Age: 7, second grade
Parents: Chris and Nesha Smith
Hometown: Joy, Ark.
School and 4-H Club: Rose Bud Elementary School and Rose Bud Mavericks 4-H Club
Current Involvement in Ag: Jalyn enjoys showing Brangus crossbred calves. She has also shown a goat as well as rabbits, but it’s a genuine love for cattle that keeps her interest. She has independently broke her own show calves the last two years. She said her favorite thing about showing is, “when her calf is good.” Jalyn has been showing cattle since the age of 2.
It’s in Her Blood: In 2004 Jalyn’s parent’s purchased their current farm from Jalyn’s great-grandfather who established this location in 1993. Along with their daughter the Smith family both own and lease land to run their expanding cattle operation Jay H Farms, LLC. The family currently raises Brangus crossbred cattle. She is full of interest and information about the families operation. Her parents say she doesn’t miss a Tuesday night sale at Arkansas Cattle Auction. She can be seen every Tuesday night alongside her father on the front row, often telling him what to buy. It is often said that Jalyn will catch things others might miss that would disqualify cattle from being a good purchase. Her mother said, “she will catch a big teat or bad foot every time”.
Goals for the Future: “I want to be an agriculture teacher.” She also said, she can’t wait until she is old enough to buy her own cattle, because she is going to buy colored cattle. She would also like to show goats again in the future as well as ponies. There is no denying this young lady’s future lies in agriculture.