Posted tagged ‘Livestock’

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 :))

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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!

Misinformed and Misrepresented: An Attack on 4-H and FFA.

July 17, 2011

Before reading on please reference the following links:

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/06/23/does-4-h-desensitize-kids-to-killing/

I'm all for treating animals in a humane manner, but questioning programs that engage and empower youth, that's just too much.

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/06/21/55-five-reasons-to-buy-from-your-local-4-h/

When I first caught this article on the CNN “Eatocracy” page, blood immediately starting pumping more quickly through my veins. I believe many, if not all, agriculturists have had a run in at some point with vegans, vegetarians, or simply animal rights activists, but for me, this was the first time myself or my family was directly under attack. I (following in the footsteps of my father and brother) was a member of both 4-H and FFA, raising livestock (cattle) to be slaughtered on multiple occasions. After reading the comments posted by some in response to the first post (Does 4-H Desensitize Kids to Killing?) I was horrified at the latest example of misinformation and detachment from agriculture our society is suffering from. Not only were commentors voicing their opinion on vegetarianism and veganism, they also were discrediting 4-H!

How can we stand by as this epidemic transpires? The answer is, WE CAN’T. We as agriculturists, and even those who are not agriculturists but are prepared to stand up for a large group that positively impacts America’s Youth across the nation, must continue to analytically and factually combat these instances of misinformation.

According to current estimates, the average American is two generations removed from farming. As this figure rises, it is our responsibility to do our best to properly educate those around us of the origin of our food. Perhaps even more importantly than educating our society is the manner in which it is done. We must use scientifically based arguments regarding the humane treatment of animals and the importance of meat tissue and its nutrients in our diet. Through sharing our knowledge and arguments remember that the key to being influential is to be patient, ask questions and listen first, then share factual information in a non-aggressive manner, but rather in assertive and understanding language. As I recently told a high school classmate experimenting with vegetarianism:

“I align with your position on treating animals with respect and properly handling carcasses and meat products to prevent disease, however, I’d ask that you hear both sides of the issue before deciding whether or not to change your lifestyle to restrict your intake of animal products as much of the information out there (in the world) is negative.”

It is our job to tell the story in a positive light, factually and without emotions boiling over. I challenge YOU to write to your Congress Man or Congress Woman and relay to them the positive messages that you and your family have experienced through 4-H, FFA, and life in a rural, semi-rural, or even urban agricultural endeavor.

Thank you for your time, support, and effort in the ongoing battle for agricultural education and empowerment.

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.

Shake That Thing

April 4, 2011

Kick your week off with a good laugh! I love this video because A) The song is catchy. B) It shows that milkshakes come from cows. C) It is just really, REALLY hilarious and I laugh every time I watch it!

What are your favorite commercials? “Comment” and post the link!

Black & Purple

February 17, 2011

Everyone should love this song. End of story.

Hello, My Name is Crazy. My Major is Cow Art.

February 14, 2011

So what do you do when your two passions appear to have no relevance? Well you look a little harder and realize that they do!

Call me odd, but I love livestock and I love art. Temple Grandin and Andy Warhol are my idols. It doesn’t make sense does it? Oh to the contrary my readers, even Rousseau has said,

“Agriculture is the earliest and most honorable of arts.”

Agriculture is an art, and the promotion of agriculture needs art. Through graphic design and photography my favorite worlds can combine after all!

Here are a few pictures of some my artwork…

This is a pencil drawing I did of my cousin Jeremy.
This is a conte, chalk and charcoal piece. The assignment was to create a face with hands.
This is an abstract piece that was done with house paints on wood.

So how can I combine this artsy stuf f with livestock? Here is how!

This is a photo I took and designed for my teammate Barrett Carlisle. She's a True Blood x Ellerbrock.