PROFILES

Lee Borck

In the 1980s, Lee Borck started the Beef Marketing Group because central Kansans were earning less for their cattle than western Kansans. More...

PROFILES

Heather Donley

Director of Quality Assurance More...

PROFILES

John Butler

Formed in 1987, today BMG is a vertically aligned marketing arrangement that comprises 19 feed yards in Kansas and Nebraska, and the idea is working. More...

PROFILES

Jerry and Bill Adams

A Nebraska feedlot builds a culture of employee engagement.  More...

  • CATTLE

    When Beef Marketing Group (BMG) started their Progressive Beef program across its member feedyards 13 years ago, the focus was on improving food safety. Read More.

  • LAND

    The sustainability category of Progressive Beef, the quality management system at the 19 feedyards of Beef Marketing Group (BMG), has two parts. Read More.

  • COMMUNITY

    When Beef Marketing Group (BMG) launched their Progressive Beef program 13 years ago, their immediate goal was to improve food safety in their member feedyards, and therefore in the resulting beef products. Read More.

  • BUSINESS

    Today, Beef Marketing Group (BMG) markets some 600,000 head of cattle a year from 19 member yards in Kansas and Nebraska. Read More.

COMMUNITY

When Beef Marketing Group (BMG) launched their Progressive Beef program 13 years ago, their immediate goal was to improve food safety in their member feedyards, and therefore in the resulting beef products. Read More.

CATTLE

When Beef Marketing Group (BMG) started their Progressive Beef program across its member feedyards 13 years ago, the focus was on improving food safety. Read More.

BUSINESS

Today, Beef Marketing Group (BMG) markets some 600,000 head of cattle a year from 19 member yards in Kansas and Nebraska. Read More.

CATTLE

When the feedyard members of the marketing coop Beef Marketing Group (BMG) agreed to market their cattle together every year, they quickly saw the advantage of trying to bring some standardization to the cattle they were selling, even though they were coming from different feedyards with different backgrounds and conditions. Read More.

BUSINESS

Once the member feedyards of Beef Marketing Group (BMG) had agreed to market their cattle together, the next step was to develop a relationship with one packer, rather than gather bids every week. Read More.

CATTLE

In the 1980s, Lee Borck noticed a problem: Feedyards in central Kansas were getting fifty cents a hundredweight less for their cattle than western Kansas feedyards. Read More.

BUSINESS

One unique aspect of the Progressive Beef program, which is a quality management system in the feedyards of Beef Marketing Group (BMG), is that much of it is scored; it is primarily a points-based system. Read More.

LAND

The sustainability category of Progressive Beef, the quality management system at the 19 feedyards of Beef Marketing Group (BMG), has two parts. Read More.

CATTLE

A major category of Progressive Beef, the quality management system of Beef Marketing Group (BMG) — a coop of 19 feedyards in Kansas and Nebraska — is animal handling and welfare. Read More.

BUSINESS

The multifaceted Progressive Beef system at Beef Marketing Group (BMG), a coop of 19 feedyards in Kansas and Nebraska, was developed through BMG’s advisory board of experts in conjunction with the demands of their customers. Read More.

CATTLE

In the 1990s, food safety was a major concern for the beef industry. Read More.

CATTLE

A major category of Progressive Beef, the quality management system of Beef Marketing Group (BMG) — a coop of 19 feedyards in Kansas and Nebraska — is animal handling and welfare. Read More.

COMMUNITY

Since opening in 2008, Kansas Ethanol, LLC, has sought to be a member of the community in Lyons, Kansas. Of course, the first thing they did was create jobs. Read More.

BUSINESS

When the Beef Marketing Group (BMG), a vertically aligned marketing arrangement between 19 feed yards in Kansas and Nebraska, entered into a contractual relationship with Kansas Ethanol, LLC, both sides knew they shared a concern for environmental stewardship. Read More.

CATTLE

Kansas Ethanol, LLC, is an ethanol plant in Lyons, Kansas, that focuses not only on producing ethanol, but producing high-quality distillers grains, thanks to their relationship with Beef Marketing Group (BMG), a vertically aligned marketing arrangement with 19 member feed yards in Kansas and Nebraska.  Read More.

LAND

Around 2001, several members of the Beef Marketing Group (BMG), a vertically aligned marketing arrangement between 19 feed yards in Kansas and Nebraska, were among those discussing the creation of the ethanol plant in Rice County, Kansas. Read More.

COMMUNITY

In 1987, the Beef Marketing Group (BMG) was formed, based on the idea that people in the beef industry could build relationships on all sides of their segment, and these relationships could benefit all those involved. Read More.

COMMUNITY

Adams emphasizes the importance of communication with all employees and maintains an open-door policy. “We’re trying to make this a family,” he says. He stresses this outlook to every new employee when he and Bill take him or her to lunch.  Read More.

COMMUNITY

One result of the company’s focus on talent development was the creation of ADAMS University. The first of its three levels focuses on onboarding — making the process thorough and consistent. “We want to look at every job and create a curriculum,” Staples says.  Read More.

BUSINESS

One feature of the JBS Five Rivers Kuner Feedlot in Colorado that helps General Manager Nolan Stone identify and promote talented people is its four operational departments: Mill, Cattle, Feed and Yard. Each department has a manager and often an assistant manager as well as a management trainee. Each department operates like the feedlot as a whole, with the same goals and operating objectives. Read More.

BUSINESS

At JBS Five Rivers Kuner Feedlot in northeast Colorado, a great deal of emphasis is placed on finding the right people for every job; this is a message that is echoed throughout the company, starting with General Manager Nolan Stone. “People who want to make their mark: Those are the people we’re looking for.” Read More.

BUSINESS

To help their people move up the management chain, JBS Five Rivers Kuner Feedlot offers its own three-level leadership training program. They call it the Maritime Process because of the classes’ nautical acronyms: SHIP (Sustained Hiring Initiation Program), BOAT (Building Opportunities through Advanced Training) and PADLE (Program for the Accelerated Development of Leadership Excellence), the capstone course, for those who have been in the company for a while. Read More.

BUSINESS

To help monitor and measure the performance of his employees, JBS Five Rivers Kuner Feedlot in northeastern Colorado uses a system of lead activities and lag measures. The system, which also breaks down tasks to help the large operation run smoothly, comes from the FranklinCovey management model. Nolan Stone, Kuner’s general manager, offers average daily gain as an example. Read More.

BUSINESS

Nolan Stone, general manager of JBS Five Rivers Kuner Feedlot, has to fill a management team and a production team for a feedlot that operates about 80,000 head in northeast Colorado. For the first group, he looks for people with an education and some sort of experience.  Read More.