Meet Our New Intern: Carlos Andres Garnica Vargas, the Future of the Brahman Cattle Industry
We at Moreno Ranches believe in the future. Part of that future is superior genetics, and the constant improvement in the Brahman cattle breed through sophisticated animal husbandry technology. Technology is part of that future, a passion for the Brahman breed is part of that future, and so are our youth. We’d like to introduce Carlos Andres Garnica Vargas, in his own words:
“My name is Carlos Andres Garnica Varga. I am twenty-one years old. I was born in Los Amates Izabal, Guatemala on June 10, 1994. In addition to my parents, I have two younger brothers. I lived in Los Amates Izabal until I was two years old and then my parents moved to Guatemala City. I was raised in the city, but spent a lot of time in the country fields of Izabal, too. My dad’s business has always been the land–for forestry, agriculture, and beef cattle breeding. As a child, I spent most Mondays to Fridays in the city, but on many weekends and most of my vacations my dad took our family to the ranch to work with cattle and to work in the cyclical business of cutting the trees and then selling the wood and then reforesting.
I like to practice sports such as boxing, riding mountain bike, wakeboarding, and playing water polo; but my biggest passion in life is the same as my dad and grandfather: harvesting the land and creating the highest crop production possible. I also like working with livestock. I went to school in the city from kindergarten until I was fifteen years old. Then I started studying agriculture and animal sciences at the National Central Agricultural School (ENCA, in Spanish), located about eleven miles from Guatemala City, to get my Agronomist degree at medium level. After I graduated as an agronomist at ENCA, I continued my college education at the Panamerican Agricultural University, Zamorano, located at Honduras. It’s a four-year program that includes a learning-by-doing component, which ENCA also had. The program consists of a series of working modules that all students must complete and demonstrate competency. I’m actually in my fourth year of the program and I’m doing my internship in the United States of America, with one of the world’s top American Brahman Cattle Breeders, Moreno Ranches, Inc., in Florida. I’m very glad that the Ranch extended this magnificent opportunity to me to learn more about Brahman cattle breeding, and I’m sure that it’s going to be an experience that will expand my knowledge and help me to have my own cattle ranch in my native country in the near future.