As a new-comer to farming, Ben Hansen as learned everything about this way of life from scratch and gained a simple, yet sound appreciation for farming and raising cattle. Read our Q&A with Ben Hansen on Robertson County, Tennessee to learn more about this week’s Meet the Future Monday and the plans that he has for the future of his operation.
Describe your operation.
We only have 26 acres so when we decided to breed cows my parents thought it was best to go with quality rather than quantity. We purchased 8 recip cows then bought embryos that’s how we started our herd.
What have you enjoyed most about being on a farm?
I love the space and being able to ride around on my four-wheeler motorbike.
Who has been your biggest role model in pursing your farming aspirations?
My parents; we were new to farming a few years back and they taught me that hard work pays off and to have an open mind when learning new things.
What are you most passionate about in your business?
I think it’s very important to work with your cattle while they are young. It is so much easier to do what you have to do with them if they are used to being around you. We can easily get our cows up by calling them with a bucket of feed.
What are some of your greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
It can be very difficult to stay involved in the farm during football season or when things at school get busy. Also, kids that are not involved in farming often don’t understand what you must do and they think it’s stupid.
Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
I really want to go to college and study engineering. I want to stay involved in the farm and hopefully during my studies I can find ways to help improve our breeding program. One day when I have a family I hope that my kids get to experience working with cattle and how it teaches you responsibility and hard work
How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
They are a lot of clinics out there to help young farmers and I think it’s important to go to them. Things are always changing and technology is becoming a big part of farming I think my generation can use this as an advantage to change how things are done.
How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
I would like our farm to have a reputation for providing quality breeding cattle. By learning how to read EPDs and understanding how to combine genetics we can breed quality cattle in Tennessee.
What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
I think today’s farmers are doing a great job helping kids like me become involved in farming, by teaching us work ethics and setting examples for how to run a successful business. The incentives out there for scholarships are great as well. I think work experience on farms would be a great way to help us learn more on how different farms operate.
What is your favourite beef dish?
I love steak!!