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Pratt Livestock purchased by Winter Livestock

Mike and Jake Lewis will continue with day to day operations

Pratt Livestock Inc., Pratt, Kan., was recently purchased by Winter Livestock. Mike and Jake Lewis will continue to run the day to day operations. Pratt Livestock will continue with the cattle auction every Thursday in the same location it has been for the last 47 years.

"Pratt Livestock is one of the nation's premier cattle auctions. The crew at Pratt is one of the best in the industry. They have an outstanding group of people working inside and outside making things happen," said Mark Winter. "The marketing side is top notch as well. The Lewis family has been marketing cattle the auction way for three generations. Mike and Jake represent the second and third generation of auction men in the Lewis family.

More employees make Pratt run smoothly as well.

"Bob Cundith and Bob Wilkey represent the second generation of auction men in their families. The history at Pratt Livestock runs deep," said Mark Winter. "You can't find a marketing team with better credentials. We are excited about working with and learning from these men."

Mike Lewis grew up in the auction business at his father's sale in Kinsley, Kan. He went to work at Pratt Livestock in 1959. In 1962, the new barn east of Pratt was built to make room for the growing business. Mike Lewis, Bob Wilkey, and Bob Cundith purchased Pratt Livestock from the Wilkey family in 1978. Mike and Pratt Livestock have been an important part of the auction industry since those early days. Mike will continue to oversee the day to day operations at Pratt Livestock.

Jake Lewis grew up working at the auction with his father. In 1984 he graduated from K-State and went to work full-time at Pratt Livestock. Jake is now in the lead position, starting the cattle and managing the sale. David McComb came to Pratt Livestock after graduating from K-State in 1991. Dave manages the yards keeping things running smoothly outside. Mike, Jake, and David will continue to manage the auction. Bob Wilkey and Bob Cundith will also be at the auction working to insure a smooth transition.

"It will be business as usual next week and every week after," according to Mike Lewis. "We will be here working for the farmers and ranchers that bring cattle to Pratt Livestock. We have known the Winter family for many years. They understand the cattle industry and bring quite a lot to the table. We are excited about new opportunities this will to bring to our customers. Things look good for the future of Pratt Livestock."



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