Vogel raises rabbits to show and sell

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Blayne Vogel has won many awards at 4-H and FFA rabbit shows.

Blayne Vogel joined Marshall FFA his freshman year because everyone else in his family had been members. Today as a senior, he would recommend the organization to incoming freshmen.

"It's a good way to get out into the community and experience new things. You get to meet people, go places and learn different things," Vogel said. "There are a lot of things you can learn from it."

Later this month, Vogel, the son of Kim and Phil Vogel of rural Marshall, will be awarded the State FFA degree at the Missouri FFA convention in Columbia. He is the only Marshall FFA member receiving the award this year.

His Supervised Agriculture Experience has been a variety of jobs.

"I raise rabbits for show and sell. I have beef cattle and then I just work," he said. His jobs include helping his grandpa on his farm, mowing lawns and other odd jobs. He normally works 30 to 40 hours a week in the summer, depending on the weather.

"Fall and spring time I slow down, working 10 to 25 hours, because I'm more focused on school time then," Vogel said.

His SAE has taught him responsibility, including how to take care of his 100 rabbits.

"I've learned the proper ways of feeding and caring for a rabbit," he said. "Especially since each rabbit's different and needs to be fed different things."

He has also learned "hard work pays off."

Vogel has been very active in FFA, serving as president this year. Last year he was chaplain and was co-reporter as a junior officer. He has also won the Star Greenhand, Star Chapter Farmer, Small Animal Care and Production proficiency awards. He has also been awarded chapter awards in leadership and scholarship. He is also a member of the FFA Trap Shooting Team.

He has been on several Career Development Event teams including Agriculture Issues in 2011, which placed 5th in state. Other contest teams he has participated in include Horse Evaluation, Agronomy, Forestry and Ag Mechanics.

In addition to FFA, he played football for three years and is also active in 4-H, serving as president of the Saline County Junior Leaders. He won second in state last year in Western Heritage Shooting and took third in the area Archery contest. He is a member St. Peter's Catholic Church.

His hobbies include hunting, fishing or "anything where I can be outdoors."

After graduating this spring, Vogel plans to pursue a degree in Ag Business or Agronomy. He is deciding on whether to attend community college for a few years first, or go straight to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

"I'm still throwing around different opportunities," he said.