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Lubbock-Cooper FFA Member Builds Embryo Business    
Thursday, February 9, 2023 | Author: Sterling Pieniazek, Texas FFA Intern

Karley Rayfield began her embryo business to generate revenue and expand her cow herd. 

The Lubbock-Cooper FFA member started KMR Embryos in 2019 to raise and sell Polled Hereford and percentage Simmental show heifers and bulls and also sell embryos to other breeders. 

"I never dreamed other producers would be interested in buying embryos from my old show heifers," Rayfield said. 

In both production and market livestock operations, one quality that must be present for success is sound livestock. Rayfield has taken the time to properly learn to evaluate her herd regularly. This information is essential when she must make management decisions like which donor cows to flush, sire selection for matings, and adding new females to her herd.

"As I expand my embryo business, my opportunities for management decisions will continue to increase," said Rayfield. 

Through her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), Rayfield has gained skills relating to innovative breeding technologies, as well as financial literacy.

"Understanding the financial end of production agriculture not only prepares me for real-world experiences, but it will also prepare me for life," said Rayfield. "Being able to understand inventory, liability, or depreciation is huge for someone in high school."

Rayfield also participates in a wide array of FFA activities. These activities include chapter conducting and creed speaking, and she has served as an officer in her chapter, district, and area. 

"My [SAE] projects, along with leadership and career development events, have always been centered on hard work and dedication." 

Upon graduation from high school, Rayfield plans to attend Texas Tech University, majoring in Biology or Animal Science. After completing her undergraduate work, she intends to apply to Texas Tech University Medical School to become a pediatrician. 

Rayfield's successful SAE project was recognized as the Star Lone Star in Production at the 2022 Texas FFA State Convention.

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