Feedlot operators & veterinarians
Ryan and June Loseke purchased their feedlot in 1993, just before beginning their junior year of veterinary school and the same year they were married. They operate the feedyard together, and also work together at their veterinary practice, Loseke Veterinary Services P.C., north of Columbus, NE.
The feedyard is located just down the road from where Ryan grew up; it serves as the base for the family operation that includes crops and trucking services. The feedlot will house 3,000 head after expansion.
Ryan says the day-to-day work at the feedyard helps him give practical recommendations to his veterinarian clients. For example, he's been knows to share personal experience on what vaccines seem to be working best on the pathogens of the season.
Feedyard is main focus
The Losekes don’t view the feedyard as a side business, or simply a place to market their home-raised grain. It’s a main focus. In September, Loseke Feedyard was named Feedlot Partner of the Year at the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB) brand annual conference in Marco Island, FL, for their dedication to producing high quality beef.
Win for both businesses
The Losekes veterinary business benefits from an industry-wide perspective, as much as the feedyard draws on that animal health background.