Team

Our network includes dedicated and experienced team members who live and work in the communities we serve and understand local conditions, practices and markets that impact your operation.

Working together, we are able to provide information about the latest research, management practices and nutritional formulations and supplements, enabling us to remain focused on producers like you.

Zeb Prawl

General Manager 

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Zeb brings a tremendous amount of livestock experience to AC Nutrition, especially in the areas of beef cattle production and nutrition. His broad knowledge of the beef industry and commercial feed business are unique assets for both us and our customers, and they position us to grow our business across the region.

With more than 20 years of experience, Prawl has an extensive animal nutrition background. Prior to joining AC Nutrition, he worked in a variety of roles for several companies in the feed industry. Past positions have included serving as a feed division manager and a director of nutrition, as well as working in specialty ingredient sales and as a nutritionist for a livestock consulting company.

Prawl earned his master’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University, with an emphasis on ruminant nutrition. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. 

John Langemeier

President

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John joined the AC Nutrition team in 2013. He is a native of Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He brings 30 years of experience in both the Feed and Animal Health Industries. He enjoys travelling, fishing, golfing and spending time with his wife, two sons and friends.

Jose Torres

Plant Manager

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Jose Torres, better known as Pepe, was born and raised in Juarez, Mexico.  He started working in manufacturing, focusing on production control and on-time delivery of product while still in Mexico before moving to Colorado in 1999.  Eventually, Pepe moved to New Mexico, and started working for AC Nutrition in 2014 as a bagger operator.  Since then, he has worked in most every capacity in the feedmill until being made Plant Manager in the spring of 2021.

In his spare time, Pepe loves to travel and go sightseeing with family.  He also enjoys a good game of pool to relax.

Brent Reed

Plant Manager

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Brent Reed transitioned to AC Nutrition, after working at our sister company, Bluebonnet Feeds, for over five years. He grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma and began his career in the ag industry by working for commodity feed mills. His eleven plus years of experience with feed, ingredients and feed production make him a valuable addition to our team. Brent can be found managing the day to day mill operations at our Winters, Texas facility, helping with feed production and freight operations.

When he isn’t working hard, Brent enjoys having a pole in the water, getting some swings in at the golf course and spending time with his wife, Kayla, and three dogs. They are expecting their first born in April of 2021!

Brian Reed

Nutritional Consultant
TX / OK

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Brian’s field responsibilities with AC Nutrition include the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles, central and east Texas, Colorado, Northwest New Mexico and Arizona. Brian holds a bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University. He has spent 40 years working in the cattle industry, and the past 17 have been with AC Nutrition.

Bill Smith, PhD

Nutritional Consultant
CO / NM / AZ

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Bill resides in Bellvue, Colorado. He was born and raised on a registered Angus operation in Arkansas. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University, an M.S. from The University of Arkansas, and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Wyoming. Bill brings a wealth of experience having spent the past 30+ years consulting for ranches and feedlots in the western U.S.

Aaron Hart

Nutritional Consultant
Central TX

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Aaron joined the AC team in 2020, bringing a diverse background to the team. After spending his early career helping Midwest and High Plains producers meet their risk management and grain marketing goals, Aaron owned and operated a custom backgrounding and pre-condition feed yard in the Abilene area. Aaron brings an intense passion for all aspects of the beef industry and looks forward to working with producers to identify opportunities on their ranch.

 When not working, Aaron enjoys spending time with his young family and training his cattle dogs.

Alan Patranella

Nutritional Consultant
West TX

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Alan grew up in Bryan, TX on a small purebred beef and show cattle operation.  He attended Clarendon College and later Texas A&M University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1995.
 
He has been involved in the beef and dairy industries for over 20 years, with roles including feed additive and Ag chemical sales. Most recently, he has been in the forage preservative sales business, covering a large area in the south-central U.S. He brings a great deal of agriculture and sales experience to the AC Nutrition team.
 
Alan currently lives in Jayton, TX with his wife, and two daughters. When not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, hunting and going on road trips to the mountains or the coast.  Alan and his wife also enjoy cheering on their girls at their games and competitions.  He is excited to be a part of the AC team and looks forward to helping customers anyway that he can.   

Steve Stephenson

Nutritional Consultant
NM, TX Panhandle

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Steve brings an extensive background in the beef cattle business to AC Nutrition.  Throughout his career, he has worked with all types of operations including cow/calf producers, backgrounding and stocker operations, and feed yards.  Prior to joining AC Nutrition, he has worked in different roles in the feed industry including serving as business unit manager, territory and regional sales manager, and production roles at all levels in a feed yard. He understands the beef production system and looks forward to working with producers to meet their herd production and profitability goals.

Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Ag Business and Economics from West Texas A&M University. He enjoys spending time with his bride Sydney, and their 2 boys, Kade and Kreed, when not working. His hobbies include golfing and hunting with the kids and friends.

Charlie Penturf

Inside Sales Coordinator
TX

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Charlie recently moved over to AC Nutrition after 15 years in sales with Bluebonnet Feeds.

Charlie is responsible for inside sales at the AC Nutrition Winters, TX location. After graduating from Texas Tech University, he spent 35+ years in feed sales/nutrition and feed production, with the majority of those years spent in the West Texas livestock industry.

 

Kristin Wurtz

Inside Sales Coordinator
NM

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Originally from the small town of Alamo, Nevada, Kristin grew up with a passion for animals. Her supportive family helped cultivate her interests with 4-H, FFA, High School and College Rodeo. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at New Mexico State University. There, she met her husband-to-be and later moved to Roswell to be closer to family and help support the family cow-calf operation. Armed with her education, hands on experience, and go-getter attitude, she is excited to serve as the Inside Sales and Logistics Coordinator for AC Nutrition in Roswell.

In her free time, Kristin enjoys working with her horse, road trips, and cooking.