Shaye Koester

Casual Cattle Conversations
Shaye Koester

Shaye Koester

Hometown: Steele, North Dakota
Major: Animal Science - Livestock Production Manager
Minor: Engler Minor and Nebraska Beef Scholars
Graduation Date: May 2022

Casual Cattle Conversations

What is your story?

I was raised on my family's ranch in North Dakota where my passion for ranching sprouted and has continued to grow. I was actively involved in FFA, 4-H and National Junior Red Angus activities throughout high school and still am today. As these programs fostered my passion for raising cattle, I also gained another passion for educating others. My friends began to call me "the girl who loves everything about cattle" and I still claim this title wholeheartedly as I plan to continue my involvement in the beef industry. I have always enjoyed starting new things and taking any opportunity that I can. From raising cattle and Border Collies to embracing my creativity through art and photography, starting projects and businesses has always been an important part of my life and who I am as a person. When I became involved in the Engler program I knew that I needed to connect my passions in some way and that I just needed to take a leap and try something. So, with a lot of help and encouragement; I decided to connect my passions by starting a podcast. Through using the power of storytelling, I am able to share the journeys of different ranchers and share the advice they have for upcoming generations. This is a start to my journey that connects all my passions and I look forward to my future as I continue to connect the dots within my life.

What is your business?

Casual Cattle Conversations ( I don't have a website yet, but you can listen on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud)

Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?

I am inspired by all entrepreneurs but Tracey Koester, my mother, is my greatest entrepreneurial inspiration. She exhibits work ethic, faith and passion like no one else. She has always empowered and pushed me to be the best that I can be and to take my passion with me wherever I go.

What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?

Listen to the voice in your head and gut feeling that keep telling you to follow your passion and make your own trail. They are there for a reason. The joy that comes from it is worth the frustration that you will face.

What has been your favorite "Engler Experience" to date?

My favorite Engler Experience has been trail guiding for the 101 class. It's inspiring to see so many eager students trying to apply their passions and create their own stories. However, I feel pretty guilty trying to pick a favorite experience because my entire experience has made me feel at home in a place that is 600 miles from home.

What has been the biggest hurdle or struggle you've dealt with in your entrepreneurial journey?

I struggle with having patience with the process because I am very futuristic. I like to work fast and it's hard to have patience with big futuristic goals.

Shaye with cattle
Shaye with dog
Shaye with horse