TN Cattlemen’s Scholarship Application Now Available

2018 TCA ScholarshipThe Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Tennessee Cattlewomen’s Association will award three scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. These are $600 scholarships that will be awarded to students that are involved in the beef industry, pursuing a career in the beef industry and emerging industry leaders.

The application process will be evaluated 50% on the essay describing an issue confronting the beef industry in Tennessee, and 50% based on involvement in 4-H, FFA, and/or cattle youth activities. The application also includes three letters of reference. The applicant must be a Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association member or the child/grandchild of a TCA or TCWA member. 

“TCA is proud to help support the future of our industry be offering a scholarship to deserving youth interested in studying agriculture,” said Charles Hord, Executive Vice President of TCA. “We look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.”

The 2018 scholarship application must be received by June 15, 2018. The application can be found in the April, May, and June issues of the Tennessee Cattle Business magazine or online HERE.


Meet the Future Monday: The Hopkins Brothers of Hopkins Ranch of Herefords

By TCA Intern, Justin Young

Jordan Hopkins and his brothers, Nathan, Ethan, and Zachary and their Hopkins Ranch of Herefords are the center of this weeks Meet the Future Monday. Their parents are Roy and Kim Hopkins, and the family hails from Winchester, TN. Those who know theHopkins3 Hopkins know that they are a team through and through. The brothers run their ranch together, each holding different positions within the operation. Jordan is the manager of the ranch, Nathan and Ethan are the show-barn managers, and Zachary oversees genetics and various veterinary responsibilities. Jordan is a recent Agribusiness graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s school of Agriculture, Nathan is a junior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Molecular Biology, Ethan is a senior in high school, and Zachary is in veterinary school at University of Tennessee, hence his veterinary responsibilities on the farm. The Hopkins brothers have shown for 15 years and can be seen at most cattle shows across Tennessee and others across the country. Take a minute to get to know the Hopkins brothers and Hopkins Ranch of Herefords.

Interviewee: Jordan Hopkins, Hopkins Ranch of Herefords Manager

Q: How long has your family been farming?

A: Hopkins Ranch of Herefords is a third-generation Hereford operation (Polled and Horned).

Q: What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

A: I have really enjoyed learning the various responsibilities of farming, as well as the critical thinking situations that have prepared me for many areas of life. Many of the decisions made on the farm can be tough, but they have taught me so much about business and profitability. I think for all of us brothers to be working together like we do is valuable and wholesome. Communication is key amongst us and we enjoy being able to say that we are doing this together–it truly is a family effort with us.

Q: Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

A: Our father has been a great influence on our family. He is a minister here in Winchester and has taught and raised us to be godly, Christian men. Secondly, I have learned a great deal from Randy Mullinix, one of the most elite Hereford breeders in theHopkins2 country. I can always reach out to him and learn from him. He is one of the best cattle clipper/fitters in the country and has some of the best show cattle in the country.

Q: Describe your operation.

A: Hopkins Ranch of Herefords is a 350-acre seedstock Hereford ranch. We always keep around 120 head, but are constantly selling private treaty, consigning, and participating in heifer sales. We row crop some of our own feeds and do our own hay. Just recently, we are getting more into embryos, IVF, and flushing practices. Additionally, we keep about 40-50 angus recips and sell 20-30 herd bulls every year.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your operation?

A: I really enjoy when a kid comes to buy a show calf from us. We want to see that kid succeed greatly with that animal. We take pride in providing people with a quality product. Something I am very excited about is doing yearly production sales in the future.

Q: What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

A: Self taught in some ways, I think one of my biggest challenges is learning things that I am not skilled in to save some money. For instance, mechanic work on equipment. Learning to troubleshoot things can be hard when you do not have too much experience in an area. Managing money is always unique depending on the farm, but its always relevant. Lastly, being in the younger generation of our industry, gaining notoriety and respect amongst the industry can be challenging when you are the youngest and leastHopkins4 experienced.

Q: Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

A: In 10 years, I would like to see us have a yearly production sale at the farm, win national shows, and develop an online sale for our show heifers.

Q: How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

A: We will continue to improve and grow our farm through inquiry of other farms and furthering our knowledge. We plan to be active learners and always improving on our knowledge. I enjoy talking to and learning from other farmers about their operation; what worked for them, and what did not, etc. We have never been afraid to approach anyone or ask for help. To be the best, you sometimes must ask the best.

