Makayala Dockery of Washington County, Tennessee is the spotlight of this week’s Meet the Future Monday. Makayla enjoys working with her family on their family farm and showing cattle alongside her mother, but she is also always looking towards the future of her operation and her future career as a Veterinarian. Read our Q&A with Makayla below to learn more!
Describe your operation.
We are a small Angus/SimAngus family farm and we have about 20 head. We add about 4 to 5 additional head each show season and are expecting to start showing our first bred and owned this year. We also have some commercial cattle.
What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
I just enjoy spending time with the animals and my family. It’s hard work sometimes but it pays off.
Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
I would have to say my mother. She grew up showing cows and she is still really passionate about it now and pushes me more than anyone.
What are you most passionate about in your business?
I would like to produce good cattle and be a large animal Veterinarian in the future.
What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a cattle producer?
We have had to battle the growing cost of feed and also changing illnesses like the new strands of pinkeye. It’s been a tough year where we live for that.
Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
As a Veterinarian; I hope to be busy but still have the time to spend with family, farming, and showing.
How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
We always try to buy cattle that improve our stock and bloodlines plus help the weight and size of our commercial cows.
How do you intend to leave your footprint on the cattle industry in Tennessee?
I would love to be the next generation of cattle producers that people look to for good quality cattle and do my very best as a Veterinarian to improve medicine and vaccines.
What could the existing farmers do most to help young cattle producers such as yourself?
Keep them interested by helping with things like Agriculture programs and scholarships. The school’s systems have let cattle fall to the side to other programs who are as important but don’t really help the cattle markets.
What is your favorite beef dish?
My dad makes the best steaks and I am up for a good filet any day.