I can’t imagine growing up as an only child. Interestingly enough, none of the members on our 2014 National Beef Ambassador team did! In honor of National Siblings Day, which occurred last Thursday, our team would like to dedicate our blogs this week to our siblings as a reflection of how they have made us better people and better agriculturalists.
Meet my older sister, Cheyenne!
My sister receiving her American FFA Degree.
Cheyenne has always been a great role model to me and has taken a lot of time throughout the years to help me be my best. Being the little sister that I am, I always watched Cheyenne and involved myself in the same activities. Although she doesn’t know it, I credit my sister for being the reason that I became so involved in the FFA. After seeing her compete in various CDE contests, start her own herd of beef cattle for her SAE project, and especially, serve as an assistant officer for our chapter so she could earn her State and American FFA degree, I knew that I wanted to become more involved in the FFA and agriculture, as a whole. If it hadn’t been for my sister, I may never have fallen as deeply in love with the beef community as I am today.
My sister and I have always bonded over our love for the cattle that we raise on our farm, whether it was walking the pastures together on calf checks, working with our 4-H steers in the barn, or helping dad with vet visits in the summer. However, my sister wanted to take her passion one step further and, naturally, her little sister followed suit. Cheyenne and I both served as our county’s Queen of Beef, Cheyenne first in 2010, and then myself in 2012. If it hadn’t been for that experience, I would have never become an Ohio Beef Ambassador or a National Beef Ambassador.
My sister has always been there for me, even if it was just helping me drink from the water hose!
I honestly can’t say where I would be in life without agriculture, beef, and especially, my sister. Starting from a very young age, my sister and I quickly realized how much fun two girls can have on a farm, from wrangling kitties, riding ponies, bottle-feeding calves, and chasing our grandpa’s sheep. Who would have known that years later, we would still be having just as much fun together working in agriculture, whether it is singing together in the hay mows, laughing at how poorly I shift gears on the 4-wheeler, or having late night talks about internships and career goals. I am always reminded of why having a sister is so great, especially when looking back on how I became so connected to agriculture.
As a lesson to everyone with younger siblings, know that they are learning from you every step of the way. Thank you, Cheyenne, for working hard every day and setting such an excellent example for me to lead by.
All for the Love of Beef,