David City, Neb
Major: Animal Science
Minor: Engler Entrepreneurship, Beef Industry Scholar
Graduation Date: May 2020
Business: I plan to start my own cow/calf herd of angus heifers from the ground up on my family's acreage. I plan to start this herd with a few head of bred heifers this coming year and grow them into a larger herd in the near future so I may provide quality genetics for other producers.
What is your story?
I found my passion for agriculture and the beef industry towards the end of my high school years, and since then it has taken me so many places. I have no background in the cow/calf industry, or in any part of the beef industry for that matter, but it's time I made myself part of the industry that I love. It is my plan to start a herd of 2-4 bred angus heifers within these next couple of years on my family's acreage outside of my hometown. I hope to grow this herd into a successful cow/calf operation that I can pass down for generations.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My biggest inspiration and influence in my life has been a family friend, a brother, and a mentor to me. I have known Daryl Crook since I was three years old and he has only continued to teach me and influence me since then. He is where my passion for beef began and has grown. Without him, I doubt I would be involved in this program and working towards a career in the beef industry.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
Lucille Ball definitely comes to mind. I adore her wit and wonderful sense of humor that she uses to get through from day to day and she can often be seen doing something she was told she couldn't do, despite anyone's efforts to stop her.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Don't do something you're not fully passionate about, or you might as well not do it at all. Find what you're passionate about and with grit and courage take a step to begin fulfilling your passion and idea.