Mon, 25 April 2022
OFI 1367: Running Out Of Barn Space For The Cows | FFA SAE Edition | Mitchell Foote | Ubly High School FFA
If you are going to have calves in January, in Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, you had better have to barn space. But, what if you have twins! Well, that is what happened to today's guest, Mitchell Foote, this winter.
Mitchell is a sophomore at Ubly High School and in his fourth year of the FFA. Each year he shows cattle and pigs at the county fair as part of his supervised agricultural experience. His older brother is also in his chapter, as the chapter's president. Some time back, they decided that they would like to show their own cattle that were born on their farm. So, they adjusted their calving season to start in January, so they would have calves that were old enough to be weaned prior to their fair in August and that would make weight for the "prospect" class of cattle that can be show there.
These are great goals, but they also come with their own challenges as winters in Michigan can be brutal. For this reason, the cows that are calving are kept in the barn and then the calves are kept out of the weather indoors with their mothers for a month or more. However, as Mitchell and his brother grow the herd, space inside the barn comes at a premium, and this year they had a set of twins! They are making the best of it though, trying to get some of the mud in the farm yard scraped up so that they can get some of the cows with older calves out of the barn!
Mitchell is active. In addition to his new officer responsibility as the "student advisor" in his chapter, he is playing two sports: football and basketball. His school is having a lot of success in both sports, and he is having a great time playing varsity already! If that were not enough, Mitchell has already earned three proficiency awards at the state level: one gold and two silver.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diversified Livestock Production
HIGH SCHOOL: Ubly High School; Ubly, Michigan
FFA ADVISOR: Melissa Kramer
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