Bloomfield Livestock Market held one of Iowa's first preconditioned calf sales. In the 80s, he sold Quarter Horses and held purebred cattle sales. In 1995, Phil was active in IMBIO Feeder Cattle Marketing and spent considerable time traveling around the country promoting the concept of graded feeder sales.
Phil continues to auctioneer and raise cattle northeast of Bloomfield. Over the years, Schooley has sold cattle for the ICA Bull Sales, the Governor's Charity Steer Show and many purebred cattle and horse sales around the Midwest. Phil also sells at the feeder and cow sales held at Tama and Maquoketa. He has been a long-time member of the ICA and serves as the Livestock Marketing Association representative on the Iowa Beef Industry Council board.
Schooley's love of cattle goes beyond the animals to the people who raise, feed and market them. He believes they are the greatest folks on earth.