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Butler’s List

August 29, 2013

With the livestock judging team getting back into the swing of things there have been many thoughts to cross my mind, but the most frequent thought to pop into my mind has been how lucky myself and my teammates are to be here! Heading into the fall judging season and getting back into the swing of practice every team thinks they ‘ought’ to have that one thing on their mind; winning. And while I believe that it’s up there at the top of the list, I don’t think we should be so quick to jump to forget the rest our list.

2. TEAMMATES

As a team full of different individuals and personalities from every corner of the country it’s easy to forget our similarities and what it means to be a team, but what I love most about MY team is that despite our differences we always put them aside in order to help out and be there for our teammates. The bonds we’re forming in my book are ones that can’t be replicated just anywhere. Despite the fact that we badger each other and pick at each others nerves, often on purpose; we know that at the end of every day we have a team full of friends there to catch us when we fall.

3. EDUCATION

Our team has the good fortune to not only be afforded money to pursue our educations but here at Butler we’re lucky enough to be able to have people around us who truly wish to see us succeed in all facets of our lives.

4. EXPERIENCE

They say that the best education you can give a student is to let them experience it first hand and here we are; given countless opportunities to experience life at its fullest in many different parts of the country. Being a part of the livestock judging team, for many of us, livestock are our passion and we have been awarded opportunity one after another to experience many a show, fair, and workout that not every program nationwide can say the same about. Personally I’ve seen more parts of the country in the past year than I had really thought about in the last 5 years of my geographically lacking life. This experience not only opens doors for us, but our eyes to lessons we hadn’t even stumbled upon yet.

5. COACHES

Despite others’ outlook from the outside we’ve had and have the great fortune to have at our disposable the minds and support of 4 great men who all care about the integrity of our program. As our sophomores said goodbye to Chris  and Brad we have been handed Marcus and Coop. I find myself lucky to know I have so much support and look forward to the year with our coaches knowing that not only will they prepare us for contest day, but skills we will take forward to the rest of our lives. And just like Chris and Brad we will leave here with support that far surpasses the length of contest season.

And here we are full circle, back to the one thing on every teams mind.

1. WINNING

At the end of the day we hope that our teams’ skills and natural talent paired with our stellar preparation from our coaches adds up to a point leading victory, however I think one thing that sets Butler apart is that our team: as long as we remember all of the components of our list; will always walk away winners. So that years from now as our glories fade and our plaques gather dust we’ll still hold true that after each time we were the true winners, the team who left with it all.

Throw Back Thursday!

June 13, 2013

If you’ve gotten into any of the social media sites, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any of the other countless sites out there; you are probably familiar with the common acronym T.B.T or Throw Back Thursday. Today, while scrolling through everyone’s old photos I came across a not so old photo of mine and it got me thinking of where I’ve been, where I am, and where I am headed.

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2013 NACTA Sweepstakes Winners

This picture from back in April represents a lot for me. Present is most of the 2012-2013 Livestock Judging Team, 26 amazing individuals I grew to love and respect; our coach, Chris Mullinix; a man who has given me skills to take forward as I move on and whose given us all the chance of a lifetime, Elissa Mullinix, Chris’ wife, who started as just my  teacher, but as for most of us so far away became like a mom; and Marcus Arnold although our first contest with Marcus it gave us a glimpse of the year to come! Although the year came with some challenges, the long distance spread between Washington and Kansas, the realities of meeting a team full of new people on top of beginning new classes, living with roommates rather than family, and the ever so fun Chemistry classes; it was everything I gained and learned from these challenges that made the year absolutely perfect. I’m still not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to all the fun times and the people we will surely miss. Yet, as we say goodbye to a year spent with the Sophomores, we ourselves will take their place and soon we shall meet a handful of new judgers eager to join our family. Even harder it seems is saying not a “farewell”, but merely a “see you later,” to Chris and Elissa our Kansas parents. Chris who has coached at Butler for 16 years gets to start a new adventure at K-State where just like here, where we won’t forget him, neither shall he forget about us. He’ll still be there when we need him, just a phone call away. And with our “farewells” come our “hellos” we’re as excited as ever to start the year off right with our new coaches in tow and stenos in hand, we hope for a great year and to fill the shoes of those who did it before us. We’re grateful for the memories we have and the ones yet to come!

