You would be hard pressed to find someone that loves this way of life more than eight-year-old Jake Ozburn from Bedford County. Although he is young and his size may be a disadvantage, Jake is a hardworking young cattleman that has big dreams for his operation. In this Q&A session, Jake shares more about his operation, his favorite things about life on the farm, and his goals for the future.
Describe your operation.
I have cow/calf operation that started with a couple of commercial cows, but I have recently gotten into the Limousin and Limflex cattle.
What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
I enjoy living on a farm because of the livestock and playing with my dogs. I like to see the baby calves grow. I like riding my pony Sally and checking on the cows at my grandparent’s farm.
Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
Everybody has been a role model in my farming aspirations, starting with my parents and both grandparents. The Ozburn side showed me a lot in the dairy part with milking and raising bottle calves and the field crops. The Byrom side with horses, beef cattle, and hay.
What are you most passionate about in your business?
I am most passionate about cattle because I like to show them.
What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
My greatest challenge right now is my size but I can drive the tractor.
Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
I see myself in 10 years having lot of momma cows, a trunk full of banners, and running for the National Junior Limousin board and owning my own International Tractor.
How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
I plan to keep on improving my genetics and my showing skills.
How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
I hope to leave my footprints in TN by making life-long friends and setting a good example for younger exhibitors like my sister and cousins with their show cattle and hogs.
What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
The existing farmers could pass on their knowledge by showing us how to raise profitable cattle and hard work & sweat.
What is your favorite beef dish?
My favorite beef dish is steak and hamburgers, but I like beef jerky to snack on.