Jillian Pfeuffer: Animal Science

Jillian Pfeuffer standing ooutside of the animal science building. Jillian Pfeuffer standing ooutside of the animal science building.

Originally operating a large beef cattle operation in the Texas Panhandle, Jillian Pfeuffer’s family eventually relocated to a smaller ranch in Cristoval, Texas. Being homeschooled, allowed Jillian to help her family out at the ranch and be more involved with 4-H. The experience eventually drove her to Texas Tech University to major in animal science with a concentration in animal business. 

Pfeuffer quickly fell in love with the program and wanted to become more involved with the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. During her time back home, Jillian and her mother were members of the Concho Valley Cattle Association. This organization allowed her to help families and ranchers.

At Texas Tech, Pfeuffer saw a place for a similar organization. As a result, she and two fellow students, Cameron Choate and Maycie McBride took the bull by the horns and founded the Texas Tech Cattlewomen’s Association. It took two years of work, including meeting risk management and Student Government Association requirements before they finally landed on their feet. The association’s main purpose is to act as a network for all female students in Davis College interested in cattle and beef production. 

There are now approximately 25 members of the Texas Tech Cattlewomen’s Association, and it continues to grow. Through membership, students get the opportunity to establish networks, perform community service work, and pursue potential scholarships and internships. They also have opportunities to expand their knowledge of feedlots, meat packing facilities and pick the brains of big industry leaders.  

“People do not know about agriculture, and we must educate others,” she said. “Our job is to help agriculture as a whole, [and] help producers feel better about what they’re producing.” 

Jillian Pfeuffer

This mindset has led Pfeuffer to plan to attend law school and become an agricultural lawyer to continue advocating for the industry. Coming to college during a pandemic and forming an association has made her more resilient. She is thankful for the experience of “diving into all of it,” and encourages other students to do the same.