Four generations of Martins work in the Fort Scott Livestock Market, Larry Martin said following the Chamber of Commerce Coffee Thursday morning.
Jim, Larry’s dad, along with Tyler and Kyle, Larry’s sons, are the owners and managers of the business at 2131 Maple Road.
Now Tyler and Kyle’s kids work there too.
Gabby and Addy Martin help their grandmother, Deb Martin, in the office and Andrew and Eli Martin help where needed during the livestock auction sales that happen on Friday and Saturday.
Larry Martin said 60 to 70 people are working the sales on those two busiest days. There are 10 full-time employees.
“Last year we sold over 100,000 cattle,” Larry Martin told the Chamber Coffee attendees. “And about $10 million total dollars in sales. That puts money back into the community. Farmers will spend money on equipment.”
Martin told the attendees that the business is the fourth largest livestock market in the state.
The Martins leased the sale barn facility for 15 years and purchased it two years ago, he said.
They put up fences and added pens, he said
Martin thanked the Bourbon County Commission for the newly improved roadway in front of the business.
“We have the best road in Bourbon County,” he laughed.
Upcoming events at the market:
Equipment auction, 10 a.m. Oct. 19. Equipment can be brought to the site that morning and checked in.
Livestock Auctioneer’s Auction, 10 a.m., Oct. 14. KAA membership and Kansas Livestock Market Endorsement required.