2015 AJSA Trustee Candidates

Meet the 2015 AJSA Board of Trustees Candidates

NORTH CENTRAL

JBargaryWebJODY BARAGARY, 19, of Tonganoxie, KS, is a Trustee candidate from the North Central Region. She is a Junior at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. She has been involved with the Simmental for five years. Jody is serving on her second year of the Kansas Junior Simmental Association (KJSA) board. She was Secretary one year, and is currently serving as the KJSA President. In 2014 Jody assisted at the North Central Regional Classic helping to organize meals, youth activities, and assist with check in. She has attended the 2014 North Central Regional Classic and the 2011 and 2013 National Classic. Jody and her father have 40 cows that they own together. Over the past five years they have begun AIing and pasture exposing all of their cows to purebred or percentage Simmental bulls as well as flushing cows that have been previous show heifers. This year, they put embryos in 25 recipient cows, making all of their calf crop either purebred or percentage Simmentals. Jody would like to continue the development of her herd and continue working with the Simmental breed within organizations such as 4-H and AJSA.
Click here to read Jody’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

KJassWebKIERSTEN JASS, 17, of Garner, IA, is a Trustee candidate from the North Central Region. Kiersten is a Junior at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School. She has been involved with Simmental cattle for 12 years. Kiersten is the past Secretary and current Vice President of the Iowa Junior Simmental Association. She orders prizes for events, organizes and works at the field day, collects items for junior auctions, gathers donations for the Rung-Out Syndicate, and organizes fundraising events for the 2016 National Classic. She has attended Regional Classics in 2003, 2005-2008, and 2012; National Classics in 2005, 2007, and 2009-2014; and the Summit Leadership Conference in 2013. Kiersten is involved on a daily basis with the upkeep of her cattle; including, feeding, care, management, helping with heat detection and breeding, assisting with calving, cleaning of the lots, pens, and barns, assisting with weaning and vaccinations, breaking calves, working with sale cattle and helping wherever needed in the livestock operation.
Click here to read Kiersten’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

JSylvesterWebJOELLE SYLVESTER, 20, of Wamego, KS, is a Trustee candidate from the North Central Region. Joelle is a Junior at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She has been involved with Simmental cattle for 17 years. Joelle is currently the Vice President of the Kansas Junior Simmental Association (KJSA). As Vice President she procures awards and judges for the KJSA state show, assists in organizing the judging contest, and assists the president and other officers whenever they are in need of help. She has attended the 2009 Western Regional Classic; 2012 and 2013 South Central Regional Classics; 2014 North Central Regional Classic; 2010, 2011, and 2013 National Classics; and the 2015 NCBA Convention. Joelle runs a small herd of registered Simmental cattle where she breeds for all facets of the industry. She manages all breeding decisions and keeps track of these as well as calving and cow records. She utilizes embryo transfer and AI extensively on her herd and has a couple of donor cows that she has been flushing. This year, Joelle is mainly showing heifers that she has bred and raised. She was able to market show heifers through a sale last year and hopes to be able to increase that this year. She exchanges labor and bull claves for feed, pasture, and equipment use from her parents. Her parents are currently using bulls from her breeding program in their commercial herd.
Click here to read Joelle’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

BVohsWebBLAIR VOHS, 17, of Bucyrus, KS, is a Trustee candidate from the North Central Region. She is a Junior at Louisburg High School. She has been involved with the Simmental industry for 10 years. Blair has been on the Kansas Junior Simmental Association (KJSA) board for three years now. Last year KJSA held a Regional Classic in Hutchison. She helped raise money for it by making baskets and taking them to sales and selling them in auctions. She also went around to local businesses to make sure they put on the best show they possibly could. She was elected last year to be the treasurer of the KJSA board. Blair has attended the 2011 National Classic in Sedalia, MO, and the 2014 in Louisville, KY; and the 2014 Regional in Hutchison, KS. Blair has a herd of registered Simmental cattle. Her family owns and operates a commercial cow/calf operation, which is predominantly Simmental based cattle.
Click here to read Blair’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

