Archive for February 2011

I feed my cows…..meat?

February 25, 2011

It is said that judging teams have specific spots they stop to eat at. Let me confirm the rumors: true. If you’re traveling with Chris Mullinix (Butler Livestock Judging coach) you will infamously stop at a Wendy’s sometime during EVERY trip. Braums and McDonalds are also hot spots to find the Butler vans parked at. During a recent trip to Nebraska for a contest, the Butler freshman discovered an interesting sight while chowing down at Braums:

This sign was posted on the window next to our table!!

Now, as agriculturalists, I’m sure we’ve all seen the hype about “no added hormones” and “no added antibiotics” and, although I don’t agree with their fears, I can certainly understand how that thought scares some Americans. What I don’t understand is “fed all-vegetarian diet” and “raised from birth”. I’m sorry, but I can’t recall the last time I fried some chicken nuggets and threw them in my calves feed bucket!! If you notice, in the bottom right hand corner of the poster it reads: “Our Midwestern U.S. ranchers…….never feed anything but a vegetarian diet. That’s why Braum’s All Natural Beef is so much better”.

Does the American public seriously have fears about farmers and ranchers feeding their cattle meat?? Or is it just another advertising ploy to ensure an un-informed American the meat they are eating lived a “happy life”?? And if that’s not a pleasant thought while you’re eating you’re 546 calorie hamburger, “raised from birth” is. I feel quite certain the high school boy plopping the burger onto the bun in the back never once bottle-fed 150 calves in negative degree weather, or stood outside and held an IV for a sick cow in the mud for an hour while it was pouring down rain, and his sentiment of “raised from birth” is just about as much as a grain of sand.

You bet your crickets I know people who HAVE done that and who DO truly care about their animals, including myself and my family. Of course their “All Natural Beef” is raised from birth. Calves don’t grow from trees and head straight to the feedyard at 850 pounds, they’re born as babies, someone takes care of them and makes sure they’re healthy and treated with basic animal welfare.

Fellow agriculturalists, it is time we take a stand and inform the American public we care. We care about our animals. We care about their well-being. We care if they get sick or injured. We care about what goes onto each and every American’s plate each night at dinner because what they are eating is the same thing we eat too.

I challenge you, agriculturalists, go tell the public! Maybe then, we won’t have to see posters advertising practices we never do, life feeding our cows…….meat.

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Butler Alumni: Start Your Network

February 23, 2011

Butler Community College Alumna: Wendy Mayo

  BCC alumna Wendy Mayo originally hails from Garden City, Kansas.  The agricultural roots in her family run deep.  This tough, no-nonsense young lady learned the meaning of hard work while helping out on her family’s diversified operation with both cattle and farming.  There were no “girls” jobs-Wendy and her sister filled in wherever and whenever needed.  Wendy was also very active in 4-H and FFA.

While at Butler, Wendy was a valuable part of an extremely successful Livestock Judging Team.  She was also involved in Grizzly Ambassadors and the Butler Ag Club.  From day 1 Wendy was always on the lookout to find ways to form connections. 

After graduating from Butler with a degree in Agriculture Wendy continued her education at Kansas State University-for a Kansas girl like Wendy being a Wildcat is livin’ the dream.  At K-State she was an Ag Ambassador and she got very involved with the Ag Communications department, twice serving as editor of the Agriculturist (a student-produced publication from the Ag communications and Journalism department).  Wendy also competed on the K-State Livestock Judging Team and was selected as the student speaker at the December 2005 K-State College of Agriculture graduation ceremony where she graduated with dual degrees in Ag Communications and Journalism and Animal Science.

Today, Wendy’s background comes into play every day because she needs to understand both beef production and the best ways to communicate with beef producers.  Since college, Wendy has worked for Bader Rutter & Associates, a marketing communications agency.  Wendy works on the Pfizer Animal Health business in both public relations and account management.  She works with a team that is responsible for helping plan, concept and execute all of the marketing communications materials and tactics for all of the Pfizer Animal Health cattle brands. More specifically, they build ads, sales and public relations materials or anything else that producers and veterinarians see promoting Pfizer Animal Health products.

In Wendy’s words, “I work primarily on the Pfizer Animal Genetics and vaccine businesses. Working on DNA testing products has been a very interesting opportunity for me, especially in relation to my livestock judging career. Growing up in southwest Kansas, I didn’t have a lot of exposure to the seedstock business prior to college and judging. What I learned through those experiences definitely help me better understand my client’s business and how these products can be applied. I also work with industry experts and producers on a regular basis whom I met through judging.”

 Wendy also has public relations responsibilities that include writing and releasing press releases and other editorial content to beef publications, helping produce TV segments, working with editors from beef publications, like BEEF and Drovers, to help them cover animal health-related topics, interviewing producers who use Pfizer products and placing stories about them, helping organize Pfizer activities at industry events and tradeshows. On a daily basis, she is in contact with the Pfizer marketing team, editors and broadcasters, industry groups like NCBA or event vendors. She also helps to build advertising and sales materials for the Pfizer Animal Genetics business.

 I would encourage students to always keep their eyes open and remember that agriculture is a very small community. When I took my current job out of school, I didn’t think that it was related to anything I had done previously. But, I work with people on a daily basis that I met through judging, school, internships and other industry-related activities while I was in college, and before. My career path thus far has been shaped by several relationships that have opened the door to opportunities. So, I encourage students to always remember that the connections they are making now will help lead to opportunities both professionally and personally for years to come.

