In the latest episode of The Heartland Hustle podcast, we delved into the captivating story of Kolten Thigpen, the founder of the “half-blood nation” and the visionary behind QB Cattle Company, Express Livestock Genomics, and Bullnanza Stud Services. This post explores Thigpen’s life, his unique businesses, and the heartfelt initiatives connecting faith, youth empowerment, and the livestock industry.
A Boy with a Plan: Kolten’s Start and Support for Youth in Agriculture
At the age of 12, Kolten Thigpen knew he would be a rancher. Starting QB Cattle Company in sixth grade by purchasing and raising bottle babies, Kolten experienced entrepreneurship at a young age. His commitment to youth in agriculture is evident in the “Heart of a Champion” sale, where participants express their passion through essays or videos, determining animal allocation. This innovative approach not only supports young talent but fosters a sense of community within the livestock industry.
“The Climb” Sale: A Bold Move in Livestock Entrepreneurship
A highlight of the podcast was Thigpen’s recounting of “The Climb” sale, a bold decision to sell off his entire herd. This move showcased his faith and allowed for a fresh start and strategic restructuring in his business ventures. Thigpen’s ability to navigate challenges with resilience and creativity is a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit.
Fruit of the Spirit: Bullnanza Stud Services and Express Livestock Genomics
Thigpen’s ownership of Bullnanza Stud Services wasn’t planned, but it has changed his life. From a kid raising bottle baby calves to becoming the owner and co-owner of Bullnanza Stud Services and Express Livestock Genomics, this podcast segment unveils the humorous and unpredictable side of Thigpen’s journey, showcasing the resilience and adaptability required in the world of rural business.
Kolten Thigpen’s story, featured on The Heartland Hustle, is a testament to the diverse and inspiring narratives found in rural America. From youth empowerment to bold business moves, Thigpen’s journey embodies the spirit of rural entrepreneurs navigating challenges, celebrating successes, and leaving an indelible mark on their communities. As we continue exploring stories behind rural businesses, Thigpen’s episode stands out as a beacon of faith, determination, and the heart of a true champion.