WICHITA – Geffert Herefords of Haven was honored Dec. 3 during the KLA Convention in Wichita for supporting the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) for 50 years.

Geffert Herefords is co-managed by father and son Lynn and Kyle Geffert, with assistance from their wives, Kathy and Megan. Lynn’s father, Arnold, who passed away in 1993, enrolled the family operation in KLA in 1964. Arnold’s wife, Betty, remains part of the business.

The first Herefords arrived at the Geffert family farm in the 1930s and registration records by Herman Geffert, Arnold’s father, date back to 1942. In addition to their registered horned Hereford cowherd, the Gefferts raise irrigated corn and soybeans, dryland wheat, sorghum and forage feed for the cows. They began GH Trailer Sales almost 20 years ago to provide trailers, hay-handling and livestock equipment.

Lynn served as Reno County KLA director from 1984 to 1986 and Kyle filled the same seat from 2002 to 2004. Both also have been directors of the Reno County Cattlemen’s Association. Lynn has served as treasurer of the Kansas Hereford Association and Kyle as a director. Kathy is a past president of the American Hereford Women. Lynn and Kathy received the Kansas Master Farmer/Homemaker Award in 1999.

Lynn and Kathy, who have been married 45 years, also have a daughter, Kari Geffert-English, who lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband and daughter. Kyle and Megan have been married 15 years and have two sons, Kyler, 7, and Kayden, 3.

KLA currently has 93 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.

“KLA effectively works to protect the business interests of Kansas ranchers and farmers every day,” said KLA President Jaret Moyer, a rancher from Emporia. “This continued success would not be possible without the solid support of its members.”

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, back grounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep. The association’s work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its 5,000 members.