Archive for April 2011

Open House Overview

April 15, 2011

 Ag Department Hosted Open House, Greg Lee,Tyson, as Speaker

We hope you enjoyed the Butler Ag’s Open House last night! It was a great time of education, fellowship and friends.

Folks had the privilege of listening to Tyson’s former chief, Greg Lee. The ag students were treated to a more personal information/question session before the evening’s events got underway. Mr. Lee spoke his time in the meat industry, the changes he saw and events he experienced. He also answered questions from the crowed and was available all evening to chat one-on-one.

Classrooms were set up to showcase various aspects of the ag program and industry. Areas of focus were ag communications/journalism, by-products, grain/equipment identification and livestock judging. Students were present to conduct classrooms, answer questions, give tours and simply chat with the visitors.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of those who made the event possible. A special “Thanks’ goes out to American Ag Credit, who was a major sponsor for the evening. We hope everyone in attendance had as much fun as we did!

For more pictures from the evening’s events, feel free to visit Butler’s Flickr page HERE.

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Welcome to Our Part of Campus!

April 14, 2011

Welcome to the 2011 Butler CC Ag Open House! If you’re here reading this – thank you so much for taking the time to be here this evening to interact with the Butler students and faculty of the agriculture department. If you’re reading this at home – we wish you could be here! You’re definitely missing out!

Take your time and explore all of the student-run stations set up throughout the building. We are all glad to be here to answer any questions you may have or just strike up a conversation! At 6:15 Mr. Greg Lee, former Chief Administrative Officer of Tyson Foods, Inc., will be giving a presentation about his experience with this Fortune 500 company as it has grown over the past 25 years. (As if having the opportunity to listen to an industry leader isn’t incentive enough for you to stay – there will be food.)

Once again thank you for taking the time to be here this evening!

Sincerely,

2010-11 Butler Ag Ambassadors

Welcome to the World of Synchronization

April 14, 2011

Efficiency is a huge thing is the production agriculture world. I mean, when each farmer is feeding 155 people, new technologies must be utilized, environmental friendly practices are paramount, and having a little luck getting all your ducks in a row never hurt anyone.

New practices to make breeding cows more efficient are not only important, but encouraged by farmers everywhere! Artificial Insemination (A.I.) is a method that is widely used today. But when you are dealing with 100+ heifers, it can be tricky to know when just the right window of time is.

My sister, Esther, on a 4-wheeler helping move heifers from the pasture to the barn.

You see, there are about 12 hours during the heifer’s estrus cycle when it is the best time for breeding. In a perfect world, all the heifers will come into heat (which means they are cycling and are ready to be bred) around the same time. This is ideal because:

1) You won’t miss as many heifers since they are all ready to breed.

2) You will have a shorter calving time frame, which is good for a couple of reasons: so all your calves are the same age so they can be fed out about the same time, or for customers who want to buy large groups of ‘uniform’ looking calves.

This is why estrus synchronization is such a popular practice. There are a few ways to go about this, from feed additives to inserts called Cidrs. While we have done both at my house, lately we have stuck with the latter.

This is what a Cidr looks like. Infused with 1.38 grams of Progesterone, when inserted, the heifer’s body thinks it is pregnant due to the elevated hormone level.

This would be Esther’s close up for the day. Her and I were put in charge of this project. It was quality bonding time.

Here the Cidr is in the applicator, ready to do big things.

I really like this picture. I mostly just think it is funny. Esther looks like she isn’t excited to be the star of my blogs all the time, but secretly I know she loves it.

This process doesn’t hurt the heifer. In fact, it is so little they hardly can feel it.

The applicator is dipped and swirled in a disinfectant solution between each animal. Cleanliness comes first around here.

The Cidrs will be pulled this Saturday, one week after being inserted. The removal will cause the progesterone level to drop, the heifer’s body to realize that it isn’t pregnant after all, and therefore cause the heifer to cycle and come into heat so it can be bred at the beginning of next week.

Research, combined with technology, never ceases to amaze me.

