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I began studying and learning about meat science at age 14 on the FFA meats judging team. I was already interested in animal agriculture and raised sheep and hogs as FFA projects, but I really found a passion for meats. I continued to participate in meat judging at Texas Tech University, and chose to pursue a Master’s and Ph.D. in meat science at Kansas State University. Now I work at the University of Arkansas where I teach and conduct research in meat science.

At KSU, I met a fellow graduate student and married into the cattle business. My husband, Ed, and I partner with his parents on a 200+ head Simmental cattle farm in North Central Arkansas.

My husband is a fourth generation Arkansas cattleman, so our daughter is fifth generation. My family has farmed and ranched in states stretching from the East Coast to Texas for at least 8 generations, probably more.

We are both first generation meat scientists. He works in research and development for Tyson Foods.

Continuous Improvement

My father-in-law recently implemented rotational grazing on our ranch and that, which has made a real difference in the condition of our cows. 


I write a blog about meat science and the meat industry from a mom’s perspective called Mom at the Meat Counter. I also share about our farm and cattle through facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram.

I helped to organize a farm tour of local farms for ladies from non-ag backgrounds called Moms on the Farm Tour. We took ladies on a tour of a beef farm, a dairy and a poultry farm, then hosted cooking demonstrations using the foods we saw in production. We’re planning additional tours.

I’ve worked with students in the Block and Bridle Club at the University of Arkansas on a project called Meat on Mondays. We hand out free packages of Beef Jerky to students on campus with information promoting the positive aspects of eating meat. We also send students to the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock to hand out beef jerky.


  • American Meat Science Association
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • Block and Bridle Club advisor
  • Ag Chat
  • Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association
  • American National Cattlewomen’s Association