Tyre learns how to manage work and school in FFA

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wade Tyre of rural Marshall recently earned his State FFA degree. His Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is raising Boer show goats. Among the lessons, he said he has learned is "time management," balancing school work and taking care of his animals. (Contributed photo)

Marshall High School senior Wade Tyre joined FFA as a freshman after watching his older brother and sister participate in the organization.

"Everybody in my family was in FFA, so they all kind of persuaded me towards it. I saw all the fun my brother and sister had as I was growing up and thought I wanted to do that," he said. "So I gave it a shot and it turned out to be alot of fun."

Tyre, the son of Jimmie and Kathy Tyre of rural Marshall received his State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA convention in Columbia on April 16.

Among his favorite part of FFA has been the trips.

"I like the traveling and taking the trips and things. Its a lot of fun to go places with friends, ride the bus and go see some cool things," he said.

One of his favorite trips was traveling to Indianapolis for the FFA National Convention.

"It was a lot of fun hanging out in hotels and stuff," he said. "They had it planned out really good where we weren't bored or anything."

Tyre said he would he would recommend a freshman join FFA for the fun, but for other reasons as well.

"It's a lot of fun, you learn a lot of valuable life skills to help get you ready for life," he said. "The teachers are great, they help you out whenever they can, with whatever and not just with class stuff."

Tyre's Supervised Agriculture Experience is raising Boer show goats.

Currently, he has about 30 goats total. He "kids" the goats out in December or January, "so they are ready to show for a county fair."

Because the goats require a lot of time, one of the things he has learned is "time management." "You've got to balance school work and feeding them," he said adding that he also learned, "good work habits and the importance of taking care of a live animal. They rely on me to feed them and take care of them."

Tyre serves as the treasurer of Marshall's chapter this year and was the parliamentarian of the organization as a junior.

Earlier this fall he was named the FFA Barnwarming King.

He recently won a proficiency award in Specialty Animal Production, advancing to state competition and last year was named Star Chapter Farmer.

Other FFA awards include being named High Point junior last year, record book contest winner and chapter leadership pins.

In other school activities Tyre played football for four years and has been a member of Bird Cage for two years.

He also is a 10 year member of 4-H and a member of the American Boer Goat Association.

He has participated in several contest teams including soils, ag mechanics and parliamentary procedure.

This year he took part in state competition as part of Marshall's Agricultural Issues team which took first in district competition.

Besides school activities and taking care of his animals, Tyre also works for local farmer Larry Holland, helping to weld and repair equipment.

In fact, Tyre will be heading for Tulsa Welding School in July.

The school will last for seven months, but Tyre hasn't ruled out going for 14 months to get additional training as a weld inspector.

"I'm not exactly sure where I m going to take the welding after that, I'm kind of thinking about going out and doing pipeline welding for awhile and getting a little traveling," he said, adding he has also thought of opening his own shop someday.

Among Tyre's hobbies are hunting, fishing, shooting, riding four-wheelers and hanging out with friends.

He also likes building things -"it doesn't necessarily matter what."

Contact Marcia Gorrell at marshallag@socket.com