Watauga High Junior Receives Cattleman of the Year Award

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The Watauga County Cattlemen’s Association is proud to announce that Clay Presnell is the recipient of the 2020 Watauga Cattleman of the year. He is the son of Tracie and Rodney Presnell and has been raising and managing his own cow herd for 4 years. He started helping feed and care for cows when he was 7 years old and is now expanding his herd.


Eddy Labus (right), Watauga County Livestock Agent, presents the 2020 Farm City Award to Clay Presnell, a Junior at Watauga High.

Clay, a junior at Watauga High School, started his herd developing a business plan and obtaining a youth loan from the Farm Service Agency. He has since doubled his herd and regularly attends the monthly meetings of the Watauga County Cattlemen’s Association. Clay has been very active with the local food movement helping his family with farmers markets, food hub, and selling direct to consumer. Clay plans to continue his education and to pursue a career in agriculture.

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Clay Presnell has been managing his own herd for 4 years.

Due to COVID restrictions, the award was not able to be presented at the 65th Annual Farm City Banquet during National Farm City Week.