For the Love of Brangus
They say when you work towards your passion, it never feels like work. For AgAmerica Team Member Quinn Carter, her passion is working with Brangus Cattle and the greater ag industry. As a receptionist, she’s likely one of the first people you’ll speak to if you call AgAmerica Lending; she’s also someone you may have run into at the National Junior Brangus Show, or at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) while she is working on her degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
Carter has lived around agriculture her entire life. “I am a 3rd generation rancher out of Haines City, FL,” she shares. “I became very active in FFA in high school where I started showing pigs, registered Brangus, and poultry. I was also involved in livestock judging and vet tech to help me increase my knowledge for the future.” It was the Brangus cattle—a blending of Angus and Brahman cattle—that really sparked Carter’s interest. “I found my passion when I started showing Brangus cattle, and that is when I decided to start my own herd, traveling to shows and cattle sales promoting my brand.”
In between working at AgAmerica Lending, managing her herd, and taking classes at HCC, Carter travels the southeastern U.S. to attend Brangus Shows. Her most recent was the National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS), which was held July 17-23, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Such shows achieve a lot in a short span of time. “Juniors and breeders from across the country travel to the show to promote their state, their cattle, and of course to see their friends and have fun,” Carter explains.
She currently serves as the President of the International Junior Brangus Breeders Association (IJBBA), and is the past President of the Southeast Region Junior Brangus Breeders Association. “The IJBBA board’s job is to organize and oversee NJBS,” Carter says. “We works endless hours on contests for the juniors, such as skill-a-thon, quiz bowl, salesmanship, team fitting, and even a speech contest. This year, I am in charge of the costume contest. This is where a junior will dress up along with his/her Brangus heifer and show us their creativity and showmanship.” She’ll also be competing in a few competitions herself.
Shows like the NJBS bring Carter closer to others who share her passion for agriculture. The “NJBS offers the opportunity to get involved with many wonderful contests and activities, meet new people, and learn about the Brangus breed,” she says. Her time at AgAmerica Lending offers the same opportunities for a young agricultural entrepreneur like Quinn Carter. “AgAmerica has opened many doors for me this past year. I have learned marketing and sales skills that will continue to help me be a better cattlewoman,” Carter observes. “Working here also gives me the opportunity to stay in touch with farmers, ranchers, and agriculture businesses across the country.”
Carter’s future plans also include giving back to agriculture. Once she’s earned her AA in Pre-Veterinarian Medicine, she plans to transfer to the University of Florida to work towards obtaining her Bachelors in Animal Science with the emphasis in large animals and animal nutrition. Not one to be idle, she assures, “I will continue raising and promoting my Brangus cattle and be an encouragement to other juniors and ranchers in the cattle industry.”
AgAmerica Lending is the nation’s premier agricultural land lender because we have land loan specialists who have their own agricultural backgrounds. With a deep understanding of the industry, we’re able to better serve the nation’s farmers and ranchers, helping them grow and prosper.