Member Profiles

The KY Angus Association Introduces the
2012-13 President, Kenley Conner

Kenley Conner has been around forever or at least it seems that way. His father bought his first Angus female back in 1967 and that started a life and career for Kenley in the Angus business. The Conner family has been around working and helping in the KAA for almost every year since 1972.
Kenley started showing Angus Cattle in 1975 at the local, state and national levels. He showed the Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf at the 1987 National Junior Angus Show and placed in the top 15 in the National showmanship contest in 1985. Kenley exhibited many other champions at local and district shows. Participating in shows allowed him to meet many people from around the country and form lasting friendships; these connections allowed him to serve on the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors from 1985-1987 and in the last year as Vice Chairman.

Kenley grew up on a small farm in LaRue County, graduated from Larue County High School in 1983 and moved on to the University of Kentucky to major in Animal Science. While at UK, he was on the 1985 Livestock Judging team that was very successful. He graduated in 1987and took a job as sheep specialist at Morehead State University until 1989.
From Morehead State, Kenley took over a dairy in Boyle County and managed that farm from 1989-1994. After selling his interest in the dairy, he landed a job with KAB A-Select Sires. He has a sales area that covers the eastern part of Kentucky and three central Kentucky counties. In his area he has dairy herds along with commercial and purebred beef herds. With over 400 customers, Kenley spends many days and nights on the road taking care of his customers’ needs. He has been awarded the President’s Award three times at Select Sires for increasing sales and last year won the Super Achiever Award for top service and sales at KABA.

Kenley is married to Dawn who works at Dow Corning as a Global Materials Conversion Specialist. They have 5 children: Emily, 21; Ben, 18; Hannah, 17; Eli, 15 and Madison, 13 and live in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He also oversees the family’s small Angus herd in Buffalo, Kentucky.

2012-13 Past President, Mark Warren

The Kentucky Angus Association would like to salute Mark Warren, our immediate Past-President.“Number 22, you’re next in line!” “Could you move that heifer up just a little bit?” “Judge, that’s your class.” If any of these comments sound familiar, you probably know Mark Warren. He can often be found reading tattoos, lining up cattle, working the ring and offering encouragement to every Angus exhibitor in the state, particularly our juniors. Mark was born in Springfield, KY, on a farm and is one of 14 brothers and sisters. Mark married his high school sweetheart, Helen, on November 29. 1975. In the early 1980’s, Mark started working at Silverton Hill Farms by repairing equipment. In 1994, he was offered the manager’s position and gladly accepted. Helen and Mark are the proud parents of three wonderful children: Lee, Jillian and Bradley. The Warren family got their start in the Angus business in 1996 when the children wanted to show cattle. The first Angus cattle in the Warren family were purchased from Dixie Stock Farms. Since that humble beginning, all three children exhibited animals at the local, district, state and national levels. Mark is no stranger to leadership. He served two consecutive three-year terms on the Kentucky Angus Association Board of Directors, as the Vice President and the President for two years and will continue to serve in a leadership role as immediate Past-President for 2012-13. In his role as manager of Silverton Hill Farms, Mark will continue to promote the Angus breed and agriculture. Situated on 2,720 acres, Silverton Hill Farms is home to 400 commercial Angus brood cows along with corn, wheat and soybean crops. The most recent land acquisition was a portion of the Davis on the Highlands farm. The Kentucky Angus Association officers, board of directors and members thank Mark for his time, dedication and energy spent in serving our organization. And though he will no longer hold the title of President, you can bet that he will still offer his help to young people, working the ring at numerous shows and in promoting not only the Angus breed, but beef production in general.

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