Q: How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

A: We would like to leave our footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee by providing sound, stout, functional cattle to people all over the state and the country. We also hope to have our Christian faith positively impact people in their interactions with us.

Q: What could the existing farmers do most to help young farmers such as yourself?

A: I think one of the best ways the current, more established farmers could help younger farmers is to help them decipher what is worth spending money on, and what is not. Knowing whether something will improve your product or not has a great impact on the future farmers. Asking those farmers what has been most profitable for them, or maybe what hasn’t been, is valuable to younger farmers.

Q: What is your favorite beef dish?


Jordan: Filet Mignon cooked medium

Nathan: Filet Mignon cooked medium-well

Ethan: New York Strip cooked medium

Zachary: New York Strip cooked medium

Be sure to follow them on Facebook at Hopkins Ranch of Herefords!Hopkins1





Farm Feature Friday: the Brown Family of Overton County, Tennessee

By TCA Intern, Melinda Perkins

The Brown’s have a reputable history for raising practical and productive Registered Angus herd bulls. However, the best part of their history is getting to do it as a family. Richard and Kristen share with us the basics of their herd and their devotion to theBrown3 business in this week’s Farm Feature Friday.

 How long has your family been involved in raising cattle? Tell us about how it got started.

Spring Oak Farm originated from the acquisition of a Registered Angus cow herd in the late 70’s. After graduating college in 1989, my dad began to concentrate his efforts on the cow herd and grew the herd to approximately 100 cows. I acquired my first show heifer and a select few females from that herd in 2004. In 2007, my uncle (Kent Brown) gave me one of the foundation cows, a New Day daughter, which I still have today. My grandfather (Roy Mason) has always had a desire for me to own my own herd. In 2008, my dad and I, along with my uncle and grandfather’s help, began to acquire and build my herd to the 60 breeding age females that I have today. We continue to grow and improve upon this herd with the tools we have such as artificial insemination, embryo transplant, AHIR records, and i50K testing.

Tell us about your farm today (breed of cattle, what are you proud of, etc.)

Our operation today is run on approximately 160 acres in Rickman, TN. Our main focus is raising Registered Angus cattle with an emphasis on selling registered Angus bulls in the “Genetic Excellence” Bull sale each January. My dad and uncle started this sale 14 years ago and this year’s sale lots averaged almost $4,000. I am proud of the success I Brown2have had in the bull sale. We also have a herd of approximately 25 Angus based commercial cows.

What was your favorite part about growing up on the farm? 

My favorite part of growing up on the farm has been getting to work alongside my family. The memories I have made and lessons I have learned have been invaluable and unforgettable. My dad has always told me that everything I did on a day to day basis, no matter how difficult or easy, would pay off in the end. Because of this, I have learned to work hard, be dedicated, and have passion for what I do.

What have been some of the trials you or your family has had to overcome? 

I think the trials that we have faced are like those of most cattlemen.
Those trials are things like finding enough time in the day to get everything done and having enough hands around to get everything done. Another trial we have faced, just like every other cattle producer, has been marketing our cattle through the fluctuation of the cattle market.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about life on the farm?

Life on the farm is a full-time job– 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It requires an immense amount of dedication. It doesn’t matter the circumstances—hot, cold, rain, orBrown1 snow, things still must be done. As cattle farmers we can’t say, “we will do it later,” or “it can wait until tomorrow,” because the cattle must be fed and cared for every single day.

What does it mean to you to be able to work with your family every day? 

I can’t imagine it any other way. It is because we share the same love and passion for raising reputable Registered Angus cattle that we can achieve our goals. It means everything to me that our operation is 100% family operated. I take pride in knowing that we can work together to accomplish not only the day-to-day chores but also our long-term goals.

Do you have any advice for young Tennessee cattle producers about the business?

Be determined, be passionate, and work hard every day knowing that you are working towards the common goal of every cattleman. You should also know that it doesn’t come easy; you must be committed. You should also be thankful for the opportunity to not only be raised in this way of life but also for the work ethic and knowledge that it equips you with.

What’s your favorite beef dish?

Brown4Without a doubt it would have to be a big juicy Certified Angus Beef ribeye steak with a loaded backed potato, rice, broccoli, and mac n cheese.

Is there anything else you can share with us?

I have been showing cattle since I was about four years old on the local, state, and national levels. I have been an active member of the American Angus Association and the Tennessee Junior Angus Association. I was honored to have the opportunity to be able to serve as the Tennessee Junior Angus Association president and the Tennessee Angus Queen. I am currently attending the University of Tennessee majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Animal Industries and a minor in Food and Ag Business.

