The Schultz family cattle operation near Haviland is the Seedstock Producer of the Year. The award follows the naming of the Downey Ranch of Wamego as the Commercial Producer of the Year and represents the fifth time that members of the Kansas Livestock Association have won both Beef Improvement Federation awards in the same year.
Sandhill Farms, owned and operated by Kevin and Vera Schultz, is a Hereford seedstock business that uses proven genetics, artificial insemination and embryo transfer. The Schultzes say that long-term commitment to their cattle, their customers and the Hereford breed enabled them to win the award.
Members of the Joseph Downey family are owners of the Downey Ranch, the Commercial Producer of the Year winner.
The ranch operates a commercial cow-calf herd, a seedstock operation and a diversified farm. The Flint Hills property offers abundant resources for cattle breeding and grazing and the Downeys have produced beef for premium markets.
They emphasize low-stress handling practices.
The Beef Improvement Federation is in its 43rd year. Its mission is improvement of the industry by advancement of beef cattle performance evaluation.