September 5, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.
What dairy or ag-related extracurricular activities are you involved in? I am involved in 4-H and FFA. I am president of our 4-H club and president of our FFA chapter. I am also a member of our FFA dairy judging team and am running for regional office.
Why are you involved in these activities/ organizations and what is your favorite? They are great learning opportunities and give you new experiences and a chance to meet new people. I think 4-H is my favorite because we have been without an advisor so I have been leading the meetings, which is fun.
Tell us your best experience during your time in these activities/ organizations. Working with our FFA dairy judging team and helping others become better dairy judges has been a great experience. We took 5th place in the state last year and I placed 8th as an individual. We are hoping to place in the top three this year so we can earn a trip to World Dairy Expo.
What is your favorite social media and why? Facebook. I use it all the time to see what some of the people I have met are doing in their lives and on their farms.
What are your career aspirations? After college, I hope to come back and be the herdsman on our dairy farm. If that doesn't work out, I will see if I can get a job as a herdsman on a bigger dairy.
What is something you have learned from being involved in these activities/ organizations? The importance of teamwork and holding people accountable. Learning to use teamwork has helped on our farm. It's important for all of us to be on the same page.
Who do you look up to and why? My dad. He has gone through so much in his life, but he is always cheerful and always finds something to look forward to. His favorite saying is, " 'Can't' isn't in our vocabulary."
Tell us something about yourself that many people don't know. I have a herd of about 200 goats. I have several breeds including Boers, Alpines and LaManchas. Last year, I had a 2.3 kidding average.
Tell us about some of your duties on the farm. I feed all the goats, help feed calves, help bed the calves every day and help with milking when I can. I also help with whatever else pops up.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you change it? I would lower the cost of hay and fuel. This would mean planting more alfalfa and praying that it rains and working towards developing better fuel sources.[[In-content Ad]]
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