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Full Swing

August 22, 2013

Well it is finally that time of year again….Butler classes are in full swing for the Fall 2013 semester. Most of the classes this week were filled with syllabi and meet and greet activities to get to know everyone. Of course that usually means that for at least a minute all eyes and ears are on you! Yay just the things I love, the spotlight all to myself! I included each time that I was a proud member of the Livestock Judging team and that I came all the way from Indiana. Most of my classes had other teammates in it, however I have one that doesn’t. English Comp 102 I am all by myself and as I explained myself I got many blank stares when I said I was on a scholarship to attend this great school in El Dorado, KS (I’m still not exactly sure how I ended up here!). It was at that very moment that I realized the judging program is over looked by many students. They have no idea that they attend class with some of the most gifted and talented kids on campus. To them though we are nothing because we don’t have a ball to play with. After feeling kinda down about this, my spirit was lifted after we were dismissed and everyone piled into the halls. Most of the students pulled out their cell phones and answered texts, or checked Instagram, but one individual stood out to me. A guy was walking in front of me and was telling a friend about how some kids in his class go to these contests and judge 4 animals in a pen and then give their opinions on the animals in a room. Now certainly, judging is a little more difficult than what he made it out to be, but I was so excited that he took interest in what ‘the livestock’ kids had to say in class! Hopefully one day interest will spark in other students and the judging program will get as much hype as the football and soccer teams! 

 

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Above is a picture of the 2013-2014 Butler Livestock Judging Team. (Missing from the picture is Corson Kerbs, Chance Deppe, and Austin Deppe.) Coach Marcus Arnold is on the left and assistant coach Aaron Cooper is in the back right. 

 

If you see these fine individuals around campus, make sure you wish them luck in their competitions and say congratulations for being part of something absolutely amazing :))

Watch NWSS Jr. Market Beef Show (Live)

January 24, 2013

It isn’t the Superbowl, or the NCAA tournament, however for families around the nation is means so much more.   The Market Beef Show at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, CO is the culmination of a project that requires hours of work, financial sacrifice, and loads of dedication.  Beef projects are wonderful ways for youth to learn work ethic and for families to spend time together. 

The 2013 NWSS Jr. Market Beef Show starts today, at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time).  Once again, the show will be evaluated by a three -judge panel.  This year the judging panel includes:

Dr. Scott Greiner, Professor of Animal Science at Virginia Tech

Mr. Jack Ward, Chief Operations Officer of the American Hereford Association

Mr. Chris Mullinix, Livestock Judging Coach and Agricultural Instructor at  Butler Community College

 In Chris’s words, “It is a great honor to be asked to judge a show, of any size, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.”  

 Technology has the power to bring people and places together.  Thanks to CattleInMotion, you don’t have to hop on a plane to see the show today.  Just follow this link, log in, and enjoy your NWSS experience.

Chris Mullinix evaluating a class with rest the 2012 NWSS Jr. Market Beef judging panel.

Chris Mullinix evaluating a class with rest the 2012 NWSS Jr. Market Beef judging panel.

National Agriculture Day – How will you celebrate?

March 8, 2012

Happy National Agriculture Day everyone!!

Today, March 8th, is a great day for farmers and consumers alike! As producers it’s a reminder that all of your hard work and dedication towards producing food and fiber for our country is worth it. It’s a day to recognize the passion of those striving for the success of agriculture. For consumers, National Agriculture Day is a way for them to appreciate what producers do, and just how important their job truly is!

So how will you celebrate?

If you’re a farmer I challenge you to find new ways to connect to the consumer. Whether that’s writing a blog or just talking to someone in the grocery story is up to you! If you’re a consumer I challenge you to strive to realize the importance of agriculture in your every day lives.

Diane Gress, the winner of the National Agriculture Day Video Essay Contest, does a great job at describing what our country is facing in food production.

Visit agday.org to learn more about how you can celebrate National Agriculture Day!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Pinterest Agvocacy

December 30, 2011

So I recently joined the Pinterest “addiction” and I’ve been hooked ever since! It’s rather new but has quickly become popular, at least in my circle of friends. I have seen many Facebook statuses stating “Pinterest is so addicting!!” Warning: this is very very true.

Alright so for those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s my explanation. Pinterest is a website that helps you manage ideas – a virtual pinboard. It lets you organize and share ideas you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. You can also find your friends and browse their pinboards!

But before you go searching for your perfect wedding dress consider this. Could this be another great way to advocate for agriculture? Besides pinning the things you like, you also have the power to create a new pin that will dive into the world of Pinterest. A few of my friends have already started.

Crystal Young pinned a link to her blog where she wrote about her opinion of Meatless Mondays.

Meatless Mondays

I also found this pin..

Which led me to the I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul website.

Linking to your favorite agriculture websites or blogs is just a simple, quick way to get agriculture in the minds of your family and friends.

Or maybe you’re just looking for a new pair of boots and turquoise jewelry 🙂 Pinterest can help with that too..


Follow me, Paige Wallace, and many other Butler bloggers to see how we agvocate!

 

 

 

The Cow Queen

November 8, 2011

Hello world my name is Paige Wallace! For months I’ve been telling myself I need to take the time to introduce myself and well that time has arrived! So here it goes…

I am currently a sophomore at Butler Community College where I am a member of the famed Livestock Judging Team! I am a born and raised Missouri gal with a passion for livestock. I took a chance and moved to the small town of El Dorado, Kansas where I hoped to further my love of agriculture. And I’m happy I did.

