(Topeka) - The culmination of the 2013 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Feedyard Leadership Program (FLP) occurred December 6 at the close of the KLA Convention. Zoetis partnered with KLA to host this inaugural event in which 10 members representing feedyards from across Kansas participated in a series of four seminars throughout the year.

The final session for this year's class was attending the KLA Convention in Wichita. The three-day event provided members the opportunity to take part in the policy-making process by attending committee meetings and the Cattle Feeders Council meeting. Immediately prior to the convention, the FLP class participated in a seminar conducted by Zoetis on employee management.

FLP's first installment in April took the group to Topeka and Kansas City where they learned more about KLA, the policy-making process and the retail beef industry. In June, attendees traveled to Denver, CO, to participate in sessions focused on issues management, risk reduction and employee management, which were coordinated by NCBA, CattleFax and Zoetis. The third seminar was held in Washington, D.C., where members had the chance to meet with the Kansas congressional delegation and regulatory officials.

The 2013 class includes Michael Archibald, Deseret Cattle Feeders LLC, Satanta; Eric Ferrell, Sublette Feeders, Sublette; Jeff George, Finney County Feedyard Inc., Garden City; Brice Haines, Sunbelt Feedyard, Hugoton; Doug Holthaus, Ox Town Cattle Feeders LLC, Tribune; Jamie Kratzer, Grant County Feeders, Ulysses; Kenny Montgomery, Pratt Feeders LLC, Pratt; Perry Nowak, Fairleigh Feed Yard Inc., Scott City; Michael Persinger, Supreme Cattle Feeders, Kismet; and Jason Timmerman, NA Timmerman Inc., Colby.

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.