Jerry Bohn’s life-long commitment to the cattle industry is second to none, dating back to his early days of custom grazing cattle with his family in the Flint Hills of Kansas and carrying through to today. After graduating from Kansas State University in 1972 with a degree in animal science and industry, Jerry worked for Hormel, entered the U.S. Army Officer Basic School, then worked for Blackjack Feedyard. In 1975, he was hired by Cattle-Fax as a market analyst and was director of market analysis when he left in 1982 to manage Pratt Feeders. He would serve in that role for 34 years, during which time several other feedyards were acquired.
Although retired, Jerry remains actively engaged in the industry. He serves on the board of directors for Pratt Feeders and manages its farming operation. He also owns his own cattle and irrigated farming business. Additionally, he is a member of the U.S. Premium Beef Board of Directors and has been active in the Kansas Livestock Association for nearly 40 years, serving as president in 1997.
On the national level, his most recent leadership role was serving as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in 2021. Prior to this, Jerry had served as chair and vice chair of several NCBA committees and was a member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. In addition, he was in the Kansas National Guard for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Jerry also has been very active in his community as a Deacon at the 1st Southern Baptist Church in Pratt and past president of the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Julie, are proud parents of three K-State graduates — Tara, Todd and Tessa.