Meet the Future Monday: Heath Quick of Shelby County, Tennessee
Just like his favorite beef dish, this week’s Meet the Future Monday likes to keep his operation plain and simple. Heath Quick of Shelby County, Tennessee has seen much success by sticking to the basics and working hard in his operation. Read our Q&A with him to see how he plans to continue doing this to take his operation to the next level.
1. Describe your operation.
Our farm is a small, family run, cow/calf operation of registered Herefords, in southwest Tennessee.
2. What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
I have always enjoyed having a job or task to do when I need a break from homework. Also, watching my cattle mature from calves to productive cows.
3. Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
My late “Uncle Rick” who introduced us to the cattle industry and taught me much of what I know. He pushed me to learn more.
4. What are you most passionate about in your business?
I am most passionate about setting an example to the public of how real farmers and ranchers treat and care for their cattle.
5. What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
One of the greatest challenges I face at this time is juggling being a full time college student, away from home and still being able to work with my cattle.
6. Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
In ten years, I would like to be running my own contracting business and continuing to grow my cow/calf operation by improving genetics and producing more show quality cattle for my own kids.
7. How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
To grow and improve my operation I will continue to use artificial insemination and invest more into my own embryo transfers.
8. How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
I hope to leave my footprint in the beef industry in Tennessee by being the best farmer I can be and passing on what I have learned.
9. What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?
Existing farmers can continue to take care of their herds, keep improving their operations and being sure that they have a good reputation to pass on for future generations. They can continue to guide us by sharing their knowledge.
10. What is your favorite beef dish?
Plain and simple, steak...medium rare.