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association 2018 Membership Drive Happening NOW!

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) is now holding their annual membership drive sponsored by the Tennessee Farmers Coop (TFC) again this year. The membership drive has brought more than 1,000 new members to TCA since 2007 and helped membership grow to record levels.

Individuals that recruit new members for TCA will receive prizes for their efforts. A new member of TCA is defined as someone that has not been a member of TCA since 2016.

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“We are excited about our 2018 membership competition. Our membership continues to grow and we are now one of the largest associations,” said Charles Hord, TCA Exective Vice President. “Thanks to Tennessee Farmers Coop we have some great prizes for both individual recruiters and extension agents that help our association grow.”

The prizes for the membership drive are as follows: recruit one member and receive a steer lapel pin, recruit three new members to receive maroon TCA t-shirt, recruit five new members and receive a TCA toboggan, and recruit ten new members to receive a maroon TCA polo shirt. The maroon t-shirts and polo shirts are only available to recruiters for their efforts.

To receive credit, TCA members must be noted as the recruiter when the new membership is received in 2018. Recruiters will be mailed their prizes from the TCA office on a quarterly basis.

TFC will sponsor prizes for the top three county Extension programs who recruited new members to TCA. The top three individual agents who recruit the highest number of new members will receive a donation of $500 in their name to their local 4-H Livestock Program. One Extension program from each grand division of Tennessee will be recognized and receive the contribution.

Winners of the 2018 TCA/TFC Extension Membership Drive will be announced at the 2019 TCA Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro, TN.

Information can be found in the Tennessee Cattle Business magazine, April issue. For more information, visit, email, or call (615) 896-2333.

Membership Discount Now Available with New Hired Hand Cow Sprayer

Cow Sprayer Official LogoTennessee Cattlemen’s Association members now have the unique opportunity to save money when purchasing any cow sprayer with New Hired Hand LLC in 2018. The discount includes $200 off any sprayer of your choice.

Cow Sprayer safely protects your livestock from internal and external parasites. It also gives them a shiny coat, which increases their market value…all for about $0.05 per head.

Available products can be found on their website: To learn more about their products and effectiveness, click here.

“We are very excited about our partnership with the New Hired Hand,” said Charles Hord, TCA executive vice president. “The $200 discount TCA members can receive on the cow sprayer is a great benefit and can be used in addition to the TAEP program.”

Members can take advantage of the discount by presenting their unique TCA membership number that is found on their membership card. If a person is not a member and would like to take part in this discount, they can join TCA for $30 per year by calling: (615) 896-2333, downloading the application online:, or by purchasing online at The purchase must be made during the 2018 year and be in the state of Tennessee.

UT Extension to Conduct Southeast TN Beef Summit

HRREC cattleBeef production, feeder calf management, soil management, no-till drill calibration and updates on new technology and equipment for the beef industry are topics to be discussed during the Southeast TN Beef Summit on April 27 at the McMinn County Expo Center.

Check-in for the event begins at 8 a.m. EDT, with 35-minute educational sessions scheduled from 8:45 to 11:55 a.m. Speakers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will be conducting the morning sessions.

In addition to the educational sessions, the summit will host the largest beef trade show in southeast Tennessee. The morning sessions will be followed by a catered lunch, Jennifer Houston, the president-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will give the keynote address after lunch.

The program will be held at the McMinn County Expo Center, which is inside Athens Regional Park. It will conclude at 2 p.m.

The summit is free to attend, but preregistration is required by April 20, 2018. To register, contact your local UT Extension office or UT Extension – McMinn County at 423-745-2852 or UT Extension – Meigs County at 423-334-5781.

This program, like all UT Extension programs, is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status.

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Meet the Future Monday: Alaina Staggs of Lawrence County, Tennessee

This week’s Meet the Future Monday is nothing short of a passionate and devoted cattlewoman. In this week’s feature, Alaina shares with us her desire to use technology not only to breed her cows but promote her cattle operation. Be sure to check out Alaina’s blog, Agvocating From Brush Creek, where she actively shares and promotes the farming way of life.

Staggs3Describe your operation

I am a fifth-generation member of the Staggs family’s cow-calf operation located in southern Middle Tennessee on “Brush Creek”, and a second generation member of Broken S Farms. Our operation consists of roughly 300 acres that runs along the Natchez Trace Parkway on the Lawrence and Wayne county line.

