Each week we would like to introduce you to the people who make this business function successfully. There are faces you see each week, but there are also some behind the scenes who are working for you, too. Every one of our employees is important and without them we would not be able to run cattle through this large facility in a timely manner. First, though, we will feature the sale barn itself.
Located five miles west of Enid, Oklahoma, on Highway 412, the facility offers efficiency for customers and cattle handling. The front entrance of the two-story brick building will lead you to the office on your right and our wonderful sale barn cafe on your left. The large stadium has over 300 individual stadium seats providing comfortable seating for all auction customers and spectators. The building is handicap accessible. There is an elevator to take you up to the second level so you can watch the sale.
The yard consists of nine alleys of pens, each alley has cement from one side to the other, with cement bunks on each side. With 378 pens and over 10,000 feet of bunk space, there is feed and water for every pen. Loading and unloading facilities like these are hard to match with eight semi loading docks and four trailer docks to make the process quick and efficient. Two operating chutes are located on both sides, one being used mainly for cows before sale on the west and heifers after sold on the east side. Two main alleys feed the ring which has a load lot ring scale.
The facility serves the community in other ways. Cowboy Church is every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Kelly Cronkite delivers the sermon and guides the service. The second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 a.m., Rick Nelson, Trent Milacek and Dana Zook with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension talk the latest trends at a cattle sense meeting.
It is no secret that there are several choices when it comes to picking a company to market your cattle. We at Enid Livestock Market will build our business with honesty, integrity, and the pursuit of a consistently competitive marketing environment in order to show the best cattle we can offer to the best buyers you will find. Caldwell Livestock Market LLC started with a small and mostly unknown facility in Caldwell, Kansas, and in just one year built a business model that has captured market share in over a 150-mile radius. We know what it means to work hard for what you have, and we won’t ever take for granted the opportunities afforded to us.
If you are searching for a market with the size, capability, and comfort of the highest standards matched with the dedication, commitment, and competitive drive of a small local operation, search no further. We look forward to working with all of you and ensuring the cattle industry continues for years to come!
Come out and see what this facility has to offer.
Our next introduction: Adrian Ryel
Adrian is Enid Livestock Market’s cattle clerk, which means she is in the block on Thursday during the sale. Her role there is crucial and complicated as she keeps track of not only the seller and purchaser, but also the head counts and weight, sex, and price of every animal. Her ability to remain focused during the entire sale and her attention to detail as she captures all of this information is critical to the business. She handles the fast-paced work extremely well.
Before and after the sale, you will see Adrian in the office. She helps where she is needed, writing checks or helping buyers. She remains calm and collected as she handles any situation with honor and respect to all customers.
Since she grew up on a small cattle farm north of Ringwood, Adrian had some prior knowledge of the cattle business. She graduated from Ringwood High School and has been married to her husband, Jesse, for ten years. Now their two children, Landri, 8, and Axle, 6, attend school in Ringwood. In their spare time, Adrian and Jesse enjoy building and racing mud trucks and watching their kids learn to ride dirt bikes.
Thank you, Adrian, for using your unique abilities to contribute to the team!
Our next introduction: Troy Baumgardner, supporter of the agriculture industry
Troy is another salebarn veteran working on our team at Enid Livestock Market. He started here just a few sales after the facility was built in 1993. Over the years, he has filled several different roles, but mainly works in the sorting alley.
He was born and raised in Braman, Oklahoma. After graduating from the local high school, he continued his education at Oklahoma State University, earning a degree in Agriculture Education. Troy loves his Cowboys. He and his family spend most weekends in Stilly watching the football games.
Family means Sheri, his wife of 34 years; daughter Jamie Baumgardner; daughter Haley Nabors and her husband Tyler; and one granddog, Boone.
When Troy is not working at Enid Livestock or cheering on the Cowboys, he is selling show feed to families involved in stock shows. He has always been very generous with his time helping the agriculture chapters throughout the state. Most of that time is helping with fundraising projects with DJs.
Thank you, Troy! We appreciate your time helping our team and the kids involved in agriculture in our community.
Our next introduction, Chris Baker, a Wildcat working in OK
On Thursdays, Chris is usually the first face you see when you unload cattle at Enid Livestock Market. He continues unloading while the rest of the team starts getting ready to sell cattle. When all of the cattle have been unloaded, he switches to the east side of the barn and starts loading out the cattle customers have purchased
Chris has a lot of experience handling cattle for the Davis family. He originally started working for Dakota’s grandfather, Gary Davis, at the Caldwell Salebarn in 1993. When Dakota took over in 2015, Chris continued working there.
He has a strong background in agriculture. He is a proud alumnus of Dodge City Community College, receiving his Associate Degree in Agriculture there and then earning a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University. EMAW!!
Chris married Angie in 1997. They are the proud parents of Rylee and Jace. Rylee is now a freshman and band member at Colby Community College. Jace is a sophomore at Caldwell High School involved in cross country and track
When not cheering his children on, Chris, in his own words, “attempts to farm” and runs a small herd of cattle.
We appreciate all of the time and energy Chris has devoted to the Livestock Market in Caldwell and now to our Enid location.
Next introduction: Ronnie Chain, our one and only pen backer
Ronnie Chain is the cattle penner at Enid Livestock Market. You will see him up in the block during the Thursday sale. His specialty is knowing the layout of the pens, all 378 of them.
Just a little extra information for anyone who does not completely understand the logistics of our facility: When sellers drop off cattle, they will all be penned, with feed and water in every pen, on the west side. On sale day, they will be moved from each pen into the ring. After the cattle sell, they leave the ring to pens on the east side, grouped for the buyer by how they have been purchased.
