2019 CK6 Semen Guide

We have never advertised or looked to sell our service. The growth of the business has been natural and designed to help our current client list by becoming involved in operations that have people and cattle we are passionate about. We believe the workplace and cattle business is an extension of our sincere desire to help people become successful and answer God’s call to work hard for others. CHRIS EARL, owner



Meet the Team…

Chris Earl, A 27 year track record of marketing and breeding cattle in the Purebred Angus Business.  Married to his wife Krista for 26 years with six children he believes in the strong values of the cattle business.  Hard work, honesty, competition and vision are all employed daily.  << read more >>

Wes Tiemann, Raised on a farm in central Missouri where he learned the value of hard work. After education at Kansas State University, the Southern Plains of the U.S. was his territory for the American Simmental Association as a fieldman. In 2008, Wes took the role of Regional Manager for Iowa and Missouri with the American Angus Association. << read more >>

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Great young man and Breeder“I am an average, ordinary dude who grew up on my family’s farm.” That’s Dru Kenny’s self-description, however we would argue that he is an extraordinary beginning farmer. His involvement in agriculture began as a young child. “From the time I could put on my own boots, I pretty much enjoyed every part of farming and every season; spring planting and moving cattle to pasture, fall harvesting, and winter calving. I loved production agriculture from the get go.”

Contributing to Kenny Angus, the family’s seedstock operation, has always been an integral part of his life. A fifth-generation beef producer, he learned the basics of both cattle and row crop production from his mom, Sue, and dad, Brian. But, they didn’t stop with just passing on their expertise. His parents encouraged him to take advantage of additional learning experiences, including those offered through 4-H and FFA.

After high school, Dru studied at South Dakota State University where he says he learned a lot. Particularly useful have been the livestock nutrition classes he took from Cody Wright. During his college years, he was able to benefit from internships with Montana Angus breeder Bob Sitz, and former Iowan, Orion Beef Group CEO and Red Angus breeder, Ryan Ludvigson. Working with these two large operations gave him new insights into reproductive technologies, selective breeding programs, and rotational grazing systems - all things he was eager to bring home to his family's operation.

Without a doubt, Dru’s first love is raising cattle, but like most Iowa cattlemen, he realizes how important it is to consider the best use of his total land resources. For Dru, that includes a combination of crop production on the most productive land and cattle grazing on more marginal acres. Following his 2017 graduation from SDSU, he was able to capitalize on a unique opportunity as he started farming full time. Not only did he return home to raise Angus, but he also became a contract popcorn grower for Jolly Time Popcorn.

As some of you may be aware, popcorn is a big deal in Dru’s home town of Schaller-Home of Schaller PopCorn Days. While growing up Dru recalls going to the movie theater in nearby Storm Lake. For maximum enjoyment, he always opted for a big, round cylinder of buttered popcorn, adding M&Ms or Reeses pieces for a flavorful custom-made treat. To this day, whether at the theater, or in the comfort of home, in Dru’s mind movies and popcorn are inseparable. Before sitting down to watch Netflix, he grabs a Jollytime Blast-O-Butter bag, strategically places it in the microwave and within minutes is ready to sit back and enjoy.

As a grower, Dru now has a greater appreciation of what it takes to produce the small kernels that when heated, explode and expand into fluffy, white popcorn. Because the moisture level of each kernel determines how well popcorn pops, it is a critical consideration when timing harvest. Destined for human consumption, there can be no cross-contamination with other row crops. Every piece of equipment must be completely cleaned, including the combine and the semis transporting popcorn to the plant. Even the brooms used for cleaning need to be free of possible contamination from field corn or beans.

In addition to the meticulous cleaning process, the combine must be specially adjusted to harvest popcorn. “I have to change the settings in the combine - change the concave settings, rotator speed, tighten top and bottom sieves because of the smaller cob. if we don’t tighten those, we would have a lot more popcorn coming out the back of the combine. Even the fan speed is adjusted, because it is a little heavier kernel.”

Once harvested, Dru’s popcorn is hauled into Schaller by immaculate semi-trucks. Each semi load is equal to approximately 320,000 bags of popped popcorn!

October is National Popcorn Month. To celebrate, Dru encourages everyone to enjoy a bag (or two or three) of popcorn. He wants consumers to know, “as agriculturalists, we are always working to put a better steak on your plate or tastier kernels of popcorn in your Jollytime bag!”
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Great visit to Dixie Valley Angus, CA at the base of Mt Shasta. Some of the most progressive genetics many based in the Isabel cow family performing in some of the harshest conditions I have seen. Well done crew! big things ahead stay tuned. ... See MoreSee Less

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