Research, education facility launched at Hy-Plains Feedyard

Hy-Plains Education & Research Center will provide a state-of-the-art facility for ongoing research benefiting food animal producers and consumers globally.

The Hy-Plains Education & Research Center located in Montezuma, Kan., will officially open its doors Aug. 23, when customers and invited guests will have the opportunity to hear industry leaders talk about food animal production.

A panel representing all production sectors will discuss “The Stakeholder’s Role In Global Food Sustainability.” Vice president of the World Wildlife Fund U.S. Food Team, Carlos Saviani, is the lead-off speaker, followed by Luke McKelvie, McDonald’s Global Farmer Program manager; Emily Murray, Cargill general manager-McDonald’s Beef; Drs. Bob Smith and Trent Fox with Veterinary Research & Consulting Services; Dr. Randall Spare with the Ashland Veterinary Center in Ashland, Kan.; Mark Gardiner, president of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, and Dan Dorn, ABS Powerline Genetics business manager. A panel discussion will conclude the afternoon program.

Global food sustainability discussions invoke passion and skepticism, depending upon the audience, and the World Wildlife Fund is taking a leadership role by engaging production stakeholders, large companies and corporations through substantive collaboration focusing on sustainable outcomes rather than traditions and practices, the group said. Managing water and land, improving efficiencies and adding value are critical issues that will determine food animal producers’ ability to meet a growing need to produce more food while reducing the stress on all resources.

The Hy-Plains Education & Research Center will provide a state-of-the-art facility for ongoing research benefiting food animal producers and consumers globally. Beef industry stakeholders have both a challenge and a responsibility to use science and technology to improve efficiency and health, increase outputs, add value and sustain an affordable food supply for a growing planet. Research and industry collaboration are essential. The Hy-Plains Education & Research Center provides a controlled environment and the support staff necessary to conduct science-based research and the capacity to educate through aggressive consumer outreach.

Hy-Plains Feedyard is committed to the success of sustainable global beef production by improving efficiencies through the value chain, customer service and best practice management. For more information, contact Tom Jones with Hy-Plains Feedyard at [email protected] or Shannon Wharton, also with Hy-Plains Feedyard, at [email protected]

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