My professional background has always involved some sort of involvement in the beef cattle industry. Growing up on a beef cattle farm, I gained a love for it at a very young age. I spent all my time with my dad out on the farm, doing what farmers do! I ended up acquiring a degree in animal science, with a focus on beef cattle and even worked at the beef cattle educational unit, while in school. I've had jobs on a few different large beef cattle farms, and even though I've worked mainly in the construction field, I have managed my own cattle farm for the past 15 years.
For the past 6 years, I have had my own home improvement business and managed my beef cattle operation. My work has included, building shop buildings, building decks and additions, and home remodeling, but I have been very involved in improving my Angus cattle genetics. I have chosen a very strategic AI plan to raise high quality heifers and bulls in an attempt to build a superior genetic herd. Over the past 3 years, I have begun to use bulls from other purebred breeds in an attempt to build superior commercial cows from my Angus genetics.
My job here included all aspects of preparing and carrying out renovation jobs at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. I was responsible for figuring materials, making sure they were delivered, and then carrying out construction projects within the hospital. These jobs had to be carried out with as little interference in the normal functions of the hospital as possible. For this reason, deadlines were very critical. No matter what obstacles came up, the deadline stayed the same. i became very used to adapting and adjusting in impossible situations. I was responsible for not only my own carpenters(up to 15 at any given time) but for all the outside contracting trades(electrical, mechanical, plumbing, cabinetry, painters, and more). We, many times, were responsible for installing multi-million dollar medical equipment, so this was at times a high stress job.
My job here including all aspects of caring for over 1200 brood cows and backgrounding around 1000 calves. The cows were spread out over 5 counties and required many 70-80 hr weeks, and though it was tiresome, I loved it. We kept cows rotated and fed, tagged calves, fed hay, worked on fences and were on a strict vaccination program for our backgrounded calves. We also did all out own fencing and haying, and though the hog wastes spreading was contracted out, we did help move the equipment around some.
My job here included all the aspects of managing a commercial cow/calf operation. I managed about 600 brood cows and the calves, minus replacement heifers and a few commercial bulls, were sold at weaning. We did some AI work, including estrous synchronization, but we mostly bought top bloodline bulls from test station sales. We did all our own vaccinations and freeze branding. I was also responsible for managing pastures for rotational grazing as well as cutting hay in both spring and fall. The farm owner also had rental houses that I was responsible for keeping up and maintaining.
I majored in animal science with a focus on beef cattle. As previously mentioned, I worked on the beef cattle educational unit. I was also on the livestock judging team for 2 semesters, was a member of the animal science club, went through an AI short course and did an internship with Select Sires for 3 semesters.
NC Angus Assoc.
American Angus Assoc.
American Simmental Assoc.
County and State Cattlemen's Assoc.
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