Danville business owner added to Cattlemen Hall of Fame – The Advocate-Messenger

The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) honored five breeders at this year’s evening banquet at the KCA convention in Lexington. Gary Woodall, Kenneth Lowe, Tom McGinnis, Charles Wills and Dr. David Williams have been inducted into the association’s 2022 Hall of Fame.

David Williams is owner and president of Danville-based Burkmann Industries. Burkmann owns and operates 13 pet food manufacturing plants and 17 retail outlets in Kentucky and Tennessee. Williams also owns Forever Spring Farm in Danville.

Williams has been providing Kentucky farmers with nutritional support and animal feed for over 42 years. He has held many positions over the years, including President of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation, Treasurer of the KCA, and member of the Kentucky State Fair Board. He has spent the past 47 years supporting and being a resource for Kentucky farm families.

He began his career at the Kentucky Extension Service and his passion for agricultural education continued throughout his career. He has been very active in the Boyle County community, serving on boards and donating to programs like the Backpacks for Kids program. He is very active in his church as a deacon, treasurer and Sunday school teacher. His guidance and mentorship to so many in the state is second to none.

He received his BS and MS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from Iowa State University. He has been married to his wife, Betty-Gayle, for 53 years and has two children and four grandchildren.

KCA would like to congratulate all these deserving individuals for their years of service and their many contributions to the agricultural industry. Videos of the 2022 inductees can be viewed on KCA’s Youtube and Facebook pages. Nominations are ongoing for the 2023 KCA Hall of Fame. Call the office for details at 859-278-0899.

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