Meet Our New Intern – José Bolaños

Editor’s Note:

We at Moreno Ranches believe in the future. Part of that future is superior genetics and the constant improvement of 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. As such, we’d like to introduce one of our new interns, José Bolaños:

José Bolaños, 2019 International Intern

José Eduardo Bolaños Wong was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The country is known as the eternal spring because its climate conditions allow flowers to bloom all year round.

His father comes from a long line of agronomers, while his mother comes from a Chinese-Guatemalan household. He has had an affinity for agronomy since childhood, and this interest pushed him to enroll in the University of Zamorano. He would make trips back and forth to his family’s farm where they grew crops intended for sale in greenhouses. In high school Jose was known for being active all the time and was involved in many extracurricular activities, such as motocross, orchestra, equestrian show jumping and aviation, earning his aeronautical license. He was often described as full of life, energetic and ready to take on any task at hand.

When it came time to choose a university, he was worried about being stuck in a classroom all day listening to lectures about agriculture, but not being involved with the real-world experiences. Then he discovered that at the University of Zamorano, students attend lectures for half of the day and work in the field for the other half. The decision to attend this university was a no brainer. In the University he was also involved with many extracurricular activities including the equestrian club, the soils club and the band.

His love for Brahman cattle developed when he became more involved with cattle management. He was mesmerized by their size and strength and the fact that they were quite docile. This breed is very popular in Guatemala for their adaptability to the extreme tropical climate, the heat, as well as their fertility. He decided to pursue his love for the breed by attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo two years in a row, traveling all the way from Central America to attend.

At the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, he met Kelvin Moreno and learned more about Moreno Ranches. He was immediately hooked on red Brahman and decided that he wanted to own the breed and make a living out of it. He then decided to learn from one of the leading red Brahman producer with 5-year consecutive winners among the top red Brahman breeders. He is beyond excited to start this new journey and feels blessed having been given the chance to learn as much as he can about the breed.

 

Personal Mission Statement

At the end of the internship, I will have the confidence to establish my own ranch and become a major seed stock producer in Central America.

 

Goals

  • Learn all the processes of insemination
  • Be able to exhibit showmanship in a show
  • By the end of the Internship, have sold some straws (semen sale)