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Agri-Ready Profile: Macey Hurst finds purpose in advocating for agriculture.

March 5, 2024

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Macey Hurst and beef cattle in the background
TALKING BEEF: Macey Hurst uses any opportunity to share her beef industry knowledge with fellow producers or consumers. Her passion for advocacy earned her a spot in the 2023 National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trailblazer cohort. Photos courtesy of Macey Hurst

Macey Hurst’s goal for 2024: Harness the power of advocacy and build her effectiveness as a passionate advocate of the beef industry.

“Everyone in agriculture has a story that makes a difference,” says the 25-year-old who raises cattle in Agri-Ready-designated Miller County. “Each story is a piece of the puzzle. And we need all the pieces to tell agriculture’s story.”

Hurst was one of only 10 members chosen from across the nation to be part of the 2023 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trailblazer cohort, which develops mastery-level advocacy skills in engaged beef producers. It is funded by the National Beef Checkoff.

“The Trailblazers program has poured into me as an advocate, so I can be the best representative of our industry that I can be,” she says.

Hurst recently wrapped up her yearlong experience with a capstone event during CattleCon 2024 in Orlando, Fla. There, she participated in six speaking engagements that included radio interviews, live panel discussions and recorded content for future TV broadcasts.

Macey Hurst wearing a headset, speaking into a microphone

Each of these gave her a chance to share and practice advocacy skills. Now, she plans to put those skills into practice.

“My word of the year for 2024 is intentional,” Hurst says. “I have the experience and exposure to beef production that allows me to share about the beef industry adequately and consistently. I have a lot left to learn, but I won’t let the ‘what ifs’ keep me from becoming a trusted voice in agriculture.”

Road to advocacy

Hurst discovered her passion for writing as a member of the Fatima FFA chapter. She participated in public speaking events and developed a professional network at a young age when she served as the Missouri Beef Queen and Missouri FFA vice president in 2016-17.

Macey Hurst holdng a calf

She earned a double-major at Missouri State University and uses her degree in agribusiness marketing and sales as an account executive for Modern Litho, a commercial printing company. There, Hurst guides clients as they order postcards, catalogs and other publications for print, some related to agriculture.

“I love my job more than I ever thought I would,” she says. “I work with a lot of people who are not engaged in agriculture, which gives me the opportunity to represent our industry not just at home, but across the country.”

Women take the lead

Hurst, her mom, Staci Hurst, and her sister, Emma Hurst Kipphut, built Lady Livestock Co. with a herd of 40 registered Black Angus cows and a pair of bulls in 2017.

“It was very liberating to start fresh with just my mom and my sister in an industry often run by men,” Hurst says. “For the first time, we were able to make decisions and lead our business where we wanted it to go. It has been a great experience for the three of us together.”

Hurst says they had neighboring cattle ranchers — men and women — that helped them along the way.

Today, the focus of the family farm is raising cow-calf pairs and producing replacement heifers. The three women developed a network of repeat customers.

Macey Hurst, sister Emma Hurst Kipphut and mom Staci Hurst stand in a field with cattle

Like other Missouri cattle ranchers, last year’s drought affected forage supply.

“We downsized most of our herd, but it was good timing,” Hurst says. “We are in a refresh phase and a good place to rebuild with our own replacement heifers in 2024.”

Hurst says sharing their cattle experience — good and not so good — is all a part of being an advocate for the beef industry.

In 2024, she plans to engage more whether through writing articles, as a podcast guest, or member of a discussion panel.

To follow her advocacy journey, connect on Facebook with Macey Hurst, Instagram @macey.hurst, or LinkedIn and Twitter @ladylivestockco on.

Alexander writes from Olga, Mo.

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