Although she didn’t grow up a farm, Allison Stoglin from Sparta, TN, took the first opportunity she was given to get involved in the cattle industry. Allison has leased heifers and shown cattle for the Luke Teeple family and Oakdale Farms for the past few years. This experience has allowed Allison to gain an appreciation for cattle production and she is now dedicated to the business. Learn more about Allison in the Q&A below.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
A: I have enjoyed seeing all my hard work pay off for the Teeple family over the years. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the herd grow and seeing the changes made to the herd.
Q: Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
A: Luke Teeple. He’s shown me that no matter how hard the work, the joy and success that you get out of it is always worth it.
Q: What are you most passionate about in your business?
A: I am most passionate about the show cattle business. This is just one way that I can show off the best of the best from my herd.
Q: What are some of the challenges you face as a young farmer?
A: One challenge that I face is not always being on the farm. I also find it challenging to balance farm chores and sports.
Q: Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
A: In 10 years, I hope to be finished with college and operating my own cattle operation.
Q: How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
A: I plan on purchasing select heifers and keeping them as brood cows. I would also like to purchase some heifers for kids to show.
Q: What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
A: Existing farmers need to encourage future farmers to get involved in FFA and 4-H. They can also help young farmers by leasing out heifers for kids to show.
Q: What is your favorite beef dish?
A: My favorite beef dish is a rib-eye.