Vern and Howard Langvardt bought the Junction City sale barn in February 1966. Howard's three sons Karl, Mitch, and Lynn have all joined the family business. In the fall of 1996, the family decided to expand the business by purchasing the Clay Center sale barn. Though Vern and Howard have both since passed, the entire family runs each barn together, with Clay Center on Tuesdays and Junction City on Wednesdays with local and caring staff who are here to serve our buyers and sellers.
Our communities are the reason that our family has been able to sell quality livestock for over 50 years. Learn more below about the ways we support our community and the future of agriculture.
We love to support local FFA members as they learn through agricultural education. Our barns have sponsored Kansas FFA proficiency awards, and have given in various ways to our local chapters such as: Chapman, Junction City, Clay Center, and Council Grove FFA.
The places we call home define us, and we want to give back. Events such as the Junction City or Wild Bill Hickok rodeo, Agriculture Days in the Classroom, or auctioning off a show steer for the All American Beef Battalion give us those chances to give back.
All of our family has been involved in 4-H throughout the years, so we know the impact it can have on youth. You will find us serving as project leaders, around the show ring, or volunteering as ringmen and auctioneers at our local county fairs.
Giving back also means being an active member of the livestock community. By hosting events such as a Beef Quality Assurance training, regional Kansas Livestock Association meetings, or partaking in county Farm Bureau programs, we support agriculturists.
Family is more than just a word to us; it's a way of life. If you do business with us, you're family.