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2013 Sophomore Judging Team

My Name is…

February 6, 2013

Hello my name is Jacquelyn StGeorge. I made the long trip to El Dorado from a little town called Larwill, Indiana. Although this is where my address says I live, I like to say I am from the neighboring town called Columbia City. It is a much nicer establishment that accounts more than just a gas station and a set of railroad tracks. I can’t forget to mention though, that Larwill does have a post office, which if you have ever been driving down US 30 and blink, chances are you will miss the entire town. I am one of the newest bloggers for the Butler Ag Ambassadors and I hope to share some of my life stories with you. First though I would like to share a few things about myself.

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1.) My sister Kennedy is my best friend. (Yes you may be seeing double because we are twins!) She is by quite some margin the main influence on why I am the way I am.

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2.) Livestock judging is the second most important thing to me in my life. It has taught me how to believe in myself. Even thru the hardest days, I know that I have a support group that will guide me back to a better mind set 🙂 Along with evaluating good livestock I have learned valuable life lessons that I use everyday. This picture is from the 2012 Indiana State Contest where me and my teammates pulled thru our hardest season. We went in with little doubt placing in the top 10 but with God’s help we accomplished our biggest goal.

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3.) I love showing livestock, especially beef cattle! This is the Shorthorn Heifer I showed last year. My adopted Dad and I made the transition from dairy cattle the beef cattle about 5 years ago, and now we run 19 cows. Slowly we increase our herd, and only hope for good functional cow prospects that will do alright in the show ring (Although winning is fun…it’s not everything to me).

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Those are the three most important things to me in life right now. I live with no regrets, and try to cherish every moment I live. As you can see livestock takes up a huge chunk of my heart, but so does my family. Thru my postings I am certain you will hear about Kennedy, and some of the funny stories I have to share 🙂 I hope to educate about the agriculture around us…and most importantly I hope to make you smile and enjoy the people in your life!

It’s Good to be Back!

January 31, 2013

Life back in the 67042 is as exciting as ever! With a new semester comes new classes, new challenges, new experiences, and lots of new memories! While I did enjoy my break and all the time spent with friends and family, I am more than ready to get back into the swing of things. Already after just two short weeks back in El Dorado I feel as if we’ve been back for longer. After a hectic start to the semester; over sleeping, the brakes going out in my car, meeting my chem partner, and my first contest back, complete with 8 sets of reasons, I’d say it’s more than fair too admit that I wasn’t quite prepared for what some may call the crazyness of being a “judger”. But as with everything else there’s always “ups” and “downs” and I’m looking forward to continuing my semester with what I hope will be a little less flair!

The trials of an Ag kid…

December 8, 2012

It’s not news to anyone that everyone has their share of quirks, and it wasn’t until recently that I realized one of my biggest ones! As members of a collegiate livestock judging team we spend a fair amount of our time looking at livestock. With each class set up in a way that its hard not to compare-although as Chris always says, individual evaluation is key!- but even with Chris’ advice in mind we don’t always listen and this is where our quirks begin!

Trial # 1

The search for the PERFECT animal

With the majority of us growing up in, or around the show industry and with a large majority of contests made up of show animals it’s hard not to  get swept up in the notion that a perfect animal does exist. Yet, it’s this idea that while most of the time harmless, can get us into trouble. Whether it means we over analyze every heifer we come across on the most current online sale, or we rail on the 4th place animal in the reasons room. Our search for perfection leaves us over critical and instead of seeing a good animal, instead we see how far they are from our checklist for perfection!

Trial # 2

The compulsive need to correct people on the proper sex title of an animal

Whenever you hear people talking about livestock its real easy to get excited and want to be a part of their conversation, but there’s no faster way to get their input than to say something about those “cows” over there, when in fact they happen to be bulls! It’s a personal pet peeve of my own when people who actually know the distinction still choose to refer to all cattle as cows! It makes no sense to me! Never have I ever come across people who feel the need to call every hog they see a sow, or every sheep a ewe, or every horse a mare! C’mon people it’s not that difficult! If you don’t know just simply refer to them as cattle, then no matter what you’ll be correct! Although I know this gets on the nerves of a lot of Ag people my quirk goes a little to far. I’ve found my self in situations where I’m even correcting little kids! I realize it’s silly, and ridiculous, but every time I tell myself not to my mouth opens without my permission and out come the words! The biggest problem with this is mothers tend to glare when a stranger corrects their child!

