Hi my name is Dakota Arthur and this is my blog. I grew up on a farm around Salem, Missouri. My family and I raised Quarter and Appaloosa horses as well as commercial cattle. Since we were in the horse industry I began showing horses when I was two years old. I had shown horses for twelve years and was also intensively involved in my local 4-H club. Some changes in life then brought me to where I am now in Greenfield, Missouri. Since the move I became involved in the Boer goat industry. I began showing the market wethers in 2004 ending that year with the Missouri State Fair Grand Champion Meat Goat and was the first goat to sell in the Sale of Champions. After that year I slowly ended showing horses, however, I still enjoy riding when I get the time and am looking into team sorting. This soon led me to get more involved in the livestock industry. I began raising and showing my own Boer goats and have done extremely well. I have even placed at the American Boer Goat Association national level. I lambs for one year and had a lot of fun with them and then in 2009 I began showing market hogs. I have had very good luck with them. In 2010 and 2011 I received Grand Champion Market Hog at the Ozark Empire Fair. Also in 2011 I received Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Barrow at the Missouri State Fair. In 2012 I also began showing registered Angus and Simmental Cattle. I had two Angus heifers and a percentage Simmental bull and received a few division wins with them as well. That is just a small list of my accomplishments, but what I enjoy most is working with them and creating that bond with the livestock that is virtually indescribable.
I am beyond blessed to have the show career that I have had. I was involved in 4-H for 13 years and FFA for 7 years and contain an extreme passion for the livestock industry. I have started to sell out of the goats, however, I continue raising Angus cattle and hope to gradually be able to increase my herd. I have recently just ended my youth showing career, but I hope to help other young exhibitors and breeders in their journey.
I am currently a senior at Missouri State University in the School of Agriculture. I will be graduating in December with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science and Agriculture Business. Once I graduate I plan on furthering my education by attending grad school. Some of my life goals include owning a farm where I can eventually raise a family and obtaining a job that I can go to work and enjoy every day.
The object of this blog is to cover topics such as agricultural issues, trends, and/or opinions, social media news, reviews, opinions, and/or trends, my life, thoughts on topics that are discussed in my Public Relations in Ag class or any responses to guest speakers that we may have in class, as well as current trends in public relations.
I hope you enjoy and happy reading!