As 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What is your favorite beef dish?
9oz. sirloin medium rare, loaded baked potato no chives, salad with ranch, and Sprite to drink.