Feed Lot

NOV 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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Dr. Jim Sprague Passes Away Dr. Jim Sprague, a retired live- stock nutritionist who wrote arti- cles for FEED•LOT for several years passed away September 2, 2017. He was born on February 17, 1931, in Greenville, Michigan. After graduating from Greenville High School, James attended Michigan State University. During the Korean Conflict he served in the U.S. Army, being discharged as a First Lieu- tenant. He returned to Michigan State where he would receive his Bachelors and Masters Degrees fol- lowed by his Ph.D. in 1961 as an Animal Nutritionist. James began his career as a Live- stock Nutrition Specialist and As- sistant Profes- sor at Colorado State Universi- ty from 1961- 1963. He then worked for sev- eral large feed companies in Colorado, in- cluding Wilgro Feeds and Ranch- Way Feeds from 1963-1980. He moved to Garden City, Kans., in 1980 where he continued his career with Farr Better Feeds. After retir- ing he operated Sprague Animal Consulting. James married A. Jeanne Reed in 1953 in Horton, Michigan. They had two sons, Tony and Kim. He later married Josephine Niernberg- er in 1981, she died in 1997. On De- cember 10, 2000, he married Nancy Spangler Thompson, after which he moved to Newton. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Newton and the American Legion in White- water, Kansas. Jim was a man who never met a stranger. He loved fam- ily and spending time attending their many activities and celebrations. FL FEED•LOT  November 2017 7

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