Parents: Ty and Susie Heavin
Hometown: Fair Grove, Mo.
FFA Chapter: Fair Grove High School FFA
Involvement in Agriculture: Brooke Heavin has grown up in the cattle business. Her parents manage Pinegar Limousin, a large cattle operation in southwest Missouri.
“We have commercial cows that we breed and registered Limousin and LimFlex cows that we breed. We have two sales every year, one in March and one in April, exactly a month a part. The one in March is for people who want cows and the one in April is for people who want cattle to show,” Brooke explained.
What are your responsibilities on the farm?
“Most of the time I am what my dad calls, ‘the professional gate opener’ for him and his assistant. I open the gates and help feed hay. Last year he gave me the gift of knowledge of how to move the hay rings over the hay bales.”
What is your involvement in FFA?
“I am the secretary of our chapter. I keep the minutes for all of our meetings. I keep our points chart updated. You get points for coming to activities and if you get enough points you can go to Farmfest at the fairgrounds or the national convention.”
Brooke has also competed in FFA competitions, including dairy cattle judging, livestock evaluation and Creed speaking. This year she made it to districts in public speaking in the cattleman’s division.
Why did you want to be in FFA?
“I wanted to get involved in FFA because it is kind of like a family tradition. Also, because I think the world needs to be more knowledgeable about everything that goes on to produce all the food that people need.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I want to be an elementary teacher right now, but that can change.”