Name: Emily Peterson
Parents: Shane and Lisa Peterson
Hometown: Bronaugh, Mo.
FFA Chapter: Bronaugh FFA, advisor Travis Wait

What is your favorite aspect of agriculture?
“I especially enjoy getting to work with the animals. My favorite part is using the horses to work cattle.”

Ag Involvement: “Outside of cattle work, I show lambs and work with my horses to keep them from getting stale. I set up mineral tubs and feed tubs for the cattle and help vaccinate them. Right now we are catching the bulls to send them back to Kansas until they’re needed again. My project this year is taking care of and keeping records on 150 pairs of Gelbvieh at one place and another 30 at another place nearby. The records include births, mineral usage and other costs.”

Awards: “I have won a Gold Buckle Gala Market Lamb Show and was the 2011 Vernon County Youth Fair Rodeo Princess when I rode a buckskin named Bulldozer during the rodeo.”

Future Plans: “My long-term goal is to be an equine chiropractor. It used to be you could just go to chiropractic school, but now you have to have a degree in animal science first. I will start out at Fort Scott Community College and then go to Kansas State to get the degree I need to go to the chiropractic school.”

Advice for younger students: “The best advice I can give to someone younger is to be ready to work hard and not give up no matter how difficult it is because it’s worth it in the long run.”

Story and Photo by Terry Ropp


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