New Agrarian Voices

Learn about the impressions and experiences of each year's cohort of apprentices in their own words.

 

 

 

 

Jaelee Weir, APPRENTICE, Barthelmess Ranch, Montana

REFLECTIONS AFTER THE FIRST MONTH
May 2022

I grew up on a farm and ranch in southeast New Mexico, which has immersed me in the agricultural industry throughout my life. I was in both 4-H and FFA in school and raised and showed many species of animals.  I have helped on the family farm and ranch since I was little helping to gather, brand, and vaccinate cattle, and rake and bale hay.  I have always enjoyed working with cattle and other livestock and messing with horses, but I felt that I hadn’t received enough hands-on experience in the ranching management aspect. Nor do I have much experience with electric fencing, machinery, or mechanics. 

I love to see and learn new things as well as go to new places.  I became very excited to find and get this opportunity to learn these things in a new state and learn how other operations handle their cattle. Through this experience, I hope to learn as much as I can about the agricultural industry and its operation. I want to learn the economics of the industry and the financial aspects of different operations. I hope to learn more about machinery, welding, and fencing to assist in these areas when I return home. I want to learn more about soil health, land management, and the conservation of different wildlife species. Regenerative practices intrigue me, and I hope to bring more of them home with me. Overall I hope to grow as a woman in agriculture and learn more about myself and my interests through this experience.

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