My family has raised beef cattle with registered Charolais or Angus sires since the late 1970’s. We currently run four registered Charolais bulls and one registered Black Angus bull. We also have between 80 to 100 commercial cows and replacement heifers, a select set of registered Charolais heifers and cows, and one ornery three-quarters Braham cow named Sprinkles. At last count, we had approximately 70 calves on the ground.

Apart from cattle, Brush Creek Honey Farm has been in operation since the 1980’s. My parents raise Blue Heeler and Great Pyrenees working dogs, chickens, brush goats, and several assorted breeds of fowl such as turkey, quail, pheasant, and peacock.

What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
My favorite memories as a young girl involve all aspects of the farm. As a small child, I remember the summers spent in the hayfield and the winters spent busting ponds and water troughs. I always loved being down at the barn around springtime when the buttercups began to bloom, or in the garden during the summer standing barefoot in freshly tilled ground.

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
My Pappaw and mother have both been the two driving forces in my pursuit of a career and a livelihood in agriculture. From goats to calves, my roots in the animal agriculture industry are widespread and I owe a deep thanks to those two people for instilling a passion for agriculture in me.

What are you most passionate about in your business?
The constant learning and the ability to make a connection with a consumer at the end of the day are my two passions in this business. I never could have imagined that I would have met as many people, or accomplished as many things, thanks to loving beef and the cattle industry as a whole. I pride myself on my efforts to advocate so broadly and so loudly, and I think that my ability to communicate with those around me the love and the patience put into my family’s herd (as well as those around the country) is my biggest blessing.

What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
Both as a young farmer and a young woman, I think one of the most difficult obstacles that I’ve had to face is being taken seriously by the rest of the industry. To have that happen, it takes confidence in yourself and that is not always something that I readily have. I think to be able to most effectively have an impact both within the industry and at the consumer level, the ability to be “worth your salt” is invaluable in contributing to that.

Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years? In ten years, I hope to see my family’s operation continue to thrive, expand and continuously grow. I tell people constantly that I’m going to college in order to provide “for my cows.” At the end of each day, in ten years I hope that I can look back and take pride in the steps that my family and I have taken to keep our operation running as I know how hard it has been – and still is – to remain operating due to declining health of my grandparents and various financial issues that farmers across the nation face. Right now, the bulk of the operation falls on my mother and my siblings as I am away at college. I think my biggest goal in life is to be able to go home at the end of every day and remain involved on the family farm.

How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
Personally, I would like to begin utilizing more technological advances in the beef industry and take advantage of more reproductive practices. With our purebred stock, we already utilize semen Staggs2collection but I am working on completing artificial insemination training in order to begin AI’ing of our heifers myself. I also think it would be interesting to dabble in more Brahman or Brangus influence within our existing herd as I feel that is a more progressive turn away from the local Continental or British cattle influence found within my community.
How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
I am so very passionate when it comes to preserving the legacy and enhancing the future of the agricultural industry. I have attempted to lay a strong foundation for myself in the field of agricultural communications in hopes of making the beef industry a more common place for consumers. Improving consumer relations and the overall concept of what beef means in Tennessee is one of my goals as a rising producer. I hope that I can have a positive, lasting impact on Tennessee’s beef industry as I believe we are one of the most diverse and influential beef states in the nation, and we have the ability to continuously leave a positive footprint on the beef industry.


What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself? I feel that young farmers already have the resources and abilities to make a connection with a large audience through social media and organizations like Tennessee Cattlemen’s and Young Farmers and Ranchers. I think that many younger generations of farmers, or Staggs1perhaps brand new “first-gen” producers, have a hard time connecting with older producers in their community. I think this ties back into being taken seriously, but I think encouragement from already established producers as well as a willingness to mentor (and sometimes even learn from) the new kids on the block would be extremely beneficial to rising cattlemen and women.

What is your favorite beef dish?

Brisket nachos or steak carnitas covered in queso. I am an avid fan of Tex-Mex and Spanish cuisine, and adding brisket to anything just takes the eating experience to the next level.

