BVU freshman pursues quarterbacks and interest in showing livestock
Jordan Anderson burst through the line to corral the quarterback, recording a sack in a Buena Vista University football victory over Wartburg College on Oct. 30.
Hours later, he corralled Hawkeye, his 700-pound calf at BVU’s Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), where Anderson reports twice each day, to feed, water, and work with a pair of show pigs and Hawkeye.
“A big part of the reason I chose BVU was because of the Ag Institute and the farm (AES),” says Anderson, an agricultural science major from Cylinder. “I also came because I could play football here.”
Several colleges, he continues, offered him the chance to continue his football career as a nose guard. BVU also offered majors in agriculture and a farm where Anderson could deepen his interest and participation in the co-curricular activity of showing livestock.
“I’ve shown pigs for years,” he says. “I’ve been around cattle for a long time, but I’ve never shown cattle. I get that chance this fall. It’s great having people here and on campus who can work with me as I learn more about showing cattle.”
Peers such as Maggie Albert, a junior from Hartley, and Nicole Lange, a senior from Harlan, members of BVU’s Livestock Show Team, help guide Anderson in his pursuit, as do Mike and Dana Christen of Triple C Cattle Company, who manage BVU’s AES. Mike Christen, BVU’s Ag Institute Land Manager, remains a constant source of expertise and enthusiasm when it comes to working with Beavers as they broaden and intensify their agricultural interests, which range from livestock to grain crops to rodeo to soil health and more.
“It’s great having students like Maggie, Nicole, Jordan and many others grow in their involvement and appreciation for agriculture through what we’re doing at BVU,” Christen says. “Combining academic learning with work on a diversified farm and ranch operation is exactly what students receive with a BVU education.”
The Christens have raised show calves for years. The farm now has cattle, horses, and other livestock, all getting attention from a growing corps of BVU ag majors and other students who simply like being at the farm, whether they’re researching, socializing, doing chores, or a combination of those.
“I’m here at either 6:30 or 7 o’clock each morning and then I come back once football practice is over late in the afternoon,” Anderson says. “Having football, homework, and work with my livestock keeps me busy. The whole Institute for Ag has made a difference for me at BVU.”