My name is Meghan Anderson and I live in south central Nebraska with my husband, Troy, who is also my best friend. We were married in April 2007.
As the gap between consumers and agriculture widens, consumers have questions about how BEEF is raised. Farmers and ranchers can bridge that gap by answering questions and telling OUR personal story. I have a passion for agriculture and beef cattle. I enjoy sharing that story with others who aren’t involved in agriculture, along with those who are.
I started this blog after my friend, Anela, suggested this site to me last fall. Her and her husband are an inspiration to Troy and I. We are very grateful to have them in our lives. I didn’t believe I would have time for a blog, so I kept putting it off. I decided blogging is something I really wanted to try, so I am making time for it.
I wasn’t born into a farming or ranching family. I grew up north of Omaha on an acreage with my parents and younger brother, Devin. My parents both worked in Omaha. I began riding horses at a very early age. God blessed me with horse riding talents, and I didn’t let those talents go to waste. I competed on the local, state and national levels.
Yes I grew up a generation removed from agriculture, meaning my parents weren’t involved with agriculture. My mom grew up on a livestock and row crop farm in western Iowa, but my dad is a complete city boy, growing up in Lincoln. According to the USDA, the average American is 3 generations removed from agriculture. And my immediate family is a good statistic!
I have always had a passion for agriculture and the outdoors. It came from my mom. She is a country girl at heart and has taught me a lot about horses and their care. I was lucky to have parents that supported me and my horse endeavors.
My horse riding talents landed me a scholarship on the Oklahoma State University varsity equestrian team after high school graduation. I knew I wanted to be involved in agriculture and settled on majors in animal science and agricultural communications.
You could say Troy and I have a good story of how we met to share. We met on a personals site on the internet. You could say it was fate how we met. His best friend and his wife created an ad for Troy without him knowing it. I had personals ad but deleted it when no prince charming’s graced themselves across my computer screen! But several weeks later I was bored and found myself browsing matches when Troy’s picture popped across my screen. Of course, I had to pay the $100 activation fee to “connect” with him, and I sure hoped he would be worth it. And the rest you could say is history. To say the least, it was the best $100 I have ever spent!
Troy and I have been married for nine years. We have a commercial and purebred Angus cow herd, background calves, market replacement heifers and also sell a few bulls each year. Troy also has two small businesses that keep him busy throughout the year. One is building fence for other farmers and ranchers. He is also a certified ultrasound technician. He uses ultrasound technology to measure the ribeye size and intramuscular fat (marbling) of seedstock (breeding) cattle. Think big juicy tasty steak! His clients include commercial and purebred breeders. This technology is very useful for cattlemen when selecting bulls for their cowherds. They can make an informed decision on which animals would work best on their cows. They use the ultrasound technology to improve the calves from the desired mating they have researched.
I love our ranching lifestyle. There are many ups and downs, but with each peak and valley, a new life lesson is learned. Troy works sun up till sun down. I help when I can, but having a career limits most of my helping him to evenings and the weekends. Most of my “vacation” days are spent working with the cows and calves!
Troy and I ranch alongside his mom and dad. After college, Troy spent some time working for a veterinarian and also a feedyard, getting more hands on experience and sharpening his animal health skills. He decided to return home to help his parents and build his cowherd. Troy has two sisters and one brother. They are all involved in agriculture. Troy and I live a mile from his parents, and the place he grew up.
I am a ranchers wife, Regional Sales Manager for Turnkey Computer Systems/Animal Health International and an avid Husker fan. I am passionate about agriculture and especially beef cattle. My husband and I do things on our ranch the old fashioned way – using horses. We use four wheelers occasionally, but most of our work is done using horses. I also enjoy taking my horses to town and competing with them at local, state and regional events on the weekends.
I am also an active 4H leader. I enjoy helping youth develop life skills with their horses and livestock. It’s very rewarding when they reach a goal of winning a ribbon or trophy at the county fair and seeing their smile as they walk out of the show ring!
My hobbies include riding and showing my horses, taking pictures, hunting, fishing, taking care of our cows and of course Husker football!
I am an active member of Nebraska Cattlemen, National Cattlemens Beef Association, American Quarter Horse Association and United Horsemen. You can also find me on Facebook and follow Husker Cowgirl on Twitter.
Welcome to my blog! Enjoy my thoughts on agriculture, sharing my stories about ranch life and also my pictures.