• Age: 12
• Hometown: Mountain Grove, Mo.
• Parents: Ryan and Rhonda Curtiss
• Siblings: Briley, Tatumn and Tripp
• 4-H club: Mountain Grove School District 4-H
• Club Leader: Ramona Andrus
What is your involvement in agriculture?
“I usually milk cows, feed the bottle calves, and work on the tractor. Just do anything on the farm that I can do: brush hog, feed cows and move hay. We have many Holsteins and two beef bulls we breed the cows with and then we sell the calves. ”
What is your favorite part of living on a farm?
“Being outside, working with the animals. Being with my dad, mom and sister; with my family.”
What are your future plans?
“Being a pro-athlete; a football running back or linebacker, but if that doesn’t work out I want to be a dairy farmer here or up in Michigan. I mainly want Holsteins. I like the way they look, the milk they produce and they’re just a good cow all around.”
What is the best advice about agriculture you have received?
Braydon’s father who is a fourth-generation dairy farmer tells him: “Don’t overwork the animal or yourself. Take it slow and easy. There’s always time.”
Awards: “I got junior champion in swine. We did a trip last year with our 4-H group and some others. We went to different farms, with sheep, cows, swine and goats. We judged them on their structure, their feet to see if their feet were good and got belt buckles.”