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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!

Ag Ambassador Executive Officer Team 2011-2012

September 16, 2011

2011-12 Butler Ag Ambassador Officers: Bailey Boomhower, Brett Moriarty, Maverick Squires, Taylor Graham, Emily Jackson

Butler Alumni-Your Future Starts HERE!

August 22, 2011

Butler Alumni: Cody Palen

 Butler alumni, Cody Palen grew up in Scott City, Kansas.  He was an active member of 4-H and FFA, and to this day he still co-owns/operates Palen Club Lambs with his family.  Cody came to school at Butler Community College, where he earned A.S. degree in Agriculture in 2006.  He was also a member of the Butler Agriculture Club and he competed on one of the most successful Livestock Judging Teams Butler has ever fielded. 

 After his time at Butler, Cody followed his heart to Kansas State University, where he majored in Animal Science and Industry with a Business option.  At K-State Cody was also a member of Block and Bridle and the Livestock Judging Team.

After graduation Cody returned to western Kansas.  He has been employed as the Vice President of Western State Bank in Dodge City, Kansas.  Cody is responsible for commercial and agricultural lending.  On a daily basis, Cody analyzes operations and deals with providing financing in the way of term debt (land, cows, equipment) and operating lines of credit (crops, feeder calves, and feed).  In Cody’s words,

The best part of my job on the agriculture side is that I get to see a variety of different operations. It proves to me there isn’t one distinct way for a farmer or rancher to feed the world.”

In the three years since he graduated from K-State, Cody has found ways to step up and provide leadership within his community.  He is a member of the current Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockman’s Academy’s class, and is also a member of the Kansas Bankers Association where he participates in the YBOK program (Young Bankers of Kansas).  Cody enjoys hunting, golfing and most of all staying actively involved with youth livestock programs.  He judges shows and has helped to put on show and selection clinics, as well as helping to coach local 4-h judging teams. 

For Cody, success has been a result of making the most of every opportunity he has been presented with.  He has always worked hard, but he realized early on that Butler was the first step in his future.  The contacts and friends he has made along the way, as well as the activities he has chosen to become involved with have prepared him to take on any challenge. 

  “I have found my livestock judging experiences from both Butler Community College and Kansas State University to pay dividends. My current employer along with others purposely seeks out individuals with agriculture and specifically judging backgrounds for their ability to make a clear decision and defend it”.

No one said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

May 9, 2011

Usually I’m completely stoked for the end of the school year. I simply can’t wait to feel the freedom summer has to offer and spend countless hours on our farm working in the hay field and with cattle, going to shows and seeing old friends and making new ones.

But this year, it is a teensy bit bittersweet.

Saturday night was the Butler Livestock Judging banquet. No, I’m not a judger, but I’m the most loyal tag-a-long/groupie/roomie/friend those guys have ever had I’m sure! So of course I was in attendance.

And naturally, I got to thinking about my time here. How I was this close to going to the community college 15 minutes from home because I had no reason to do anything different. But then Chris Mullinix said he could give me an ag scholarship, and I thought “Hey, what do I have to lose?” At the time, I had no idea that I had a whole new set of adventures and ‘family’ waiting for me that I would never trade for anything. I don’t think I will ever be able to fully thank Chris for giving me all that through a simple scholarship.

Butler and the instructors here have opened countless doors for me. Not only do I have a few more bridesmaids for my wedding, but the professional people I have met is unbelievable. One of those happens to be the former CEO of Tyson Foods, Greg Lee, who came to speak at the Ag Department’s open house. The Ag Ambassadors has been a tremendous organization to be apart of. Together, our group has not only educated the public about the school’s ag program, where their food comes from and agriculture in general, but we have accomplished our purposes while making memories we will never forget.

Never for one minute have I regretted my decision to attend Butler. I fully believe it has prepared me for my next steps in life. I am looking forward to interning with Osborne & Barr, an agricultural advertising agency, this summer in Kansas City. This fall, I will become a Wildcat at Kansas State University to major in Animal Science and minor in Spanish.

If there is one thing life has given me a first hand account of during my two years at Butler, it is that sometimes plans will change. But everything and everyone come into your life for a reason. So take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Always look for the silver lining in the cloud. I’ll leave you with a quote that a dear friend told me one time, and I think it fits perfectly:

“If you get a chance- TAKE IT!
If it changes your life-LET IT!
No one ever said it would be easy, they only promised it would be worth it.”