MANHATTAN, Kan. – If anyone knew about the marketing of livestock, it was Stanley Stout. The famed auctioneer, who passed away in 2006, will be honored March 1 when Kansas State University dedicates the new Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan as part of its 100th Cattlemen’s Day celebration.
The center will be home to the university’s annual Legacy Sale, which also occurs on March 1 this year in conjunction with Cattlemen’s Day. In addition to being home base for the sale, the center provides an all-weather location for hands-on courses involving animal evaluation, handling and management, said Ken Odde, head of K-State’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Video capabilities will allow off-site speakers to address an on-site audience or broadcast an event from campus to audiences around the world.
“The Stanley Stout Center will allow students to showcase the results of their talents and efforts in a state-of-the-art facility,” Odde said.
The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony is planned for 3 p.m., just ahead of this year’s Legacy Sale, which begins at 4 p.m.
Cattlemen’s Day starts at 8 a.m. in K-State’s Weber Hall with a commercial trade show and educational exhibits. The program begins at 10 a.m. in Weber 123.
The day also features the launch of the Henry C. Gardiner Lecture Series. U.S. Premium Beef’s longtime chief executive officer, Steve Hunt, will be the inaugural speaker, addressing the topic, “Designing Meats and Meals.” Other Cattlemen’s Day topics and presenters include:
- Keeping Your Farm in the Family for the Next Generation – Ron Hanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
- Cattle Market and Industry Short-Run Outlook and Long Term-Prospective – Ted Schroeder and Glynn Tonsor – K-State;
- Ammoniation: Stretching your Forage Supply – Dale Blasi and Justin Waggoner – K-State;
- To Clone a Dead Steer, As Long as It’s Not Too Dead – David Grieger, K-State;
- Beef Selection Systems to Meet Market Trends – Bob Weaber and Mike MacNeil – K-State;
- Heifer Development in a High Cost Environment – Sandy Johnson – K-State;
- Developing a Strategic Plan for Farm Family Succession – Ron Hanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Producer Panel: Our Approach - moderated by Gregg Hadley, K-State;
- Is All Ground Beef Created Equally? – John Unruh, K-State.
More information and online registration is available at Cattlemen's Day.
Stanley Stout Left His Mark on Livestock Industry
It may be that Stanley Stout’s destiny as an auctioneer was preordained. He was born in 1941, the son of the late Elmore and Doris Stout, and was raised on a Flint Hills ranch outside of Cottonwood Falls, Kan. – cattle country to be sure. He attended Kansas State University and then auction school in Bryan, Texas.
After auction school, he worked in Japan for the American Hereford Association and later joined the Western Livestock Journal, covering Texas. He then joined the Drovers Journal and covered Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. From the field, he moved to the main office and was in charge of the field staff.
Stout also worked for the Charolais Banner as director of advertising, and entered the sales management world with the North American Auction Company. In 1975 he started Stanley E. Stout Auction Services.
He died on April 30, 2006 of an aortic aneurism, but his work and personality left a lasting mark on the livestock industry, according to Ken Odde, head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University.
Stout was widely considered one of the best auctioneers in the business, said Odde, who said he probably sold every breed of cattle at least once, as well as other species. For years, starting in the 1980s, it was Stanley Stout who cried the K-State bull sale, now called the Legacy Sale. He also offered his auction services to the Catbacker Auction – both events generating thousands of dollars for his university.
As an auctioneer who traveled the country from sale to sale, when passing a car going the same direction, he would send a friendly wave. When asked why he did that, he would say, that in case he had trouble up ahead, they would be more likely to stop and help him out.
“Upon his passing, K-State said good-bye to a loyal Wildcat, who wore his purple proudly everywhere he went,” Odde said. “The Stanley Stout Center at Kansas State University will be a reminder to all who knew and loved him, and to all who never had the chance, our youth who are the best investment we can make within the livestock industry.”