Ronnie keeps track of who has purchased the cattle and pens them back accordingly. The only exception is if heifers are to be pregnancy checked. Those heifers will be penned separately by the east side vet chute to ensure ownership.
Ronnie’s tenure at the barn is impressive. He started working here in 1993, by the third sale after construction of the facility was completed. Twenty-six years of weekly sales!
He does miss a couple of sales during the year when he helps at horse shows. Since 1981 he has been involved with shows for Quarter horses, Paints, Pintos, the American Miniature Horse Association, and Color Breeds. Over those years he has enjoyed the opportunity to help and the travel that was a part of it.
Ronnie and his wife, Stacy, have been married for 31 years. They have two children, Caitlyn and Jayden. Adding to their family, they have been blessed with two granddaughters to spoil, Faith and Elizabeth.
We feel blessed, too, that Ronnie has continued in his role at Enid Livestock Market.
Next Introduction: Kenny Hilger, expert at multitasking
Kenny has numerous titles with our team. When Enid Livestock Market first started operation, Kenny assumed the role of location manager with Caldwell Livestock Market. He controls all outside operations. He is a field representative who will gladly go look at any customer’s cattle to help with the marketing process.
Then on Thursdays, he works at the Enid Market. He operates behind the auction ring: sorting cattle, pushing cattle into the ring, and making sure all head counts are accurate. His work ethic is extraordinary, and he handles cattle expertly and efficiently.
His work ethic continues beyond the sale barns. He has a stocker and cow/calf operation of his own. Then, in his own words, he “started a roof coating business for fun.”
Work, though, does not come before family. Kenny and his wife, Sadie, were married in 2007. They have two children, Lucas, 12, and Haely, 10.
We are fortunate to have Kenny as a member of our team. He truly understands all production phases of the cattle operation.
Next introduction: DR. PETE STRECK, our veterinarian
Another man pursuing his dreams, Dr. Streck knew by fifth grade that he wanted to be a veterinarian. By then he was learning the lessons of farm life and cattle from his parents and grandparents.
He was born in Enid, Oklahoma. His parents were living in Alva at the time, but moved to Kremlin when he was very young. He attended school there, graduating from Kremlin-Hillsdale High School in 2006 and continuing his education at Oklahoma State University. He met his wife, Lori, during his college career. They both earned bachelor’s degrees in animal science. Dr. Streck completed his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2013.
Lori and Dr. Streck were married in 2011. They now have two children, Henry, 6, and Scarlett, 4. The family lives in Pond Creek and have become active members in the community. His favorite is being a coach for his kids’ sports teams.
Dr. Streck just opened a brand-new clinic which is located one mile south of the Highway 64 and Highway 81 Junction.
The cattleman’s life is deeply ingrained, as he follows his family’s tradition in his “spare” time, raising Shorthorn cattle and running stockers. He is a busy man, but we are just happy that some of his time is spent being the vet at the Enid Livestock Market!
Another husband and wife duo working hard at Enid Livestock Market:
LISA and RYLAN WHITE
“Make sure you can work cattle with your partner before you marry them.” Apparently Lisa and Rylan White passed that test because they work together on the family ranch and at the sale barn.
They are two of the people behind the scenes. Rylan sorts cattle before the sale. Then when the sale starts, he is on the west side pushing cattle. He is the horseback rider who keeps the flow of cattle to the ring. This is a crucial job for a smooth sale, and he does it well. Also on horseback, Lisa works on the east side, penning cattle back after they are sold.
A lifetime rancher, Rylan was born in Okeene and raised on a ranch west of Ames. He graduated from Okeene High School and continued his education at Oklahoma State University in animal science.
Lisa was born in southwest England. She graduated from Bicton College of Agriculture as a Veterinary Nurse. How did a girl from the United Kingdom settle down in Ames, Oklahoma? She took a vacation to the Island Guest Ranch, White’s family ranch.
They have been married for eight years and have a beautiful seven-year-old daughter, Martha. An avid ranch girl in the making, she is learning “the ropes” from her parents and has just started showing horses.
Even though you might not see them personally at the sale, please join us in thanking Lisa and Rylan for all of their hard work. We are blessed to have their family on our team!
Our first introduction, CLARISSA DAVIS, the woman beside the man.
While Clarissa fills many roles at the Enid and Caldwell Livestock Markets, she is proudest of wife and mother. Customers will realize that as they become acquainted with the family, but they will especially appreciate her contributions to the business.
Clarissa was raised and attended school in Goddard, KS, where her parents had a very small farm. She and Dakota met while in high school, marrying in 2012. She started work right after high school while Dakota completed his degree at Oklahoma State University. They functioned as a team to make their dream of owning a sale barn come true. She has truly enjoyed learning the business of the sale barn and handling cattle from Dakota. Handling her own. What is the name of her first cow? “Tiger, I still have her today! Dakota bought her for me as a wedding present.”
She works right beside Dakota now. You will see her in both the Enid and Caldwell offices. She runs the Caldwell Cafe, and NOW she will fill another role starting September 1 in the Enid Sale Barn Cafe. Annie Mason announced her retirement. Annie will be missed, and we will have an adjustment period. Just wait, though, you do not want to miss out on homemade pies!
Most sale days, Clarissa also keeps track of the two littlest cow hands, Kolver and Kollbran. You will enjoy watching Clarissa and Dakota’s two sons as they watch their parents put in hard work, dedication and love to build a future for the whole family.