These days “buying local” is all the rage, and while this might make sense if you are popping down to the farmer’s market for some eggs, organic honey or fresh produce, it might not be the way to go with your cattle.Read More›
In this country it is not considered a virtue to hide your light under a bushel: Be the Best, Number One, Top of the Heap.Read More›
Darren D. Henry
Darren D. Henry grew up on a small cow/calf operation in east Texas. He left his home town of Porter, TX in 2006 to attend Texas A&M University, where he completed the requirements of a BS in Animal Science and Agricultural Leadership and Development. After completing his undergraduate course work, Darren chose to pursue a MS from the University of Florida in Animal Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo. His MS research was focused on altering rumen fermentation to mitigate methane production and subsequently increase the efficiency of beef cattle. Darren graduated with his MS in December of 2013 and he is currently working with Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo on his PhD in Animal Sciences, again attempting to alter the rumen micro-biome and fermentation to increase the efficiency of beef cattle production.
University of Florida
Originally from Sao Paulo state, Brazil, Vitor R.G. Mercadante comes from a family with a strong agricultural history, and naturally became passionate and enthusiastic about agriculture, especially beef production. This passion led him to the Sao Paulo University, to obtain his Doctor of veterinary medicine degree. At this time he served as the director of beef production for student enterprise consulting on agricultural issues called, Conapec Jr. This experience allowed him to learn firsthand how important research is in solving everyday problems that beef producers encounter. After completing his degree in veterinary medicine, Vitor obtained his MS degree at the University of Florida under Dr. G. C. Lamb focusing on strategies to improve feed efficiency of beef cattle systems. This unique experience during graduate school gave Vitor the desire to further his studies in animal physiology and molecular biology, and he is expected to complete his PhD program in the summer of 2015.
Manager Tic Tac Toe Ranch Frost Texas Tammy Watts of Frost, Texas, is no stranger to the cattle industry. With a passion for agriculture, Tammy, a registered
Brahman breeder, has a reputation for breeding and feeding some of the world’s leading Brahman cattle. Tammy was born and raised on the famous Tic Tac Toe and Watts Ranches. Her parents, Max and Shirley Watts, instilled in their three daughters a love for all livestock and strong principles of hard work and dedication. Tammy and the Watts family are known for producing the number one herd sire in the history of the American Brahman Breeders Association, +WR Mr Suva 203. For decades the Tic Tac Toe and Watts brands have been synonymous with exceptional quality and genetics that lead the Brahman breed in productivity and performance. In 2008, Tammy returned to the family ranches. Since that time she has devoted her expertise and extensive knowledge to managing the Tic Tac Toe cow herd and overseeing the ranch’s show cattle fitting operation. Tammy has prepared show cattle for clients across the United States and Latin America. Her expertise is not just limited to registered Brahman cattle; Tammy has represented clients in multiple breeds of cattle and the championships awarded at various levels of livestock competitions nationwide are limitless. If not at the ranch, Tammy can be found in the show ring, her love for exhibiting cattle and putting her clients in the winner’s circle defines a large part of her lifestyle and career.
Associate Professor Director, Wedgeworth Leadership Institute Dr. Carter was born in raised in Maine and came to Florida with work experience in Maine’s Cooperative Extension Service. Dr. Carter was a graduate student in the first class of doctoral students in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. While working on her doctorate in agricultural leadership, she also worked as the program coordinator for the Florida Leadership Program which was renamed the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources. After graduating with her PhD in August of 2004, she became a faculty member in the department. Within this appointment, she is the Director of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute, in addition she teaches undergraduate and graduate
courses in leadership development and continues her research on leadership programming. She also conducts leadership workshops and presentation throughout Florida, and the nation, for various organizations and industries. Click here for full profile.