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KLA approves new resolutions

Mark Smith, Sharon Springs, was elected president of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) during the annual convention held Dec. 3 and 4 in Wichita, Kan. Ken Grecian, Palco, will serve as the new president-elect.

Smith and his wife, Cindy, farm, feed cattle, and have a stocker cattle operation in Wallace and Greeley counties. Smith owns a cow-calf herd, has a growing yard to start cattle for summer pasture and winter grazing. His farming operation includes corn and wheat production.

Smith has been active in KLA serving 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.

Grecian and his wife, Barb, own and operate a grain and cow-calf business in Graham County. They background calves at home from their Angus-based herd and retain part interest when the cattle are sent to a feedyard. Grecian received the Grassland Award for Conservation Practices in 2008 by the Graham County Natural Resources Conservation Service and in 2002 they received the Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker award.

Grecian is a member of the KLA Executive Committee, the NCBA Board of Directors, the NCBA Tax and Credit Committee, and is past chairman of the KLA Stockgrowers Council. Grecian currently serves on the Kansas Animal Health Board.

During their annual meeting, KLA members approved several new resolutions dealing with futures trading, non-ambulatory cattle, and wild horses. On the issue of futures trading KLA supports viable futures exchanges to facilitate effective risk management opportunities for the livestock industry; believes that contract specification should match industry needs and facilitate convergence of futures prices with the cash market to ensure a useful risk management function is provided; and KLA will continue to monitor any pending rule or regulatory changes that may impact the ability of the futures market to provide a meaningful risk management function.

KLA supports the proper handling of non-ambulatory cattle. Their resolution states that non-ambulatory cattle should be humanely euthanized as soon as possible and supports policy prohibiting the harvest of non-ambulatory cattle for human consumption.

KLA favors the use of euthanasia, fertility control, and other humane means of reduction and management of the population of wild/feral horses and burros in lieu of the translocation of these animals to other regions of the U.S.

The KLA members also amended a resolution on water conservation programs. The resolution was amended to say that KLA supports the continuation of the Division of Water Resources' Water Rights Conservation Program.

Doug Rich can be reached by phone at 785-749-5304 or by email at richhpj@aol.com.

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