Farm Talk

October 22, 2013

KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy tours beef, dairy industries


Parsons, Kansas — The third installment of the KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) was held October 2-4. The group of young producers spent three days touring various segments of the beef and dairy industries in Kansas. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of the YSA program.

Stops were made at Collinge Cattle Company near Hamilton and Dalebanks Angus at Eureka. Mike and Glen Collinge visited with the group about the benefits of using low-stress cattle handling in their stocker operation, and explained how burning and proper grazing management help preserve the native grass of the Flint Hills. Matt and Tom Perrier gave an inside look into the breeding program at Dalebanks. Most cows are artificially inseminated during a 25-day period, then herd bulls are turned out for 25 to 60 days. The Perrier family strives to produce balanced-trait beef genetics for cowherd owners.

While on a tour of the milking parlor at Forget-Me-Not Farms, Cimarron, manager TJ Curtis told the YSA class the dairy facility produces 12 truckloads of milk per day. Each truck holds about 6,250 lbs. of milk. Lee Reeve highlighted various aspects of his business, which includes a feedyard and ethanol plant, during a stop at Reeve Cattle Company near Garden City. Wet distiller’s grain, a by-product of ethanol production, makes up 16-17 percent on a dry matter basis of the feed ration for cattle in the feedyard.

The group also visited the Winter Livestock auction market in Dodge City, participated in a Beef Quality Assurance injection site demonstration and was hosted by U.S. Premium Beef Vice President of Field Operations Brian Bertelsen for a tour of the National Beef packing plant in Dodge City.      

The 2013 class includes Lori Bammerlin, Manhattan; Keith Bergkamp, Pretty Prairie; Kim Cerny, Salina; Garrett Cook, Hardtner; Hyatt Frobose, Manhattan; Nichole Gouldie, Inman; Hattie Hartschuh, Manhattan; Justin Keith, Allen; Flinton McCabe, Elk City; Derick McGhee, Wellsville; Blaze Mollhagen, Lorraine; Christine Mushrush, Strong City; Clarke Nelson, Long Island; Cody Nichols, Wichita; Ty Riggs, Sedan; Garrett Rolland, Norton; Suzanne Ryan, Platte City; Austin Sexten, Wamego; Sydney Shepheard, Pomona; and Kathryn Taylor, Manhattan.

The fourth YSA session will be held during the KLA Convention, December 4-6. 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 2014.

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. £