Meet the Future Monday: the Johns siblings of Williamson County, Tennessee

R1 loves the Simmental breed, R2 loves the Shorthorn breed, and R3 loves all thingsJohns6 tractor and equipment related. R1 desires to learn all she can about the cattle industry, R2 craves working with her show cattle, and R3 is always itching to learn more about row crops. Although they each have their own desires within the agriculture industry, there is one thing they all have in common… a love for “farm life.” Read below as the Johns’ siblings from Williamson County share more about their family’s operation.

 RuthAnn Johns

12 years old

Member of American Simmental Assoc. and American Shorthorn Assoc.

Outside of raising cattle, plays volleyball and plays clarinet in the school band

RoseMary Johns

11 years old

Member of American Simmental Assoc. and American Shorthorn Assoc.

Outside of raising cattle, plays volleyball

Ransom Johns

10 years old

Member of American Simmental Assoc. and American Shorthorn Assoc.

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Ransom Johns, 10 years old

Outside of raising cattle,    hunts turkey and deer, and will drive anyone’s tractor that will let me.

Describe your operation:

Our family raises about 20 registered Simmental and Shorthorn/Shorthorn Plus cows/calves in Holt’s Corner, TN., where our family has been involved in different aspects of farming for 6 generations. Our parents let us name our farm Rx3 Livestock.

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

Ruthie: I enjoy being around all of the animals and learning new things, but I like that our parents allow us to buy new animals the most.

Rosie: I like being able to go outside and working with our animals, but I like when our animals have new babies more than any other part.

Ransom: My favorite part of growing up on a farm is driving the tractor and baling hay.

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?Johns2

Ruthie and Rosie: Our parents have encouraged us to be involved in the cattle industry and helped by buying each of us a registered heifer and a steer to get started.

Ransom: My dad is my farming role model. He teaches me everything he knows about farming.

What are you most passionate about in your business?

Ruthie: I am passionate about learning more about cattle and how to best take care of them. My study skills have helped me to do well on skill-a-thon at the state beef expo.

Rosie: I am most passionate about grooming our show cattle and getting to show them.

Ransom: I am most passionate about raising crops and harvesting. I want to be a farmer when I grow up and go to school to learn how to work on tractors.

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

Ruthie: The biggest challenges I face as a young farmer are financial challenges. In the future, I feel like large farms will be unavailable or too expensive to purchase over large developers.

Rosie: I feel like one of the biggest challenges is my size. Sometimes it is hard to handle a

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RoseMary Johns, 11 years old. Photo by Turner Livestock Photography

Ransom: Having money to buy equipment and land to farm.

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

Ruthie: In 10 years, I hope that I will be close to being finished with 4 years of college in a vet science field of study. I hope to still be raising quality Simmental cattle and helping my parents with the farm.

Rosie: In 10 years, I hope that I will be in college working on a vet science degree. I hope to still be working with my Shorthorn herd.

Ransom: In 10 years, I want to be working towards a degree in a John Deere Technician program. I also want to have my own equipment including a combine, harvester, hay baler, rake, corn planter, drill planter, disc, etc., and a big farm to run them on.

 How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

Ruthie: I want to improve my cow/calf operation by choosing good breeding stock and AI breeding my registered cows and heifers. My initial goal was to have my own farm bred and raise calves to show. I have almost reached that initial goal.

Rosie: I currently have 6 bred cows, 2 fall heifers, and 1 show steer. I plan to sell my steer in August, continue to show my heifers, and hopefully show some of my new, farm bred and raised, fall babies.

Ransom: I am going to continue buying quality cattle stock, breeding to quality stock, and hopefully selling my own farm bred and raised calves.

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

Ruthie: I intend to leave my footprint by eventually making quality, registered show stock available to young 4-H members. I feel like it will be important to pay it forward and help younger, upcoming youth get started the same way members of our community helped me.

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RuthAnn Johns, 12 years old

Rosie: I intend to leave my footprint by making a name for our farm, a name that means quality show cattle from an honest and trustworthy family.

Ransom: I want to be the go-to-guy for row crops and hay.

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

Ruthie: Existing farmers can help future farmers by offering advice and sharing stories about things they have already tried and were either successful or failed.

Rosie: Existing farmers can help me by teaching me how to work and train my show cattle.

Ransom: Existing farmers can help me by teaching me how to run their equipment and by allowing me to help them farm their land.

What is your favorite beef dish?

Ruthie: I like grilled filet the most.

Rosie: My favorite is when my mom cooks roast and makes brown gravy and mashed potatoes.

Ransom: I love steak with A-1.

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