Thank you all for the opportunity to earn a scholarship to help further my education to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It has been a life long goal of mine and I sincerely thank you all for what you are doing with this program!
Thank you all and God bless.
After graduating from OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2022, I plan to return home to Melmore, OH and join my dad in the family veterinary practice. I plan to focus on swine production and management as a practicing veterinarian, while remaining a mixed animal doctor at the current 4 doctor, 3 clinic practice. I would like to adventure in Laproscopic AI work in small ruminants and be able to offer that and other services that are not currently offered at our office.
All while practicing, we plan to continue our family farms growth in commercial pig production, show pig production, sheep flock and grain production. We currently finish around 40,000 fat hogs per year, run 50 show sows and about 30 ewes while grain farming 600 acres. We want to expand all avenues of what we have now with more swine finisher, a feed mill, and possibly a sow unit. We enjoy raising show pigs and interacting with that agriculture sector across the country. We plan to continue growing our numbers and will soon be adding a boar stud to the operation this fall. The ewes are currently commercial sheep that we keep striving to make more and more improvements with and would like to increase numbers in the near future to be more competitive on a commercial lamb sale basis. The same goes for the grain farm. Unfortunately, it takes many years and a lot of capital to buy ground in the Midwest, we hope our livestock business can help with that sectors growth. Our love for raising healthy, quality livestock on our farm is a fire that has never seemed to quit burning, and I do not think it ever will.
My brothers, dad and grandfather have worked together as long as I can remember on our family farm. We hope to continue growing to allow all of our families opportunity to one day return to the farm. With 2 brothers interested in returning home to the family farm/business, we are eager to continue the work and dedication our parents have poured into our existing operation(s).
Before getting too far out of school, I plan to marry and start a family on the farm I was raised. Being brought up on a diverse production farm and involved in food animal veterinary medicine in the corn belt U.S.A., I have been raised with more opportunity than most. I want to give those same opportunities to my children and hope they can eventually give their family the same opportunities we were given.