Malta Bend FFA members introduce themselves

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Abby Gass
FFA is a major part of my life. This is my second year of being in FFA. So far in my FFA career, one of the things I have been involved in is the Trap team. My freshman year, I placed 3rd overall female individual. This year, I placed 2nd overall high female. I'm also the Malta Bend FFA Chapter's Reporter for the 2013-14 FFA year. I was on the poultry team my freshman year. Working hard all season paid off when I received a Group 1 individual rating at state.

My favorite thing about FFA is showing livestock. While showing livestock may seem like a summer activity, it is really a year-long commitment. From picking out my livestock in the spring, to taking care of them all summer, to selling them in the fall, the work is never done. I show Duroc pigs and market goats and does. During hot summer days, the pigs have to be watered every hour so they don't overheat and stop eating. The goats have to be exercised twice a day. It might be hard work, but in the end, when you accomplish what you set out for, it is all worth it.

Tyler Jenkins
My name is Tyler Jenkins, and I am the secretary of the Malta Bend FFA Chapter. My dad, Terry Jenkins is also the chapter advisor. I really like FFA because you can meet new people, and become a better person and leader. My favorite thing about FFA is showing. I have been showing sheep ever since I could walk. Sometimes I show for FFA and sometimes 4-H. This past summer, I did really good showing. I won several jackpot shows which led to me having Grand Champion Market lamb in the Missouri Point's Circuit. I also ended up with Champion Sr. showman in the Point's Circuit, and also at the Missouri State Fair.

My biggest accomplishment of the year was having Champion and Reserve Champion 4-H market lambs at the State Fair. I also ended up having Reserve Overall Market lamb at the Missouri State Fair. With this lamb I made the Sale of Champions, something my family has never done before. It was not easy. The show is not won on show day it is won at home, where all of your hard work takes place. I was not forced to do all this work, I wanted to. Every day I was in the barn by 6:30 a.m. and worked with my sheep a big part of every day. When I finished walking and feeding sheep at night, it was normally eleven at night. This is just what I did to do my best, and it paid off in the long run.

D.J. Sweigart
As a member of Malta Bend FFA, I recently made a doghouse in shop class. To make the doghouse I had to use a blueprint, table saw, and hand tools. I used the table saw to cut the boards, then I stained them. I put a metal roof on it. I was proud of myself when I finished the doghouse and it looked good. It was auctioned off at the Houston Mull Memorial benefit dinner. Being in FFA, I have learned lots of skills that will help me in the future.