Youth in Ag
Name: Aaron Mattox
Mother: Ginger Mattox
School: West Fork High School, West Fork FFA, Advisor, Justin Hayes
4-H Group: Woolsey 4-H, Leader-Clarissa Barton
What got you interested in agriculture?
“When I was little, I went to the county fair, and I really liked looking at the goats every year. I begged and begged my mom to get me a goat to show. So, finally she gave in and got me two Nubians. Now I have 20 Lamancha and Nubian goats.”
How did you learn to raise goats?
“Well we’ve always lived in the country, although my mom and I didn’t know much about raising goats starting out. We read lots of books and had some great mentors. “Denise Murdock, our extension secretary lives right down the road and she’s always there to coach, help tattoo, answer questions and provide information.”
What have you learned being involved in agriculture?
“It’s made me more responsible. My goats are like family members, like children. You have to take care of them, there’s not a lot of vacation time with dairy animals.”
What do you think some challenges facing the agriculture industry and you personally are?
“As fuel prices go up, so is feed, so that’s tough economically. For me personally, finding time to squeeze everything in is always tough, time to do school work, feed the goats, work with them, and clean them it’s always a challenge.”