The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Workers’ Compensation Program will host safety seminars April 13 in Great Bend and April 14 in Garden City. These workshops, sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, target feedyard personnel and are a major part of a comprehensive safety program designed to protect employees from injury while on the job.

The focus of the seminars will be on safety in the mill and maintenance departments. Employees will gain a better understanding of the importance of safety, learn valuable “real world” lessons and be better prepared to recognize safety hazards. Properly trained employees can substantially minimize the risk of accidents, which contributes to a safer work environment, increases efficiency and reduces workers’ compensation costs.

“Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health values the role feedlot safety plays in delivering an efficient, wholesome food supply to the world,” said Jim Miles, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health senior marketing manager for cattle performance products. “We are proud to support KLA’s initiative to educate feedlot employees on the importance of safety in the feedmill.”

The protocol practiced by current members of the KLA work comp pool was developed by a committee of Kansas feedyard managers. As a result of diligent safety efforts, the program has returned more than $6 million in dividends to members since it began in 1993. A participating feedyard with an average safety record has 30% of premiums returned in the form of dividends.

The KLA Mill and Maintenance Safety Seminars are open to all feedyard personnel involved in safety-sensitive operations in and around the mill. The April 13 workshop will be held at the Highland Hotel & Convention Center in Great Bend . The Lee Richardson Zoo Finnup Center in Garden City will be the location for the April 14 seminar. Both will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The registration deadline for both seminars is April 6. The cost to attend is $25 for KLA members and $100 for non-members. For more information or to register, call the KLA office at (785) 273-5115 or e-mail  

KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of members at both the state and federal levels. Voluntary dues dollars paid by producers are used for programs that benefit KLA members in the areas of legislative representation, regulatory assistance, legal troubleshooting, communications and the advancement of youth.