1. What is one thing that you cannot leave the house without? My phone
2. If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? Loyal
3. What is your favorite vacation spot? At some point of my life I would like to go to Canada on a fly-in fishing trip.
4. What do you hope most people notice about you? Not my gray hair...
5. What is your favorite sports team? Butler University Basketball, but I love to watch college basketball and the NFL.
6. How did you get involved in the swine industry, and how has that influenced your educational and career plans? My parents raised hogs for as long as I can remember, when they decided to get out my brother, Dusty, and I started raising them ourselves. We purchased our first Yorkshire gilt in 1995.
7. Who has influenced you most throughout your life? My parents and grand parents have been very influential in my life. My brother, sister and I had endless opportunities to be involved in many different sports, 4-H, and showing livestock throughout our school career because of sacrifices that our family made for us. In the swine industry I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to ride along with many different people going to shows or going to different farms to look at hogs. Kent Brattain, Jerry Sinclair, Mike Speaker, and Mike Watson all have given me opportunities to tag along with them that I will always be grateful for.
8. What is your biggest show ring pet peeve? Overuse of the whip to try and get a hog's head up.
9. What is your all time favorite show? I enjoy going to all the shows that I can attend Duncan, Belton, and the Expo, but I love to go to the STC/Summer Spectacular. I haven't missed one since the junior show started in Lafayette in 1998.
10. What is your favorite pig that you have either judged or shown? I have a couple of favorites that we have raised and shown: The first would be my sister Jena's Ch. York Gilt at the Indiana St. Fair, it was a very special honor for our family. Second, our Ch. York Boar at the 2003 STC "Undisputed". Third, "Double Shot" was a boar that I thought was the best animal we had ever raised. He died in Top Cut's fire a few months after they bought him at Indiana so the number of sows he got bred to was minimal, but a couple of his daughters were the backbone of our herd for many years.
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