A lesson in agriculture advocating from the Back House Boys

In the WKU Agriculture Department they’re known as the “Back House Boys.”

This lofty title originates from the fact that the WKU Farm Beef Unit employees live in the house that is, literally, in the back of the farm. (Original, huh?)

The Back House Boys (l-r) Nathan, Seth & Josh

The day to day job of a Beef Unit employee is basically same as that of any beef producer.

The boys wake up early, make sure all the cattle are fed and healthy and handle any situation that is out of the ordinary.

Unlike many beef producers, however, these young men balance their farm responsibilities with a full course load on campus.

As if they aren’t already busy enough, they came to our rescue yesterday for the Kentucky Beef Council’s “Meat Your Neighbor” Tour in Bowling Green.

Josh shares the medical records that are kept on cattle

A stop at the WKU Beef Unit was planned and at the last minute we realized that our scheduled speaker would not be available.

The night before the tour, we were headed to the “Back House” looking for help.

After explaining our situation, the Back House Boys volunteered to speak, sharing with visitors what goes on at the WKU Farm.

They were amazing!

With virtually no preparation the boys taught our visitors about WKU’s beef operation. They went into great detail about animal health, beef cattle nutrition and preparing purebred stock for shows.

No question went unanswered.

Nathan shows tour goers a handful of feed & discusses beef nutrition

The boys were open and honest with the tour group; patiently explaining even the most complicated questions.

Several hours later, I approached several of the tour’s participants to discuss what they had learned for a story for my journalism class.

Almost every person I talked to mentioned that they were impressed with “those boys at WKU.”

Did the boys do anything out of the ordinary? Nope.

They were still cracking jokes and picking on each other like college guys do.

The reason they were so effective is that they allowed their personalities to show. By being their lighthearted, fun loving selves they were able to tell their story and make a lasting impact on tour goers.

It doesn’t always take years practice or hours of media training to teach people about farming. Sometimes, its all about being yourself.

About Celeste

Celeste grew up on a family beef cattle and show pig farm in Western Kentucky. In addition to farming and life as a restaurant wife, Celeste owns Celeste Communications where she works as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer and consultant. This blog is Celeste's personal soapbox. Any ranting or raving is her own and does not reflect the opinions of any of her clients. All photos and posts are copyrighted property of Celeste Communications.

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