Farm Feature Friday: Nick Rippy of Bedford County, Tennessee

By TCA Intern, Justin Young

Nick Rippy and Pleasant Valley Farms are the spotlight of this weeks Farm Feature Friday. Nick and his family own and operate Pleasant Valley Farms, formerly the Waterfall Farm in Shelbyville. Wayne and Jean Day, Nick’s grandparents bought the former walking horse farm and have since converted it into one of Tennessee’s greatest Angus farms. Their grandson, Nick Rippy is the Operations Manager of all thingsRippy3 Pleasant Valley Farms and is the interviewee. Nick is an Agribusiness major and Real Estate minor at Middle Tennessee State University, and graduates in December. Nick and his fiancé, Abi Armstrong are set to be married in May. Nick is a very accomplished young man who is doing a great job with Pleasant Valley Farms. Pleasant Valley Farms is easily noticeable from the highway, as it is a beautiful premier farm of the area. Take some time to get to know Nick Rippy and Pleasant Valley Farms below!

Q: How long have you and your family been involved in raising cattle? Tell us about how it got started.

A: My grandad got started farming with some mixed breed commercial cows in 1997.

Q: Tell us about your farm today (breed of cattle, type of operation, what are you proud of, etc.)

A: Today, Pleasant Valley Farms is spread between middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, with 2,500 acres. We are in the registered Angus business, commercial beef business, and horse business. I would have to say that we are most proud of our genetic improvements to our herd. I feel like we have some of the best cows in the country, especially to build your herd from.

Q: What was your favorite part about growing up on the farm?

A: Being surrounded by nature, learning the animals, and the lessons I learned while growing up are all very valuable aspects of growing up on the farm. I feel like there is no better lifestyle than farming.

Q: What have been some of the trials you or your family has had to overcome?

Rippy2A: Distance; I am pretty much the only member of my family that is here at Pleasant Valley Farms in Shelbyville. My family is in northern Tennessee, along with some of our herds, but doing this mostly alone (the main operation) gets tough. Balancing school, work and family can all be tough.

Q: What is one thing you wish more people knew about life on the farm?

A: I wished people knew the value of the lifestyle. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, it may be difficult to understand. You learn the value of life, and you get to experience the gratification of seeing your calves grow from the ground up; it is unbeatable.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of farming?

A: Watching the calves be born and seeing them grow into what you had in your mind when you were selecting how to breed the dam. Seeing the sire genetics on paper, and then being able to transfer that over to your product is exciting to me. I spend a lot of time and effort on genetics and the quality of my animals. My favorite part is being able to match up potential sire’s strengths with cows in order to produce a quality animal.

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges that producers like yourself face day-to-day?

A: Just like any other farmer, I face changing markets and prices, variable weatherRippy1 conditions, and the other obstacles that can happen with farming. Other than that, being a younger farmer, balancing school and all the aspects of the farm can get tough.

Q: What are you most passionate about in the beef industry?

A: I am most passionate about genetics and overall quality. I put so much emphasis on quality genetics because it is what will eventually determine the success of your operation. On the commercial end of things, backgrounding, vaccinating and pre-conditioning calves is vital to the beef industry maintaining quality and further improvement.

Q: Where would you like to see your farm in 10 years?

A: I would like to see Pleasant Valley Farms be one of the best Angus farms in Tennessee. I would also like to see us have yearly female and bull production sales in the future. Rippy4Additionally, I would like to further expand our embryo business. Eventually, I want to see Pleasant Valley Farms to be one of the most quality and premier producers in the U.S.

Q: Do you have any advice for Tennessee cattle producers about the business?

A: I would tell any beef farmer to not be afraid of paying a little extra for proven genetics and quality because it will pay off in the long run. Quality over quantity is very important in the registered business, because registered business influences the commercial business. If we invest in good genetics on the front end, it will pay off for everyone.

Q: What’s your favorite beef dish?

A: Dry aged ribeye cooked medium rare

Keep in mind: Spring Production sale spring 2019!

Facebook: Pleasant Valley Farms


TCA Intern, Justin Young, Interviews District 28 State Senator

By TCA Intern, Justin Young

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President, Charles Hord, along with interns, Melinda Perkins and Justin Young, have made several trips to Capitol Hill this spring. Specifically, they visited the new Cordell Hull building on Wednesday, February 14th to sit in on the House Sub-Agriculture Committee meeting and meet with legislators. During this visit, Young interviewed the District 28 State Senator, Joey Hensley. District 28 includes Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Perry, and Wayne counties.

When asked why he ran for senate, Senator Hensley responded saying that he ran because felt he could make a significant impact on his community and his district counties. Hensley has always felt that he could represent his people well due to his Senator Hensley.pngprevious involvement on the school board and his former role as the county commissioner. During his time as a senator, Hensley is the most proud of his role in improving education legislation, pro-life legislation, and defunding planned parenthood.

