January 30, 2013 by Taylor Angus
My name is Logan Taylor, I am 19 years old, and currently a freshman at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. I am a dual major in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. I enjoy piña coladas and long walks on the beach-nah I’m kidding- but what I do enjoy is teaching people about the world of agriculture. With the latest generation of Americans being, at most, three generations removed from the farm, I feel that it is very important to inform the general public about what exactly it is that we do out on the farm. I have set up this blog to be able to share my story with the world, and to be able to offer my own Taylor-made perspective on what happens every day in the life of a Missouri farm boy. Now let me tell you a little about where I come from.
As I said earlier, I am currently attending college in Springfield, MO, but I am originally from Houston, Texas…County, Missouri (look it up). My father operates as a veterinarian in Houston, and I’ve spent my entire life working cattle, pulling calves, and helping Dad on house calls. My parents both are in charge of around 400 head of commercial cows. So needless to say, I’ve had a lot of experience in the beef industry. In 2005, when I was 11, I began my own business, with parental backing of course. I purchased 3 head of registered Angus cattle from Sydenstricker Genetics in Mexico, MO (again, look it up), and got started in a business that is currently paying for my college education.
I began Taylor Angus Cattle, in addition to the 400 head of commercial cows looked after by my parents. To really understand what I do, I need to explain the difference between commercial breeders and registered breeders. Commercial breeders are your average, every day farmers that make the beef industry go round. They produce calves that are later sold to the feedlots to be fed out and later slaughtered for meat. Registered breeders are breeders whose main purpose is to produce bulls to be sold to the commercial breeders. Registered animals are typically full-blooded of one certain breed, have are recognized by a national association. Commercial animals are typically a hybrid of several different breeds, although that is not always the case.
Anyway, since 2005, my herd has grown to around 70 head, and I am continually trying to improve my herd quality. It is my job to keep track of all of the registration papers, to select sires to breed our females to, and do my best to meet my consumer demands. I do all of this in addition to going to class, working at the campus farm, and homework….lots and lots of homework…
As you will find, I am very passionate about what I do. I love cattle and being around them, and developing those special bonds with them that only a farm boy and his cows can understand. I hope to portray that same kind of passion to you through my writing. As they say in the FFA, “We’re not just plows, cows, and sows!”.