(WICHITA) - Elizabeth (Liz) Oswald, Hutchinson, was honored December 4 during the KLA Convention in Wichita for supporting the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) for 50 years.
The daughter of long-time KansasStateUniversity meats professor David Mackintosh, Oswald and her son, Andy, own and manage Land of Oz - John C. Oswald & Sons, a Gelbvieh seedstock operation. Herdsman Ken Schmucker handles the day-to-day operations of the ranch.
John Oswald, who passed away in January 2012, got his degree in dairy science from K-State. He and Liz were married in 1952. Jerseys, which his father raised, were John's first love, but he later decided being tied to milking twice a day wasn't for him and switched to Polled Herefords, purchasing his first bull from John R. Lewis at Larned. In the late 1980s, John saw a brighter future in the Gelbvieh breed and once again changed things up.
The late John Oswald was very active in community and industry organizations. He served as president of the American Polled Hereford Association and the Kansas State Fair Board. Liz traveled with him to the International Hereford Convention in South Africa. John was a long-time member of the Reno County KLA Committee and of the KLA Purebred and Stockgrowers Councils. He chaired the Purebred Council in 1989.
Oswald is one of nine members who joined KLA in 1963 being recognized this year. KLA currently has 92 members who have belonged to the organization for 50 years or more. The longest continuously held KLA membership belongs to Jansonius Farms of Phillipsburg, which joined KLA in 1918.
"The work KLA does every day to protect the business interests of Kansas farmers and ranchers would not be possible without members who are in it for the long haul," said KLA President Jeff Sternberger, a cattle feeder and stocker operator from Garden City.
KLA is a trade organization protecting the business interests of independent ranchers, feeders and dairy farmers. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep. The association's work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its 5,500 members.