The Cattlemen Connection

Great Plains Kubota and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Working Together for a Better Tomorrow

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is a membership driven organization.  OCA leaders are cattlemen who are physically, emotionally and financially involved in Oklahoma’s beef industry.  In 1979, the OCA leadership took a progressive step toward the future by creating the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF).  Those leaders recognized the need to establish a financially viable organization that would be charged with the responsibility of supporting those individuals and organizations who commit themselves to the improvement of the beef industry.
The Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of the West and the viability of Oklahoma’s beef cattle industry through research and education.  With the leadership of Bill Clark, Great Plains Kubota, has established itself as a major partner of the OCF with a true passion to help the Foundation accomplish its mission.  This partnership has helped the Foundation expand its scholarship program, and opened many new doors for the youth of our industry by allowing us to set up a scholarship endowment fund within the Foundation. This is the first endowment fund made possible with the help of our allied industry professionals.
When we first went to visit with Bill and Great Plains Kubota in 2014, we weren’t sure what kind of a response we would get. We knew that we wanted to establish an endowed scholarship fund, but we weren’t sure how to get the amount of funds that we needed. Bill never hesitated when we asked him to donate an RTV to be raffled off in order to start the fundraising process. Great Plains Kubota gladly stepped in to help support our youth, and as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.
By the end of 2015, we realized that we were coming up short on the amount of funds needed to create the endowment. Bill and Great Plains Kubota once again stepped up and donated a lawnmower to be raffled off this year and complete the endowment fund. Bill’s generosity and passion for helping others went even further by issuing a challenge to our membership and offering a chainsaw to the member that sold the most tickets this year.
Great Plains Kubota is a major sponsor of all OCF activities and events.  It’s a pleasure to work with Bill and the rest of the crew at Great Plains Kubota.  They respect and believe in our mission and continue be excellent partners whenever and wherever a need arises.
The OCF published its first ever Annual Report for 2015 that was made possible in part by the ongoing relationship with Great Plains Kubota. The annual report highlighted the work of the Foundation and provided transparency for current and future donors.
OCA’s leaders outlined goals for the Foundation to reach by 2020 during a strategic planning seminar last October. By working together with committed supporters like Great Plains, we can reach these goals and make tomorrow better for the Oklahoma beef cattle industry and its youth. Cattle producers can rely that our legacy and livelihood will be passed on to the next generation, and will remain in good hands thanks to outstanding companies, like Great Plains Kubota, that are willing to make huge investments in the next generation.

Partner’s Perspective – Great Plains Kubota President elaborates on the “Cattlemen Connection”

“A lot of us at Great Plains Kubota raise cattle, and are members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.  I think the real question isn’t why would we partner with OCA, but rather, why wouldn’t we partner with the OCA.  As Kubota continues to expand it’s equipment line into the larger Ag market I feel it’s our duty as a Kubota dealership to represent Kubota equipment to the right customer, and OCA members are these customers.  Most of them, like us, depend on equipment to manage their cattle operations, and  while we’re excited for the opportunity to earn new business, our main purpose of supporting the OCA is to help establish a solid
future for the beef industry in Okla.  We hope we
can make a positive contribution, and aid the hard
working men and women of the OCA.”
– Bill Clark

By Jeff Jaronek Published in the 2016 Summer Issue of Great Plains living
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The Highly Anticipated M7 Tractors Are Coming

The M7-Series, mid-range tractors are Kubota’s largest line-up to date, offering commercial livestock and row-crop producers 130 to 170 horsepower of pure Kubota ingenuity.
With the M7-Series, Kubota has poured resources into technologies that will offer precision farming in a user friendly way.  The M7’s integrated controls the engine, transmission, hydraulic functions and implements are very efficient in reducing operating costs.  The control panel is easy to use, and offers a touch screen that makes it possible to control all operating functions from a single screen!  The M7 is also equipped with an auto guiding system and performance monitor to increase productivity.  One look at the impressively grand design of these new tractors and you can see the effort Kubota made in creating operator comfort, with wide cab features, ample operating space and ergonomic controls.  Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president, agriculture and turf division was quoted in a Kubota press release stating this about the new tractors.
“With the Kubota M7, we’ve set in motion a strategy for full-scale entry into new markets, setting our sights on commercial livestock and row-crop production customers, and readying Kubota to compete with other big players in the field.  The M7’s ease of operation, technological advances and overall comfort factor will make it a top choice for hay producers as well.”
Production on the M7 tractors is in full swing at Kubota’s newly constructed Farm Machinery plant in France.  Delivery and availability for customers is set for this summer, however there isn’t any specific date that Great Plains Kubota will receive the M7 into inventory.
M7 Models At A Glance
M7-131 Premium Powered by a 128 HP Tier 4 Final engine, the 131 features high levels of speed control with a 24-Speed Powershift transmission and optional creeper. Plus a multi-tasking hydraulic system with a 4-speed live independent PTO.
M7-151 (Standard, Premium, Premium KVT) This 148 HP machine features Kubota’s customizable Headland Management System for easier turns and response while an ISO-BUS monitor/controller and GPS/auto guidance system contributes to even greater precision.
M7-171 (Standard, Premium, Premium KVT) Kubota’s largest tractor, the 171 is packed with a 168 HP engine and is full of innovative features.  This is the ideal tractor for hay, forage, livestock operations, and row-crop production. Learn more today at GP Kubota.

