Youth in Ag
Name: Andrew Chandler
Family: Parents, John and Jennifer Chandler, siblings, Anna, Ethan and Isaiah
4-H Group: Lincoln 4-H, Leaders: Bob McNary and Grace Ziler
How are you involved in agriculture?
“I have my own herd of registered Simmental cows. I’m right at 10 now. I show them and my extended family owns Maple Grove Dairy. We’re milking 60 cows. We bale hay and we do crops too,” Andrew said. He said his preference is working with his beef cows, but he helps milk, and helps with all other aspects of the family farm as well. Andrew is also active with his 4-H group’s livestock and meats judging teams. He is a past board member for the Missouri Junior Simmental Association and is on State 4-H Council for two years. “I’m planning to run for a state office this January.”
Why is it important for kids to be involved in agriculture?
"Agriculture is always going to be important. There has to be another generation to rise up and be involved.”
“My family has bred Simmentals for 40 years. And it turns out they’re one of the better ones,” Andrew said with a smile. “I’ve also worked for Double C Cattle Company in Carthage – Heath Covey – and I’ve bought calves from him to show. He has Angus and I like that too. He’s also heavily involved with embryo transfer and AI. I am hoping to get trained in AI this winter.”
What is your favorite memory or moment at the farm?
“When my first bred and owned bull calf was born.”
Who are your role models?
“Bob McNary. He’s helped me learn things, he’s my livestock and meats judging coach. He helped me fill out the application for Missouri Agriculture Business Academy. I was an alternate and it was a good experience.”