Building a Family Business, Worth the Risk to Feed the WorldTue, 29 Sep 2015 12:28:00 CDT
Siblings Shane and Shawn Tiffany made their way home to Kansas to build a business to the feed the world. Their cattle feeding partnership is well-known in the area.
"I'm convinced that we're going to be 90 years old and we will still be known as the Tiffany boys," Shane Tiffany said. "I mean, that's just what people know us as..."
"The boys" returned to their Herington, Kansas, roots in 2007, and have steadily built up their custom feedlot and farming operations ever since.
"When we came back we were fortunate that many people locally, cattlemen gave us an opportunity, they wanted to see some young guys come home and make a go of something, so they sent us cattle to take care of, so we were blessed by that," he said.
The brothers say they watched and learned, and set their business philosophy before they purchased the feedyard.
"The things that we learned from our father can be applied in any industry," Shawn Tiffany said. "And that is, let your yes be yes, a handshake is as good as a signed contract, and the work ethic that our father instilled in us, I think really set us apart both in our education and in our careers."
Being in the beef business includes risk, but they say its rewards reach beyond material ones.
"Whether or not we make money at the end of the day, or whether it was good day or a bad day, Shane and I both feel that we can go home with our heads held high because at the end of the day we helped put food on somebody's plate," he said. "And that is a noble task."
Tiffany Cattle Company won the 2015 Feedlot Commitment to Excellence Award from Certified Angus Beef. The family accepted the honor at the brand's annual conference in San Antonio in September. This video news is provided by CAB and the American Angus Association.
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