Meet your RAMP + Sweet Bran Team

When you partner with Sweet Bran + RAMP, you are fully supported by an experienced team of advisors and nutritionists, many of whom have grown up around feedyards and the beef industry their whole lives, and have worked all aspects of the business.

Beef Sales Manager

Jared has been managing the Sweet Bran and RAMP sales teams since 2010. Prior to that, he worked 15 years in animal health with Hi-Pro and VetLife, also working stints at a feedyard and in commodity trading. Jared has a solid background for his role, considering that he grew up on a cow/calf stocker ranch and started feedyard processing at age 12. He has been involved in beef production his entire life.

Jared brings his extensive experience and knowledge of the beef industry to guide customers and sales teams to get the most value from their use of Sweet Bran and RAMP. As Beef Sales Manager, his goal is to always build strong partnerships with each of our customers.

REGION: Texas Panhandle / Midwest

Sales Account Advisor

A member of the Branded Feed team since 2012, Lance has 30+ years of experience at Cargill, gaining expertise in different positions in the beef industry. Lance started his career in Friona, Texas, with Cargill Protein Solutions in the packing house, where he worked as a tagger in the coolers and as a cattle scheduler. He then accepted a position in cattle procurement — and was named buyer of the year twice. Lance works closely with his Sweet Bran and RAMP customers to help them get the full value from these brands to benefit their operations. His knowledge and experience makes him a valuable member of the Branded Feed team. He has earned the respect of his customers and created solid, long-term partnerships with some of the largest feedyards in the industry.

REGION: Texas Panhandle

Senior Sales Account Manager

Kurt grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in Eastern Nebraska. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he took a job at IBP for a short time but soon joined the Sweet Bran team. Kurt was one of the first employees on this team when Sweet Bran was first introduced in 1995. “Twenty-five years in the Branded Feed business gives me unique perspective to work through customer challenges and use my experience as a guide,” explains Kurt. “I have customers who were part of the first set of Sweet Ban customers — they’ve been with me for a quarter century!”

REGION: Midwest

J.D. Thibault, Senior Sales Account Manager

J.D. Thibault

Senior Sales Account Manager

As a former owner of feeder cattle and his own cow/calf operation, J.D. has a deep background in cattle feeding. He worked for the Branded Feed team for several years as an RCM (Regional Commitment Manager), managing inventories and customer relationships in the Midwest for both beef and dairy customers. After this, J.D. worked as a grain merchant and feed sales rep before returning to manage accounts for Sweet Bran in 2018.

REGION: Midwest

Senior Sales Account Manager

Mark grew up in eastern Nebraska with a background in agriculture. He worked on a feedyard while in college at the University of Wyoming, earning a B.A. in Biology. After college, Mark spent time in the pharmaceutical industry, then later joined Elanco Animal Health where he worked with feedyards in southeast Nebraska.

Mark joined the Sweet Bran team in 2018 and offers a unique range of experience and expertise. As Mark explains, “My 16 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, both human and animal. taught me about the sales role and delivering solutions to customer problems. The value that I bring to customers is focused on improving their operation and efficiencies. Having experience in all facets of the feedyard allows me to discuss with them solutions in areas of cattle performance, health, and profitability.”

REGION: Midwest

Senior Sales Account Manager

Before joining the Branded Feed team, Jeremy worked for several other divisions of Cargill. He started with Cargill Meat Solutions after college, then transitioned to a Research Feedyard Manager for Cargill Cattle Feeders in Dalhart, TX.

Jeremy brings valuable experience to his Sweet Bran and RAMP customers. “I have had the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of the beef industry, from Cow Calf, Stocker, Feedyard and finally the packing house,” he explains. Jeremy is active in supporting the fed beef industry, including his involvement in TCFA, where he served as the chairman of the Allied Industry Committee. He also lends his time and efforts to the TCFA Junior Feed Beef Contest.

REGION: Texas Panhandle

Maggie Youngers, Beef Nutritionist and Senior Technical Sales

Maggie Youngers

Beef Nutritionist and Senior Technical Sales

Maggie grew up on a feedlot in northwest Kansas and worked on several yards during college. Her passion for the industry moved her into graduate studies at Kansas State University, earning an M.S. and Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition. Maggie joined the Branded Feed team in 2018 and works with Sweet Bran and RAMP customers and sales reps in the Midwest and Southwest regions. “I provide technical support for our beef sales team and customers,” explains Maggie. “We provide our customers with a high-value product — and backing that up with additional nutritional expertise is important.”

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