The small town of Bowie, in northeastern Texas near the Oklahoma border, was named for Jim Bowie, the legendary leader and frontiersman who died defending the Alamo in 1836. Bowie – tough, smart, and dedicated to the state and its people – represented the true spirit of Texas.
Scott and Sara Holloway live in Bowie today, and they represent that spirit too. The Texas Farm Bureau recognized that a few weeks ago when they named the couple as finalists in this year’s TFB Excellence in Agriculture (EIA) competition, which recognizes young Texans who are involved in agriculture but who don’t earn their primary income from a farming or ranching enterprise.
Scott, 32, is a dairy nutritionist, consultant, and sales representative for Alltech. He grew up on a Texas dairy farm and has deep knowledge of and passion for the industry, which he enjoys sharing with local ranchers.
“To me, it’s a blessing,” says Scott of his work with Alltech. “When I get on those dairies for those producers, ranchers, it’s as if I’m trying to help my own operation. I want those producers to succeed just as much as they can.”
Sara, age 34, is a veterinarian at Cross Timbers Veterinary Hospital in Bowie. Some days find her in the clinic treating cats or dogs; other days she’s on local ranches working with cattle, horses, sheep and goats. While Sara is a skilled veterinary surgeon, she also emphasizes preventive care, such as vaccinations and good nutrition, to keep animals healthy and comfortable and to improve profit margins for the ranches she serves.
In addition to sharing their many skills with the community through their day jobs and through volunteer work – Scott is vice president of the Montague County Farm Bureau board of directors, and both Sara and Scott volunteer with their local FFA chapter – the couple keeps up the family ranching tradition through a small operation of their own. They raise beef and dairy replacement heifers, manage a cow-calf operation, and grow hay and wheat. And their son, three-year-old Coleman, can often be found helping, learning as he goes.
“I grew up right alongside my dad, working with him,” says Scott. “Being able to do that was an awesome opportunity. I just want to have that same thing with Coleman, be able to share that with him, what we enjoy.”
This year’s other EIA finalists are Cody and Erika Archie of Gatesville and Jake and Brandi Murphree of Hamilton.
“These three couples have a passion for agriculture, determination to succeed and faith to get them through the difficult times,” said Texas Farm Bureau President Russell W. Boening. “They play a vital role in supporting Texas farmers and ranchers and their agricultural communities. That hard work and dedication is a benefit for all of Texas agriculture.”
All three finalist couples will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the TFB Annual Meeting in Arlington, December 5-7, where the EIA winner will be announced.
The winner will take home a Polaris Ranger, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company; a $5,000 cash award, courtesy of Farm Credit; a $750 service voucher, courtesy of Chevrolet; and an award plaque. The two runners-up will each receive a $500 cash award, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company; a power tool valued at $200, courtesy of Grainger; and a new pair of Justin boots, courtesy of Justin Brands, Inc.
The state winner also will represent Texas in the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Meeting, to be held January 8-13, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
Alltech congratulates Scott and Sara Holloway on their nomination for the EIA award. Their work, benefiting both ranchers and animals through hard work, experience, and scientific knowledge, is advancing Alltech’s mission in a very big way – Texas style!