Kelle Brammer grew up in the feed business helping her parents operate it in her spare time after school. She later inherited the store when her father and step-mother died in a tragic accident. Initially it was a tough decision for Kelle on whether taking over the feed store was the right thing for her career. In looking back on that decision today, she has no second thoughts and has continued to grow the business and become an invaluable knowledge resource to the community.
Kelle was in eighth grade when her parents, Garold and Joy Webb, purchased the Kearney Feed Store. She spent many weekends working with her parents and helping out at the store, but never anticipated that one day she would run the family business. Kelle, a graduate of Lawson High and William Jewell College, planned on a career in teaching. She taught ten years in Kansas City, KS, and four years in Lawson teaching the fourth grade. However, a fun weekend trip to the rodeo turned to a tragic accident for Kelle's father Garold and his wife Linda, and they passed away in September 1999. Kelle took a leave of absence from her teaching job to run the day-to-day operations at Kearney Feed. By the end of the school year, she had made her decision to continue in her father's footsteps at Kearney Feed.
In June 2008, the store celebrated 30 years in business. Kelle has become widely known in the area for her knowledge and expertise with livestock and equine care. In a 2008 interview with the Kearney Courier Kelle said "We're working hard to serve our customers. Whatever it takes, that's my philosophy. We appreciate our customers, and I think that has made all of the difference." The Kearney Feed Store knows the key to success is customer satisfaction and loyalty. "We truly value our customers," Kelle says, noting that "some drive by three other competitor stores enroute to Kearney Feed."
Kelle - age 15 - loading feed at her dad's store
Zac - age 18 - loading feed at his mom's store [August 2009]