Believe it or not, all showmen are not born into the world of livestock. I am Matthew Ferrari, a 17 year old who has always had an interest in livestock. Until three years ago, my family and I had our roots planted in Oakton, Virginia on a quarter acre lot. The suburban neighborhood was like any average American street. There were family homes packed closely together with a few dogs and cats running around in the landscaped, small backyards. Livestock was completely out of the question; however, it did not damper my interest. Beginning with my family's secret flock of layers, we had began our interest in the raising and production of livestock. Soon the houses began go grow too close together for our own comfort and we decided it was time to say goodbye to Fairfax county and say hello to rural Western Loudoun. Collectively as a family, we all chose a 30 acre lot in Purcellville, Virginia. It had a nice house, a pond, and two gorgeous barns. I was excited to begin showing and soon enough I had a beef project steer.