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Butler Community College Alumna: Christie Gabel

Butler Alumna, Christie Gabel originally hails from Eaton, Colorado a small town in the NE part of the state.  From a young age Christie had the opportunity to work with several different livestock species, but her real love was with beef cattle.   Christie’s family owns and operates Magnum Feedyards in Wiggins, Colorado.  This family operation (remember family operations come in all sizes) gave Christie a unique insight into the beef industry.   Christie’s family recognizes the need for Agriculturists to connect with the public.  This past summer Magnum Feedyards invited Ryan Andrews a vegan blogger to visit their operation.  Follow this link to read Ryan’s take on his experience.

While at Butler, Christie was a member of the nationally acclaimed Livestock Judging Team.  In fact, during her sophomore year, Christie (along with 5 of her teammates) was named to the National All-American Team-the most by any school in a given year since the award has been awarded.  The All-American honor is only given to 15 sophomores each year based on contest performance and academic achievements.

After Butler, Christie attended Kansas State University and earned a B.S. in Animal Sciences & Industry and a Minor in Business. She was a member of Ag Ambassadors, Collegiate Cattlewomen and the 2006 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team!

After graduation Christie was prepared for a number of career options.  She worked for Elanco as a beef sales representative for nearly four years, both on the Feedlot and Stocker side before moving back to her “Kansas” home to her current position with Kansas State University Foundation  as a Development Officer for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Christie’s job is to be a Major-Gift Fundraiser for the Vet School.  She aims to raise money for student scholarships, support for faculty, funding for major research projects, upgrades to the teaching hospital & everything else that requires money!

In her free time Christie has coached the Weld County (Colorado)                    4-H Livestock Judging Team to a State Championship and she is currently working toward an MBA with a Finance Emphasis.  Christie like many of our Butler graduates worked hard (this girl is tough and persistent), got involved in activities, made contacts along the way, and ultimately is prepared to succeed in whatever she sets her mind to do.

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