Roto-Mix recognized 20 employees for their years of service at a Christmas party and winter employee meeting Dec. 6 at the Magouirk Conference Center in Dodge City.
Mike Hilderbrand, Roto-Mix president, presented the awards to the employees.
On Saturday, Sept. 28 the Spearville Youth Football teams traveled to Montezuma to play their final away game of the regular season. The third and fourth grade team has been practicing hard all season and it paid off this week as they got their first win, coming out on top over the South Gray team by a score of 24-8.
The fifth and sixth grade boys continued the day’s winning streak and prevailed over South Gray 42-12. These teams are sponsored by Roto-Mix, Right Co-op and Kansas City Power and Light. Next week will be the final home game for these teams. The third and fourth grade team will kick-off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the fifth and sixth grade game. Come out and watch these boys in action.
Flag football continued play in Dodge this weekend. These boys are having fun learning the game of football. Their coaches are Scott Werner, Steve Sites, Brad Ackerman and Bill Hornung.
Youth volleyball opened play in Dodge City as well on Saturday, and it was a great day for the Lancer girls. Spearville has five volleyball teams playing in Dodge this year. The kindergarten through second grade team is coached by Kendee Foos, Tonya Hubbell and Heidy Ackerman. This level does not keep score, but is focused on teaching the girls the fundamentals of the game.
Coaching the third grade team is Karla Gleason and Sarah Stegman. Saturday was the first volleyball game for this group of girls. Although they did not win according to the scoreboard, they learned a great deal and will be ready next week. The fourth grade team is coached by Megan Stein and Lorie Stein. The fourth graders, now volleyball veterans, won their game in two matches.
The fifth grade team followed their lead and won their game as well. They are coached by Lindsey Heskamp and Chesna Ratzlaff. Two games were played by the sixth grade team and they won both of them. The sixth grade team is also coached by Karla Gleason and Sarah Stegman. Great job to all of our volleyball teams and good luck next week!
Agriculture is a game of ups and downs. A long-running joke in ag circles is that any time states pass laws banning gambling it means they’ll have to stop farming.
But, all jokes aside, leaders in the cattle feeding industry are looking to the future with optimism. That’s why, when over 100 members of the livestock industry gathered in Garden City on Thursday for a Roto-Mix sponsored feeding forum, the brightness of the future was a key topic.
“We at Roto-Mix are very, very optimistic about where the industry is heading,” said Roto-Mix President Mike Hilderbrand, who emceed the event. “While other industries are struggling, we’re expanding.”
Speakers at the event included Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company; Gaylen Erickson, Feedlot Extension Specialist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Derrell Peel, Livestock Marketing Economist at Oklahoma State University; several feedlot managers; and Temple Grandin, professor at Colorado State University.
At the Feeding Quality Forum in Omaha on Tuesday, Janet Riley, Senior V.P., public affairs, American Meat Institute, also spoke.
The lunch featured the Certified Angus Beef brand and honored David Bechtol, DVM, the 2013 Industry Achievement Award winner.
Here are some more photos of the Spearville WindDawgs, a baseball team in southwest Kansas that Roto-Mix and other businesses sponsored over the summer.
Brady Moy, Roto-Mix’s North East Regional Manager, is participating in bass tournaments this year. So far he’s competed in two tournaments.
Here’s an update from Brady:
At the two-day tournament on Lake Champlain in Rouses Point, N.Y., I finished second overall, just .23 lbs out of first place. I also had the lunker (big fish) for day one, a 4.74 lb smallmouth bass with a two-day total of 29.55 lbs.
The second tournament was the Jerry Simon Memorial tournament on Cossayuna lake with a fifth place finish and again with the first place lunker bass of the tournament, a 4.78 lb largemouth bass.
I will be leaving this weekend for Oneida Lake for a two-day Tournament. Flooding in western New York will make this very interesting.
Roto-Mix is sponsoring a new television series that will air tonight on RFD-TV.
The first episode of Grandam Farm will air at 6 p.m. today and it will repeat on at 4 a.m. Wednesday. The show will air at 6 p.m. every Tuesday.
The show follows the steps of a beginning dairy farmer as he sets out his dream of building a modern, traditional farm.
Viewers will get to see different stages of development, from property choice, crop selection, to what types of cows make the best milk for the farmer’s creamery.
Throughout the show the farmer will get advice from top rated agricultural schools and representatives from the industry’s leading manufacturers.
The show will feature a Roto-Mix VXT-325 feed mixer being used at the new dairy farm and will include other Roto-Mix products in the future. Brady Moy, Roto-Mix’s Northeast Region Manager, has been instrumental in getting the new farm and the TV show up and running as a technical adviser.
Here’s an update from Wally Stimpert, WindDawgs coach and Roto-Mix employee.
The WindDawgs played in an NBC “Hap” Dumont Featured Points Tournament on June 22-23 in Hays, Kan. There were seven teams in the 13-year-old bracket and included: Lawrence Knights, Hays Stampede, Southwest Hitters, Salina Dirt Dawgs, Hays Braves and Salina Irish.
The WindDawgs played the Southwest Hitters in their first game on Saturday and we won 10-8. Our second game of the day was played against the Hays Braves and we won that game 8-0. In our third game of the day we played the Salina Irish and beat them 6-4.
On Sunday bracket play began and we were the top seeded team, which gave us a first round bye.
Our first game on Sunday was against the Salina Irish and we won that game 8-7 in the bottom of the last inning with a walk off single.
Our final game of the day was the championship game and we played the Hays Braves again. We ended up losing this game with a score of 14-7.
We want to congratulate all the kids on having a successful season and playing hard. I’m sure they will all do well in whatever they set out to do. They have all learned to work hard and play hard.
We also want to congratulate Jordan Knight on his two “Over The Fence” home runs this weekend. He hit one against the Southwest Hitters on Saturday and one in our final game Sunday against the Hays Braves.
We would also like to thank all of our sponsors which include: Kansas City Power & Light, Roto-Mix, Scott’s Auto Shop, Kansas State Troopers Association, Spearville Truck Stop, Brian & Jill Lewis, Bucklin Tractor & Implement (BTI) and Nau Farms.