M7-171-studioFor more information about the new Kubota M7 Series line of utility ag tractors visit www.gpkubota.com

The Code (When You Make A Promise, Keep It)

One of my favorite cowboy movies is “Lonesome Dove”.  It was set in 1876, during the heyday of cowboy driven cattle drives which developed our perceptions of what we now know as a Cowboy.
The movie was based on the actual life of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving, and the relationship they built as pioneers during those first cattle drives.  The two leading characters in the movie, Gus, portrayed by Robert Duvall as (Oliver Loving), and Woodrow, played by Tommy Lee Jones as (Charles Goodnight) could have written the “Cowboy Code” as they lived it out.  One of my favorite lines from the movie comes after Woodrow diligently hauled Gus’s body in a wagon from Montana to Lonesome Dove to bury him.
Woodrow had earlier promised Gus he would bury him under a pecan tree by the creek on Lonesome Dove.  Real life accounts report that Goodnight hauled Loving’s body from New Mexico to Weatherford, TX to bury him.  Real or fictional  It was a long, tough journey, and most people would have given up and just buried Gus anywhere.  But not Woodrow.  After he buried Gus he put up the grave marker made of the famous Hat Creek Cattle Company sign, and said.
“I guess this will teach me to be careful about what I promise in the future”.
Woodrow had made a promise and he kept it.
At Great Plains, we have a promise that we’ve made to our customers.  It is something that we take very seriously and is a part of everything that we do.  Our Brand Promise is that Great Plains Kubota is “The Brand That Works…For You”. Here’s how we try to keep that promise.
– Sales –
We’ll work hard to earn every customer’s trust.

– Service –
If it’s not right, it’s on us.

– Parts –
Our goal is to have the parts our customers need when they need them.

– Rentals –
Our equipment will be ready to work.

There’s a reason behind why we make promises, and work to keep them. It’s so that we can be trusted.
At Great Plains we strive to keep our promises so that you will trust us with your business. Unfortunately, we are Human. We do make mistakes at times, and consequently loose customer’s trust. Even though we always work to correct our mistakes, damage is done when trust is lost.
Although people, businesses, and even the best of the cowboys will fail you at times with broken promises, there is One you can always trust.
In Psalms 31:14, David said: “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands;”
If you haven’t, I would encourage you to place your trust in the One who always keeps His promises.

This article was written by Bill Clark in the Summer 2016 issue of Great Plains living.  To read more about Great Plains living visit www.greatplainsliving.com

Ethics On Outdoors

The only thing worse than not catching fish is finding an empty cup of worms or livers mindlessly discarded on the bank.  Summer is here, and the following months will bring an array of outdoor activities that will inevitably have a footprint on nature.  Camping, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, picnicking; you name it, all provide the chance for improving or ruining the outdoor experience.  Having a mind set to pick up someone’s trash or obey state regulations makes time spent outside more enjoyable for everyone.  All that’s needed is just a little bit of respect.  Respect goes a long way in nature.  If it isn’t taught and learned, sooner or later mother nature will give you a lesson of her own.  It may be in the form of a legal citation, or something as serious as a brush with death.  No matter the severity, having respect from the moment your foot steps out on nature’s playing field is a must.
Why do we go outside in the first place?  Picnics can be a lot of work, and walks can be taken in a living room while watching television.  We go outside to be closer to nature.  We fish and hunt to make that primal connection, and turn what our ancestors did for survival into recreation.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting on your back porch or white water rafting, being outside provides a connective experience that brings us closer to who we truly are.  These experiences that we are subconsciously trying to connect with are enriched when we consciously leave a particular patch of nature better than we found it.
We live in a time of relative excess.  Combine that with ample opportunities offered by public lands and parks and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.  There are simple steps that can be taken to avoid the damages of human impact.  For starters, always plan ahead.  Carrying a plastic sack for trash is perfect for day trips, while trash bags or containers are more appropriate for camping.  I know it’s fun to take the road less traveled – but only off-road where designated.  Take only what’s needed and always obey the regulations!  By doing this we allow others the same opportunities we have.  If you’re going to make a campfire this summer, make sure there isn’t a burn ban.  Finally, be considerate of wildlife and others.
Outdoor ethics goes beyond the realms of the outdoor enthusiast.  Farmers and ranchers, like outdoorsmen, have a responsibility to make the land better.  Their connection to land and livestock goes far beyond that of recreation, and for most farmers and ranchers, explaining outdoor ethics would be like preaching to the choir.  Land owners inherently become stewards of their property.  Of course there are different means of maintenance, but their constant efforts and results are globally profound.
Having a code of ethics means it will be put to the test.  I find myself challenged every time I go hunting or fishing.  Do I pick that piece of trash up, or keep that fish that’s a quarter of an inch under the size limit?  It’s the small things that make up the big picture.  As a former Boy Scout I can’t help but share the BSA’s “Outdoor Code” to help illuminate this bigger picture.  It states:
As an American, I will do my best to—
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.