   

Back in Missouri I along with my parents, Ernie and Tammy, and my brother Sam manage around 150 head of cows. Angus cattle have always been our passion but recently we’ve been showing a few Simmental and crossbreds. Oh and of course a few pigs! It’s really been a fun new experience for us. Unlike many families, my parents actually both work full time on the farm. Our cattle are a big part of my family’s income so we spend a lot of time exhibiting them across the country.

Here at Butler my weeks consists of giving multiple sets of reasons, traveling across the country for workouts, and when I’m not judging, I love spending time with my teammates! We’re kind of a big family around here. Oh and did I mention I film a tv show every week? One of the newest additions to my life is my job as a co-host of The Angus Report. That’s right every other week I make the long trip to St. Joseph, Missouri where we film a weekly television show for the American Angus Association. The show airs every Monday morning at 7:30 and Saturday afternoons at 1:30 on RFDtv! Or you can find past episodes by searching “The Angus Report” on Youtube.

So what else defines Paige Wallace? Well if you haven’t already noticed the title of this blog tells you about a very large part of my life. If you spent a day in my shoes you might hear the title “royalty” or “queenie” quite often. This is because for the past year I have served as Miss American Angus. It has been my duty to travel the country attending national shows and banquets, and you can’t forget all those backdrop pictures I get to take! I can’t even begin to explain how much of a life changing experience it has been, one that will unfortunately come to an end next week.

 

I even got to work a show with my dad!

So as you can see I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to do some pretty cool things in my life. Coming to Butler and being a member of this team has opened so many doors for me and I thank God every day that he lead me to a place like this.

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One LONGGGGG Weekend of Livestock Judging

October 3, 2011

It’s been a bit of a hectic week trying to catch up from three straight days of contests (Sept. 23-25.) After putting in several weeks of hard work, the 2011-2012 Butler Livestock Judging Team finally made their debut. Friday was predated by two days of preparing the El Dorado Fairgrounds for its annual Flint Hills Classic Livestock Judging Contest. With more than 500 contestants from across the nation, the contest was awesome! Saturday morning came early, with a trip to Wichita for the Mid-America Livestock Judging Contest. Following this, the Sophomore Team (and our 4-H competitors) jumped in the van and headed for Omaha to compete in the AKSARBEN Judging Contest on Sunday. Here is a list of the results from the weekend!

Flint Hills Classic – September 23, 2011

Freshman Division:

Sheep: Caleb Lagrone 4th (227)

Butler Gold Team 2nd, Butler Purple Team 3rd

Swine: Spencer Scotten 1st (289), Cody Beck 5th (286)

Butler Gold 1st, Butler Purple 2nd

Beef: Brady Jensen 1st (437), Cody Beck 2nd (424), Logan Bracy 4th (421)

Butler Purple 1st, Butler Gold 2nd

Reasons: Spencer Scotten 1st (276), Caleb Lagrone 2nd (273), Kerri Horvath 4th (272), Brady Jensen 5th (271)

Butler Purple 1st

Overall: Brady Jensen 1st (930), Cody Beck 3rd (915), Spencer Scotten 4th (914), Kerri Horvath 5th (908), Sydney Gehl 6th (908), Garrett Reiss 9th (898)

Butler Purple 1st, Butler Gold 2nd

Sophomore Division:

Sheep: Jared Wynn 2nd (228), Katy Satree 3rd (226)

Swine: Kinzie Selke 4th (284)

Butler 3rd

Beef: Emily Jackson 1st (433), Taylor Graham 2nd (431), Kati Keys 4th (427), Kinzie Selke 5th (425)

Butler Purple 1st, Butler Gold 2nd

Reasons: Maverick Squires 1st (279), Kinzie Selke 4th (276), Taylor Graham 5th (276)

Butler Purple 1st

Overall: Taylor Graham 1st (926), Kinzie Selke 2nd (912), Alyson Moore 5th (902)

Butler Purple 1st

Mid-America Classic Livestock Judging Contest – Wichita, KS

Freshman Division:

Sheep: Caleb Lagrone 1st (241), Kerri Horvath 2nd (239)

Butler Gold 2nd, Butler Purple 3rd

Swine: Butler Gold 4th

Beef: Garrett Reiss 5th (375)

Butler Gold 3rd

Reasons: Kerri Horvath 1st (183), Brady Jensen 3rd (180)

Butler Gold 2nd, Butler Purple 4th

Overall: Spencer Scotten 4th (747), Kerri Horvath 9th (742)

Butler Gold 2nd, Butler Purple 5th

Sophomore Division:

Sheep: Maverick Squires 1st (288), Jared Wynn 2nd (280), Kyle Wilson 3rd (280)

Butler Gold 2nd, Butler Purple 5th

Swine: Butler Gold 2nd, Butler Purple 4th

Beef: Butler Gold 5th

Reasons: Maverick Squires 2nd (279)

Butler Gold 1st

Overall: Maverick Squires 1st (856), Jared Wynn 7th (841)

Butler Gold 2nd, Butler Purple 5th

AKSARBEN Livestock Judging Contest – Omaha, NE (Sophomore Team only)

Sheep: Jared Wynn 2nd (291), Brett Moriarty 5th (285)

Butler 2nd

Swine: Alyson Moore 2nd (232), Jared Wynn 5th (229)

Butler 1st

Beef: Emily Jackson 1st (431), Taylor Graham 3rd (427)

Butler 3rd

Reasons: Jared Wynn 3rd (370), Maverick Squires 5th (266)

Butler 1st

Overall: Jared Wynn 1st (945)

Butler 2nd

3 days + 152 animals + 20 sets of reasons  = 1 AWESOME weekend for Butler CC Livestock Judging!