John was reared in south-central Kansas and Bonnie in west-central Kansas. Both families raised Angus and commercial cattle that were fed in backgrounding and finishing feedyards where performance data was collected and used to improve their beef enterprises. Both families were known for producing quality Angus and commercial cattle that performed in the pasture, feedlot, and on the rail.
We took a break from raising Angus cattle while pursuing our academic careers at Kansas State University and Iowa State University. In 1993, we applied experiences and knowledge gained in our formative years with the expertise of a few seasoned Angus breeders to begin our Angus seedstock operation. Six foundation females were purchased in 1993 with the long-term goal of developing a high quality seedstock operation in northeast Kansas. Today, BJ Angus Genetics calves more than 200 cows annually in native Kansas Flint Hills pastures, all of which are bred using artificial insemination and embryo transfer.
In addition to raising Angus cattle, John and Bonnie work in off-the-ranch careers every day. John is a Professor of Engineering at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS where he teaches courses and conducts extension programming in the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering in the areas of agricultural machinery, forage harvesting and storage, agricultural safety, and wind energy. Bonnie is a Senior Medical Technologist at Mercy Health Center, Manhattan, KS.
Our children and grandchildren are the light of our lives. Our son Eric, a mechanical engineer, and his wife Melanie, an occupational therapist, have two sons, Dylan and Taylor, all of whom live in Overland Park, KS. Our daughter, Jennifer, lives and works in Manhattan, KS. We are a family operation and everyone has a part in making BJ Angus Genetics successful.
If we can be of assistance as you make genetic improvements in your beef production system, please call, email, or come see us at the ranch!