McLean Farms is a fourth generation family owned and operated feedyard located near Benedict, Nebraska.
“The Personal Touch In Cattle Feeding”
Max McLean, President of M. Farm Inc. and beef production manager has an Associate Degree from UNSTA in Production Ag, and became manager of McLean Feedyard in 1993. Max has plenty of experience feeding cattle, hogs and farmed with his dad, Jim, while growing up. He was a Cow-calf participant for the IRM cow-calf program at UNL giving him a special interest in direct ranch purchased calves. Max has served as president of the York County Cattlemen Association and is also a member of the National Cattlemen Assoc.
Jeanette McLean is the bookkeeper/secretary for McLean Farms. She has an Associate Degree in secretarial work and has been doing the computerized bookkeeping for M. Farm Inc. since 1986. In 1999, Max and Jeanette started McLean Beef to sell their produced beef at retail.
Lonnie Brown is the Animal Health Manager at McLean Farms. Lonnie and his wife Keshia have 2 children, Angel and Lane. Lonnie grew up in the Red Cloud, Nebraska area. Lonnie has had a wide variety of experiences involving cattle and the cattle industry in general. He has also spent numerous hours on horseback riding pens, and also maintains the cow/calf herd. Before Lonnie came to M Farms he worked at a beef production facility that housed 30,000 head. Lonnie is currently BQA Certified and has attended several cowboy colleges and seminars. He is the master of all trades here at M Farms!
Barb Fehringer, bookkeeper/secretary has plenty of experience on computers and in accounting. She grew up on a farm with livestock in York County, and has been working with M Farm Inc. since 1988.
Char Mae McLean is the Marketing Manager for McLean Beef and assists in bookkeeping for McLean Farms. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing.
Char Mae’s expertise is bringing new marketing and advertising ideas to McLean Farms.
Dan Crawford and his wife Tanya (McLean) work part-time for McLean Farms. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Diversified Agriculture from UNL. He works mainly with the cow-calf operations. His expertise in breeding will improve the efficiency in our cow-calf program. Tanya is the assistant bookkeeper and safety coordinator for feedyard operations. Dan and Tanya have two boys, Kole and Briar.
Chance McLean is the farm manager of M Farm Inc. Chance has been farming since he was able to walk which brings a lot of experience to beef business. Chance graduated from Northwest Missouri State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business. Chance and his wife Amanda have one daughter, Bentley.
Four Generations of Success
McLean Farms started with a dairy purchased by Ralph and Maxine McLean of rural.Benedict, NE in 1939. Ralph taught his children how to mix feed, care for the cattle and run a successful business.
Ralph’s son, Jim McLean continued the farming business and added finishing fed cattle to the operation starting with 100 bucket calves in 1961.
Today, Jim’s interests in cattle feeding and maintaining the family farm are still strong.
Jim’s sons are the third generation of McLeans involved in the family business. All of the boys have been involved in the operation one way or another, which have included crop production to maintaining the machinery.
The fourth generation of the McLeans are learning the cattle business, the importance of a strong work ethic and maintaining the family farm from Grandpa and their dads.