County Road Cattle
Mentoring the Next Generation of Cattlemen
I have throughly been enjoying embracing my Midwest life and learning more about farming. When I had the opportunity to attend my first Pasture Tour I was all in. I’ll be honest, I had no clue what I was going to or what to expect. I was excited to learn though.
The pasture tour was put on by Country Road Cattle. I was impressed with the turn out. There were farmers and students in attendance.
The event started out with a full line up of speakers discussing items like Planning for Success, Fencing and Watering Systems, Developing a Financial Plan and more.
Each speaker was very knowledgable and even though I was 100% sure of all they were talking about I got most of it and learned a lot.
The keynote speaker was Greg Wood. He talked about Staying Focused and shared his experience and success.
The whole event was put on by County Road Cattle which is a joint venture between Marty Little, Al Johnson, and the Stadheim Kids (Meghan, Bennett, and Garrett). I love that this older generation is passing on their love of farming and their vast knowledge to the next generation.
Their mission is to develop a high caliber herd of cattle with exceptional genetics, breed and sell quality show & breeding stock, and mentor the next generation of cattlemen.
After the speakers we feasted on some delicious beef (what else would we be having?!). There were also tours of the pasture and they had a clinic to help youth with a fitting clinic.
While I may not be a farmer I still appreciate the occupation and have a great respect for all they do. Here are my take aways from the day:
“You’ve got to listen to other Farmers that know and to those that care”
I believe this is true with most anything you try in life. There are those who have gone before us and their wisdom from both their success and failures can be helpful.
“We raise cattle, but first we raise grass”
This is so simple, but it’s also deep. I feel like it’s another principle we can apply to just about anything. Your roots and foundation are important.
“Do what’s right for your land, what’s right for your cattle, and what’s right for the next generation”
I love that they are promoting doing what’s right not just in their farming, but for the next generation. They’re teaching the future farmers. That’s important for all of us to do no matter what our occupations are.
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