SOUTH CENTRAL

JCowgerWebJORDAN COWGER, 17, of Kansas City, MO, is a Trustee Candidate from the South Central Region. She is a Senior at Liberty High School. She has been involved with Simmental cattle since age three. Jordan is currently on the board of the Missouri Junior Simmental Association and has been since 2010. She has also served as Princess 2007-2008, President 2013-2014, Secretary 2014-2015, and Queen 2014-2015. She has attended the 2007-2014 National Classics; 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2013 South Central Regional Classics; and the 2014 North Central Regional Classic. Jordan is a co-owner, with her family, of RS&T Simmentals, LLC. They run around 125 Simmental, percentage Simmental, and Angus cows. Jordan owns five donor cows out of whom she has raised several bred-and-owned show heifers, replacement heifers, and bulls. She has also consigned several bred-and-owned lots to state and national sales.
Click here to read Jordan’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

Michelle Helm

MICHELLE HELM, 18, of Geary, OK, is a Trustee candidate from the South Central Region. She is a Sophomore at Oklahoma State University, majoring in Animal Science/Agricultural Communications. She has been involved with the Simmental industry for six years. Michelle has had the privilege to serve as both Junior Ambassador and Vice President of the Oklahoma Junior Simmental Association. She attended the AJSA National Classic in 2011; AJSA Regional Classic in 2013; and AJSA Summit in 2013. Michelle’s herd consists of 32 registered Simmental cows, 6 Angus cows and 12 commercial cows. Throughout her herd she has utilized AI and embryo transfer with her five donor cows. She has also sold her genetics through various sales, such as the Texas Limited Edition Sale and the Cowtown Classic, held during the 2014 Fort Work Stock Show and Rodeo. This year she was breeder of the Grand Champion Simmental Heifer at the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Expo.
Click here to read Michelle’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

THoweyWebTANNER HOWEY, 17, of Rowlett, TX, is a Trustee candidate from the South Central Region. He is a Junior at Rockwall High School. He has been involved with the Simmental industry for six years. Tanner is serving a two-year term on the Texas Junior Simmental Simbrah Association board. He was Treasurer for one year, and is currently serving as Vice President. He has attended two Eastern regionals, one South Central regional; four National Classics; and two AJSA Summit Conferences. Tanner and his uncle own and raise Simmental, Angus and percentage Simmental cattle. The main part of their 350-head operation is in Grand Saline, TX, and the show barn is near Tanner’s house in Rockwall, TX. Tanner and his uncle love to compete in the show ring.
Click here to read Tanner’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

KSigmonWebKYLEE SIGMON, 18, of Berryville, AR, is a Trustee candidate from the South Central Region. This fall she will be a Freshman at University of Arkansas, with a double major in Agribusiness and Agriculture Communications. She has been involved with the Simmental industry for 17 years. Kylee served as Arkansas Junior Simmental Association President for two years. She is currently helping with junior activities. She has attended National Classics in 2009-2014; South Central Regionals in 2010, 2012, 2013; and The Summit in 2011 and 2013. Kylee owns 25 head of Simmental influenced cattle. She assists with feed rations, vaccinations and the hay harvest.
Click here to read Kylee’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

EASTERN

CCrawfordWebCAMERON CRAWFORD, 19, of Tylertown, MS, is a Trustee candidate from the Eastern Region. He is a Sophomore at Jones County Junior College, majoring Animal Science. He has been involved with the Simmental industry for five years. Cameron serves as President of the Mississippi Junior Simmental/Simbrah Association. He attended the 2012 and 2014 AJSA Regional Classics and the 2014 National Classic. Cameron runs a small cow/calf operation that consists of 13 head.
Click here to read Cameron’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

GPriestWebGIBSON PRIEST, 20, of Cartersville, GA, is a Trustee candidate from the Eastern Region. He is a Junior at the University of Georgia, majoring in Agricultural Education/Agriculture Communications with a minor in Business. He has been involved with the Simmental industry for his whole life. Simmentals are a way of life in his family. Gibson served as Georgia Junior Simmental Association (GJSA) Vice President in 2008 and 2013; GJSA President from 2009 to 2012; and GJSA Board from 2013 to the present. He has attended the AJSA Eastern Regional in 2007, 2008, 2013; and the AJSA National Classic in 2014. Gibson owns 30 Simmental/SimAngusTM females, with the goal being to produce superior seedstock. He markets the top 25 per cent as elite show prospects.
Click here to read Gibson’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

