Ranching in 2020

Animal Science Seminar with Wayne Fahsholtz, President and CEO of Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyo.

Wayne has had a life-long passion for cattle ranching. He was born in Clovis, NM, moving to Oregon after graduating from High School. He graduated from Oregon State University and soon began a career that has eventually led him to the Padlock Ranch in Ranchester, Wyoming. As President and CEO, Wayne is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as developing a long range strategic plan for the operation. Wayne is the first non-family CEO of the Padlock. Realizing the cattle industry is in a state of change, the strategic plan focuses on risk reduction; overhead cost controls, a reasonable return for ownership and a good quality of life for the stakeholders. Individual animal identification and alliances are examples of new steps that have been taken. Padlock is a member of Country Natural Beef, a marketing cooperative and Wayne is past chairman. NCBA recognized Padlock as the winner of 2012 Beef Quality Assurance Award and this year Montana and Wyoming presented Wayne with the environmental stewardship award for each state. Last month, Padlock was named region five winner and will compete for the national award in Nashville next February. Wayne has recently been appointed as a Wyoming director to the Federation of State Beef Councils and as a member of the Wyoming Beef Council.

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