Supervised Agricultural Experience
I currently have two Supervised Agricultural Experiences in Dairy Production Placement and Beef Production Placement. Growing up on Bur-Rodz Registered Holsteins, my family's dairy farm of 55 registered Holsteins, a dairy production SAE came naturally. My primary duty is to manage the calf care but I also mix feed rations, give vaccinations, treat illnesses, and milk the herd regularly. I work with our breeder to ensure strong pedigrees and longevity throughout the herd and with our nutritionist to verify a stable ration for our herd. At Kvitek Farms, a 120-cow dairy, I work with a new perspective of dairy farming. I learned different skills and practices from Kvitek Farms and used that knowledge to understand the diversity of dairy farming. My beef production SAE is at Baycroft Wagyu, where I maintain overall herd health by cleaning pens, feeding cattle, vaccinating, and updating health records. My SAEs have allowed me to find a career path in the dairy industry that I am passionate about.
What was your first memory in the FFA jacket?
During my freshman year, I zipped up my blue jacket for the first time to embark on a journey to the National FFA Convention. I was so excited to travel to Indianapolis, but I was very nervous because I did not know what to expect. When we arrived, I saw "FFA Way" flooded in blue and gold, and I was overwhelmed with how many FFA members were there. That is when I realized the strength and impact that this organization has on its members in providing premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.
What is a tradition you do every summer?
Ever since I showed my first calf at the Fennimore Kiddy Fair, showing dairy cattle has been a love of mine. From showing at the county fair, district shows, and even World Dairy Expo, my favorite summer tradition is exhibiting at the Wisconsin State Fair. There is nothing better than gathering with other dairy enthusiasts to show cattle, make friends, and create memories to last a lifetime.
What is one thing you are excited for as a state officer?
Throughout the upcoming year, I am so excited to meet Wisconsin FFA members! Though this year will look quite different, we will be able to find new ways to connect with them to hear their stories and share their experiences. I am also excited to work alongside my teammates to create a memorable year for our members!