Trial # 3

The belief that drawings should be a reflection of a true show animal

This happens to be a new-found quirk of mine and I’m not sure why, but as of lately it drives me nuts when I see a drawing of a steer I now care about his structure, his length of body, and how much muscularity can be seen in the drawing! Case in point Allie, Bracy and I  just ordered an ice cream cake for Jackie’s birthday and of course we asked for the drawing to include a show heifer!  The lady miss understood and informed us she would have no problem depicting a cow, we let the mix up go and hoped for the best! Instead we got this…

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The finished product!

All in all it’s pretty harmless and it’s really not all that hard to be an Ag kid, but next time I correct someone for calling a steer a cow they might understand why (:

What’s your flavor?

December 7, 2012

I believe people are like coffee, just like each flavor has its own unique taste and aroma, each person no matter how similar they may seem is unique in their own way. Personally, I like to switch flavors, one day it may be a skinny caramel macchiato, another a dark Columbian roast, the next a smooth white chocolate mocha! I can always turn to coffee in almost any situation, yet as I quickly found out on my arrival, not everyone is so quick to relate.

When I first arrived in the small town of El Dorado I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the teammates I had yet to meet. I knew very little about them other than the fact that we were all coming from Ag backgrounds and just like when people tell me coffee is coffee, I was having none of the usual “an Ag kid is an Ag kid” talk! And boy was I right! I proceeded to meet my 26 very different teammates who clearly showcase the definition of diversity within the world of Ag. My teammates and I span across 15 different states most of which I’ve never even visited.

Growing up in Washington state I had very little to do with agriculture by choice, my family has always been involved in the world of Ag, however as a youngster I wanted little to do with any of it! I would have much rather have been doing a number of things I still find embarrassing to admit to this day, yet as I got older I began to appreciate my background a lot more. In high school I became an active member in the Medical Lake FFA chapter competing in just about every contest my chapter had to offer, stopping of course at Meats Judging! You may be wondering how Riley Shines, of Medical Lake, WA ended up out west! Honestly sometimes I have to ask myself the same question, although I really enjoyed Livestock Judging I didn’t start seeing results of my hard work until my junior year and once I did I realized I wanted to continue. Now while I will probably never be able to pin point why or how exactly I made my decision, I do know I’m glad I did!

I’ve had a blast since I’ve gotten here and have learned and am continuing to learn a bunch from my teammates and believe it or not have actually been able to teach them a thing or two, well sort of! Apparently being from Washington I don’t have a funny accent! However, this lesson came with a price, I found it’s not polite to ask your new teammates “if you sound as funny to them as they do to you”. I also discovered you can’t turn left on red lights in Kansas, that Maryland is NOT in the far north-east corner of the country, and that for my teammates BEEF is usually whats for dinner (:

The differences between my teammates and I are quite obvious, yet, the similarities are there as well. We may come from different places, but judging still remains within our hearts. I’ve only been in Kansas a few months and already the state, and my team have found a place in my heart that can never be forgotten and while I shall never be the same, I’m also certain that I will always be the coffee ecstatic, slightly eccentric Washingtonian who first arrived in El Dorado.

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Beef, it’s what’s for….lunch!!

April 22, 2012

FINALLY!! WE HAVE DEVELOPED A CURE….for lunches lacking beef, that is! I know around our college house, finding a healthy lunch meal is a difficult task….much less one that includes the beef products we so desire! Recently, my roommate Sarah introduced a meal idea that solves the “leftover pot roast problem”. Much like many houses, after fixing roast one night, we had leftovers. And leftover roast is personally not my favorite, but put it into this recipe and it rocks!

First, start with the yummy, delicious roast!

Gather the ingredients: mayonnaise, horseradish and sweet relish.

Chop up the roast and add the ingredients into a food processor.

 

Enjoy the recipe! Go beef!