We caught up with 2022 Rodeo Austin Market Goat Show Judge, Eric Zimmerman, to ask him a few questions before he steps “INSIDE THE RING”!
How did you get started in the livestock industry?
I have been associated with the livestock industry my entire life. Growing up, I truly enjoyed going to our ranch in Mason and helping my grandmother with our commercial cattle operation. Throughout high school, I was involved in numerous livestock endeavors as well. These ranged from working at Kothmann’s Commission Company (lamb feedlot), to working for Mr. Buel Clark with his finewool club lamb business and Mr. Wayne Porter and his Angora Goat Operation. All of these opportunities were available to me while growing up in Menard, Texas.
Tell us about your career.
Following graduation from Texas A&M University, I began my career as an Assistant County Extension Agent in Tom Green County. In addition to my time there, I have served as an an agent in Brazos, Llano and Grimes Counties. I also spent 4.5 years in the private industry. Currently, I serve as the District 9 Extension Administrator for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station, Texas.
What is your all-time favorite show?
Any Texas Major Show!
What is your biggest show ring pet peeve?
When young people don’t have fun! The last thing I always told my twins prior to entering ANY ring was to “Go Have Fun”!
What’s the best goat you’ve ever seen?
That is a difficult question…I believe you have to answer that question in relation to the animal and time period in which they are exhibited. Champion goats in 2005 were exceptional when compared to their contemporaries in that time period. Those winning today are equally outstanding when compared to those they are competing against in the current show ring.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
A FEW FUN QUESTIONS
It’s Karaoke Night… What song are you singing?
“Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
That’s a question that I will leave alone……
What is your favorite quote?
“Do the Right Thing” – Eric Zimmerman
Favorite Vacation Spot
Favorite Sports Team
Texas A&M Aggies
Def Leppard, .38 Special, George Strait
Favorite TV Show/Channel