Grant Funderburk from Decatur County understands the importance of portraying a good image in the livestock industry. Grant not only strives to breed high quality livestock and is constantly looking for new technologies to help him do so, but he also strives to present his cattle to the highest degree. Read this Q&A and you’ll understand Grant’s passion for nothing but QUALITY.
Q: Describe your operation
A: I currently live on a 500-acre farm where my family raises a large variety of livestock including our herd of commercial beef cattle. I recently started showing cattle where I am purchasing registered heifers to enhance our herds genetics.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
A: I enjoy the fact of never knowing what kind of daily task to expect while working on a farm. You never know what you will get into from show heifers breaking out of their pens to fixing the troughs that the bulls broke. Every day is a new adventure on the farm.
Q: Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
A: My biggest role model in pursuing farming would have to be my grandfather. He always has advice when I need it, and is always one of my biggest supporters. No matter what type of livestock I wanted to get involved with he has stood behind me through it all.
Q: What are you most passionate about in your business?
A: The thing that I am most passionate about is the way my animals look and are presented at shows. When I am going to a show, I really strive to make them look their absolute best because when showing livestock, it comes back and reflects how your farm looks to others.
Q: What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
A: One of my greatest challenges has to be finding a way to balance all of my time. Having a farm can be very time consuming and being very active in FFA and 4-H there are many times that I am away for long periods of time. Therefore, I have to learn how to balance my time to keep my farm growing.
Q: Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
A: I hope to see myself growing my operation not only in size but also in genetic quality. So that I will be able to produce high quality registered show heifers.
Q: How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
A: I intend to continue working hard to achieve my goals I have set for my farm, and to go to college and get a degree in Animal Science: Production. I then can bring the practices I learn at school back to the farm and put them into use.
Q: How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
A: I hope to produce high quality genetics for farmers to use in their herds to enhance their own genetics, and to produce better quality cattle in Tennessee.
Q: What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
A: The best way for existing farmers to help future farmers like myself is to allow us to work with them in their practices. The best way for young people to learn is to have good hands on experiences, and what better way to gain those experiences than to see it firsthand.
Q: What is your favorite beef dish?
A: My favorite beef dish would have to be a Filet Mignon.