Hi everybody! First off I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to look at my website! I'm so excited to share it with you!
My name is Elysia Bushey and I am a graduate of Mountain Home High School and am now attending Missouri State University and am majoring in Agriculture Education with a minor in Animal Science. I am currently a College Senior and will be graduating in the Spring of 2014. My education has always been extremely important to me and I can not wait to express my love and passion for agriculture to my future students!
I have been showing cattle for about 8 years and it has turned into my passion. I can't imagine myself doing anything else in my life other then being around cattle. My cattle mean the world to me and I hope that you will be able to see that through my site.
I breed, raise, show, and sell registered Gelbvieh and commercial cattle. The genetics of my cattle are something that I take great pride in and I put a lot of consideration into bulls that I use.
I started my own business, Sweets' Cattle Company, back in October of 2008. I was only 16 years old and my parents couldn't have been more supportive. I have to thank my parents in helping me through all my years of showing and for taking care of my cattle while I'm away at college. I know its been a lot of money, time, early mornings, traveling, hotel stays, hot and cold days, arguments, and diesel but my mom has been there with me at just about every single show I've been to and my dad has been absolutely wonderful with feeding my animals out while I'm 2 hours away at college.
A little bit about my Business
My business is called Sweets' Cattle Company because of the way I name my cattle. All of my cattle have been named after desserts. There have been and are names like Cupcake, Brownie, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Chip, etc.
I do have my own sign. My colors are turquoise and Brown. If you see me at any cattle shows you will usually see my sign and curtains hanging above my cattle. Check out my calendar to get dates of shows that I will be attending.
If asked, I will be more then happy to tell you about my cattle and what I do with them. I would love to answer any questions you may have about my cattle or their breed. Its something that means a lot to me and I love talking about it.
I offer clipping services for all cattle, whether they have been bought from my business or not. If bought from my business, however, I will clip the cattle for free. If they haven't been bought I do charge a fee. If interested in clipping services feel free to call any time.
I also am now certified in Artificial Insemination. I went to a class in Galesburg, KS and studied under Dr. Don Coover at SEK Genetics. I may be a beginner, but if your willing to give me a chance then give me a call. The only way I will get better is to get the experience.
People may find it hard to believe, but I used to be absolutely terrified of cattle when I was a child. Growing up we had this really big Santa Gertrudis cow and I was just scared to death of her. And then one day out of the blue I decided I was going to go out in the barnyard and feed her some corn husks. From there I just couldn't get enough when it came to cattle.
I remember when we first moved to Arkansas from Tennessee and I saw the Mtn Home FFA Barn at only 5 years of age. I asked my mom what it was and told her that eventually I was going to have a cow in that barn. Nine years went by and I was finally old enough to have my own cow to put in that barn. I started out with a black baldy steer in the beginning of February, had him halter broke and tame in 3 days flat, and attended a show witin 2 weeks. I fell in love. I fell in love with the whole process of being at a show from being up at 4 or 5 in the morning, washing at 6 or 7 in the morning, and working your butt off until the end of the day. I fell in love with my steer Rooney and how good he was. I fell in love with the competiveness, I just fell in love with it all. I will never forget that day and cold it was, how nervous I was, and how excited I was that I won my class (only with 2 in it but I still won!).
The year after that I had 2 cattle, a registered Gelbvieh heifer (who I still have to this day) and a bred and owned steer. Now I'm not going to go into all the cattle I have shown cause this page would literally be about 30 paragraphs long, but I will tell you this:
I hope you have some sort of feeling on how I feel about this industry. It is amazing and if you are a parent coming across my page with a child wanting to get into showing cattle (or any other livestock for that matter), please do not hesitate to call me. Ask me questions, tell me what you think. I would truely like to hear it.
And A Special Thanks To!
I would be nowhere without my parents. They have been so supportive of me through everything that I do. They help me out whenever I need it and I am truly thankful to have them.
My agriculture teachers in high school literally changed my life. If it wasn't for them five years ago, I really have no idea where I would be or what I would be doing with my life right now. Because of them I have found my real passion and have found out what I want to do for the rest of my life.
The Melson family has also been extremely supportive of me. From the beginning I have respected them and the cattle they produce. They answer any questions I have ever had and help me whenever I need help. Without the Melson family I wouldn't have gotten my start in clipping cattle, using CIDRs for my cattle or gotten my start in Artificial Insemination. They have helped me pick out bulls to use to breed to my cattle to produce great calves. I am truly grateful to have them supporting me.
I would also like to thank D.A. Dahlke. He owns and operates Triple D Farms Gelbvieh and he is who started me with Gelbviehs. He taught me about the breed and sold me my first show heifer. He has helped sponsor me with numerous cattle which has helped me get so much farther in the show cattle world. I am so thankful to have him supporting me.
Cell Phone - 870-404-3307