Senator Hensley conveyed a strong feeling of support for our farmers and agricultural communities. Hensley believes that some of the greatest challenges and area of improvement regarding rural communities are broadband access, highway maintenance and funding, and the opioid crisis. Being from rural Lewis county, he feels that he understands the struggles of farmers and rural folks. Hensley stated that the lack of young farmers is alarming, but there will never be a substitution for farmers. Hensley is a supporter of the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP). He believes that it is a great resource for farmers of all ages because it can help offset of the variable costs and difficult conditions that farmers often time endure.

Senator Hensley said that some of the hot issues in this legislative session will include, rural job production, education improvements, teacher raises, broadband access, tax cut-backs, and rural city highway funding.

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association would like to thank Senator Hensley for his dedication to rural communities and agriculture.

Meet the Future Monday: Wingler Siblings of Rutherford County, Tennessee

By TCA Intern, Melinda Perkins

At 13 and 10 years old, Foster and Lauren Wingler have a passion and understanding of the agriculture industry that would be hard to match. With these two characteristics alone, they are equipped to take their operation, Cedar Forest Farm, to a whole new level. They share their perspective and goals for the future in this week’s Meet the Future Monday.

Wingler2Describe your operation.

Our farm, Cedar Forest, is located in South Central Rutherford County. Both of us, along with our mom who is an Animal Science graduate from MTSU, operate the farm. Our dad owns and operates a tree service. We run about 25 head of Registered Hereford Cattle, and go to about 15 shows, including regional and national shows, each year where we show our cattle. We meet a lot of friends and people from across the country.

We love rural America. The passion for Agriculture runs deep in our blood. We are the fifth generation in our family with this passion. We are junior members of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and have both received the TCA/ Farm Credit Heifer Scholarship Award. We are also junior members of the American and Tennessee Junior Hereford Association, as well as, Rutherford County 4-H. We feel that growing up on the farm is one of the best things that has ever happened to us. Our mom, a National 4-H Beef Winner, passed her interest in agriculture to us and we hope to continue this legacy for years to come. The skills we learn by interacting with the animals on the farm will help us go throughout life. We learn responsibility and how to become good productive citizens.

What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

Wingler1Growing up on the farm has allowed us to learn early in life that if you do what you love, invest your time and efforts in what you know, and work hard, great things will happen.

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

Our cousins, the Harts, and our parents have been our biggest role models in pursuing our farming aspirations.

What are you most passionate about in your business?

We think it is more important today, than ever before, to share with others what agriculture is all about. So many people are several generations removed from any participation on the farm, and we are passionate about showing them the value in our way of life. It is so important to share, either in person or online, our passion for agriculture with others.

What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

One of the greatest challenges that we face today as young farmers is that it takes so many dollars now days to wake up each morning and farm. Because of this challenge, we just can’t do as much as we would like to do. Also, the to-do list grows longer each day due to weather conditions and unforeseen problems—making one feel like they are making no progress at all. On the other hand, living in the country is very important to us. We feel like this lifestyle allows you stay closer to God and nature because you see Him working through you and the animals. Doing our best to take care of the land and seeing a new calf nurse for the first time are two of our biggest joys.

 Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

Our dream for Cedar Forest Farm is to own some of the best cows in the Hereford Breed. We realize achieving this goal will take time and require a great blueprint but we know what we want to achieve. We will rely on the expertise of people who share our same Wingler4passion combined with our ability to twist together some of the best genetics in the industry. We are willing to make bold decisions to continue to move forward with our program.

How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

We will continue to improve and grow our operation by purchasing and breeding the right genetics while allowing our customer base to reach new heights. We are just not satisfied with doing “average.” We want our registered and commercial breeders to report that our genetics produce superior results.

How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

At Cedar Forest Farm, we intend to leave our footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee with satisfied customers. We truly believe that nothing speaks more loudly or boldly than satisfied customers.

What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

Wingler 3Existing farmers could help future farmers, such as ourselves, by helping their fellow cattlemen grow better animals which will in turn contribute to our overall success. By honestly representing the genetics we market for the Hereford breed, farmers would be investing in consumer success while providing breeders a program. Additionally, existing farmers should be a champion for the rural lifestyle, its people, and its conservative ideologies as they go through life. They should work to ensure that the voice of Agriculture is heard and its interests served. We will strive to leave that same legacy at Cedar Forest Farm, too.

What is your favorite beef dish?

 Our favorite beef dish is none other than a good Certified Hereford Steak.