Hays man (John Brethour), well known in agriculture and cattle industry, loses battle with cancer

Hays man (John Brethour), well known in agriculture and cattle industry, loses battle with cancer

By MIKE CORN

Hays Daily News

Beef giant John Brethour died this morning after a long bout with cancer.

Yet he never stopped thinking about beef or researching the best way for Kansas cattlemen to improve the quality of meat that ultimately makes its way onto a consumer’s plate.

Best known for his groundbreaking work on the use of ultrasound to determine when cattle should be marketed, Brethour, 72, spent 42 years as a research scientist at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center at the south end of Hays. He retired in 2005. He also served as a member of the board of directors at Hays Medical Center.

In 2004, Brethour was named by Beef Magazine as one of the top 40 in the cattle industry.

Bill Saba would put him in the top 10.

“He was one of the finest gentlemen I ever met,” said Saba, longtime manager of what is now Hays Feeders.

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