Wed, 25 May 2022
OFI 1393: You Can Work Hard & Still Have Fun | FFA SAE Edition | Lila Wantland | Niangua High School FFA
On this show, I have said that work is not the enemy, the wrong job is the enemy, on multiple occasions. Today's guest, Lila Wantland, probably summed that statement up better than I have ever done in our interview. This is one thing I love about interviewing FFA students. They learn, early on, that work can be fun and it is all just a matter of finding the right work for them.
Lila has grown up on her families dairy farm in Missouri, and she had fully embraced that life. She milks cattle every day, and being a 99% family run operation, she has invested herself in every other aspect of the farm from the good to the bad. She is particularly fond of taking care of the bottle calves but dreads when it is time to cull a long serving cow.
Her family primarily milks Holstein cattle on their dairy, but over the years she became interested in other breeds of dairy cattle. So, she found herself purchasing her own Guernsey, Jersey and Brown Swiss cows and putting them into the milking herd. Lila finds herself very interested in all the different breeds as well as the different personalities that each of them has.
In our interview I asked Lila if she was interested in returning to her families dairy at some point in the future. While she is heading off to get an animal science degree at Oklahoma State University next year, returning to the dairy is not what she sees in her future. I really admired this in her answer, as she has already figured out that even though the family dairy is the basis of her love for livestock and farming, she needs to find the path that she is meant to be on to find satisfaction in her daily work.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Dairy Production
HIGH SCHOOL: Niangua High School; Niangua, Missouri
FFA ADVISOR: Cody Starnes
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NianguaHigh School Telephone Number: (417)473-6101
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