Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My SAE consists of diversified livestock and ag processing. Growing up around my grandparents' dairy farm really sparked my interest in animal agriculture. I started by owning my own dairy cows then I expanded into raising a flock of sheep, a herd of beef and market hogs. I also started work as a meat wrapper at Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston, WI in the spring of 2020. Through 4-H and FFA I was given the opportunity to share my experiences with the whole community and even give the same opportunity to raise livestock to members that may not have had that chance. I was given the opportunity to bring two bred ewes into our ag room to keep in our red pen to lamb and I was able to teach the school and community the process of lambing and raising sheep. Besides community outreach I have also worked one on one with members wanting to raise and show livestock. I have housed livestock for a couple members throughout the years and it was so rewarding seeing their growth and even my growth from those experiences.
If there is one opportunity you'd recommend checking out at the 93rd Wisconsin FFA Convention, what would it be?
One opportunity I would check out is the halls of displays! Throughout convention there will be member displays for agriscience fair projects and proficiency award finalists. This is a great opportunity to find inspiration for your own agriscience fair project or learn about all the different facets of agriculture!
What's one of the greatest lessons you've learned serving as a State FFA Officer?
One of the greatest lessons I have learned over this year is how to think on the fly. While traveling around sometimes you get roped into doing something you didn't quite plan for or an activity doesn't quite fit your audience and you learn very quickly how to come up with a solution. Knowing this organization inside and out really helps in order to speak on topics and come up with workshops on the fly!
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
This summer I am looking forward to traveling! I have traveled all around this state and now want to see the country. We will mark some more states off my bucket list and if you have any recommendations for things to do or must see places let me know! When I am home I'll be helping on the farm and preparing animals for the state and county fair!