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Young Stockmen's Acadmey Holds Third Seminar

Young Stockmen's Acadmey Holds Third Seminar
Group tours beef and dairy operations to learn more about various segments of cattle industry

Members of the 2012 Kansas Livestock Association  Young Stockmen's Academy met in western Kansas October 2-4 for the class's third seminar of the year. The group, consisting of 20 KLA members from across the state, spent three days touring beef and dairy operations representing various segments of each industry. Vista from Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of this program.

The 2012 YSA class includes (back row, L to R) Sam States, Logan; Wyatt Rundel, Wichita; Nathan Simmons, Hesston; Kyra O'Brien, Hepler; Andrea Stroberg, Manhattan; Alycia Penewit, Satanta; Bo Downing, Longton; Calder Keller, Oakley; Tyler Breeden, Quinter; Drew Obermeyer, Marysville; Garrett Schultz, Manhattan; Tyler Leonhard, Beatrice, NE; (front row, L to R) Brett Brownback, Centerville; Shea Baird, Levant; Leanne Litton, Beloit; Chelsea Townsend, Larned; Brandi Buzzard, Manhattan; Kiley Stinson, Allen; and Beau Beyer, Le Roy. Not pictured is Lance Cline, Onaga.

Stops were made at Larson Angus Ranch near Sharon Springs and Ferguson Brothers of Kensington. Members of the Larson family explained how they use selective breeding to develop a cowherd that produces premium bulls for their seedstock customers. In addition to his commercial cow-calf operation, Jon Ferguson purchases stocker cattle to background. He explained to the class his management practices and how he meets the nutritional requirements for these cattle through a silage-based feed ration and rotational grazing. 

YSA class members saw how ultrasound is used to group cattle based upon the estimated days to finish at Decatur County Feedyard near Oberlin. A stop at Circle Bar Heifer Ranch near Satanta gave the group insight into how dairy heifers are managed and developed. During a tour of Dairy Ventures at Tribune, the class was able to tour the milking parlor, maternity barn and commodity barn to learn how everything works together to provide a safe milk product to consumers.  

A firsthand look

A tour of the Tyson beef processing plant in Holcomb gave the group a firsthand look at how beef is processed and readied for delivery to the world's consumers. The class also visited the KLA West office in Scott City, where they heard about the various functions of KLA Environmental Services.        

The 2012 class includes Shea Baird, Levant; Beau Beyer, Le Roy; Tyler Breeden, Quinter; Brett Brownback, Centerville; Brandi Buzzard, Manhattan; Lance Cline, Onaga; Bo Downing, Longton; Calder Keller, Oakley; Tyler Leonhard, Beatrice, NE; Leanne Litton, Beloit; Drew Obermeyer, Marysville; Kyra O' Brien, Hepler; Alycia Penewit, Satanta; Wyatt Rundel, Wichita; Garrett Schultz, Manhattan; Nathan Simmons, Hesston; Sam States, Logan; Kiley Stinson, Allen; Andrea Stroberg, Manhattan; and Chelsea Townsend, Larned.

The fourth YSA session will be held during the KLA Convention, November 28 through November 30. YSA members will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions and help form policy during council and committee meetings that will guide the association in 2013.

KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of members at both the state and federal levels. Voluntary dues dollars paid by producers are used for programs that benefit KLA members in the areas of legislative representation, regulatory assistance, legal troubleshooting, communications and the advancement of youth.

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