Butler Alumni-Do What You Love!

Butler Community College Alumni: Cody Sankey

Cody Sankey grew up on the Sankey 6N Ranch in Council Grove, Kansas. He is a 5th generation cattleman, in fact, he is a part of the family that has the 2nd oldest Angus herd in the United States.

Cody came to Butler Community College and competed on our nationally acclaimed Livestock Judging team, a decision that primed him for future success in the classroom as well as in the competitive world of livestock judging.  After completing his A.S. degree in Agriculture at BCC, he transferred to Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science. While at Oklahoma State, Cody was a key member of their 2001 National Champion Livestock Judging Team and proved to be a standout in beef cattle judging. Cody continued his education at OSU and he holds a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition.

Since his graduation from OSU Cody has been the manager of Michigan State University’s Purebred Beef Unit, a teaching program that focuses on registered Angus and Hereford cattle. At Michigan State, Cody is responsible for teaching and mentoring students who are studying beef production. He also manages the university’s purebred cow herd that consists of approximately 150 Angus, Hereford, and Commercial Cows. Under Cody’s guidance MSU  has exhibited national champions at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo and the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.  Additionally, Cody is responsible for managing and marketing MSU sale cattle consigned to the annual  Angus Connection sale and Fall Fest Hereford sale.

In his free time, Cody serves as a livestock judge at numerous shows all over the country. He and his family are is a staunch advocates of the beef industry, and are active members of the American Angus Association. In particular, they support many junior Angus programs.

At Michigan State, Cody is able to use his beef industry experiences to continue to build the MSU herd, while sharing his love of the industry with his students. Cody is a prime example of a Butler graduate who allowed his interest area to translate to an education that ultimately has enabled him to have a career doing what he loves.

Cody Sankey with MSU Keepsake 14S, Reserve Grand Champion at the American Royal. A heifer bred by Michigan State University

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