By TCA Intern, Melinda Perkins
Hailing from Henning, Tennessee, this week’s Meet the Future Monday is the brother-sister duo of JD (14) and Addie (12) Rankin. These two individuals are no strangers to the show ring but their real passion and success lies in bettering their cow herd and operation. The future is bright for these two, young cattle producers.
Q: Describe your operation.
Our family owns and operates 4R Herefords, a 170 acre, 80 head Registered Hereford operation in Henning, TN. We select our best heifers to show and retain others as replacement heifers, selling any remaining heifers as registered stock or, along with steers, at our local market. Bulls are sold to local commercial producers.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
JD: I have enjoyed learning how to work hard and to be responsible because most people my age lack either of these skills
Addie: I have enjoyed learning responsibility and teaching my friends about farm life.
Q: Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
JD and Addie: Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and Autism advocate.
Q: What are you most passionate about in your business?
JD: Working harder than other cattle exhibitors so it pays off in the show ring.
Addie: Learning all I can from my parents and others I have met to be a better cattle producer.
Q: What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
J.D. and Addie: Time. We have multiple after-school activities along with working on the farm.
Q: Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
JD: My parents plan to retire from their jobs to the family farm. I hope to have finished my education, or be in the process of continuing my education, while assisting my parents as much as possible on the farm.
Addie: I hope to become a veterinarian and will have been accepted in vet school. I hope that while becoming a vet I can help my family with the health issues of our cattle.
Q: How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
JD and Addie: Our family is all about improving our genetics, so we want to improve our genetics even more, so we can produce better quality show animals.
Q: How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
JD: Our family is all about improving our genetics. I hope that I can improve our genetics so much, that people from all around will be wanting a piece of our herd’s genetics.
Addie: I hope people will remember me as a hard worker who takes very good care of her animals.
Q: What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
JD: Farmers just need to tell future farmers that it’s going to be hard and show them how to work hard and persevere through the tough times.
Addie: Take time to teach us what they already know.
Q: What is your favorite beef dish?
JD: Filet Mignon with a loaded baked potato on the side.
Addie: King Ribeye Steak with a baked potato on the side