41 CALF News • August | September 2020 • Gatherings  CALF COMMUNITY Young Stockmen Trail’s End LARRY LECHTENBERG, 69, passed away May 10 in West Point, Neb. Larry and his brother, Kelly, were partners in Logan Valley Feeders, Oakland, Neb., where Larry managed the daily operations. He was adept at marketing cattle and trading commodities, and was known as a great cattleman and mentor. He is survived by his wife, Nona, and four children.  On the Human Side National The American Angus Association ® recently named Troy Marshall the director of commercial industry relations. Marshall, owner of Marshall Cattle Company, was contributing editor for more than 10 years at BEEF magazine and was editor and pub- lisher of The Seedstock Digest . The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has partnered with Dell Technolo- gies to help producers upgrade and improve technology on their farms and ranches. This new partnership will provide NCBA members with access to discounts on all Dell desk- tops, notebooks, servers, electronics and accessories, to include more than 175,000 products. The 5 to 10 percent discount on purchases of Dell products are stackable with additional Dell promotions. The new member benefit can be accessed by log- ging into the member portal at , clicking “Get Coupon,” and entering an email address. Company Merck Animal Health announced an investment of $100 mil- lion in facility expansion and enhancement efforts in its U.S. manufacturing site in DeSoto, Kan. Investments to the site include a technological expansion of the vaccine production facility, which will come online this year, plus an additional investment of $66 million that will provide for added enhance- ment capabilities to be realized over the coming years. The DeSoto site develops and manufactures a broad portfolio of vaccines for swine, cattle and equine.  Troy Marshall Johnny Trotter and Friends Nebraska in Kazakhstan It's the dog days of summer for Johnny and his friends. CALF News reader Greg Brenneman captured his 10-year-old granddaughter Emily “pairing up” at one of their brandings. He says she’ll probably run the show next year. Brenneman’s other granddaughter, Natalie, catches up on calving data in the office. Nebraska has a presence in Kazakhstan. Will Rhea is a Valley dealer in south Kazakhstan. “It is a big honor to represent this fine Nebraska company in this part of the world,” he says.