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it down with Richard Josefi ak to talk farming and ranching, and he’ll tell you his family isn’t much different than any other ranching family across America. If you take three young veterinarians, a dedicated cowman, a devoted farm hand, a commodity trader and basketball coach, a teacher, a father and mother team who lead by example, and for good measure the 5th generation of grandkids, you have what Richard says is just your average agriculture family. As unique as their last name, (pronounced jo-see-fi ak) this close-knit group from Rozel, Kansas, combines the strengths and talents that each family member brings to the table at Josefi ak Land & Cattle. With a willingness to take calculated risks and tackle any job that’s required, together the Josefi aks are able to keep their diversifi ed operation headed in the direction they feel best positions their outfi t for the future. Today, the ranch encompasses a signifi cant swath of both irrigated and dryland crop ground and enough native pasture to support a sizeable cow-calf and backgrounding operation. A quick look around their tidy and well-kept headquarters provides a glimpse at both the present and the past. Richard and his wife, Laurie, live in a house that many generations of Not scared to take a few risks, this diverse Kansas family builds for the future S 56 I WORKING RANCH I APRIL / MAY 2016


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