About Me

A native of urban Palm Beach County, Florida; I was an athlete fueled by beef for many years before I understood “where my beef came from”. ..

I spent my junior high and high school years juggling school and training five hours a day as a competitive swimmer and distance runner.  Backstroke and Cross Country running were my respective specialties.  In the spring of 1993 I graduated Salutatorian from Cardinal Newman High School with two state Cross Country Championships, a couple of second place state finishes in the Backstroke, and several trips to the USS Junior National Swimming Championships. 2013_09_27_mr_Will Feed for Drovers-113

Looking for a “different” life experience in college, I turned down swimming scholarships and headed to the Ivy League.  I arrived at Dartmouth College in the fall of 1993 “a jock”, and I am proud to say that I graduated Cum Laude– having successfully made the transition from jock to intellectual.  My parents questioned the practicality of my psychology major, but I have always had a tremendous interest in the way that the brain works.  Animal psychology particularly fascinated me and this is an interest that I continue to actively pursue today as the caregiver for thousands of animals.

Although I cannot even begin to describe all of the wonderful experiences that Dartmouth College granted me, meeting a farm boy from Nebraska tops the list.  I met my husband Matt only two months after arriving in Hanover, New Hampshire and I knew the moment that our eyes met that my life had changed forever.  We were married in June of 1996 and spent one more year in Hanover before making the move back “home” to Nebraska where Matt’s family owned and operated a diversified farm business.

Two days after receiving my B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College, I put on my blue jeans and went to work at the cattle feed yard.  Although my years as a “city kid” left me with little preparation for working in the cattle business, my years of disciplined athletic training gave me both the mental and physical toughness that I needed to learn to care for cattle and work with Mother Nature.  Right from the beginning, I found tremendous satisfaction from the knowledge that I was not only working hard to care for animals, but I was literally ‘feeding the world’.

Seventeen years later, I am the “boss lady” of the cattle feed yard and still spend my days in blue jeans and boots.  In 2009, I was awarded the Beef Quality Assurance Producer of the Year Award for the volunteer work that I do promoting beef farmer education in cattle care (animal welfare), and food safety.  I am a member of the Tyson Fresh Meats Animal Well-being Committee for Farm Check, the National Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Committee, a Director of the Nebraska State Beef Council, and an avid advocate for the cattle industry.  I greet each day’s challenges with a smile knowing that I am using the gifts and talents that were bestowed upon me to both improve the welfare of the United States cattle herd and the safety of the beef that they produce.

We are a “family farm”, and Matt and I love the personal responsibility that our children learn from taking care of our land and our animals.  We are blessed with three daughters:  Ashley Grace (14), Megan (11), and Karyn (9).   In addition to farm chores, our kids are busy with school, sports and other activities in our community.  I continue to share my love of swimming by serving as a volunteer coach for our local swim team.

 

29 responses to “About Me

  1. WOW! Just happened to stumble across your blog. I LOVE it. Your sentiments echo many of mine. I look forward to following future posts!

    • Anne Burkholder

      Glad that you like it. The blog is actually not officially “launched” yet as I am still working the last few kinks out of it. But, I should be “live” in the next week or so and hope that you will follow me.

      Anne

  2. The blog looks great, Anne! We are so proud to call Will Feeds a CAB partner and look forward to keeping up with the great work you all do.
    -The Black Ink team
    http://www.blackinkwithcab.com

  3. Love what you are doing! I was just thinking I know lots of dairy blogs, cow-calf blogs, and hog blogs, but there aren’t many of us feedlot blogs! Welcome to the blogosphere! Glad you are sharing your experiences!

    Lori aka Grain Girl

  4. Anne, found your blog and website today for the first time. Really enjoyed the professional manner in which you have told the story of modern agriculture. I am the President/CEO of United Egg Producers, a trade association for egg farmers. We, obviously have our challenges with activists and have been trying to tell customers about our farms. You are welcome to go to our websites http://www.uepcertified.com and http://www.usaeggfarming.com to learn about our animal welfare programs. Finally, let me compliment you for being a great spokesperson for the beef cattle farmers. Keep up the good work.

  5. Bryan Hertweck

    Everything looks great! Very cool.

    Keep up the good/hard work!

  6. Great blog! Love the attitude shown in your video. I have added you to the Texas Crossroads links page at http://www.txcg.org/aglinks.html Texas Crossroads is trying to promote agriculture through the various cowboy genres of entertainment, as well as educating about reduced stress cattle handling.

  7. Interesting blog – love the passion and enthusiasm for agriculture. Look forward to reading more.

  8. Cedar Rapids Ag Ed.

    I love this blog. This blog has inspired my Ag 2 class to become more informed with Nebraska agriculture and the people that affect us, especially HSUS and PETA. Thank you for representing Nebraska.

    Mrs. Coufal and the Cedar Rapids Ag class of 2014

  9. Donita Denke

    Great job!! So much of what you say and do applies to the breeding and raising end of beef production too. I’m very glad we have the opportunity to work together . Be seeing you soon, hopefully.

