As Toby Keith sings:
I wanna talk about me,
Wanna talk about I
Wanna talk about number one oh my me my.
What I think
What I like
What I know
What I want what I see.
I like talkin’ about you, usually,
But occasionally I wanna talk about me!
Ok, so maybe I’m not Toby Keith, but I do wanna talk about me!
Hi, I’m Kathleen. I grew up on a small cattle ranch in South Texas. You’ve probably never heard of Riviera, but that’s the place I call home. It’s where I grew up and where I learned many of life’s tough lessons.
I’m a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M University. Whoop! I got my degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism and now here I am – a sales representative for The F.L. Emmert Company. Basically, I represent our livestock supplement ShowBloom. I love my job and am thankful I get to wake up every day and spread the word about a product I not only used when I showed, but one I truly believe makes a healthier, happier animal.
Let me back up a bit.
My momma and daddy raised me right. Probably before I could walk, I started out riding horses. That was what I loved to do. As my brothers and I got older and were able to begin showing, we started out with pre 4-H goats. Man, I hated those things! I think my parents got the meanest, most stubborn goats they could find for us to show.
As soon as we could, we switched to pigs. But not a day went by that I wasn’t begging to show heifers. I knew my dad would eventually give in, but we had to compromise.
And there was no turning back.
Soon showing became what we did as a family. From going to shows to lovely early morning feedings and Sunday afternoons in the barn, we did it all together.
I’m not going to say we were always happy to be out there, but looking back I wouldn’t change it for the world. My sophomore year I got what I had been begging for – my heifer. Carson quickly became part of the family and still is seven years later.
When I got to Texas A&M I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I always told my parents, “I just want to do something in agriculture.” I didn’t care what; I just wanted to be part of the industry that meant so much to me.
As graduation neared and this opportunity with Emmert arose, I knew this was exactly where I was meant to be.
After going away to college, moving to San Antonio, and getting married, I have grown to appreciate and love my agricultural background. I hope Show & Tell allows me to stay up-to-date on the agriculture industry while connecting me with customers and their questions.
It’s a great feeling to play a very small role in the most important industry in the world.
After all, where would we be without agriculture? Naked and hungry.
The opinions of Kathleen Best are not necessarily those of The F.L. Emmert Company or ShowBloom.