Age: 15

Parents: Kevin and Susan Byram

Hometown: Sheldon, Mo.

FFA Chapter: Bronaugh FFA

FFA Advisor: Travis Wait

What is your involvement in agriculture?

“I live on a farm with my parents where we raise commercial cattle, about 700 head. We also farm wheat and beans, probably about 1,000 acres total,” Haley explained while taking a break from working in the cattle barns on a hot afternoon at the Missouri State Fair. “I help on the farm, like checking on the cows.”

At the fair, Haley showed a Lim-Flex heifer.

“I’ve showed sheep before, like my wether dam, that I also helped to raise. I also barrel race. There is a place in Carthage, Mo., called the Lucky J Rodeo Bar & Grill with an indoor arena. They have different events on different evenings, like calf-roping and goat-tying. On Wednesdays they have barrel racing and I compete there, too. “I’ve been in FFA for two years now and I went to Indiana for the National Convention this year. I’ve also been to Washington D.C. for the Washington Leadership Conference. I’ve been involved with showing steers and heifers since I was 8 years old. I won reserve champion on my wether dam in years past at the Vernon County Fair.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I plan to go to Pitt State Veterinary School at Pittsburg, Kan. I’d like to work in general animal health and help on the farm, hopefully back in my hometown area.”


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