Twenty-Nine Members Celebrate 50 Years of KLA Membership

December 7, 2022

(WICHITA) – The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) honored 32 members at the KLA Convention November 30 for decades of loyalty to the association. This brings the total number of members who have been committed to KLA for 50 years or longer to 146.             

Twenty-nine were recognized for 50 years of continuous membership. Those joining KLA in 1972 were Bauer Inc./KFRM 550 AM, Clay Center; Taylor Bemis, Hays; Dan Bird, Manhattan; Black Diamond Angus Ranch, Spearville; BP3 Enterprises LLC, Clifton; Jerry Cox, Sabetha; Arlen Dettmer, Alta Vista; Farmers State Bank, Oakley; First Bank Kansas, Ellsworth; Lamar Fullmer, Dighton; John Gaither, Columbus; Norman R. (Roger) Giles, Bucklin; Goyen Farms, Pratt; O. James (Jim) Hess, Alma; Terry Hobbs, Penokee; Harlan House, Goodland; Ingalls Feed Yard, Ingalls; Larry Johnston, Garden City; the Livestock Marketing Association, Shawnee Mission; Lohrey Cattle Company, Bison; Manhattan Commission Co., Manhattan; Tom Moxley, Council Grove; Nancy Mundhenke, Wichita; Neosho Valley Feeders, Parsons; O’Brien Ranch Enterprises, Hepler; Bill Oswalt, Little River; Jerry Thomas, Council Grove; and Wells Ranch, Gridley. This is the largest group of 50-year members to be honored in one year.             

Those reaching the 60-year membership mark in 2022 were Marjory James, Dighton; Charles Moyer, Phillipsburg; and Donald Pagel & Son, Holton.               

These individuals and businesses represent the key to success of KLA, which is faithful support throughout the years by those who share its mission.             

KLA is a trade organization protecting the business interests of independent ranchers, feeders and dairy farmers. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep. The association’s work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its more than 5,700 members. 


Photo caption: Pictured are (front row, L to R) Jerry Thomas; Tom Moxley; Dan Bird; Terry Hobbs; John Gaither; Cindy Nelson, Manhattan Commission; Ann Warner, Black Diamond; Marcella Warner Holman, Black Diamond; Trisha Schoenhofer, O’Brien Ranch; Roger Giles; (back row, L to R) Larry Butel, Butel Farm; Mark Mackey, Livestock Marketing Assn.; David Ast, Ingalls Feed Yard; John Lohrey, Lohrey Cattle Co.; John Cline, Manhattan Commission; Henry Pagel, Don Pagel & Son; Bill Peterson, BP3 Enterprises; Kyle Bauer, Bauer Inc/KFRM; Bill Oswalt.