(TOPEKA) – The 2023 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) met in the Kansas City area May 8-10 for their second seminar of the year. Class members from across the state spent three days learning more about beef marketing and connecting with consumers.
Merck Animal Health, the exclusive sponsor of the program, hosted the class at their Lenexa, Lawrence and De Soto facilities. Staff provided an overview of the animal health industry, discussed up-and-coming technologies and gave a tour of their research farm and one of their labs. Kansas Beef Council (KBC) Executive Director Scott Stebner spent time with YSA discussing consumer research and providing a beef checkoff update.
KBC Director of Nutrition Abby Heidari visited with the class about connecting with consumers and health influencers over beef nutrition facts.
Bichelmeyer Meats, Kansas City Steak Company and Golden Belt Beef opened their doors to the group for tours and provided insight into how their respective businesses use direct-to-consumer beef marketing. Class members also spent time at two Hy-Vee grocery store locations preparing and serving KC strip samples while engaging with consumers about preparing beef and how cattle are raised. Additionally, YSA members visited Whole Foods Market where they learned more about marketing beef to a niche audience.
The tour wrapped up with a stop at Smoke ‘n’ Fire, a retail store specializing in grills, barbeque accessories, fireplaces and more.
Members of the 2023 class are Jack Adams, Plains; Erica Auchard, Cimarron; Cole Baumgartner, Westmoreland; Tara Jo Bina, Halstead; Eric Blythe, White City; Allison Castilleja, Satanta; Emily Grund, Wamego; Logan Hoobler, Perry; Cody Howell, Chanute; Cooper Imthurn, Maple Hill; Kyler Jost, Spring Hill; Arlan Newby, Haven; Garret Otter, Almena; Cole Renner, Monument; Garret Smith, Great Bend; Leslie Smith, Ashland; Bubba Sullivan, Amarillo, TX; Brody Thayer, La Cygne; Jose Woolfolk, Hugoton; and Jay Ziegelmeier, Hays.
YSA will meet for their third gathering, a tour of central and western Kansas beef and dairy operations, in mid-September.
KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of members at both the state and federal levels. Voluntary dues dollars paid by producers are used for programs that benefit KLA members in the areas of legislative representation, regulatory assistance, legal troubleshooting, communications and the advancement of youth.
Picture caption: Pictured are (front row, L to R) Kyler Jost. Spring Hill; Garret Otter, Almena; Bubba Sullivan, Amarillo, TX; Brody Thayer, La Cygne; Cooper Imthurn, Maple Hill; Leslie Smith, Ashland; Jack Adams, Plains; Allison Castilleja, Satanta; Garret Smith, Great Bend; Emily Grund; Wamego; (second row, L to R) Jose Woolfolk, Hugoton; Cole Renner, Monument; Arlan Newby, Haven; Jay Ziegelmeier, Hays; Cole Baumgartner, Westmoreland; Cody Howell, Chanute; Eric Blythe, White City; Tara Jo Bina, Halstead; Erica Auchard, Cimarron; and Logan Hoobler, Perry.