The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 63- Grass fed Before It Was Cool with Kyle Brisendine
On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Kyle Brisendine. Kyle began farming at age 5 when she bought her first sheep with money she saved. The next year she showed her first registered ewe against the adults in the open class because she was too young for 4-H. Fast forward a few years and university in England where she received her BSc (Hons) in Agriculture with an emphasis on livestock followed by a Masters of Agriculture in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University.
How did you get into farming?
I was born into it! I grew up on my parent's farm and couldn't see myself doing anything else. I loved farming so much I went all the way to England to find a Bachelors degree that lined up with how I wanted to farm.
Kyle Brisendine spent her childhood on her family's small, grass-based farm in Michigan, where they raised beef cows and poultry. At the young age of four, she acquired her first sheep, and has been enamored by livestock ever since - from the vast diversity of beef cattle breeds to the use of guardian dogs against predators.
Taste the Local Difference
Kyle took to farming early, when she was 4 she kept asking for sheep. We had cows, horses, chickens, cats, dogs and the occasional pig, though, I knew nothing about caring for sheep, so I said no. Repeatedly. Finally, in what I thought was a brilliant bit of parenting, I told her if she could save enough to buy 2 sheep with her own money, we could get sheep. I figured where is a 4 year old going to get several hundred dollars? She’d lose interest and that would be the end of wanting sheep. One year later, she had a shoe box full of loose change and wrinkled $1s and $5s that we traded for sheep. The next year, she was showing her sheep at our county fair against the adults because she was too young to join 4-H.