YSA Class Tours Cattle Breeding Enterprises

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The third edition of the 2022 Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy was held last week, September 19-21, with the group visiting various segments of the beef and dairy industries in central and western Kansas. Merck Animal Health sponsors the YSA program.

According to the Organization, El Dorado Livestock Auction was the first stop on the tour. The group heard from co-owner Josh Mueller about the modern facility, where more than 50,000 head of cattle are sold annually. Frank Harper gave the class a tour of his new grounding facility near Sedgwick, where home-bred and purchased calves are bred before being sent to a feedlot. During a stop near Lindsborg, Erik Peterson explained how they use high-precision Smoky Valley Angus bulls and cow families to breed bulls that meet the needs of their commercial cow-calf customers. Sam Hands and his daughter, Marissa Kleysteuber, gave the group a glimpse into their fifth generation operation. Triangle H consists of a cow-calf herd, a feedlot operation, a feedlot and an agricultural business.

While at Noble Dairy near Plymell, manager Will Basham discussed the protocols used to manage 2,500 dairy cows and took the class on a tour of the facilities, including the milking parlour. Luke Knight, manager of Knight Feedyard near Lyon, highlighted various aspects of the feed operation, including a newly built mill, which is used to customize feed rations for each cattle pen. In addition, the group visited the National Beef packing plant in Dodge City.

The YSA class will meet for their final session at the KLA Convention November 30-December 2 in Wichita.

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