Woodbury Farms, Quenemo, Kan., owned by the Fred H. Woodbury family, was named 2015 Commercial Producer of the Year by the Beef Improvement Federation today at the organization’s annual convention in Biloxi, Miss.
Woodbury Farms began in 1881 in Osage County, Kan. when Fred H. Woodbury purchased his first 80 acres near Olivet, Kan. The original farm now sits under the waters of Melvern Reservoir, but the family moved their homestead 25 miles northeast in 1968. Today the fourth generation of Woodburys operate land in four counties, consisting of 5,000 acres of native and tame grasses and 400 acres of cropland. The Woodburys run 400 spring-calving cows, 175 of which are registered Angus.
The Woodbury’s market their cattle in a variety of ways. All calves are backgrounded after weaning and a majority of the steers are sold through a local auction. The retain about one-third of their heifers for replacements, with the remainder sold in a March production sale along with about 40 yearling Angus bulls.
The Kansas Livestock Association nominated Woodbury Farms.