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GARRETT STANFIELD, 17, of Manchester, OH, is a Trustee candidate from the Eastern Region. He is a Junior at Mason County High school in Maysville, KY. He has been involved with the Simmental industry since 2008, when he became eligible for Junior membership. Garrett served as an Ohio District Trustee for five years, Vice President one year and President one year. He attended the Eastern Regional Classics from 2008 to 2014; National Classics from 2009 to 2014; and the AJSA Summit in 2013. Garretts’s herd consists of 10 head of purebred and percentage registered Simmental cows and calves along with three show heifers. He currently has three donors cows and uses both an embryo transfer program along with AI to advance both physical appearance and genetics. The farm also has an additional 30 head of registered Simmental cows and calves that he is responsible for. In addition, he is responsible for promotion and marketing of all animals and uses expo and private treaty sales to market the registered livestock.
Click here to read Garrett’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

WESTERN

MBeinsWebMADDY BEINS, 16, of Deweyville, UT, is a Trustee candidate from the Western Region. She is a Sophomore at Bear River High School. She has been involved with Simmental cattle for nine years. Maddy is a member of the Utah Junior Simmental Association where she works to get more junior members involved and helps organize sales and junior shows. She has attended the 2009-2014 Western Regional Classics and the 2011-2014 National Classics. Maddy runs 10 head of purebred and percentage with her parents’ herd in Deweyville, Utah. She retains half of her heifers as replacements and sells the remaining with her bulls in sales. Maddy summers her cattle in Southern Idaho and winters them with her parents at Top Hat Simmentals in Utah.
Click here to read Maddy’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

CRussellWebCHAD RUSSELL, 18, of Sugar City, CO, is a Trustee candidate from the Western Region. He is a Sophomore at Otero Junior College, majoring in Ag Business. He has been involved with the Simmental industry for 11 years. Chad has served as President of the Colorado Junior Simmental Association for the past four years. He has helped with state field days, state fair and National Western Stock Show. He attended the 2005, 2013 and 2014 National Classics; 2006-2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 Western Regional Classics; and the 2011 Summit. Chad has a Simmental and SimAngusTM cow/calf operation in the short-grass country of Southeast Colorado. He runs his cattle with his parents’ herd. Nearly all of their calves are AI sired and registered through Option A on Total Herd Enrollment. He exhibits in breed and 4-H competitions. He also raises and sells commercially oriented bulls.
Click here to read Chad’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.
Elections will take place at the 2015 National Classic during the AJSA annual meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.

Meet the 2014 AJSA Trustee Candidates

Meet the 2014 AJSA Trustee Candidates 

North Central Trustee Candidates

Kaylie Huzenga

North Central Candidate, Kaylie Huzenga

North Central Candidate, Kaylie Huzenga

Kaylie Huzenga, 16, of Morrison, Illinois, is a trustee candidate from the North Central Region. Kaylie is a senior at Fulton High School. She has been involved in the Simmental industry for 10 years. Kaylie served as the President of the Illinois Junior Simmental Association and as a member of the 2014 National Classic planning committee. She attended the 2007, 2012 and 2013 Regional Classics, the 2010, 2011 and 2013 National Classics and the 2013 AJSA Summit. Kaylie and her family run a herd of about 50 Simmental cows. They strive to produce quality, marketable cattle with both good phenotype and genotype. They heavily use AI sires and embryos each year to produce new genetics while still keeping some of their own in their herd. Click here to read Kaylie’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Joelle Sylvester

South Central Candidate, Joelle Sylvester

North Central Candidate, Joelle Sylvester

Joelle Sylvester, 18, of Wamego, Kansas, is a trustee candidate from the North Central Region. She is a sophomore at Kansas State University, majoring in Animal Sciences and Industry. She has been involved with the Simmental industry for more than 10 years. Joelle served on the Kansas Junior Simmental Association Board for four years, serving as Vice President for two years, as well as helping to organize the 2014 North Central Regional. She attended the 2009 Eastern Regional Classic, the 2012 and 2013 South Central Regional Classics, and the 2010, 2011, and 2013 National Classics. Joelle has a herd of registered Simmental cattle that she breeds for all facets of the industry. She manages all breeding decisions, using embryo transfer and AI extensively and keeps track of calving and cow records. This year she will be showing heifers that she has bred and raised and hopes to increase her marketing of show heifers. Joelle exchanges labor and bull calves for feed, pasture, and equipment use from her parents who are currently using bulls from her breeding program in their commercial herd. Click here to read Joelle’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

