An Oklahoma native who grew up on a ranch has joined the livestock sales staff at High Plains Journal.
Mark Sims is a new Southern Plains livestock marketing consultant for the Dodge City, Kan.-based ag publication. His duties include selling advertising and he will also provide ringman services. Sims also consults with producers on the best ways to market cattle.
Sims, 23, graduated this past May from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a business option.
Sims is based in Edmond, Okla., and his territory includes Oklahoma and Texas. The livestock marketing consultant grew up on a cow-calf operation that featured Hereford and Angus cattle at Elgin, Okla.
“Growing up around livestock I developed a pretty good knack for the industry. I was active in 4-H and FFA and I carried that passion on with me to Oklahoma State,” Sims said.
While at Oklahoma State he was a member of the livestock judging team.
Sims likes working with people affiliated in the livestock industry. The farm and ranch community operates under the timeless business concept of a “hand shake” agreement that fits his personality.
“I enjoy meeting new people and making contacts,” he said. “I’m able to spend time on the road and meet people. It’s been good for me.”
Working at the High Plains Journal was a good fit and will add to the experience.
“I like working with the people here. It seems to be like a large family,” Sims said. “The Journal is well-known and respected in the western United States. When a job opened up it I thought it was a good opportunity for me.”
Sims can be reached by telephone at 580-595-0901 or by email at email@example.com