Danville business owner added to Cattlemen hall of fame

Published 7:00 am Saturday, January 22, 2022

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

David Williams is the owner and president of Burkmann Industries, based in Danville. Burkmann owns and operates 13 animal feed manufacturing plants and 17 retail locations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. Williams also owns Forever Spring Farm in Danville.

Williams has provided Kentucky farmers nutritional support and feed products for over 42 years. He has served in numerous positions over the years, including Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation Chairman, KCA Treasurer, and a member of the Kentucky State Fair Board. He has spent the last 47 years supporting and being a resource to Kentucky farm families.

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He began his career in the Kentucky Extension Service, and his passion for agriculture education has continued throughout his career. He has been very active in the Boyle County community sitting on Boards and donating to programs like the Backpacks for Kids program. He is very active in his church serving as Deacon, Treasurer and Sunday school teacher. His advice and mentorship to so many in the state is second to none.

He received his B.S and M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D from Iowa State University in Animal Nutrition. 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 of these deserving individuals for their years of service and numerous contributions to the agriculture industry. Videos of the 2022 inductees can be viewed on the KCA Youtube and Facebook pages. Applications are now being taken for the 2023 KCA Hall of Fame. Call the office for more details at 859-278-0899.