South Central Trustee Candidates

Rebecca Callison

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South Central Candidate, Rebekah Callison

Rebecca Callison, 17, of Verona, Missouri is a trustee tandidate from the South Central Region. Rebecca is a freshman at Missouri State University, majoring in Animal Science and General Agriculture. She has been involved in the Simmental industry for seven years. Rebecca served on the board of the Missouri Simmental Association Board and chaired the Fundraising Committee. She has attended several South Central Regional Classics, Nationals Classics, and the AJSA Summit. Rebecca owns 20 cow-calf pairs on which she only uses AI then selecting her show cattle from the offspring. Click here to read Rebekah’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Shea Mackey

South Central Candidate, Shea Mackey

South Central Candidate, Shea Mackey

Shea Mackey, 19, of Rosanky, Texas, is a trustee candidate from the South Central Region. Shea is a sophomore at Blinn College majoring in Animal Science. She has been involved in the Simmental industry for nine years. Shea served one term on the board of the Texas Junior Simmental-Simbrah Association and attended five Texas state futurities. She has attended seven Regional Classics, eight National Classics and two AJSA Summits. Shea and her family have a small herd of 20 registered cows from which they sell embryos and calves for production. Click here to read Shea’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation.

Eastern Region Trustee Candidates

Morgan Phillips

Eastern Candidate, Morgan Phillips

Eastern Candidate, Morgan Phillips

Morgan Phillips, 19, of Maysville, Kentucky, is a trustee candidate from the Eastern Region. Morgan is a sophomore at Maysville Community and Technical College, majoring in Dental Hygiene. Morgan has been involved in the Simmental industry her whole life. Her uncle bought her AJSA membership for her on the day she was born. She assists with junior events in Kentucky (her parents are the junior advisors) and tries to keep the Kentucky membership updated on what happens on the national level. She attended eight Eastern Regional Classics, nine National Classics, two AJSA Summits, and one Youth Beef Industry Congress. Morgan runs roughly 23 head of Simmental and Simmental influenced cattle in Maysville and her family runs 350 head. Morgan assists on the farm every day and goes to college in her hometown so she can continue improving her herd. Click here to read Morgan’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Kelsey Powers-Barb

Eastern Candidate, Kelsey Powers-Barb

Eastern Candidate, Kelsey Powers-Barb

Kelsey Powers-Barb, 20, of Boston, Virginia, is a trustee candidate from the Eastern Region. Kelsey is a sophomore at Lord Fairfax Community College, majoring in General Studies. She has been involved in the Simmental industry for 12 years. Kelsey has been a member of the the Virginia Simmental Association since she was 9, holding the offices of Secretary, Vice President, President, and Trustee. In addition she spoke at state meetings to request the association support of the juniors. She attended the 2010-2013 Eastern Regional Classics and the 2012-2013 National Classics. Kelsey and her family have a spring-calving cow/calf operation with a few fall-calving cows to provide for a wider selection of show calves. They have recently begun halter breaking all calves for easier handling in the day to day operations. Click here to read Kelsey’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Jessica Smith

Eastern Candidate, Jessica Smith

Eastern Candidate, Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith, 19, of Picayune, Mississippi, is a trustee candidate from the Eastern Region. Jessica is a sophomore at Mississippi State University, majoring in Communications and Broadcasting. She has been involved in the Simmental-Simbrah industry all of her life. Jessica assists with state PTP open shows, coaches younger junior members preparing for Classics, assists with the Junior Field Day, supplies reports at state association meetings, and serves as the Mississippi Simmental-Simbrah Queen. She has attended 17 Regional Classics, 15 National Classics, two AJSA Summits, and one Youth Beef Industry Congress. Jessica’s cattle operation consists of approximately 25 head of registered Simmental, Simbrah, SimAngus™ and SimAngus™HT, as well as some commercial cattle. Jessica and her family use an extensive AI program, raise heifers and bulls for show prospects, and market to cattlemen through their annual bull test program and sale. Click here to read Jessica’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Western Region Trustee Candidates

