Ashlyn Ochsner: Animal Science

Kersey, Colorado native Ashlyn Ochsner’s devotion for the cattle business led her to Texas Tech University’s animal science program. 

Ochsner grew up in production agriculture on a registered cattle operation.

“My passion for the family business was instilled in me from a very young age,” she said.

“I love all aspects of ranching, from calving cows to making mating decisions. Running registered cattle is something I hope I will be able to pursue for the rest of my life.” 

One of Ochsner’s most meaningful experiences was serving as the Colorado FFA State President in 2019 to 2020. 

“I enjoyed my time getting to know high school students, traveling across the state, and advocating for agriculture,” said Ochsner.   

When she came to Texas Tech University as a freshman, Ochsner really wanted to find a way to get involved and do something similar to her experience as a state FFA officer. She applied to be an AgriTechsan and was selected to be a part of the student group that helps with recruiting and promotion for the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

“Being an AgriTechsan has given me a great opportunity to utilize my talents and serve the Davis College by getting to know potential students and recruiting them to Texas Tech,” Ochsner said.

   Later into the semester, Ochsner was chosen to represent Texas Tech on the wool judging team, where she was encouraged to take the class by her advisor, Moriah Beyers. 

   “I quickly found out that wool judging wasn’t my biggest passion,” Ochsner said, “but the friendships and memories made with my teammates were truly unforgettable and it was beyond exciting to win a national championship buckle with some of my closest friends,” said Ochsner.

     “I’ve really enjoyed my time working under Dr. Woerner and helping his graduate students, learning new things and being challenged in different ways,” Ochsner said.

    “Change can be scary for sure, but I’ve been pleased with the changes I’ve made this semester,” said Ochsner. 

   In the future, Ochsner said she would like to return home to Colorado and build her family’s registered cattle operation. She wants to utilize her family’s branded beef program to reach consumers and educate them on the vital role agriculture plays in the world.