Ken Stielow, Paradise, Kan., was named 2016 Kansas Stockman of the Year by Kansas State University’s Livestock and Meat Industry Council.
Stielow, who operates Bar S Ranch Inc., earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Kansas State before returning to the family ranch in 1975 with his wife Pat. Bar S Ranch is a family operation that includes the Stielow’s children, Chris and Stephanie, and Stephanie’s husband David Dickerson and their three sons, Grady, Ethan and Jayce.
Bar S Ranch is comprised of approximately 12,000 acres, 800 cows, a small feedlot and a farming operation, selling approximately 200 bulls per year. All raised calves not sold a seedstock are fed and sold through Innovative Livestock Services, a multi-feedlot company where Ken is a minority owner.
Bar S Ranch received one of the first Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Commitment to Excellence Awards in 1992.
Stielow has held several positions of leadership in the cattle industry, including president of the Kansas Livestock Association, member of the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee, member of the executive committees of the National Cattlemen’s Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and member of the board of directors of the Kansas Angus Association.
In 2002, Stielow was selected to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board where he was elected treasurer, vice-chairman and in 2007, chairman to oversee the U.S. Beef Checkoff. He also served on the executive committee of the U.S. Meat Export Federation that oversees the promotion of U.S. beef in foreign countries. Stielow also served 10 years as finance director on the board of directors of CattleFax. He is currently a member of the KSSU’s Livestock and Meat Industry Council.
In the 1980s, Bar S Ranch was among the first to collect large amounts of actual carcass data that provided the foundation for AAA carcass EPDs. The late John Brethour, known as one of the founding fathers of beef carcass ultra-sound, did some of his early work on beef breeding stock ultra-sound at Bar S Ranch. Technologies such as ultra-sound, AI, estrus synchronization, ET and DNA testing are all used extensively at Bar S Ranch, where they’re continuously analyzing data.