I am not a person that greatly cares for the cold weather, but as it starts to creep into Southwest Missouri I must confess to myself that fall/winter has officially stated to make its home here for a while. The only thing I absolutely love about fall and winter is all the babies being born. I always look forward to the next calf. That anxious feeling not knowing if you are going to get a bull or heifer… this year I was surprised by a tiny little heifer calf. Although, do not let the tiny part full you, she is catching up to the calves that were born weeks ahead of her. I love watching them grow and showing him the following summer. It is such an amazing experience! When we are done have calves, we move right on into kidding season. Although the goats do require more care than the cows, your heart cannot help but melt once you have seen their little faces. I always enjoy watching the kids grow up and even though I cannot keep them all, it is a great feeling to help out 4-H and FFA members with their projects and watching them win with stock I produced. Even though I have had to decrease my herds due to college and not having time for large herds, it still keeps me busy. So for all those people out there like me, just try to keep focused on the bright and enjoyable times about this part of the year and before we know it the sun will be out and shinning and it will be WARM!
My Country Life
You look around and think your life just stinks. Everything seems like it hits all at the same time and you wonder when will it slow down. In August, on my birthday weekend, I lost our Boer buck that I had just bought a year ago due to a brain abscess that had busted. He had been the best buck I ever owned and had pushed our herd to a new level in a little amount of time. The beginning of the next month my car died on the way to college, which is an hour away from the farm. It’s those kinds of days where you just wonder what else could possibly go wrong.
Then when you least expect it you hear of other people in an even worse predicament. Due to medical problems a woman is unable to go outside. She has stayed in her house for about five or so years, except for when she needs to go back to the doctor. When I hear these things it makes me realize my life could be way worse than it is. Growing up on a farm and always having something to do or take care of, I would not know what to do with myself if it all was stripped from me and I was ordered to stay in a confined space for the rest of my life. You start realizing that all the little/simple things in life make up for what tough things have happened. Obviously a buck is replaceable, a car can be fixed, but when it comes to bigger issues, its ones that make you take a step back and rethink your original thoughts. I am lucky for the life I live, even if it does “stink” sometimes. I have a loving family, boyfriend (and his family) that are always there for me, and my animals which regularly keeps me on my toes… what more could I possibly ask for?
I have been blessed with the farm life and I could not have asked for it to be any other way. I enjoy raising livestock, helping youth members, and meeting new people. I have also been lucky to have a family and boyfriend that have the same interest and support me along the way.
In 2004 I got involved in the Boer goat industry. I started raising my own show quality goats and went to the American Boer Goat Association Nationals for several years. One of my most memorable Nationals was in 2009 down in West Monroe, Louisiana when I earned the title of National Champion Senior Showman. That year I also participated in the quiz bowl contest, which our team also won. Throughout high school I also got the chance to own and show market lambs and market hogs. I was always very active in both 4-H and FFA by being involved in whatever I could, whether it was showing livestock, participating on various teams, or doing demonstrations. I served as President of our FFA chapter my senior year of High School, which was a great experience.
After graduation I started college at Missouri State University. Here I came involved with Block and Bridle, Farm Bureau, and Collegiate FFA. I also served in various leadership roles through Block and Bridle. In FFA I went on to earn my American FFA Degree, which was awesome. I also started dating a guy who’s family owns Clearwater Farm in Springfield, MO, which has been raising registered Angus cattle for the past 80 years. At first I did not know much about showing cattle, but I quickly learned. This is how I got into showing my own cattle. I purchased my first cow calf pair from them and have been showing the heifer calf. I hope to continue improving and growing my herd. My sister and I own C-D Ranch which is nationally known for raising high quality goats, but is now also working on making a name for its self in the registered cattle industry.
I have been an Ambassador for the Missouri Pork Association, where I traveled across Missouri helping them put on different events, such as the Taste of Elegance, Youth Conference, Golf Tournament, and Missouri State Fair Swine contests. I have also had the opportunity to be an Ambassador for the Ozark Empire Fair for the past several years where I have helped with the Gold Buckle Extravaganza events and gala (a show for market animals only, where the champions get to sale at the gala). I usually help work various shows and with anything else that needs to be done. This summer I was also an Ambassador with Alltech. All these positions have been a great learning experience. It definitely opens your eyes to other things out in the agricultural industry.
I am currently a senior at Missouri State University and plan to graduate this December with an Animal Science and Agricultural Business Degree. My plans afterwards are to attend grad school and get my masters. Once I get out I hope to find a job doing something that I love in the agriculture industry. I also hope to help the youth with their projects throughout the summer.
I plan to blog about things that happen on my farm or things that are currently affecting the agriculture industry. I feel that it is of great importance to inform the people about what is happening around them, so that they may become better prepared for the future.
I hope you enjoy!