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Sep 30, 2019

On this episode, The Bull Pen discusses the Ag industry, some of the false statements surrounding it and how to spread awareness and truth via inclusiveness and compassion.

Mark & Amanda Hilbrands own and operate Hilbrands Cattle Company in West Central Minnesota. We have two production sales a year, Jewels of the Northland (Dec 7th,2019) and Passion for Perfection Spring Pair Sale. Both South Dakota State graduates, Mark and Amanda calve 160hd of Simmental and SimAngus cows and bred females and enjoy exhibiting at the National Western, North American and various state fairs. Amanda also works for LiveAuctions.TV, enjoys taking livestock photos and videos and is the current Vice President of the Minnesota Simmental Association while Mark serves as a Deacon for Bethany Reform Church. The couple are also dealers for the Code Blue Livestock hair care line and have one daughter (4yrs) that's a big help around the farm!
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Gina Pospichal is a school counselor by day and a fifth-generation cattle producer by night. She and her husband, Barry, live in the Sandhills of Nebraska with their two sons: AJ, age 11, and Bo, age 9. Her family raises Simmental and Sim-Angus cattle, and AJ and Bo have their own herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. She is also an editor of a show cattle blog: You can follow her on Facebook at or Instagram at     
Amanda Radke is a fifth generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural communications, education and leadership, Radke served internships with USDA’s Ag Marketing Service in Washington, D.C. and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver. Her 2008 summer internship with BEEF magazine led to an ongoing blogger position for the BEEF Daily blog, where she provides timely industry news each week, Monday through Thursday. She’s the 2006 National FFA Extemporaneous Speaking champion and the 2006 National Beef Ambassador. In 2012, she was recognized as a Top 10 Beef Industry Leader by the Cattle Business Weekly was included in Media Industry News’ 2012 Top 15 People To Watch Under 30 list. When she’s not writing or ranching, Radke is traveling the country speaking to agricultural groups about hot industry issues or reading her ranch-inspired children’s books at elementary schools. She married her collegiate meats judging teammate, Tyler, in 2010, and together, they have three children, Scarlett, Thorne and Croix.
Amy Cook, DVM. Dr. Cook grew up on a farm near Gretna, Nebraska.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and spent the next 10 years pursing various animal science careers encompassing equine nutrition, feedlot work and race horse management.  In 2013 she received her DVM from Iowa State University, receiving the Large Animal Clinical Excellence Award.  Following graduation she completed a rigorous one-year hospital internship at Kendall Road Equine Hospital in Elgin, Il.  
Dr. Cook is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association.  She and her husband and son reside near Ashland, Nebraska with their horses and dogs.
Dr. Cook used to work with the Vogler family at their bull stud and now works at Nebraska Equine Veterinary Clinic
Angelica Metzger is from Ashland Nebraska, She is a senior in college attending Northwest Missouri State University where she is majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Communication. She has been involved with FFA and 4-H showing pigs and holding leadership positions. She spent last summer as an intern with a pork production company. She has a passion for leadership, animal agriculture, and advocating for our industry. 
Susan Vogler is Les Vogler's wife of 20 years. While she has spent a lot of time working primarily in the corporate field, she has a lot of passion for agriculture and the way of life. 
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