SCOTT CITY, Kan. -- Kansas State University, in cooperation with Merck Animal Health, recognized Jesus (Jessie) Ramirez, Dean Patterson and Scott Plankenhorn as recipients of the “Top Hand” awards at the 2013 K-State Cattle Feeders College held May 9 in Scott City, Kansas.

K-State recognizes ‘Top Hands’ at 2013 Cattle Feeders College 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, said Justin Waggoner, beef specialist with K-State Research and Extension and coordinator of the awards and Cattle Feeders College.

“The cattle feeding industry is full of honest, hard-working men and women who do their jobs and do them well,” Waggoner said. “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.”

Ramirez is the maintenance supervisor for Brookover Feedyard in Garden City, Kan, where he has worked for more than 30 years. He was nominated by Brookover manager, Brian Price.

Dean Patterson and Scott Plankenhorn of Heritage Feedyard in Sublette, Kan. were both nominated by Galen Wright in the cattle and milling divisions. Patterson and Plankenhorn have been with Heritage Feedyard for 29 years.

Top Hand award recipients were presented with a custom knife at the K-State Cattle Feeders College.