If you weren’t working at WVU, what’s the most likely alternative?
I’d probably still be working as an ag. mechanic somewhere. I was trained and
worked for New Holland before I came to WVU, so probably with them.
Moment you knew what you wanted to go into:
I grew up on a farm and we were all the time working on equipment. It just kind of came as a second nature, so to speak.
Moment you knew your current role was right for you:
I was over here doing some work for New Holland and got to looking around. I just kind of liked it here and told somebody if a job came open that I’d be interested. It did, and I applied.
Favorite part of the job:
Just working with different people and different livestock and doing the research that we conduct here at the farm. We’re looking for a correlation of feed efficiency to water intake for cattle. And feed efficiency is a heritable trait. We’re also trying to improve sustainability of agriculture by being able to pick for more feed efficient cattle.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Someplace warm because I get tired of the cold weather. I really don’t know where, just warmer weather.
Favorite part of social distancing:
I can spend more time with the cattle and nobody bothers me.
Least favorite part of social distancing:Not being able to go out and have interactions, to get together with other farmers and talk about things that are going on in the agricultural world. You’re isolated. You’re not able to get together and sit down and have meals.
Just for Fun
Favorite book: Where the Red Fern grows; Old Yeller
Favorite hobby: Hunting and fishing
Favorite Spotify playlist/band/song: Country
Favorite local restaurant: Colts Restaurant
Favorite local activity: Tri-county fair and livestock show