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    ILS Announces New Board Members

    Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. (ILS) announced three new board changes that were approved during their recent Board of Directors meeting held on April 13, 2016.  The transition of Jon Skelton from a Non-Voting Board Member to a Voting Board Member was approved.  Chris Burris was approved to fill one of the two Advisory Director Positions replacing J.D. Friess who has stepped down after three years of service.  Lee Borck, ILS Chairman, expressed his deepest appreciation to Mr. Friess, on behalf of ILS.  According to Mr. Borck, “J.D. was the right man at the right time in our company’s history sharing his valuable expertise in cattle feeding and farming for our benefit”.


    Greg Comfort named as the new Manager of Roberts Cattle Company

    Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. announces the hiring of Greg Comfort as the new Manager of Roberts Cattle Company feed lot located in Lexington, Nebraska, effective April, 1, 2016. Greg will be replacing Brandon Sorensen who will remain as Assistant Manager at Roberts taking on new assignments.

    Greg is a Colby Junior College graduate majoring in Ag Business. Prior to joining ILS, Greg worked for several western Kansas feed yards for over 33 years. Most recently, he was the Manager of the Hoxie Feed Yard South.

    Greg, his wife Danita, their children Chandler and Caitlyn currently reside in Gem, Kansas and will be relocating to the Lexington area in the near future. He and his family are very active in team roping, 4-H activities, high school sports and are big supporters of K-State athletics. Greg is a former United States Team Roping Champion.

    Please welcome Greg aboard and join me in wishing him good luck as he assumes his new responsibilities. ILS is very fortunate to have an individual with Greg’s experience join our organization. 


    Randy Blach nominated for 2016 Industry Leadership Award

    Please cast your vote for one of our own, Randy Blach has been nominated for the 2016 Industry Leadership Award. You can vote by going to in the bottom right corner click on Industry Leadership Award (right above the “vote now”), click on Randy’s name, enter your email address, and hit submit your vote. It’s that easy!   Thank you for votes!


    We Stand with Wendy’s

    ILS salutes and thanks Wendy’s for their courageous stance on antibiotics in production agriculture.  While others are making headline-generating statements with no regards to their actions, Wendy’s has chosen to NOT use this as a marketing scheme that ultimately prevents healthy animals.  Both Wendy’s and our company take animal welfare and animal health very serious and we will not compromise on these issues. Like Wendy’s, we are actively looking for ways to refine, reduce, and replace antibiotic therapy in our production process.  Our sincere gratitude goes out to Wendy’s for taking a public stance on this topic that does not put local farmers in a quandary of whether or not they should use antibiotic therapy on a sick animal.  We encourage everybody to read more about this at Beef Magazine by clicking here.


    Jerry Kuckelman elected to KLA Cattle Feeders Council Executive Committee

    The KLA Cattle Feeders Council executive committee serves as the leadership group representing the interests of cattle feeders within the association. Joel Jarnagin, Green Plains Cattle Company, Omaha, was elected to serve as chairman of the 2016 executive committee, and Jerry Kuckelman, ILS, Manhattan, will serve as vice chairman. Lee Reeve, Reeve Cattle Company, Garden City, serves as immediate past chairman. Dave Latta, Pratt Feeders, Pratt; Steven Bagley, Sunbelt Feedyard, Hugoton; Troy Sander, Heritage Feeders, Oklahoma City; and Jason Timmerman, NA Timmerman, Colby; round out the seven-member executive committee.