Archive for March 2010

Butler Students Visit V8 Ranch

March 30, 2010

Butler Ag Ambassadors on the Livestock Judging Team visited the internationally renowned V8 Ranch in Texas

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Butler Students Attend K-State Cattlemens Day

March 30, 2010

Butler Community College Ag Students at Kansas State University Cattlemen's Day

Raising the Bar Conference

March 23, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Iowa for a leadership conference called Raising the Bar. This is put on by the National Jr. Angus Association’s board of directors. The participants of the conference did team building activities, learned about the importance of good communication, interview and resume tips, and had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Tomson speak. He is the head of the Vet School at Iowa State University. We also toured the Iowa State University campus, and my friend Meghan and I proudly wore our K-State purple since the two schools were playing that night! I will admit that our team lost, but we still represented well up North! 

The participants doing a team building activity. The objective was to have everyone stand on the silver side, and without ever stepping off, flip it over to the blue side. Its a lot more complicated then we thought it would be!

A new (at least to me!) technology that we learned about was what is called Retinal Scanning. Just as it sounds, they use this little fancy machine to scan the retinas of the eyes of the animal. State Fairs have started replacing nose printing with this new technique.  

Even though trips such as these are meant to be educational and for the participants to learn something, it also serves as a great excuse to hang out with your friends that you don’t get to see very often! One of the activites we did was we went to this place called Perfect Games. There, they had bowling and lazer tag and a lot of archade games. It was for sure a goode time! We may not have the opportunity to get together very often, but when we do we have a lot fun! 🙂 

A few of us at Perfect Games.

Angus enthusiasts from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota attended the conference. Butler's own Clinton Laflin (front row, far left) is a 'green jacket' which means he is one of the 12 directors!

Kansas State Cattlemen’s Day

March 12, 2010

On March 5th our dear teacher/mentor Elissa Mullinix took several Butler Ag students to K-State’s Cattlemen’s Day. It was certainly educational and a fun time. We were able to meet many influential industry members, learn about current research at Kansas State, and even see real time necropsies (post-mortem diagnosis). Several of the students really enjoyed “Climate Change: Implications for Agriculture” an educational speech by Dr. Patrick J. Michaels from George Mason University.

Personally I got to meet Crystal Young and that was REALLY exciting. She just happens to have a career that I am looking into and I learned a lot about things I can do in regards to internships by talking to her. What’s even cooler about her though is that she is a Butler grad! She judged for Chris and I think that her growing up in Canada makes her even more interesting. Everybody should definatly check out her blog – http://www.cdycattle.blogspot.com/ – it’s awesome!

-Morgan Meisenheimer

Casey Donahew Concert

March 10, 2010

The Casey Donahew Band is hands down one of the best out there in my opinion. A couple weeks ago, they happened to be preforming in Manhattan at the Longhorn’s Saloon. Since Manhattan is only a couple hours from El Dorado, my friends and I attend whatever concerts our schedules allow. This time Sarah, Kallie, Morgan, Analena, Ethan and I were the ones to represent Butler.

Me, Sarah and Kallie before the Donahew concert. They are my fabulous roomies 🙂

Not only did we have a great time listening to some amazing Red Dirt music, but we also got to meet the drummer for band, Taz, afterwards. It was definitely a great night! 🙂

4-H Matters

March 9, 2010

Help Save Georgia 4-H. I have been a member of 4-H since I was nine years old. There are many great thing to be learned in 4-H. I feel that 4-H has greatly enhanced my public speaking skills, and I have met some of the greatest friends I have at 4-H events. Now with financial hard times the University of Georgia feels the need to cut the 4-H program, however I believe they need to step back and look at all of the great things that have come out of this program. Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland is just one of the Georgia 4-H’s Covers and Company Alumni. Now I realize that I am in Kansas writing this, but I was able to make my way to this great state because of my participation on a 4-H livestock judging team.

Butler Cancer Cure Walk

March 3, 2010

Ag Ambassadors will be participating in the Butler Cancer Cure Walk. We need to form a team! If you are interested in being a part of the walk (it will happen on Sat. April 17) please come to an informational meeting Monday March 8 at 5:00 p.m. at the Ag Building.