Born into a hard-working Swiss dairy family, Leo Omlin has lived on the same farm on South Union Road in Manteca for all of his 73 years. Turning the original 40-acre dairy into a 70-acre Texas Longhorn ranch, Leo has worked his way to being a respected individual in the agriculture community.
His love for agriculture is obvious in all that he does. From donating his time and labor to help his neighbors or showing his Texas Longhorn cattle at county, state and regional fairs, he has decades of breeding, showing and judging of this unique animal.
His activities at various events have been recognized with awards such as Premier Breeder and Herdsman Awards at the California State Fair (seven times).
Recent additions to Leo’s herd of 50 longhorns on his Rolling O Ranch have been a llama and an African Watusi steer. When complete strangers stop at his ranch to take pictures of the animals, Leo is only too happy to greet them and show them the steers up close.
Leo feels that educating today’s youth about agriculture is important and does all that he can to support that belief. He volunteers his time to local 4-H Clubs, hauling the students’ animals to the fair and donating space on his ranch for the 4-H’ers to keep their animals at no charge.
Leo Omlin’s dedication and achievements in the ranching community have earned him this Hall of Fame induction honor.