Meet the Future Monday: Ty Maynord of Overton County, Tennessee
At only 10 years old, Ty Maynord from Overton County, Tennessee, has life on his family’s cattle farm all figured out. Ty knows how to work hard and have fun, he knows how to help his dad with daily chores, and he knows the importance of using A.I. and embryo transfer to improve his operation. Read our Q&A below to learn more about this devoted, 10-year-old cattle producer.
1. Describe your operation.
We run 30 registered Angus cows and hay on about 100 acres. 2. What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
I can't imagine not growing up on a farm. There is always something to do but we find time to have fun too. One winter, we had a big snow and my dad made a sled with a feed trough and pulled us through a field. In the summer, when it gets really hot, I sometimes "fall" in the water trough. I enjoy everything about being able to grow up on the farm. It's hard work but it's also fun too, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
3. Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
My dad is my biggest role model. He has taught me a lot and helped in getting my herd started. My dad used to show cattle when he was younger and has also helped me get my start in showing.
4. What are you most passionate about in your business?
I am passionate about showing cattle. I have been showing for two years and I really enjoy it. I enjoy meeting new friends who love showing cattle as much as I do. I really enjoyed the Preview Show at Lebanon this past summer. I attended my first Tennessee Junior Angus meeting and met lots of new friends. I am looking forward to showing at Junior Nationals in Kentucky next year.
5. What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a cattle producer?
I am 10 years old and in third grade. In Tennessee, to qualify to show cattle in 4-H, you must be in fourth grade. In some states, the eligibility is by age and not grade. This has been a challenge for me because I work really hard with my show cattle and miss out on the chance to compete in shows, like Expo.
6. Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
In ten years, I will be in college for agriculture. I will also be able to help my dad more with the day to day operation, and to apply the things I learn so we can keep improving our herd.
7. How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
Continue to use A.I., and we just did our first embyro transfer this year. We are working with NRCS on fencing out our creeks and other waters, and cross fencing so we can better utilize our land.