Editor’s Note:

At Moreno Ranches, we 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 2023 international interns, Adrian Villarreal.

Adrian Villarreal Arauz is 21 years old. He was born on November 7, 2001, at the Obaldia Hospital, in the city of David, province of Chiriquí, Panama. His parents are Nuria Arauz and Jesus Villarreal. He is the youngest of three siblings. He attended elementary school at Escuela Nueva California where his siblings also studied. Then, from 2014 to 2016 he studied his first three years of high school at Colegio Agricola San Benito. By the year 2015, he began to get more involved with agriculture and was learning more with his dad on the farm in addition to the knowledge he was acquiring in the agricultural college. That same year he got to know the world of bicycles and started to train in cycling and met more people who also liked cycling. In 2017 he went to Volcan Adventist Bilingual Academy but was only in that academy for one year because he wanted to be in a school with a better academic experience. For that reason, he went to the Panamanian Institute Adventist where he finished his high school studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in computer science.

In 2018, he went on to compete in two national road cycling events in the youth category with a team called Ininco. In 2019, he competed in an 8-stage long course cycling challenge with a friend who was a part of a recreational team they created in the city where they came from. In that same year, he had his first full work experience with his brother, in which they planted the first potato plot, prepared the soil, planted, cared for, harvested, and sold to obtain their first and own earnings. In mid-2019, they did the second planting and this time it was carrots to gain more experience in the production area. Once he graduated from high school in 2019, Adrian applied to Zamorano University where he was accepted and obtained a scholarship to start his university studies in 2020 with the goal of completing his engineering degree in 2023.