Tassi Jo and Tucker stay busy in the showring.

11-year-old has own herd, mentors her little brother By Traci Day

3TM Livestock is located in central Oklahoma just about 15 minuets east of Stillwater. Our family has been raising goats since around 2011. We started off with a commercial herd and utilized them for pasture clearing. As the kids grew older, we started to bring in ABGA-registered breeding does to replace the commercial does, so that we would be able to raise our own show goats once the kids were old enough to begin showing. As the kids got older, their love for the goat industry grew so much that they each wanted to start their own program. Tassi Jo and Tucker are both JABGA members who actively take care of their goats, learn how to select for breed character as well as other prefer- able traits.

They have a strong passion for learning the industry and get much enjoyment out of exhibiting their Bred and Owned animals ac- ross the country in both the JABGA and ABGA shows. Tassi Jo got her first taste of showing goats at a local fair, in Pewee showmanship, when she was just 6 years old. Winning that class instilled a fire and love in her for showing livestock that shines through every time she places a lead on her goats. That shy little 6-

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year-old girl has evolved into a fierce competitor in the showmanship ring and has won multiple Local, County, State and National awards. Tassi Jo takes great pride in exhibiting her livestock to the best

of their potential. When she is not in the showring, Tassi Jo works hard with her goats at home caring for them by feeding, watering and doctoring her goats or deciding what bucks she wants to use in her breeding program the next year. Now at just 11 years old, she does not shy away from the hard work it takes to successfully operate and run a herd of goats. Once she turned 9, Tassi Jo made her first purchase of a junior commercial breeding doe. Since then she has branched off and has split her herd into commercial breeding does and ABGA-style does. This allows her to be able to raise and sell competitive livestock in both markets within the goat industry.

She has grown her program from what was once a handful of commercial brush goats, grazing the trees and creeks of our farm, to now being able to raise competitive goats in both the ABGA shows as well as the Youth shows all across the country. The last several years Tassi Jo has gotten into more of the science end of the industry and has purchased 46 head of recips to utilize in her flushing and embryo transplant program.

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