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January 12, 2014

Ag professionals of tomorrow

By TYLER MASK

Students from all over take interest in agriculture for a variety reasons.

For some, it’s because they love the thrill of competition, for others, it’s a way of life. Some may feel called to agriculture because of their family history, and others participate simply because they love it. For whatever reason, these students, who may become tomorrow’s agricultural professionals, are drawn to this lifestyle.

Gabrielle Mercer, a sophomore from Mineral Wells High School, has been at this for years and has no plans to quit either. For Mercer, a mix of things draws her into livestock competitions.

To start, it runs in the family. Her father showed sheep when he was in high school, and her uncle took home the first prize at a show in Houston, Mercer recollects.

When asked what inspired her to show livestock, Mercer said, “My grandpa. He enjoys cattle, and one day he said lets go look at steers,” and the rest is history.

As Mercer recalls, she showed goats for four years and has dabbled in pig shows. At this year’s stock show, however, Mercer showed a Short Horn steer, and took home a Grand Championship.

Her ultimate dream is to become a Steer Drop and go into the cattle business. At this time, she hopes to earn a few agricultural scholarships and attend Tarleton State University.

While at Tarleton, she hopes to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education, or even pre-veterinary work.

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