Amongst the normal conversation that takes place at the National Western Stock Show, one common topic being discussed amongst exhibitors is the renovation of The Yards. Click the link below to learn firsthand from stock show officials about how The Yards will change in the coming years.
The National Junior Hereford Heifer Show is kicking off the start of the Hereford scene here at the National Western Stock Show.
The South Devon Show kicked off in the stadium arena this morning, and with many young and eager exhibitors came a highly seasoned professional – Dar Geiss. Not all families that exhibit at the National Western Stock Show can say they’ve been coming for 50 consecutive years, but the Geiss family can.
Since 1988, Dar and his wife, Lynn, have been incredibly involved in the South Devon breed. Aside from raising and exhibiting at shows, Dar has served 3 separate four-year terms as the North American South Devon Breed Association President. His son, Lane, also serves on the association’s board of directors and his daughter, Leah, currently serves as the association’s Junior Board President.
"There’s a great message to be told about the South Devon breed,” Dar said. “For my family, it was an opportunity to show a breed of cattle that deserved some attention from the industry.”
During his time involved with the breed, Geiss has had influence in the progression of South Devon cattle both phenotypically and genetically.
“The breed has progressed a lot in the past 30 years and we believe it can stand side by side with many other breeds in the industry,” Dar said.
2019 marks Dar’s 50th consecutive year exhibiting cattle at the National Western Stock show.
“The legacy that he has established, not only in the South Devon breed, but in the cattle industry itself is astronomical,” Leah said. “I’m beyond proud of the way he has built our ranch from the ground up and created a reputation for our family.”
It is with great sadness the North American Limousin Foundation reports the loss of cornerstone Limousin breeder Gene Raymond of Garnett, Kansas.
Raymond and his wife began GV Limousin in 1978 and have grown the operation to over 400 registered females. It was through his operation that Raymond was able to pioneer and share innovation to the Limousin breed by quickly adapting to new technologies and opportunities in the livestock industry. Raymond then took this new-found knowledge and applied those tools within his own operation to raise high-quality seedstock supplying commercial cattlemen superior genetics across the United States.
In addition to raising Limousin cattle, Raymond was actively involved in the breed foundation, serving as a past president from 1986 to 1987. Raymond held a position on the NALF Board of Directors and was the chairman of the Breed Improvement Committee. After obtaining his animal science degree from Kansas State University, Raymond served two terms as president of the Kansas City Beef Council and a member of the Kansas Livestock Association Executive Committee.
“[Raymond] will be greatly missed by friends and cattlemen throughout the country,” said Mark Anderson, NALF Executive Director. “We have suffered the loss of a great man and friend to all he crossed paths with. The entire NALF family is greatly saddened by the loss of a highly respected cattlemen, and we ask that you keep his family in your prayers.”
The Medal of Excellence Limousin Show, taking place today, as well as the pen and carload show taking place on Wednesday is dedicated to the memory of Gene Raymond and GV Limousin.