Emily Ivey is the focus of this week’s Meet the Future Monday. At 20 years old, Emily has seen much success in the livestock industry, and specifically, the cattle industry. Emily’s commitment to doing things the right way has allowed her to grow her operation, Peaceful Valley Farm, to new heights. Away from the farm, Emily serves on the American Junior Simmental Association Board of Directors, and recently graduated with her Associates Degree from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Il. Emily will attend Iowa State
University in the Fall as she continues to further her knowledge in order to grow her operation. Read the Q&A below to learn more about Emily.
Describe your operation.
I live on a 211-acre farm in Loudon, TN where we have a 70-head cow/calf operation including my small herd of registered Simmental cattle. We raise feeder cattle, replacement females, and bulls all while putting up our own hay.
What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
What I have enjoyed most would be the skills that I have learned. I can do all kinds of different jobs just because I was raised doing so many different tasks. This has allowed me to be so much further ahead in life than many other people my age.
Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
My biggest role model and the person that helped me discover my passion for raising cattle was my grandfather. He raised cattle most of his life and taught me many of the valuable skills I know today. Growing up, I would always go and help him with projects around the farm. Anything from working cattle, fixing fences, or making hay. He played a large part in helping me find my passion.
What are you most passionate about in your business?
The easy answer to this question would be cattle. I am extremely passionate about my cattle and how they are presented to other people. Although what I am most passionate about is helping younger generations learn about cattle just as I was taught when I first started out. We need more kids involved in the cattle industry since it has more opportunities to further their future than any other extracurricular activity.
What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
The greatest challenge I face is showing the rest of the world what I do and why I do it. Many people do not understand why I would want to spend countless hours working on cattle, but that’s what it takes to raise cattle. The cattle industry needs to work harder at telling their story to the consumers.
Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
In ten years, I would like to see my operation raising quality Simmental seedstock cattle and making a profit. Many producers raise cattle and lose money, that’s not my goal. I also want to be working towards having a production sale of my own and have a job in cattle reproduction.
How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
I will always be improving my operation. This could include better cattle, higher quality forages, and even being more efficient. One big way I will always be improving and growing my operation is by never settling for mediocre.
How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
The footprint I want to leave on the beef industry in Tennessee is for people to know they can come to my operation and buy quality, valuable genetics that will last in their own herds for years to come.
What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
The more experienced farmers can help young farmers by sharing with them the experience and failures they have been through. There is no one better to learn things from than someone who has already lived through it.
What is your favorite beef dish?
My favorite beef dish is a New York Strip steak.