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    The next speaker in the Upson Lecture Series will talk about creating a pathway to entrepreneurial success. Cattle feeder Lee Borck of Manhattan will focus on challenges facing young people during his April 28 presentation. The address will take place in Frick Auditorium, located in Mosier Hall at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Borck graduated from K-State with an ag economics degree. He is chairman of the Beef Marketing Group and president of Innovative Livestock Services.

    He has been heavily involved in leadership positions with K-State. Borck, a Blue Rapids native, is chairman of the Kansas 4-H Foundation and a current board member of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

    The Upson Lecture Series is presented by Food For Thought, a group of K-State students and young alumni looking to bridge the gap between agriculture and consumers.


    Cap Proffitt

    1948-2014Innovative Livestock Service, Inc. lost a valued employee, a good friend and a respected authority in the cattle feeding industry this past week.  Cap died after a short struggle with lung cancer.  He was the Manager at Barton County Feeders for over 25 years.  Each of us not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual, but also for the loss his family suffers.  He was a veteran of the US Army serving in Viet Nam where he was awarded the Purple Heart.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Robin, his 4 children and to all his family.  Cap will be missed by all!  The Cap Proffitt Memorial Scholarship Fund has been establish in his memory.


    Lee Borck named 2014 Kansas Stockman of the Year

    Lee Borck, Chairman of Innovative Livestock Services, Inc., was recognized March 6th as Kansas Stockman of the Year at a banquet in Manhattan, Kansas. The award is presented annually by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council at Kansas State University.

    Lee grew up on the family farm near Blue Rapids, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University, earning a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1970. He began his career with the Larned Production Credit Association before joining Ward Feed Yard in 1979. As the General Manager of Ward Feed Yard, Lee developed business relationships with other feeders and began to accept industry leadership roles.

    Lee built a career in the cattle-feeding industry with hard work, strong personal relationships and an entrepreneurial spirit. He also is a founding member of the Beef Marketing Group (BMG), and currently serves as the cooperative’s chairman. BMG consists of 19 mid-sized feed yards, creating new ways to market finished cattle and becoming one of the first entities to form a working relationship with a packing company. “Our goals have been to make a better beef product and market cattle closer to the meat case,” Borck says. “Our marketing strategies have always been to produce higher-quality cattle and earn premiums for doing so.” In 2000, BMG introduced Progressive Beef, a verified system of production that focuses on food safety, animal handling, animal welfare, and sustainability. As the Chairman of the Board for the Beef Marketing Group and President of Innovative Livestock Services, Inc., Lee has been instrumental in developing a unique approach to meet the retail customer needs through innovative alignment between the producer and the meat case.

    Lee is the chairman and a founding shareholder of American State Bank of Great Bend, Kansas. He is the past president of Cattle-Fax and of the Kansas Livestock Association. He served as a board member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the NCBA Federation Board. Lee was chairman of the board of trustees of the Kansas State University Foundation. He was also chairman of the executive committee and the investment committee at Kansas State University. Lee is widely recognized as a pioneer in developing many of the cattle feeding protocols used in today’s commercial cattle feeding operations.

    Over Lee’s distinguished career, he has been recognized with many awards, including:

    • 1995, Kansas State University, Named an Alumni Fellow in the Kansas State College of Agriculture.

    • 2007, Kansas State University, Medal of Excellence

    • 2009, NCBA, Vision Award

    • 2011, Named to Ingram’s 50 Kansans You Should Know

    • 2011, Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inductee

    • 2012, Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Borck to the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) board

    • 2014, Kansas Stockman of the Year
    Lee and his wife Jackie live in Manhattan, Kansas. 


    Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that  Andrea Kitch, Futures Account and Data Management Specialist has been accepted to participate in Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (KARL).

    KARL’s mission is to provide first-class leadership development for agriculture and rural stake holders by designing and offering challenging and illuminating education, and enrichment programs, as well as a forum for continuous engagement.

    The KARL Program conducts nine in-state seminars and three study/travel seminars (national and international) during the programs two years.  These seminars develop individual leadership skills and focus on issues and problems facing leaders on the local, state, national, and international levels.

    Congratulations to Andrea on being accepted into this highly acclaimed program.  Everyone at ILS wishes you continued success in your future.


    Jerry Kuckelman elected to the KLA Cattle Feeders Executive Committee

    Five of the seven members of the KLA Cattle Feeders Council Executive Committee were elected by council members during the recent annual meeting in Wichita, KS. The newly elected chairman then appoints two additional members.  Jerry Kuckelman, Chief Operating Officer at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. was elected to this committee and will play a key role in the 2014 council leadership activities.