The History of Lyons Ranch
Lyons Ranch is a family-owned cattle and grass ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas. We started the Angus herd more than thirty years ago, and in March 2010, we hosted our 22nd annual Lyons Ranch production sale of performance and fertility tested bulls. The traditions began when Jan grew up on an Angus farm in northeastern Ohio. She found out early that she preferred being outside helping her dad with the chores and taking care of the cowherd rather than being inside cooking and cleaning!
Over the years, as our cowherd and our children grew, we have tried give back and serve the cattle industry that we love. Jan was the president of the Kansas Livestock Association in 1994, the year the KLA celebrated its centennial. She was the first woman president of the Kansas Angus Association, and served on the Kansas Beef Council in the 1980s and 1990s including a year as chairman. She led the group that oversees the national beef checkoff, the Cattlemen's Beef Board. In 2004, Jan was president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Amy and Debbie, her sister, grew up active in 4-H and the Kansas and National Junior Angus Associations. Both girls were 4-H state beef project winners in the 1980s and were recognized with American Angus Auxiliary scholarships and NJAA awards. As Miss American Angus in 1988, Amy saw much of the nation and traveled to Japan for a two-week beef promotion trip.
Amy is a member of the board of directors for the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and has helped that group write and publish teachers’ guides on livestock, crops and the natural resources in the state. Amy and her husband Karl have both served as directors for the Wabaunsee County Cattlemen's Association. Debbie and her husband Duane Blythe and their family raise Angus cattle as well. Debbie is an active committee member for the KLA and is a past-president of the Kansas Angus Association. She uses social media to share a good agriculture message with the public (Debbie's blog: Life On a Kansas Cattle Ranch). All of Jan and Frank’s seven grandkids -- Meghan, Allie, Trent, Tyler, Eric, Tanner and Trey -- are learning their grandparent’s way of life.
Lyons Ranch is headquartered three miles south of Manhattan, Kansas. Amy and Karl live on the south ranch in Wabaunsee County. Both operations have been recognized independently as grassland conservation award winners.The south ranch and its cattle were featured in some National Beef ad and website photos and you can sometimes see Karl riding across the pasture in an RFD-TV commercial!
Karl's family, Howard and Ann Langvardt and Karl and his brothers Mitch and Lynn, own and operate two livestock sale barns in Kansas, JC Livestock Sales Co. in Junction City and Clay Center Livestock Sales in Clay Center. Our family spends a lot of time at the sale barns and, over the years, Lyons Ranch customers have sold thousands of commercial cattle at the Langvardt's regular and special calf sales.
Lyons Ranch has a history. We are here now and will be in the future. It's our pleasure to help you meet the goals you have for your cowherd and help carry your operation forward.
In 2008, Jan was awarded Stockman of the Year by the KSU Livestock and Meat Industry Council. Her long-time friend and customer Gina Miller was asked to speak. Gina, who owns the Cottonwood Ranch and Mashed O Ranch, put on her Lyons Ranch cap and read a poem she had written about our sale. It says a lot about what goes on around the ranch around the first Monday in March every year.