Allen and Smith elected to KLA leadership posts
Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) members elected Wichita, KS, cattleman Todd Allen as president during the group’s annual business meeting Dec. 5 in Wichita.
Serving in a volunteer capacity, Allen will represent KLA’s 5,500 members during the coming year. Sharon Springs, KS, rancher Mark Smith was elected by the membership to serve as president elect.
Allen is the president of cattle feeding operations for Cargill Beef. He started as a management trainee with Caprock Industries in 1981, worked in several of Caprock’s Texas feed yards through the balance of the 1980s and early 1990s, and eventually was promoted to general manager of the Caprock cattle feeding facility near Leoti, KS, in 1992. Allen managed Caprock at Leoti for 13 years before accepting his current position.
He has served as KLA Cattle Feeders Council chairman and on the KLA Executive Committee. He currently is a member of the KLA
Animal Identification Working Group and has served on the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee for 14 years. Allen represents KLA on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors and is a member of the NCBA Executive Committee.
Allen was presented a Greeley Hat Works (GHW) pure beaver hat. Each new KLA president receives a hat from GHW. Smith has a stocker cattle program, feeds cattle and farms. His cattle programs are dictated by market conditions.
He owns a cow/calf herd and in the past, has purchased cull cows to breed, calve and sell. Smith has a growing yard used to start cattle for summer pasture and winter grazing.
The farming business produces corn and wheat. His family earned the NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award in 1994 for outstanding care and enhancement of natural resources.
He has been presented many regional awards for grassland and soil conservation and preserving wildlife habitat. Smith’s leadership capabilities are well-documented. He has represented Greeley County on the KLA Board of Directors, is a past vice chairman of the KLA Natural Resources Committee, and was chairman of the KLA Stockgrowers Council in 2007. Smith currently serves on the KLA Executive Committee and the NCBA Board of Directors.
He is a 1981 graduate of the KLA Young Stockmen’s Leadership Conference. Smith is active in his community. He has served on the Greeley County school board and as a past local 4-H beef leader. Smith serves on the boards of directors for the Fort Wallace Memorial Association and the Northwest Kansas Technical College.
He graduated from Kansas State University in 1976 with a degree in social science. Smith also earned a degree from the Kemper Military College in Boonville, MO. — WLJ