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    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.


    Luke Knight named manager of Knight Feed Lot

    It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotion of Luke Knight to Manager of Knight Feed Lot, effective January 1, 2016. Luke represents the third generation of the Knight family to operate this feed yard located in Lyons, Kansas. Luke will be replacing his father, Mark Knight, who will be pursuing other family business interests after 30 years of service to Knight Feed Lot, and his grandfather Kenny Knight, the original founder of Knight Feed Lot in 1972.

    Luke is a KSU graduate majoring in Animal Science with a Business option, and he completed his feed yard internship at Ward Feed Yard under Chris Burris. For the past 18 months, Luke has been the Assistant Manager at Knight Feed Lot where he has implemented the ILS method of cattle feeding.

    Please join me in wishing Luke good luck as he begins this new assignment. I am very confident that he will carry on the Knight Family tradition of quality cattle feeding.

    ~Jerry Kuckelman, ILS CEO


    ILS Appoints New President and CEO

    Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. (ILS) today announced the appointment of Jerry Kuckelman as President and Chief Executive Officer replacing Lee Borck who will remain with the Company as Chairman of the Board.

    Mr. Kuckelman joined ILS in early 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. Jerry began his professional career as a cattle buyer for IBP (now Tyson). His working knowledge of cattle quickly transitioned into a 31-year career in Feed Yard Management, where he distinguished himself as one of the premier Managers in the Industry.

    “ILS is very fortunate to have a person with Jerry’s experience and cattle knowledge in our organization who understands our culture. He is the right person for ILS and is very capable of leading the Company into their future growth initiatives. His track record of success in the cattle industry is very impressive”, commented Lee Borck, Chairman.

    A native of Baileyville, Kansas, Jerry and his wife Linda have 3 daughters and enjoy attending Kansas State University Sporting events. They currently reside in Manhattan, Kansas. 



    Pictured from left to right are Sen. Jerry Moran, FDA Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor, K-State professor of veterinary medicine Mike Apley, and Deputy Director for Science Policy Bill Flynn. They were in Great Bend Friday to observe operations at Great Bend Feeding.The cattle industry is critical to central Kansas and the beef it produces is safe for consumers.

    That was the message Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told to Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor as they toured Great Bend Feeding Friday afternoon. Moran, who sits on the Senate Ag Appropriations Committee, brought Taylor on a swing through Kansas that also included a visit to the Kansas State University veterinary school to give him an insight into the beef biz.

    “I invited Mike Taylor to learn more about the live stock industry,” Moran said. Also on the tour were Bill Flynn, Deputy Director of Science Policy, and Mike Apley, Kansas State Professor of Veterinary Medicine. 

    The purpose of the visit is learn more about how antibiotics are used in the raising of live stock and how a feed lot operates, and to take this information back to the people in Washington, D.C.

    “It is important for me to see this first hand and be able to explain how this all works to the people in D.C.,” Taylor said.

    The visit started with the observation of the cattle being treated, a stop at the feed mill to see how the feed products are managed to create the final mixed ration, and a visit to the micro-machine room where the various drugs and micronutrients are added.

    “It fascinates me to see how we produce our food from the beginning to the end,” Taylor said. “This is my first time in a feed lot.”

    The senator also wanted to show how important the beef industry is important to the people of Kansas. “It is important for the people in D.C. to see how important the beef industry is to Kansas and the people that work in the industry,” Moran said.

    Article by Russell Edem, Great Bend Tribune