Megan Beeler named Outstanding Farm Manager

Megan Beeler (left) was presented the Farm Manager of the Year award by Dr. Richard Coffey, Chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

The 2017 Outstanding Farm Manager is Megan Beeler of Beeler Farms in Caneyville.

Megan has been an active part of Beeler Farms since she was a child. Like many farm children, Megan’s farm experiences began as basic chores with tasks such as processing litters of piglets and moving ewes from one pasture to another.

After the struggles the swine industry faced in the late 1990’s, Beeler Farms discontinued their swine operation and Megan’s father, Warren, sought off farm employment. This led Megan to take on greater responsibility on the farm. The Beeler family continued raising sheep and eventually added beef cattle as well.

After graduating from high school in 2006, Megan returned to the family farm full-time and began her role as farm manager. She is responsible for all of the day to day animal care for 60 ewes, over 80 lambs, 20 cows and 10 calves.

In 2016, Beeler Farms was named the Master Conservationist award winner for Grayson County for their use of rotational grazing and other best management practices to improve their land and water resources. The majority of these improvements have been implemented by Megan through her management of the livestock and detailed record keeping.

In addition to her farm responsibilities, Megan spends much of the summer at livestock shows. Megan is always willing to help out the show staff however she can. Over the years she has volunteered at numerous skill-a-thons, livestock judging contests and clinics, but most often she can be found playing with young showmen.

Though she is passionate about her work as farm manager, family truly comes first for Megan. She has a very close relationship with her siblings, especially her youngest sister whom she cares for while her parents work. Megan says her favorite job title is aunt. She has two young nieces who love to spend the day at the farm with her.