WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: Cassie Kniebel and Brandon Depenbusch Give Updates on Cattle Trace Pilot Program


Cassie Kniebel, Program Manager for Cattle Trace was one of our guests on Thursday’s Ag Issues program.



Brandon Depenbusch, with Innovative Livestock Services, and serves as Board Chairman of Cattle Trace was also our guest on Thursday’s Ag Issues program. We spoke with Cassie and Brandon at last week’s Kansas Livestock Association Convention in Wichita where they gave a status update on Cattle Trace.


World Champion Livestock Auctioneer At Holton Livestock’s Anniversary Sale

It was a special occasion this week for Tuesday’s regular weekly sale at Holton Livestock Exchange, east of Holton, Kansas.

“This was the 67th anniversary since inception of the livestock auction barn,” said Dan Harris, owner.

                            Jared Miller

In recognition and celebration of the occasion, the auction had the world’s champion livestock auctioneer assisting with the sale.

“Jared Miller of Leon, Iowa, is the 2018 champion of the Livestock Marketing Association’s auctioneer’s competition,” Harris said. “We appreciated Jared coming down to help auction our special anniversary stocker, feeder sale.”

Miller is a partner in the Lamoni Livestock Auction Market, Lamoni, Iowa, with regular weekly Thursday auctions.

W.O. Harris, Dan’s dad, worked at the Holton Livestock Exchange from its inception. “Then, my parents bought the auction barn in 1977,” Dan said. “So this is our 41st anniversary of owning the facility, too.

“I worked here while growing up and was a steady employee during high school,” said Dan, who serves as one of three regular auctioneers.

“My brother Larry and I both attended auction school in Mason City, Iowa, in 1975,” Dan noted. The brothers now are partners in Harris Auction Service.

Dan Harris took over ownership and full management of the Holton Livestock Exchange from his parents. The sale barn advertises extensively on 580 WIBW’s Morning Ag Roundup show.

In its original location, the livestock auction barn has had many renovating construction improvements throughout the years.

“Our livestock trailer loading and unloading facilities are second to none,” Harris verified. “Our facilities have been designed for the expedient processing of the consignor’s cattle at the unloading point.”

Business picks up in all of Holton on Tuesday sale day. “A livestock auction market has a major economic impact on a rural community,” Harris pointed out.

Wamego Angus Breeder President Of Kansas Livestock Association

Wabaunsee County rancher Barb Downey of Wamego moved up to president of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) at a recent meeting in Wichita.

Members chose Harry Moser, Wheaton, as the KLA president elect. Downey and Moser will lead the 5,500-member organization during the next year.

Downey represents the fourth generation of her family in the ranching business. She and her late father, Joe Downey, started Downey Ranch in 1986.

                       Barb Downey

Downey and her husband, Joe Carpenter, operate the ranch, which consists of a registered Angus and commercial Angus-based cowherd that grazes pastures in Wabaunsee and Riley counties.

The cattle are marketed as seedstock through a joint production sale with Kniebel Cattle Company of White City. The annual sale is advertised extensively on 580 WIBW’s Morning Ag Roundup show.

Downey cattle are also finished and sold through U.S. Premium Beef, of which they are founding stockholders and qualified seedstock suppliers.

Downey Ranch was named Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Commercial Producer of the Year in 2010.

She has been extensively involved in leadership with both KLA and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Downey is a past chair of the Kansas Beef Council and currently is vice president of the NCBA Region VII Federation Division.

She serves on the Federation of State Beef Councils Board of Directors and represents the Federation on the NCBA Executive Committee. She is a member of the Joint Industry Nutrition and Health Committee.

Downey is a past chair of the KLA Natural Resources Committee, is a member of the KLA Stockgrowers Council and has served on the KLA Policy & Resolutions Committee. She is a past president of the Kansas Angus Association.

She has served on the USD 320 Board of Education. Downey is a past Wabaunsee County Extension Council member and a local 4-H club leader.

Downey graduated from K-State in 1986 with a degree in animal sciences & industry (AS&I). She and husband Joe, also a K-State AS&I graduate, received the K-State Block & Bridle Outstanding Stockmen Award in 2011.

The Carpenters have two daughters. Anna is a junior at Texas Tech University. Laura is a freshman at Kansas State University. Both girls work on the ranch during their free time.

Moser and his family own a seedstock and commercial cow-calf enterprise in Marshall and Pottawatomie counties.

KLA is a 5,600-member trade organization representing the state’s livestock business on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The association’s work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.

KFB Senior Dir. of Public Policy Talks About Upcoming Political Transition and Issues

Kansas Farm Bureau Senior Director of Public Policy, Ryan Flickner was interviewed by Greg Akagi of 580 WIBW and the Kansas Agriculture Network during the Centennial meeting of the Kansas Farm Bureau in Manhattan, Kansas.  That interview was aired on 580 WIBW’s Ag Issues program on Wednesday morning.  Flickner discussed the political transition that will occur soon with the state government, and also about several of the issues facing the Kansas Legislature.

Natural Parasite Management Improves Sustainability and Profitability of Small Ruminant Production

The greatest challenge to sustainable sheep and goat production is infection with internal parasites. Fort Valley State University’s (FVSU) research and outreach on the tannin-containing legume sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) as a natural alternative to ineffective anthelmintic drugs has shown improved sustainability and profitability of small ruminant production systems in the United States. This work also provides farmers with a new revenue opportunity through the sale of nutraceutical hay.

University of Tennessee Extension Beef Cattle Programs

Challenges facing the beef cattle industry in Tennessee range from the adoption of very basic management practices to complicated global market drivers that affect input costs. Nutritional, reproductive, genetic, and health management are areas that impact profitability most. County agents and state specialists from University of Tennessee (UT) Extension delivered more than 35,000 hours of educational programming to more than 8,700 beef producers.