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Beef Empire Days Live Show recognizes top feedlotsBeef Empire Days Live Show recognizes top feedlots

Slideshow: The 2023 Merck Animal Health Live Show on June 6 continued the tradition of celebrating feedlot cattle.

Jennifer M. Latzke

June 14, 2023

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The 2023 Beef Empire Days Merck Animal Health Live Show was June 6 at the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City, Kan. This annual tradition is unique in the industry, pitting local feedlots against each other to see who tops the live and carcass shows. Fat steers and heifers are brought to town the morning of the show, where they will be individually evaluated on the hoof by a judge before they are taken to the processor. Once they are processed, the entries will compete in the carcass show later in the week.

This year’s judge was Kelly Bruns, director of Research and Extension operations at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb. Bruns was a professor of animal science at South Dakota State University, where he coached the livestock judging and meat animal evaluation team. During that time, he coached three national champion teams.

The top 10 winners of the 2023 live show are as follows:


  1. Tag 570. Fed by Sublette Feeders, owned by Arndt Farms and Max Barkley

  2. Tag 663. Fed by HRC, owned by Arndt Cattle, HRC and Lee Mayo

  3. Tag 685. Fed by Sunbelt Feeders, owned by Mid America

  4. Tag 702. Fed by Irsik and Doll, owned by Grabbe Farms

  5. Tag 696. Fed by Midwest Feeders Inc., owned by JCS, GP and Frank Harper

  6. Tag 723. Fed by Triangle H, owned by Skelton Beef Co.

  7. Tag 717. Fed by Beef Belt LLC, owned by W-6

  8. Tag 689. Fed by Sunbelt Feeders, owned by Mid America

  9. Tag 680. Fed by Lane County Feeders, owned by Foote Cattle Co.

  10. Tag 708. Fed by Reeve Cattle Co., owned by Reeve Cattle Co.


  1. Tag 527. Fed by Triangle H, owned by Melvin Neugebauer

  2. Tag 493. Fed by Sunbelt Feeders, owned by Mid America

  3. Tag 492. Fed by Sunbelt Feeders, owned by Mid America

  4. Tag 490. Fed by Turon Feedyard, owned by Turon Feedyard

  5. Tag 502. Fed by Midwest Feeders Inc., owned by JCS, GP and Frank Harper

  6. Tag 489. Fed by Turon Feedyard, owned by Turon Feedyard

  7. Tag 528. Fed by Triangle H, owned by Jess Whiteman

  8. Tag 486. Fed by Turon Feedyard, owned by Turon Feedyard

  9. Tag 481. Fed by HRC, owned by Schurr, Schurr and Krier

  10. Tag 519. Fed by Brookover Feedyard, owned by Brookover Land Enterprises

For full results, follow Beef Empire Days on Facebook at facebook.com/beefempiredaysks.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer M. Latzke

Editor, Kansas Farmer

Through all her travels, Jennifer M. Latzke knows that there is no place like Kansas.

Jennifer grew up on her family’s multigenerational registered Angus seedstock ranch and diversified farm just north of Woodbine, Kan., about 30 minutes south of Junction City on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Rock Springs Ranch State 4-H Center was in her family’s backyard.

While at Kansas State University, Jennifer was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a national officer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science. In August 2000 Jennifer started her 20-year agricultural writing career in Dodge City, Kan., on the far southwest corner of the state.

She’s traveled across the U.S. writing on wheat, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairy and beef stories as well as breaking news and policy at the local, state and national levels. Latzke has traveled across Mexico and South America with the U.S. Wheat Associates and toured Vietnam as a member of KARL Class X. She’s traveled to Argentina as one of 10 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. And she was part of a delegation of AAEA: The Ag Communicators Network members invited to Cuba.

Jennifer’s an award-winning writer, columnist, and podcaster, recognized by the Kansas Professional Communicators, Kansas Press Association, the National Federation of Presswomen, Livestock Publications Council, and AAEA. In 2019, Jennifer reached the pinnacle of achievements, earning the title of “Writer of Merit” from AAEA.

Trips and accolades are lovely, but Jennifer says she is happiest on the road talking to farmers and ranchers and gathering stories and photos to share with readers.

“It’s an honor and a great responsibility to be able to tell someone’s story and bring them recognition for their work on the land,” Jennifer says. “But my role is also evolving to help our more urban neighbors understand the issues our Kansas farmers face in bringing the food and fiber to their store shelves.”

She spends her time gardening, crafting, watching K-State football, and cheering on her nephews and niece in their 4-H projects. She can be found on Twitter at @Latzke.

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