Tom Fanning has been the General Manager at Buffalo Feeders for 22 years, leading a team where half of the members have been with the company for 15 to 20 years or more. “We have a lot of very good, well-trained, long-term employees who are committed to doing a good job for our customers. I think that’s what makes a huge difference,” Fanning proudly states.
Buffalo Feeders, established in the early 60s, is part of the Pratt Feeder group with feed yards in various locations including Buffalo, Oklahoma as well as Ashland, Pratt, and Ford County, Kansas. The feed yard is primarily a custom feed yard, with 70-80% of the cattle being customer-owned from across the United States. With a detail-oriented approach and a commitment to excellence, Buffalo Feeders ensures individualized care for each animal, from weighing and ID tagging to sorting and marketing.
Buffalo Feeders is strategically located on the eastern edge of the High Plains cattle feeding area, serving as a significant pass-through for cattle heading to packing plants. With its proximity to major packing plants in western Kansas — Buffalo Feeders is in a prime position. The company engages in weekly sales of cattle to Cargill, National Beef and Tyson, among others, with most transactions conducted through a grid-based formula program, negotiated grids, and a portion in cash sales. This strategic location and well-established sales approach underline Buffalo Feeders’ significance and success in the industry.