“Peelin’ peaches if it was twenty years ago…”

April 13, 2011

This week’s featured music video is “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore. If you listen to country radio at all I’m sure you have heard of it but in case you haven’t it is awesome and Miss Hannah McCabe has demanded that it be shared.

Enjoy 🙂

Gutters, Strikes and Spares. But Mostly Gutters.

April 12, 2011

The other day, Analena, Sarah, Kallie and myself were itching to do something other than go home and study like the responsible, dedicated college students we are. About that time, an idea hit us- to go bowling!

Now, there is a reason that we are not in bowling league. And it is a good one. It looks a little something like this:

If you are thinking, “My goodness! There must be a mistake! Those girls are so talented… obviously the computer messed up their score!” well, I hate to burst your bubble, buuuuut those scores are indeed correct. If you would like to recruit us for your team, feel free to contact us via Facebook.

The little computer guy tries to be super helpful and all by showing you where to hit the pins in order to knock the most down. But ya see, the trick is actually being able to get the ball to that spot.

Even when you get a gutter ball, it doesn’t judge and still tries to help you out:

I was so excited when I got my ONE strike of the night my gum popped out of my mouth. The owner guy asked me not to chew anymore gum for the rest of the evening… (it’s the teeeensy green glob I’m pointing at)

Look how cool we are! (Please excuse the quality of all of these photos. Due to unfortunate circumstances of dead batteries, they were taken on a cell phone.)

Sarah really was having fun… She just has her game face on.

It was a great time, and lets keep our fingers crossed that next time we’ll get higher scores! (But I’m not going to hold my breath on that!)

Defying Gravity – Butler Style!

April 11, 2011

A PE class is a requirement for any degree at Butler, but who really wants to take run-of-the-mill weights and training or boring bowling? Certainly not us! Hannah, Kallie, Sarah, Jennie, Morgan and I decided to branch out and take Rock Climbing to satisfy this requirement. Here’s how it’s been going so far!

Of course we had to learn safety before they allowed us to do any climbing. Crazy I know! It’s not like falling off of a 50-foot tower could cause some type of injury! Ok just kidding. The technique used to assist a climber up the wall (or in real life, up an actual cliff) is called Belaying.

Me belaying a climber while Hannah works as my trusty anchor for backup.

Heres Sarah tying herself into the safety rope so she can climb the playpen.

Heres Kallie tying the other end of the rope to herself to belay a climber.

Once we are sure that we have a solid backup there are three different walls to climb: the easy wall, the hard wall, and the playpen. As you might have guessed, the easy wall is the easiest to make it to the top, and the hard wall has small rocks, big gaps, and takes quite a bit of effort to fully climb.

Sarah tackling the hard wall while Jennie works as her belayer.

Now the Playpen isn’t so much a regular rock wall, but more a bunch of random stuff strung together with some heavy-duty cable and hung from the tower. You think I’m kidding? Just check out these pictures:

Occasionally (ok, more like all the time now) we do actually make it to the top of the tower.

Usually to get down we simply rappel down the back of the tower, but at our last class period our instructor introduced us to….Drum Roll Please!…..the Zip Line!

Of course the class can’t stay the same for the entire 8-week period, so we are slowly introduced to different challenges. So far our only challenge has been the milk crates. This literally involves stacking milk crates on top of each other while climbing up them.

So truthfully we may be biased – but does this not look like the greatest PE class ever?!?

Word to my Mama, I’m out of my llama… or is it lima bean?

April 7, 2011

Today there are 2 things that I felt the need to share…

1) In his song “6 foot 7 foot”, rapper Lil Wayne says “word to my mama, i’m out of my llama?” Nope, even better he says “word to my mama, I’m out of my lima bean.” Interesting to say the least – but either way Lil Wayne is giving a shout out to areas of agriculture!

2) I love this photo that Butler Ag Amassador Jennie Johnson has put together. The quote is actually written by Butler alumni Jara Settles and I think anybody who has shown livestock can appreciate it.