Posted on August 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM by Emily Saveraid
John Haub began his life-long passion for the land and cattle when growing up on his family’s rural Boone County farm. He participated in 4-H and showed Purebred Shorthorns at the local county fair. In 1975, John married his wife, Debbie. Two years later, they moved to the Clarke County farm, expanding their beef operation.
John and Debbie have two children, Mike and Danny, who were also very active in 4-H & FFA at the county and state level, mainly showing beef cattle. John felt it was important to instill in his sons proper care of their animals, which included: the nutritional importance of diet, good vet care, quality genetics and the art of showmanship. Over the years, John has been a large contributor to the youth in our community. He was a Clarke County Fair Board member from 1990- 1999. John was a “behind the scenes” kind of guy, helping clean out barns after the fair and exhibitors were gone. He was the ring man during the Clarke and Decatur County Fairs for many years and the Haub family proudly sponsored many county fair youth beef awards.
John supports agriculture and the beef industry. He was a founding member of the Clarke County Cattlemen and sat on the board of directors, including two terms as president. He and his wife, along with other Clarke County Cattlemen, cooked and served at the Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair for many years. He is also a member of the Farm Bureau and American Shorthorn Association. John shares his extensive knowledge of the cattle industry by helping young exhibitors learn to fit and feed their calves appropriately. He taught them what to look for when purchasing a show calf or when starting their own herd. John continues to raise and sell club calves to area 4-H and FFA members and is a big advocate in giving young producers honest appraisals. Young producers can use his advice, as a learning tool, when looking to purchase quality cattle.
John works full-time for Hawkeye Breeders in Adel, which includes traveling to farms in the Midwest to test or collect bull semen. For many years John has AI’d (artificially inseminated) for area producers, and advises young cattle producers in areas of genetics.
John enjoys being active outdoors, working around the farm, producing quality beef cattle and spending time with family.