Kevin and Kathy Stork are owners and operators of KLS Farm, New Richmond, Wis.
Kevin received his first polled Hereford steer in 1965. He showed him in 1966 and sold him that fall for $0.25/lb. Kevin’s dad bought him two registered bred heifers and that was the start of the herd. Kevin recalls that when the APHA changed the AI rules so that breeders could register five calves per year by AI in 1968, he was afraid AI would wreck the bull market.
In 1973, they showed the grand champion bull at the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs. The bull, Banner Diamond, elevated his show career by being a class winner in Denver with four Beartooth Ranch bulls in competing in that class. That was the highlight of Kevin’s early show career. Today KLS Farm has 40 registered polled Hereford cows and 30 Angus cows. Many things have changed, but good, productive, functional cows that are eye appealing are what they seek.