Brian Price was born and raised on a cow-calf, stocker and farming operation at Reading, Kansas. Brian is the fifth generation to be raised on the ranch. He was very active in the cattle business at a young age. His family raised registered Angus and Limousin cattle. His parents brought the first Limousin bulls into the United States in the late 60s. Brian was very active in 4-H and raising and showing the family’s cattle. Brian graduated from Reading High School in 1971, attended Allen County Community College and graduated in 1975 from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. While at Kansas State, he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Block & Bridle and the junior meats judging team. In 1975 he married Angela Shinkle and returned home to work in the family business. In 1980 he started a custom background and growing operation, providing cattle to western Kansas feedyards. In 1985 Brian moved to Garden City and went to work for Jack and Lee Reeve at Reeve Cattle Company. The Reeves were strong supporters of Beef Empire Days, which is where Brian first became involved in Beef Empire Days. In 1990 Brian went to work for S-Bar Feedyard at Sublette as a cattle foreman and eventually moved up to assistant manager. In 1997 Brian joined Brookover Companies as an assistant manager at Brookover Feedyard. Since then he has managed Brookover Ranch, been general manager for Brookover Feedyard and Brookover Ranch and is presently manager of Brookover Feedyard. Since moving to Garden City in 1985, Brian has participated in Beef Empire Days activities and events. He served six years on the board of directors and was chairman of Chuckwagons in the Park for several years. He has fed the cattle for the steer trial several years and has provided livestock for the cattle working contest and the ranch rodeo. Brian also helps with the Finney County Fair and Livestock Sale. He is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and has served as Finney County KLA director and chairman of the KLA Cattle Feeders Council. Brian has judged several cattle shows over the years, from county fairs to carloads of bulls at the National Western in Denver. Brian and Angie have been married 40 years. They have three adult children and seven grandkids. Brian is still involved in his family’s ranch, Price Ranch, LLC at Reading, with his brother and sister. He also is involved in ranching with his son, Jake, at Weldon Ranch, LLC at Pierceville.
The 2016 parade Grand Marshall is Luke Schwieterman of Garden City. Luke spent seven years in the lending business after college graduation. In 1975, he went to work for Inez Phillips at Heinold Commodities. A few years later, Luke bought the company and formed Schwieterman, Inc. Since 1975 he has been very active in helping cattlemen use marketing strategies to buy and sell their livestock and feed. Luke has spoken to cattle organizations throughout the country, from Montana to Texas and from New Mexico to Tennessee. Luke always has encouraged the power of negotiation and believes cattlemen/stockmen should use their skills in pricing their product. Luke himself is involved in the cattle and livestock industry. Luke fondly recalls the early years of Beef Empire Days and the cookoff contests. Western Kansas, especially Garden City, owes a great deal of appreciation to the cattle industry and the cattlemen who have invested in our community and made it OUR HOME.
Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 12th, 2016