Meet the Future Monday: Eli Mundy of Claiborne County, Tennessee

Mundy Insta MFMAs a fifth-generation cattleman, Eli Mundy of Claiborne County, Tennessee, knows that it takes hard work to cultivate success. Thankfully for Eli, that hard work involves a multitude of things he enjoys on the farm. Read our Meet the Future Monday Q&A with Eli to learn more about his operation and his plans for success in the future.

  1. Describe your operation.

I am a 5th generation cattle farmer here at Mundy Farms in Speedwell Tennessee, where we have 75 head of beef cattle. I have been showing cattle for five years, and I am currently working on building my own registered Simmental/Angus herd.

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

I mostly enjoy waking up every day knowing that my daily routine involves doing things that mean the most to me. I enjoy going to different cattle shows and meeting new people.

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

In my 15 years of growing up on the farm, I have had many friends and family who have inspired me in many ways. However, my biggest role model would have to be my Papaw. He has taught me most things I know about life on the farm, and he has encouraged me to be the person I am today.Mundy2

  1. What are you most passionate about in your business?

I am most passionate about learning things on the farm that will be useful in my future.

  1. What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young cattle producer?

One of the greatest challenges that I face as a young farmer is making time to get everything done. I am involved in several other activities including showing pigs, sheep, and cattle. I am also active in church activities, 4-H, and FFA. However, I still find enough time to get my chores done on the farm.

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

In 10 years, I’ll be 25 and hopefully have a college degree. It is my intention to focus on a degree in the cattle industry that would benefit me, my family, my community, and my great state. By then, I hope to have more cattle, improved genetics and equipment, and more acreage to allow me and my family a successful future.

  1. How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

As I continue my education, I hope to learn about all the many things associated with the cattle industry that I can bring back home to improve my operation.Mundy4

  1. How do you intend to leave your footprint on the cattle industry in Tennessee?

I hope to be involved with things to help my family and neighboring producers, so they will be proud of me and my accomplishments.

  1. What could the existing farmers do most to help young cattle producers such as yourself?

Existing farmers have learned through hours of hard work. I hope through their hands-on experience they can pass down helpful ideas to me as well as other future farmers.

  1. What is your favorite beef dish?

9oz. sirloin medium rare, loaded baked potato no chives, salad with ranch, and Sprite to drink.Mundy1


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