Tiffany Cattle Company
By Audrey Hambright
For Shawn Tiffany of Tiffany Cattle Company, success on the operation is defined by their customer’s success.
“A complete cattle feeding and marketing service” as noted on their website, was established in 2007 after the opportunity was presented to Tiffany and his brother, Shane, to purchase what was previously Black Diamond Feeders near Herington, Kansas. A native of nearby Council Grove, Tiffany grew up working at the facility through middle school and high school. He attended Butler Community College where he competed on the livestock judging team and continued to compete at K-State where he judged livestock and horses while completing his degree in animal science.
The custom finishing business will feed for 150 customers during a given year and is permitted for 15,500 head, which Tiffany stated is full for eight months out of the year.
“We are a service provider,” he said. “We are working with a lot of innovative and progressive producers who have a lot of investment in those cattle when they hit our property. Our job is to help them be successful and that is how we are successful.”
According to Tiffany, the feedlot industry is a very fast paced, active industry for which he is up for the task. He named the weather and volatile markets as just a couple of obstacles they overcome. For instance, the brothers had been in business just two weeks before the ice storm in 2007 knocked out power completely causing them to use generators to keep it all running.
“Those of us in feedyard management thrive in those situations and really enjoy the challenge,” he said.
Their management practices and ability to overcome difficult obstacles has gained them recognition in elite circles. In 2015, the operation won the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Feedlot Commitment to Excellence Award.
Tiffany also stays active outside the operation holding a position on the policy and bylaws committee for the Kansas Livestock Association and serving as vice president for TCT, a local company that provides reliable communications services to rural areas of Kansas.
A 4th generation K-Stater, Tiffany is sure to stay engaged with beef industry activities at K-State. Each year, the operation hosts the production management class from the animal science department at K-State. The business also has been represented at cattleman’s day at KSU since 1985. Additionally, Tiffany served as a panelist at the recent Beef Sustainability Knowledge Summit held at the K-State Alumni Center.
With his experience and promising future in agriculture, Tiffany emphasized the importance of an extremely good risk management plan and accuracy for a successful program. And even with unpredictable factors, he couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
“It’s what I know, what I love,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything different than production agriculture.”