Editor’s Note:

We at Moreno Ranches believe in the future. Part of that future is superior genetics and the constant improvement of the Brahman cattle breed through sophisticated animal husbandry technology. Technology is part of that future, a passion for the Brahman breed is part of that future, and so are our youth. As such, we’d like to introduce one of our new interns, José Barrera:

José Barrera, 2019 International Intern

José Javier Barrera was born in the department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala located in the northwestern region of the country and bordering on the north and west with Mexico. It is rich in customs, traditions, and has incredible landscapes. His father and grandfather instilled in him an undeniable love and passion for cattle and for managing cattle breeding and crosses of Nelore and Brahman cattle. As he developed, José acquired skills to manage livestock in different situations through fast and efficient problem solving.

One of the main reasons José decided to go to Zamorano, in addition to it being one of the most prestigious universities known for its excellence in agronomy, was the opportunity to help his family by continuing to develop his knowledge and skills, and applying what he learned. In the future, he hopes to use his skills to optimize resources and to obtain better results through improved management. Since childhood, his dream has always been to study agronomy and a close friend informed him of Zamorano and the quality education the university provides. He has represented the university on several occasions, such as in the National Downhill Championship of Honduras, where he was honored as national champion in his category in 2017.

For José, it is an honor to be part of the international internship program at Moreno Ranches. He believes the internship will meet all his expectations for learning more about livestock production using technology. He promises to take advantage of his stay at Moreno Ranches and is very excited about how much he will learn during this time.


Personal Mission Statement

My mission is to take advantage of every learning opportunity during the internship, putting in a positive attitude so that I may have better job opportunities and be able to apply all knowledge acquired to future job opportunities.



  • Learn about the characteristics and symptoms of a cow in heat and be able to detect at least 25 cows in heat through visual characteristics only
  • Attend a dystocic birth in order to save at least 3 calves
  • Acquire knowledge about the different ways to apply a medication in different form to at least 3 cattle: 3 intramuscular, 3 intravenous and 3 subcutaneous