When you are just 11 years old, it is easy to fall into the world of videos games and television. That is not the case for Brayden DeBorde. He would rather be doing what he loves, working in the barn beside his family and calves.
Brayden Cole DeBorde, owner of BCD Cattle, is widely involved in the agricultural community. Growing up in Bardwell, Texas, he has been involved in cattle business his whole life raising: Angus, Shorthorn, Limousin, and Maine Anjou cattle.
“My parents are very involved in the cattle industry, so I didn’t really have a choice. I was going to be involved,” Brayden said. “I love it though. It’s my sweet spot.”
Brayden is involved in the Texas Junior Shorthorn Association where he holds a 2013-2014 Junior Director position. In addition, he is a member of the Texas Junior Livestock Association and the past two years he has finished in the top ten of the Shorthorn heifer contestants.
Brayden is positive about his future cattle career with his partner and younger brother, Brigham Colby DeBorde.
“BCD’s partnership heifer that we just sold in my family’s Lazy D Farm auction was the top leading heifer in the sale. Our company is getting bigger every second.” Brayden said with a smile.
“It’s been a long and fun journey so far,” said Brayden. I’ve learned that down the road you will win some and you will lose some, but you can’t let that get you down. Keep your head up and keep going.”
Brayden attends a private Christian school in Waxahachie, just a few miles from his hometown. In addition to his cows, he is also passionate about playing the fiddle and will be playing at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering again this year for the second time.
Brayden wants to be a positive influence to younger kids by showing them how to ‘Put the Amour of the Lord On’. In this sermon, which he has given at churches throughout parts of the state, he describes and demonstrates the Lord’s amour through ways of a cattle exhibitor’s show clothes.
“With ‘Put the Amour of the Lord On’, I hope to be able to reach out to people and help them through a tough time in their lives.” Brayden said. “I hope that by using our show attire, people will be able to relate and understand.”
Brayden has a huge heart for his family and enjoys all the time he gets to spend with them.
“I’ve learned that my parents are always here for me. They have allowed me to find my own sweet spot,” Brayden said. “I’m thankful we get to spend so much time together and enjoy every second of it.”
Brayden has a great start to a successful business. With a little help from his parents through small partnerships, he has been able to retrieve flushes and use in vitro fertilization as well as artificial insemination. BCD Cattle Company wants to be a top competitor in both the show ring and pasture with great females that can be used for either purpose.
“It’s about the experiences, having fun and most importantly making friends,” Brayden said. “I’m thankful for all the help I’ve received so far and the great family I have by my side.
“Live like you’re dying. Have fun.”