Archive for January 2012

College Recipe Experiments

January 31, 2012

Well, before the sophomores head out to Fort Worth, Texas I thought I would drop in and leave a super, fantastic, amazing, awesome new recipe that my house has recently discovered!

Over Christmas break my mom gave me a church cookbook (college girls absolutely love church cookbooks….ehemm….if anyone is generously looking to give us some:)). Anywho! My roommates and I tried a mashed potato recipe that we just HAD to share!

Divine Mashed Potatoes:

5 potatoes, boiled

1/2 pkg. softened cream cheese (4 oz.)

1/2 cup half & half    (we used milk and it was still yummy!)

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tsp. onion salt

1 tsp. seasoned salt

1 tsp. salt

Add cream cheese, half & half, pepper and butter to potatoes. Mash by hand. Put in mixer and add rest of the ingredients. Finish whipping in mixer. If desired: put in casserole dish and add paprika and shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

This recipe came from Dolores Carroll of the China Spring United Methodist Church! I certainly can’t take credit for it!

So….go support a potato farmer and try this recipe! You’ll love it!

The Future of Farm Kids

January 25, 2012

I’m sure many of our blog readers have heard about the new proposals from the U.S. Department of Labor. My Facebook blew up with frustration when they were announced! If you haven’t heard, please take a moment to watch this great video my friend Courtenay DeHoff created.

I’ve lived on a farm my entire life and I truly believe that if something like this had been passed when I was a kid I would be a changed person today! My summers weren’t spent at the pool or on vacation, I was in the barn working hard to take care of my livestock. These activities have had such an influence on my personal character and ultimately pushed me to pursue a degree in agriculture. We all know owning a farm and working in agriculture isn’t always the highest paying avenue, but we do it because we LOVE it, because we love the lifestyle we were raised in. I would hate to see the lives of millions of farm kids so dramatically changed because a few politicians thought farm work was too dangerous.



Livestock Judging Recap… Louisville and Denver

January 23, 2012

I know it’s been a while since our followers have been updated on the events of the Butler Livestock Judging Team, so I’ll try to be as descriptive, yet as brief as possible.

Louisville… The North American International Livestock Exposition. The best purebred cattle show around, one of the oldest livestock judging contests (continued from Chicago), enough said right?

After working out on some of the best livestock our industry has to offer, we took to the floor to test our skills.

Team members Maverick Squires, Taylor Graham, Jared Wynn, Emily Jackson, and Parker Henley.

Sheep: Butler 6th High Team

Swine: Jared Wynn 5th High Individual

Beef: Maverick 3rd High Individual, Butler 1st High Team

Reasons: Jared Wynn 1st High Individual, Taylor Graham 7th High Individual, Maverick Squires 10th High Individual, Butler 3rd high Team


Jared Wynn 2nd High Individual

Butler 2nd High Team


After a well deserved Thanksgiving and Christmas Vacation, we were back at it. The turning of the New Year brought the much-anticipated National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Thankfully, we only endured one extremely cold winter day on our way to Denver. After more than 75 classes and 25 sets in just 10 days, including practice contests at OSU, KSU, and Walker’s (Arkansas) we were ready to go once again! This time, two contests on back to back days. First, the regular livestock contest with reasons, then the carload judging contest with cattle classes only and one set of questions.

Team Members: Jared Wynn, Taylor Graham, Maverick Squires, Parker Henley, and Brett Moriarty.

Sheep and Goats: Maverick Squires 6th, Butler 2nd

Swine: Maverick Squires 2nd, Jared Wynn 9th, Butler 3rd

Beef Reasons: Taylor Graham 3rd, Jared Wynn 4th

Reasons: Maverick Squires 2nd, Taylor Graham 3rd, Jared Wynn 7th, Butler 2nd

Overall: Jared Wynn 5th, Brett Moriarty 8th

Butler 2nd High Team in the Livestock Judging Contest

Carload Cattle Judging Contest:

Team Members: Kinzie Selke, Paige Wallace, Kyle Wilson, Ben Gleason, and Katy Satree

4th Overall Team

Stay in tune for more results soon… This coming weekend we’ll be in Sioux Falls, SD and the following weekend will be Fort Worth, TX!!