Holland Russo: “The Crazy Chicken Lady”

Holland is a senior at Colorado State University studying Animal Science, and she hopes to complete a masters in Meat Science upon finishing her undergraduate degree. She grew up in Broomfield, Colorado where she found her love for agriculture, livestock, and poultry. Her hobbies include: buying chickens, raising chickens, showing chickens, hugging chickens, eating Chick-fil-a, getting chicken tattoos, and watching videos of chickens. Holland began her journey within the poultry industry this past summer at JBS Pilgrim’s Pride as a Research and Development Intern. She looks to further her passion in poultry upon graduating with her bachelors. Until then, she will just dream about chickens.

Motto: “Eat Mor Chikin”—Chick-fil-a

Kacey Buttrick: “The Trackstar”

Kacey grew up in Fairplay, CO and is now a senior at Colorado State University studying Animal Science and Agricultural Business. She had an internship with the company Ingredion this past summer located in Englewood, CO. There she developed starch ingredients and additives to improve various meat products. Her favorite cut of meat from Ram County Meats is the good ol’ ribeye!

Motto: “Will run for meat” –Kacey Buttrick

Jamie McKinley: “The Disney Nerd”

Jamie is an Animal Science and Agricultural Literacy major at Colorado State University, looking for a career in the Department of Agriculture. She is originally from the south end of the Golden State, where she learned that 1. sheep are the best creatures in the world, 2. Disney is life, and 3. the zoo is the best place to be. Her favorite cut from Ram Country Meats is the Beef Flat Iron Steak.

Motto: “If you can dream it… you can do it” – Walt Disney


David M. Saenz: “The Cowboy”

David grew up on a beef ranch in southern Texas, and is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business. In his spare time, David enjoys hunting, fly fishing, working with horses, skiing, snowboarding, motocross, surfing, cooking, learning about different cultures, and especially working on his family’s ranch. After David graduates, he plans on becoming an Emergency Medical Technician, get his helicopter pilot’s license, and own/operate a Red Angus cow/calf operation.

Motto: “Life is like a wave: surf it”

Danielle Wiechman: “The Jokester”

Danielle grew up in Conifer, Colorado where she raised cattle, swine, and sheep. Raising livestock in the mountains was a constant struggle of keeping bears out of the feed shed, mountain lions out of the sheep pens. She likes to think that she is a cow-whisperer, and is studying Animal Science and Spanish so that the imported cattle can’t talk about her behind her back. She wants to pursue a career in the commercial beef industry. Her hobbies include climbing mountains with her dog, making bad puns, and petting cows.

Motto: “The future is shaped by your dreams, so stop wasting time and go to sleep” -Google

Amanda Ary