Britney Beins

Western Candidate, Britney Beins

Western Candidate, Britney Beins

Britney Beins, 19, of Deweyville, Utah, is a trustee candidate from the Western Region. Britney is a sophomore at North West College, majoring in Animal Science. She has been involved in the Simmental industry for ten years. Britney guides her state association to ensure that there is active junior participation and numbers at any show pertaining to the Simmental breed. She has attended four Regional Classics, three National Classics, two AJSA Summits, and one Youth Beef Industry Congress. Britney began her cattle operation with three purebred cows that she purchased with a youth FSA loan. Since then, she has been practicing herd management, while growing and perfecting genetics in her calves each year. She now has 15 head of purebred and percentage cows in production, keeping half of the heifer calves for replacements and selling the other half along with her bull crop throughout Utah and the western region. Britney summers her cattle in southern Idaho with her parents herd and winters them at Top Hat Farms in Deweyville. She prefers to use her own heifers for her show string.  Click here to read Britney’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Jericho Chappa

Western Candidate, Jericho Chappa

Western Candidate, Jericho Chappa

Jericho Chappa, 16, of Wilsall, Montana, is a trustee candidate from the Western Region. Jericho is a sophomore at Bozeman High School. He has been involved in the Simmental industry for seven years. Jericho has been a part of establishing the Montana Junior Simmental Association, recruiting members and drawing interest to the group. He has attended four Western Regional Classics and one National Classic. Jericho has a registered cow/calf operation that heavily emphasizes embryo transfer. Click here to read Jericho’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Chad Russell

Western Candidate, Chad Russell

Western Candidate, Chad Russell

Chad Russell, 17, of Sugar City, Colorado, is a trustee candidate from the Western Region. Chad is a senior at Crowley County High School. He has been involved in the Simmental industry for his entire life, showing Simmental heifers for the past 10 years. Chad served as President of the Colorado Junior Simmental Association for the past three years and helped with state field days, the state fair, and the National Western Stock Show. He has attended six AJSA Regional Classics, two National Classics and one AJSA Summit. Chad and his family have a Simmental and SimAngus™ cow/calf operation in the short-grass country of southeast Colorado. Chad runs his herd with his parents’ herd. Nearly all of their calves are AI sired and registered through option A on Total Herd Enrollment. He shows in breed and   4-H competitions, plus raises bulls for the commercial market. Click here to read Chad’s goals as a Trustee and letters of recommendation. 

Can’t make it to a Classic but still want to be a part of Project Linus?

 

AJSA Trustees geared up for Project Linus!

While we wish every last one of our AJSA members could join us at a Regional Classic or venture to Louisville for the National Classic– we know lots of you are busy, busy, busy in the summer!

Even if you’re not able to attend a Classic this year, you can still be a part of the AJSA Board of Trustees efforts with Project Linus. You can make fleece tie blankets (or fancier ones if you’re crafty!) and send them along to a Classic with other juniors from your state or you can mail them to the ASA office by July 4. (Address: 1 Simmental Way, Bozeman, Montana 59715)

These blankets go to babies and kids in hospitals to bring the patients and their families something to help feel secure and for some, a few moments of cheer in a tough situation. We encourage you to pick bright and happy colors of fleece and patterns. There are tons and tons of patterns at the fabric store and fleece is on major sale in the summer– there’s no better time to be a part of this!

AJSA member, Knox Hatmaker with his Project Linus blanket at Columbus Children's Hospital. Thanks to mom, Holli Hatmaker for sharing this!

AJSA member, Knox Hatmaker with his Project Linus blanket at Columbus Children’s Hospital. Thanks to mom, Holli Hatmaker for sharing!

If you’ve never made a fleece tie blanket, here are the links to some different versions. Project Linus asks that the blankets be no smaller than 36″ x 36″ (that’s an infant size blanket).

If you have any questions shoot us an email at ajsa@simmgene.com

Thanks to Adkins Cattle Company, the Mississippi Simmental-Simbrah Association, and Circle JC Cattle Company for their support of the AJSA Board of Trustees effort with Project Linus!

