Meet the Future Monday: Britain Hutson of Henry County, Tennessee
This week’s Meet the Future Monday is Britain Hutson of Henry County, Tennessee. Britain has seen the benefit of reaching out to local beef producers to better his operation and success in the show ring. As Britain grows and expands his operation, he plans to provide similar opportunities to other youth. Read our Q&A with Britain to learn more!
1. Describe your operation
My operation consist of diversified livestock, including beef cattle and poultry. I own approximately nine laying hens and two broilers. On the other side of the spectrum, I own a herd of four Angus cows and a purebred, registered Hereford steer. While my herd may be small, I prefer quality over quantity since I raise my calves to be show cattle. I mainly focus on my show steer and travel across Tennessee, and certain counties in Kentucky to show him. I was first in my class at the MTSU Block and Bridle show, 2nd in the AOB class at Agribition, Supreme Champion Steer at the West Tennessee Spring Classic show, and 1stin my class at the Kentucky Bluegrass Invitational in Murray, Kentucky. I would not be this successful without the aid of Young Brothers and Howd Farms as they aid me in the showing process.
2. What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
Growing up on a farm has given me so many blessings; blessings that I’m still counting till this day. But, what I have enjoyed most is that there is always something to do or something needing to be done. I have always enjoyed hands-on activities. I’m always finding something to do as I am a visual learner, and I take in knowledge from doing it myself or finding a solution to a problem. I usually find myself varying between fixing nearly all of our agricultural equipment, washing my steer, or just taking apart pallets. I enjoy all of this as I see every day as an opportunity to better myself and agriculture.
3. Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
My father, by far, has been my biggest role model in relation to my farming aspirations. My father grew up not being able to call a mechanic to come fix the car or the hay roller. He had to learn this with his father and brothers when any kind of problem happened on the farm. My father has given me the same opportunities and has given me the knowledge needed to fix nearly everything in our operation. Because of this, I am also able to problem solve and find a generic solution to most mechanical issues whether it is house appliances or heavy duty mechanical needs.
4. What are you most passionate about in your business
I am by far the most passionate of making new friends and meeting new people. I enjoy doing this because this is just one example of how young, future farmers can get their names out there and create bonds that can help you in the future. For example, if you are in need of a summer job or maybe a heifer or steer to show for showmanship you have those connections who can either help you or branch out and find the aid that you need. This is what I believe every agriculturist should be like since we are all working towards the same goal of feeding the world.
5. What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
Being a young farmer can be very challenging but it also comes with great rewards. I have struggled personally with financial stability. Being a part of two extracurricular activities and being as active as I am during show season can take a big toll on you. I would use my money to better my operation while not fully looking at the impact it would have on me financially. I solved this problem by using the knowledge and information my father taught me on agricultural mechanics and mechanics in general. I soon found myself helping neighbors or other agriculturist fixing their hay roller or helping with renovations on their new barn. If I would have never volunteered around my community and put my name out there, I would not be as blessed as I am today with all the opportunities I have.
6. Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
In the next 10 years I see myself graduating from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a major in Agriculture Engineering Technology and a minor in Agricultural Business. My career will consist of fabrication and ag mechanical repair as I work with local businesses, organizations, agriculturists. Along with this, I plan on expanding my herd to be purebred, registered Herefords that are artificially inseminated. One of my main goals is to fully renovate our family farm and operation where we can hold more cattle and also create high quality show cattle that I can provide for the younger generation of agriculturist.
7. How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
I will continue to grow and improve my operation by adding more land and overall a bigger infrastructure. I also plan on renovating the whole farm ranging from our forage production all the way to our poultry production. I will pursue further into artificial insemination with my herd and create prestigious calves that I can advocate to local agriculturists and potential future farmers.
8. How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
I intend to leave my footprint in the beef industry by providing generations and generations of high quality show stock and give every kid the opportunities I was given to make them successful. If I would have never joined up with some of my local beef producers, I would not be as successful as I am today. I plan on sponsoring workshops and other educational activities to give future agriculturist a chance to obtain as much knowledge as possible. Along with this, I would help aid in local county shows and provide adequate show cattle for these young agriculturists to grow and become prestigious with.
9. What could existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
In an era where agriculture is growing tremendously technology wise, it becomes harder and harder for different generations to grow and network since you can find nearly any problem or solution on the Internet. I feel that there should be more field days that give young farmers a chance to meet agriculturist locally and also provide them a glimpse of all the potential they have to be successful. We also as a whole need to work more on networking and advocating agriculture in a positive way. The consumers of tomorrow are always on the internet and social media looking at post that animal welfare organizations reveal that are not true at all. Together we need to get connected more and provide more of a learning experience for the future consumers and more fields days and better ways to reveal the truth not only about Tennessee agriculture but American agriculture.
10. What is your favorite beef dish?
My favorite beef dish is ribeye steak