From mountain top to river bottom, wherever the cry of nature takes you this summer, leave only footprints.  But like the trash, leave no memory behind.

This article was published in the 2016 Summer issue of Great Plains living.  For more articles visit www.greatplainsliving.com.


We Are Great Plains Kubota

We’ve asked our customers to ride with the brand.  We’ve now become “The Brand That Works For You.”  At Great Plains we operate beyond the boundaries of our slogans and brand statements because our actions speak louder than our words.  The GP Kubota mission is to provide quality equipment solutions while conducting business in a manner that honors and respects God, our employees, our customers, our suppliers, and the communities we serve.
It’s our job to understand the work of our customers.  It’s our responsibility to represent Kubota and our other equipment vendors with integrity.  It’s our duty to stand by our products and our customers. We don’t always have the answers, but we don’t stop until we’ve found the right solution.  Beyond the solutions Great Plains offers, customers will experience a friendly and helpful shopping environment.  If it’s not right, it’s on us.  That’s as simple as it gets, and is exactly what we promise.  From showroom floor to field, our promise, combined with a clean and professional environment, takes GP services beyond the sale.  It doesn’t matter if it’s two or 20 years, every time a customer operates equipment purchased from us, they’re doing business with Great Plains.
What makes Great Plains Kubota different from other equipment dealerships?  A solid foundation built by honest, hard-working ownership and management supports all aspects of GP operations.  GP leadership makes our business more than a tractor dealership;  they’ve created an oasis in a desert of work.  Our full-line Kubota dealerships in Ada, Duncan, Edmond, and Shawnee will quench customers’ thirst for productivity.  Great Plains Kubota is a diverse group of friendly employees, trained to operate as a unified resource that strives to earn every customers’ business.  The privilege to serve customers does not come automatically; the privilege is earned by the daily diligence of our employees.
Great Plains Kubota is comprised of people that, like you, know the value of quality equipment.  We are farmers, ranchers, pastors, leaders, gardeners, hunters, builders, fishermen, cooks, and auctioneers.   We’re friends of the family and stewards of the land.  We are “The Brand That Works For You.”
What we offer is more than equipment sales, service, parts, and rentals.  We offer the means to achieve dreams and goals.  We offer a hard to find promise: We will work for you every step of the way.  As we continue to grow we will continue to improve and refine our operations.
What it all boils down to is this – many places offer equipment, furthermore there’s lot of places that offer Kubota equipment.  It’s the service and satisfaction you’ll get at any Great Plains Kubota dealership that makes all the difference.  We are many different things, but most of all, we are Great Plains Kubota.

For more information about Great Plains Kubota visit www.gpkubota.com

The Code…Be Tough But Fair

This is the fifth article in the Cowboy Code series that I have written in Great Plains living.  Of all of the Cowboy ethics we have talked about, “Be Tough, but Fair” might be one of the most lacking in our society today.  It’s really easy to find examples of people who are tough and maybe we can even name a few people who we might consider fair, but the combination of the two is where most people like myself fail.  Who is the first person that comes to mind when you think about someone who was or is “Tough but Fair”.  John Wayne?  Roy Rogers?  Gene Autry?  All of which are great examples of “Tough but Fair” cowboys in the movies, but we know they were just human and in real life, they made some mistakes.  So, as I started to put my thoughts to paper, the week before Easter, I simply couldn’t get off my mind that there really is only one perfect example of someone who was, is and always will be, “Tough but Fair”.  His name is Jesus.
No, Jesus wasn’t a cowboy during his time here on earth, but he did ride a donkey.  My belief that Jesus was fully human and that He is fully God is why I say no one, including the best of the cowboys, has ever been tougher or will ever be fairer.
Jesus as a human was tough.  During the time He spent here on earth in human form, He suffered the most painful and humiliating death known while going through more mental suffering and anguish than any human has ever endured.   His mental strain from carrying the burden of all of our sins was so much that the Bible tells us he literally sweated drops of blood the night before his crucifixion.  No human has ever been tougher.
Jesus as God is fair.  How many times have each of us said or at least thought “that’s not fair”?  I will confess that I probably weigh things on the fairness scales several times a day and catch myself saying “that’s not fair”.  When we see injustice on earth, it is at the hands of men as the Bible tells us that God is just. This means that He is fair and impartial. It also means that He hates the very things that we would call unfair, the ill-treatment and oppression of people and of nature, which He has created.  The fact that God is just means that He can and will judge between right and wrong and He will administer justice in accordance with His standards, in His time.
I have a friend in law enforcement that has a movie poster showing Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers walking down the street of Tombstone, side by side, fully armed.   The poster is titled “Justice is Coming”.   Revelations 19:11 speaks of Jesus’ return to earth.  It says, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.”  Justice is coming and this time He will be riding a white horse instead of a donkey.

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