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    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


    Garrett Lister Selected for the 2015 New Young Stockman’s Academy Class

    The 2015 KLA Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA) class consists of 21 participants from across Kansas. Merck Animal Health is partnering with KLA to host members in their 20s for a series of four seminars throughout the year. The group's first meeting will be February 17-18 in Topeka.

    YSA members will be exposed to the importance of KLA's voice in the legislative process, producers' responsibility as agricultural advocates, the need for progressive livestock operations and how other industry segments, including animal health suppliers and agribusinesses, fit into the food chain. 


    Beef Marketing Group Progressive Beef 2014 Q3 and Q4 Competition Winners!

    The Beef Marketing Group would like to congratulate Lewis Feedlot for earning the “Taking Care of Business” category.  Special recognition to Roberts Cattle Company who went from a ranking of 20 in the first round of audits in 2014 to 4th this round.  Keep up the good work and good luck in 2015!!


    Kenny Knight addresses Angus University


    Kenny Knight addressed some 1800 cattle producers this week at the American Angus Associations Angus University in Kansas City.

    Kenny shared his experience in building an alliance with rancher Jim Wilson of Thermopolis, Wyoming. For more than six years, Knight Feed yard has been receiving feeder cattle from a number of ranches in Wyoming and surrounding states coordinated by Mr. Wilson. Thru this coordinated effort information has been shared back and forth resulting better animal health, more efficient production and cattle that generate greater premiums on the BMG grid. Joining Kenny on the panel was Bronc May from Simplot feeders in Idaho and Jim Wilson of Thermopolis Wyoming.