    Donita and Larry Denke of That Away Ranch

  10. Hi there! Just wanted you to know I have nominated you for One Lovely Blog. Please click on over to my place to see what it’s all about!

    http://cheekydiva.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=965&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  11. Life is ironic sometimes. My hubby and I were just watching RFD-TV the other day about the angus cattle as we are interested and getting informaiton on how to run our own farm and saw you on the angus show. Then I was checking out my followers and there you were. I was born in FL also and my Dad was born and raised there. We are just facinated on how to raise cattle better as well as other animals. We are researching and getting as muh info as we can to start our own farm Things have changed since our families had cattle when we were kids. It is also ironic my mom was born and raised in NE and my Uncle and Grandmother still live there outside Herman. My Uncle used to help my Great-Grandfather (when he was alive) run cattle on the family farm until a few years ago when the goverment basically paid him to stop doing any farming for a while and since he has not gotten back to it. He has trees he grows as well as used to have pheasants he raised. Now he works for Cargill driving and making metal buildings and stuff. He has also helped out many feed yards near him he told hubby and I. I am so happy to have found your blog and you mine :)

    • It does seem, at times, that we live in a very small world! I am glad that you got to see the Angus segment and that you are also thinking of raising cattle. It is always exciting to hear of someone who is interested in diversifying their farm with cattle.

      If you ever head back to Nebraska to visit family, please be sure to let me know–I’d love to meet you in person. In the meantime, I look forward to reading your blogs and am very thankful that you have signed up to follow mine. I love your pictures–my sister-in-law is a veterinarian who lives outside of Blacksburg and it is fun to see the beautiful Virginia landscape!

      All the best,
      Anne

      • I got my undergrad degree in Roanoke just down the road from Backsburg… our world is getting smaller ;) I now live up closer to MD/WV tip of VA. We go to visit my Granmother every couple of years in NE, as we can afford, and woudl love to meet you. I will let you know when we get things saved to go back for a visit. We are trying to get things in order and save so we can buy more land somewhere and start the farm we dream of. We don’t have enough for much now. I look forward to keeping up with the cattle part and your life on your bog :) I will try to keep the pictures comming on mine :)

      • I look forward to it!

        Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas/holiday season :)

        Anne

      • You and your family also :)

  12. Kim Waltman

    Oh, my word! Your site was recommended to me at a recent Iowa Cattlemen’s Assocation Conference and I feel as if I’ve found a kindred spirit. You’re right! Life as an athlete does provide the mental and physical toughness to transition to cattle ranching! As a former competitive distance swimmer residing in the city, I have tremendous appreciation for what you’re doing. I recently lept off a cliff into the cattle industry (hoping to grow wings on the way down) in order to perpetuate my family’s 100+year hertiage of cattle ranching. I’m hoping to join the blogging world by mid-January in an effort to better connect people to their food. Let’s stay in touch!
    Warmest Regards,
    Kim Waltman

    • Kim, I’d love to visit with you sometime! Let’s try to get in touch after the holidays. I hope that you sign up to follow the blog :)

      Thanks for reaching out to me. Have a wonderful holiday! I look forward to getting to know you—we are almost neighbors!

      All the best,
      Anne

  13. Bruce

    Hi my name is Bruce and I attend Cardinal Newman, your mom was my english teacher for two years. Recently my AP Environmental teacher, Ms. Anderson, told our class to follow your blogs because we just watched the movie “Food Inc.” Anyway, we will continue to follow your blogs to learn how the beef proccessing really works. Your work is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Hi Bruce,

      It’s great to hear from you! I am so glad that you all are going to follow the blog. I hope that you will both ask questions and also find the information useful. I love it that you had my mom as a teacher—that brings a smile to my face. She is a fabulous and passionate teacher.

      If you have any questions directly about the movie, please send them to me and I would be happy to answer them. It’s been a couple of years since I watched it, but I did participate in a television “farmer panel” discussion on the movie right when it was released.

      Again, it is great to hear from you and I hope that you all will not only read the posts but also participate in the “conversation”.

      All the best from Nebraska!
      Anne

  14. I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award today! In appreciation, it now becomes my turn to make choices! I hope you don’t mind, but… I’ve enjoyed your blog so much that I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you so much for ALL the great help and tips you’ve shared that will help my husband and I with our goals! ~ Teresa

    http://threecedarsfarm.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/a-surprise-in-my-email/

    • Thank you so much, Teresa! I very much appreciate your nice note and the nomination :)

      I also am very appreciative that you take the time to read all of my posts. I am glad that you find my posts informative and interesting!

      All the best,
      Anne

  15. Congrats on your recent nominaton, Anne! You’re such an inspiration!

  16. I just stumbled across your blog. LOVE IT!!!!

  17. Hey Anne, I have nominated you for some blogging awards see http://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/happy-day-three-new-awards/ if you want to check it out :) You don’t have to respond to it, just wanted to let you know I just love being your blogging friend :)
    -Kim

  18. Tim Thatcher

    Enjoyed your thoughts

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