Following the retirement of Dave Latta, Tom Fanning, the long-time manager at Buffalo Feeders, will be stepping up as the new General Manager of the Pratt Feeders Group effective at the end of May 2024.
Dave Latta has led our company through significant challenges and our success and growth reflect this steady hand guiding the Pratt Feeders Group, which includes Pratt Feeders in Pratt, KS, Ashland Feeders in Ashland, KS, Ford Feeders in Ford, KS, and Buffalo Feeders in Buffalo, OK.
Buffalo Feeders has established a distinguished legacy of excellence and industry recognition. In 2009, Buffalo Feeders was honored with the prestigious Certified Angus Beef Feedyard of the Year award, a testament to the outstanding quality of beef produced under its management. A decade later, in 2019, the feedyard's commitment to superior practices and animal welfare was further acknowledged when it received the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Feedyard of the Year award. This accolade underscores the feedyard's dedication to maintaining the highest standards in beef quality and safety. Continuing this trajectory of excellence, Buffalo Feeders achieved notable recognition in 2023, winning the Texas Cattle Feeders Excellence in BQA award, further solidifying its reputation in the industry. Additionally, in the same year, the feedyard achieved a significant milestone by joining the Progressive Beef certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible cattle feeding practices. These accolades, achieved under Tom Fanning's guidance, reflect Buffalo Feeders' enduring dedication to quality, animal welfare, and industry-leading standards.
Raul’s deep understanding of cattle operations and his connection to the Buffalo community make him exceptionally well-suited for this role. His appointment is a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent within our organization and ensuring our operations continue to be led by the best in the industry.