If you’re ambitious enough to sign on for four more years of intensive schooling and related debts, you probably have a plan.
That’s where Ryan and June Loseke, DVMs, found themselves in 1993. They were about to be married, just before entering their junior year of veterinary school at Kansas State University.
Their postgraduate plans included living in a rural area and working in large animal medicine.
As owners and practitioners at Loseke Veterinary Services P.C., north of Columbus, NE, the couple made good on those plans. But what they did in the 15 years leading up to their incorporation deviated from the original script.
As she was altering bridesmaids’ dresses, she got a phone call from her soon-to-be husband.
“He said, ‘Do you want to buy a feedyard?’ I remember thinking the bridesmaid’s dress was going to last a few hours,” she recalls, “but the feedyard? That’s a big deal. It really put it in perspective.”
They did buy the feedyard, which will grow to 3,000 head when current expansion is complete. Just down the road from where Ryan grew up, it serves as the base for the family operation that includes crops and trucking services.
It also provides real world perspective when the couple is serving cow-calf producers and farmer-feeders in their northeast Nebraska practice.
“I do everything from scrub water tanks to drive the feedtruck to haul manure to working with [our nutritionist] on rations,” Dr. Ryan Loseke says. “It’s one thing to talk about delivering feed evenly through the bunk but I’ve put in hundreds of hours in the feed truck.