 

 

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Pals

In Kentucky we normally skip a season at least once a year and this year, we decided to skip spring and go straight into summer. The cattle are enjoying their time under fans and my excitement for the summer shows is growing. One thing I enjoy most about these summer nights spent in the barn is that I get to see my favorite 5 year old work with her heifers for the upcoming summer. Last year, her first show heifer, Tinkerbell, who we own together was a great learning tool for Josie. Tinkerbell is now my show heifer since she has grown and Josie hasn’t. This year, Tinkerbell’s mom had twin heifers! Josie decided that she was going to show both of them this year, but I think her favorite twin is Jitterbug(pictured). They have become pretty good pals in the last month and I think they will have a great show season together! It is so exciting to see a lot of kids around Josie’s age running around the barns at Junior Nationals. I know that the future of the AJSA is bright because of the passion for the Simmental breed that these youngsters already have!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! -Morgan Phillips, AJSA Eastern Region Trustee

The Flint Hills are Ready to Host a “Showcation”!

Well its that time again where the calves are starting to shuck their hair and juniors are trying to decide which ones to take to regionals or nationals. This is the busiest time of year for our family, and many others, as we work to rearrange the barns to fit the summer needs. But, this year we add another item to our list and that is to help host the North Central Regional in Hutchinson, Kansas this June.

The Kansas Junior Simmental Association is very excited to be hosting the North Central Regional. We are looking very forward to hosting AJSA members from all over the United States. The State Fair grounds are very nice and you all will be pleased with the amount of space, air conditioned show ring, and wash racks that surround the whole entire building. We also have a lot of fun games that go along with our theme of “Showcation” that will take place throughout the week. Don’t forget to come to the opening ceremony where the Peterson Brothers will be performing a parody. If you haven’t heard of the Peterson Brothers watch their videos on YouTube and come ready to have a great time at the opening ceremony. Many families have put a lot of time and effort into planning meals, getting awesome awards, and setting up a novice program that is for sure to be one that gets the little ones involved in the Simmental world.

We hope that you join us this summer in Hutchinson, Kansas at the North Central Regional. Don’t forget that entries are due May 5th! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Allyson Ottensmeier at 785.691.9342. We hope that you make it out to the Flint Hills for a “Showcation” this summer!

 

Allyson Ottensmeier

Vice President of Membership/Communications

May Not Be a Pig Man, but I am an AG man.

I just saw something very comforting on Facebook, a woman’s blog shared by one of my friends Jacob McKillip. However, before I dive into that it is important for me to share a few thoughts. As cattle producers we take pride in many, MANY things. Those things range from the imperative to not at all very valuable in the grand scheme of things. We spend all this time teaching kids how to evaluate livestock. I actually do this now in college. We spend so much time and thought in making the next “great one” but what really matters is how the public perceives us. The blog I read was from a mother in Illinois. She herself NOT a farmer, just a mom who wondered where exactly her food came from. I’m not sure how her group, Illinois Farm Families, got the idea to go and tour a large hog farm but they did and found that the farmers weren’t cruel or false about anything. She visited a massive hog farm and described everything she saw, from farrow to finish this operation ran and she, unlike even some judging teams, was allowed the opportunity to walk through the entire operation. This mom found out the benefits of crates and the reasons farmers use some of the things they use, while working and thinking the way they do. This being said, it’s not only to keep their business afloat, but it’s how they are able to do this that is unthought-of by most. Keeping animals healthy is a great way to turn a profit! Healthy critters are certain to grow to potential and do so efficiently. Plus, from her experience all of the sows housed in total confinement, a recent issue may I remind you, seemed to not be barking or squealing in stress or anger but they in fact seemed content and happy. There was no signs of fighting, every sow had the same chance at feed and even to this non ag minded person all seemed well! Furthermore, she was able to see all of the farrowing crates, and indeed each had room for mothers to lie down and stand up with babies roaming the small pen. All this was even possible without danger to the farmer’s livelihood, the next generation of farm stock, his piglets. This said to me it is important for people to know, if they take the time and listen to the logic and reason behind the ways of a farmer they will find that he or she cares for their stock. They care for stock like caring for their own children. My message today is, don’t listen to me about motorcycles, I DON’T KNOW MOTORCYCLES. On the other hand though, do listen to a farmer about agriculture, he knows and is way too proud to ever lie.

 

Thanks and Gig ‘Em,

Tyler Mackey

Vice President of Finance