As you can see, Wendy Mayo is busy, by choice.  The work ethic she developed on her family farm prepared her to meet challenges along the way, and the work she did in the classroom prepared her to have a viable understanding of the industry.  Starting with her time at Butler, it was the people she met in clubs, on competitive judging teams, and in activity groups that continue to provide her with an ever-growing industry network. 

Channel your inner Travis Barker!

February 23, 2011

So this morning I woke up, checked my facebook and what did I find? THE COOLEST THING.

Basically it’s your very own drum kit that you play with the keys on your computer. Since discovery my roommate Bailey Boomhower and I have become stellar little musicians.

Gotta love my best buds in Maryland for finding this- enjoy!

Drum Kit

 

3 for 1! Double the Contest Results & a Song of the Week…

February 22, 2011

First, please enjoy the song that won’t stop playing in El Doardo. It’s called “Erase Me” by Kid Cudi feat. Kanye West. It’s the bomb.

\”Erase Me\” by Kid cudi feat Kanye West

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Next, the Results from the sophomores trip to San Antonio

The Team: Reserve National Champions!

Team Members were Chandler Akins, Barrett Carlisle, Whitney Darr, Ethan James & Morgan Meisenheimer.

2nd Overall, 1st Cattle, 2nd Oral Reasons, 3rd Goats

Individuals:

Whitney Darr: 2nd Overall, 3rd Cattle, 4th Goat, Tied 6th Reasons

Chandler Akins: 6th Overall, 6th Hogs

Ethan James: 2nd Cattle

Barrett Carlisle: Tied 6th Reasons

Kallie Johnson: 7th Goats

Will Johnson: 10th Cattle

Sarah Loughridge: 12th Goats

Analena Simmons: 13th Reasons

Back Row (L-R): Chris Mullinix, Barrett Carlisle, Whitney Darr, Will Johnson, Chandler Akins & Ethan James. Front Row (L-R): Sarah Loughridge, Analena Simmons, Kallie Johnson & Morgan Meisenheimer.

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Finally, the results from the Freshman’s trip to the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic

Teams: 1st & 3rd finishes!

Team 1 members were Taylor Graham, Emily Jackson, Maverick Squires & Jared Wynn.

1st Overall, 1st Reasons, 3rd Placings

Team 2 members were Parker Henley, Brett Moriarty, Kinzie Selke & Kyle Wilson

3rd Overall, 5th Reasons, 2nd Placings

Team 3 members were Julia Horn, Alyson Moore, Katy Satree & Paige Wallace

7th Overall, 8th Placings

 Individuals:

Taylor Graham: 1st Overall, 5th Placings, 6th Reasons

Emily Jackson: 3rd Overall, 4th Reasons

Maverick Squires: 4rd Overall, tied for 2nd Reasons

Kyle Wilson: 8th Overall, tied for 2rd Reasons

Alyson Moore: 13th Overall, tied for 12th Reasons

Jarrod Beam: 7th Placings

Kinzie Selke: 8th Placings

Brett Moriarty: Tied 15th Reasons

Butler Alum Garrett Knebel with the Freshman at one of the contest this spring.

“Agriculture is something that you need to learn hands on”

February 21, 2011

My brother is a movie star!

Well, at least in KSU’s Legacy Bull Sale promo video he is. (his 15 minutes of fame start at 1:00 minute in the video)

I love the quote that Dr. Dan Moser has when referring to learning agriculture. While there are classroom items to be taught, one can not fully grasp and understand the ‘ins and outs’ without participating first hand.

I am so fortunate to have been raised on my family’s farm, learning a wide spectrum of skills from a young age. I’m not saying that my classroom hours here at Butler have been a waste- because they most certainly haven’t! The time invested in the ag building has given me and even deeper understanding of this passion for ag which was instilled in me at such a young age because of those hands on experiences.

And speaking of K-State, how about those Cats?! My best friend, Andrew got me a ticket to the KSU vs. OU game this weekend and we claimed another victory! EMAW!

YOGURT!

February 20, 2011

No we are not talking about the dairy product. We are talking about the ridiculously addicting game that our freshman livestock judging team plays alllll the time. Think about it, we are stuck in a fifteen passenger van traveling across the country, what else are we to do?!

Well here’s how you play the game: if you see a yellow car, you yell YOGURT! The most “YOGURT”s win!…. Rules include: 1.)It has to be able to serve as a mode of transportation. 2.) It has to have a motor. 3.) (and most important) It has to be over 51% yellow in color. 4.) If you pass a parking lot/barn yard/ factory that has many “YOGURTs” you yell “YOOOOOOOOGURT”

The game originated from our fellow freshman teammate, Maverick Squires’, little sister Jentry. Yes, she is 8. We are 18 and 19. Maybe it is a little immature, but we all have a love/hate relationship with it. And by the way…we corrupted Elissa into playing it as well!

…..I am proud to say that Kyle “Willy” Wilson and I hold the official record for most YOGURTs in one trip (we were headed home to Indiana) with 197 total YOGURTs…and yes, he beat me by 3.

We also have modified YOGURT into several other games, including: GRAPE (purple vehicles) and COTTAGE CHEESE (green vehicles all though we are not sure why…). Also, some people play it where if you call a false yogurt, you deduct a point!

YOGURT gets way competitive in the freshman van. It is funny how a silly little game like this can show case our already ridiculously competitive nature!

YOOOOOOGURT!!!!

Something that would entitle a YOOOOOGURT!

 

Black & Purple

February 17, 2011

Everyone should love this song. End of story.