I mentioned the other day about trying to make a list of mentors. The people that have helped Jake and I get where we are today. I didn't know exactly where to start and how to derive this sort of list. Then it came to me after receiving the most horrific, sad and disappointing news. Last night Jake's Dad called to tell him Rick Wyer was killed in a tractor roll over accident while raking hay. I was so shaken by the news, because he has a wonderful wife and two boys. I couldn't help but think of all the farm wives including myself that this could happen to. I also thought this would be an excellent place for Jake and I to start the blogs of thanking people for mentoring us.
Rick has always been a source of information and advice about the breeding of cattle. Rick although he had no PhD in beef genetics, was outstanding in the field of mating the right cows to the right bulls and raising exceptional offspring. This bull was just one of them. He also had an eye for finding the great ones. He did this in the middle of pastures across the country, in show barns, sales and auction rings. He was a confident, but never arrogant or rude. He would give an opinion only when he was asked, and then he was never harsh.
WYR Impulse 1 CA Chiangus ACA # 240047
Impulse was the 1999 ACA sire of the year, 1996 National Grand Champion Chi bull at Louisville and Reserve Champion bull at the 1997 Denver Chiangus Classic. This was after pasture breeding cows during the summer of 1996! Impulse offers the flexibility needed in all segments of the beef industry. He has tremendous muscle mass on a long, loose skeletal structure that is moderate framed. Impulse has excellent testicular development measuring 41.75 cm in Denver and that “breeding bull” look. Impulse is out of a Pine Drive Angus dam and was sired by Total Play CAX.
Not only was he excellent at breeding good cattle. Rick also sold cattle and mentored many youth, including Jake. When I started teaching at Logan and students were looking for calves to show at the fair, I went to Rick. He had calves for every level and at every price. He helped me find calves for students with the smallest of budgets. I am not sure he knew the impact he made by helping these girls.
|Hilary Bailey with a Grand Champion steer Rick helped her find. Hilary is an Agriculture Education graduate of The Ohio State University.|
|He helped Ashley Meyer (who later was hired at John Deere and worked with him) find this steer.|
|Helped Kristy Klingenberg win Reserve Grand Champion at the Hocking County Fair. She is almost a Junior at The Ohio State University studying Animal Science and hopes to continue on to become a veterinarian.|
|He helped Katie Barnhart purchase her first steer project. She is now at The Ohio State University studying Animal Science and hoping to continue on for a masters in Animal Science - Equine.|