What Summit 2022 was all about...
Jay & Brandee Hudson
"The Vaccine Dilemma"
Both Jay and Brandi Hudson were raised around cattle. Jay originated from Strasburg, CO and Brandi hails from Gillette, WY. They met at Colorado State University in veterinary school where they graduated in 2002. After obtaining their Doctorates in Veterinary Medicine, Jay completed a residency specializing in large animal reproduction and completed a Masters in Reproductive Physiology.
Brandi became an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in Gillette. After marrying, both moved to Purcell, OK to work at an equine embryo transfer facility for two years. Both then worked for Bovine Reproductive Services in Colorado.
Jay was deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2008, while Brandi and their two infants (daughter, Rylee and son, Hadley) moved back to the family ranch in Gillette. Brandi registered and started a new veterinary business, Lazy H Large Animal Services, LLC and when Jay returned from Afghanistan in 2009, they continued to expand and serve the community.
Now, Lazy H serves eastern Wyoming to CO, MT and NE pregnancy testing over 60,000 females a year. The business has been a blessing, allowing Jay and Brandi to practice in multiple states and Russia. They’ve also treated and bred multiple species including elk, bison, horses, goats, sheep and cattle It hasn’t always been easy to juggle the business and life, but they try to prioritize God, family, friends and business. They enjoy outdoor recreation, especially skiing, riding motorcycles and snowmobiling in the mountains; that is, when they aren’t at the kids’ sporting events cheering.
Amanda Radke is a fifth generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural communications, Radke is an international speaker, three-time children’s book author and a blogger for BEEF Magazine.
Her work focuses on connecting consumers with producers and fighting for our freedoms to farm, to own livestock and to have access to save, affordable food in this country. Radke is active in the press, and works tirelessly to dispel common industry myths. Notably, her open letter to Ellen DeGeneres went viral, leading to a media frenzy where she had the opportunity to dispel myths about beef nutrition, environmental impact and animal welfare.
A champion for rural America and the hard-working farm families who provide food, fiber and energy for the world, Radke weaves humor and relatable stories into sometimes difficult subjects and aims to inspire her audiences to take action! Whether that’s urging folks to get involved in politics, push back against activist groups or getting their affairs in order at home on the farm or ranch, Radke works to engage, inspire and get folks thinking critically about thesteps they need to ensure their family’s legacy and their futures in agriculture remain intact.
When she’s not writing, ranching or chasing after her rambunctious kids, Radke is traveling the country speaking to agricultural groups, reading her agriculturally-accurate children’s books to students or career coaching as a mentor for FFA and 4-H kids. Learn more about Radke at www.amandaradke.com
"A Cowboy Poet Talks about Local Food"
Jack Schmidt’s children call him a has been, because he has been so many different things. Jack grew up in the livestock commission business. The family owned Kansas City Livestock Company at the Kansas City Stockyards and Jack spent the first 40 years of his life mostly as a cattle buyer. With the demise of the stockyards Jack built houses and developed the family farm in Missouri. He then got a job in Oklahoma at a 50,000 head feed yard there. Then back to Missouri to be a farm broadcaster on radio and television. He owned a sale barn in North Missouri, a horse rental and carriage service in Kansas City, and drove a truck! Of course hauling cattle!
Jack moved to Paradise (Wyoming) in 2004 and worked for outfitters in the mountains doing his favorite things, Dutch oven cooking and cowboy poetry. He found true happiness when he married the local librarian and now spends his time trying to keep up with her.
Jack is currently employed by Central Wyoming College (CWC) in Riverton as the Ag and Local Food Liaison. CWC’s goal is to help train the next generation of craft butchers for a rapidly expanding local meat processing industry.
Jack is currently very active in the marketing of local food, and especially Wyoming Beef.