Youth in Ag
Name: Tyler Jones
Parents: John and Cindy Jones
4-H Group: Lincoln, group leader Grace Ziler
How are you involved in agriculture?
“My mom grew up on a farm, and got me started with Limousin bottle calves. I took them into the show ring, and would talk to the judge. I liked it!” Cindy, Tyler’s mother, added, “We got him started as soon as he was able to hold onto the calf and the lead. In the Peewee Class, they don’t get into judging, but see what the ring is like.” Tyler continued his involvement by joining 4-H two years ago. He’s now a seasoned participant of jackpot shows, county fairs and youth events. “I’ve won a lot with my Limousin heifer, Flicka. She’s pregnant now, and I’d like to get a good heifer from her. I’m really watching her closely because she’s due this week,” Tyler said.
“I also help out in the field when Mom and Dad are putting up hay. I rake, drive the truck and get the tractor for them,” he added.
Who are your role models?
Tyler is quick to answer that question. “My mom, and my Grandmom. My Grandmom (Debbie Youngblood, Cyndi’s mother) helps me a lot with the cows. She’s helped me pick out good cows, and she’s sold me some of her cows. She’s part of the fair board, and has taught me a lot about showing. One of my favorite times was when she was helping me wash the cows – one of them got suds on its tail, and flicked them onto my face,” Tyler smiled.
What have you learned, growing up on a farm?
“It teaches you responsibility and how to feed and take care of animals. It makes you realize where all your food comes from. Some of my favorite times are when I get out with the heifers and just play and walk with them.”
What are your goals?
Tyler said for now, he wants to continue to actively participate in 4-H, and enjoy Flicka and his other cows. He plans on joining FFA, and will keep showing his Limousins until he’s 21. “I’ll go to college, but I don’t know what I’ll do yet. As I get older, I want to help other, younger kids out at fairs and shows.”