Meet Tracy Brunner, the upcoming point man for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The fourth generation rancher of Cow Camp Ranch has a diversified cow-calf/feeder and farm operation in Ramona, Kansas, with his wife Yvonne. The couple have two kids, Tanner and Lauren, and their two-year-old twin grandchildren, Alex and Ava. During the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Brunner will transition into NCBA’s President-Elect leadership role, leading the association in 2016.
- Recall an “oops” moment that actually turned into a valuable lesson.
I have “oops” moments every day! The most common is when I say something that makes my wife mad – that turns into a learning lesson.
- Where was the best steak you ever had?
I once heard a Kansas beef producer say, “If you want a really good steak, cook it at home.” I’ve had a lot of good steaks, so it’d hard to single out the best. Hardly ever have a bad one, but some are better than others.
- What is the most extreme adrenaline pumping activity you have ever done? (This could be activities like bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, riding a bull, or buying a really expensive bull.)
All of those things listed above are nothing compared to public speaking! That can be really nerve-racking.
- What do you listen to in the feed truck or during time on the road?
Depending where I am, during the business day I listen to ag radio stations. After hours it can vary between several different kinds of music. A lot of times I just turn everything off and think about things in silence.
- In 10 years, I will…
Be watching the next generation of our family continue our farming and ranching operation – hopefully by that point I will be transitioning into more of an advisory role. But in 10 years, I still intend to be riding horses, buying cattle and spending a lot of time with my grandchildren.