Congratulations Top Hand Joe Longoria!

May 29, 2014

What an amazing staff we have at Cattle Empire. Joe Longoria tops the list of loyalty after 35 years of commitment and hard work. We are so proud to have you as a part of our team, Joe!

K-State Recognizes “Top Hands” at 2014 Cattle Feeders College

Kansas State University in cooperation with Merck Animal Health recognized Joe Longoria, Salvador Angeles and Mike Lechuga as recipients of the “Top Hand” awards at the 2014 K-State Cattle Feeders College held May 22nd in Sublette, Kansas. The “Top Hand” awards were initiated in 2010 to recognize outstanding employees of the maintenance, milling, and cattle divisions of the commercial cattle feeding industry. Dr. Justin Waggoner, K-State Extension Beef Specialist, the coordinator of the awards and the Cattle Feeders College summarized the program “The cattle feeding industry is full of honest, hard-working men and women that do their jobs and do them well. The Top Hand award provides cattle feeders with a unique opportunity to thank the men and women of their operations that go above and beyond their job descriptions every day. These individuals have shown an exceptional amount of dedication to their employers and the industry”.

Joe Longoria currently serves as the yard foreman for Cattle Empire #2 in Satanta, Kansas. Longoria has been with Cattle Empire for 35 years and was nominated by Roy Brown, CEO of Cattle Empire and operations manager Nick Chesnut. Mike Lechuga and Salvador Angeles of Deseret Cattle Feeders were both nominated by manager, Michael Archibald in the maintenance and cattle crew divisions. Lechuga has been with Deseret Cattle Feeders since 2001 and Angeles has been a pen rider for 27 years, beginning in 1987. Top Hand award recipients (pictured below) were presented with a custom knife presented by Chance Morrow, Merck Animal Health at the K-State Cattle Feeders College.     

Pictured from left: Nick Chesnut, Joe Longoria, Roy Brown and Chance Morrow.

Pictured from left: Nick Chesnut, Joe Longoria, Roy Brown and Chance Morrow.

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