I was recently asked by Progressive Cattleman to write a piece that would be part of a feature series focused on young people making a future in ranching and the cattle business. I, along with Ryan Goodman and Abby Grisedale, shared about my path into agriculture and the passions driving me forward into what many would say is uncharted waters in farming and ranching. Read more in my post below and be sure to follow the links to read my entire article and also those by Ryan and Abby.
Research today helps sustain ranching for tomorrow
by Jesse Bussard
They find it hard to believe that Pennsylvania ranks 20th in the nation for beef production and is home to approximately 1.6 million head of cattle.
My family has a long history in agriculture – though cattle haven’t always been our main focus, it has always been a part of the farming operation.
Both my grandfathers raised cattle. Growing up, I can remember Grandma Bussard telling me stories of Grandpa’s stockmanship skills and how it wasn’t uncommon for him to be found in the pasture walking through his purebred Angus herd.
That being so, cattle haven’t always been my main interest in life (horses were my first love). It wasn’t until I attended college at Penn State University that the cattle addiction took hold of me. There I became active in Block & Bridle Club and eventually helped form the first ever chapter of Collegiate Cattlewomen on our campus.
It was through involvement in these clubs, my animal science and agronomy courses, and some very influential professors, that I realized the cattle industry was where I needed to forge my path.
- Ryan Goodman’s feature article “Bright opportunity for the milennial generation”
- Abby Grisedale’s feature article “Protecting ‘The Cowboy Code’ and sustainability”