A New Year

In order to find success, no matter the category in life, one thing I have learned is that you must keep trying. When it comes to breeding cattle, I am glad we did. In the spring of 2019 I had the sweetest Hereford Heifer. I hauled her from show to show and never let go of the halter. When it came time to breed I couldn’t help but feel excited to know that in nine months I could be a grandma to another Hereford baby, however my plan wasn’t going accordingly said my dad as we had trouble getting her stuck and safe with calf. Months passed and dad said she was still open but I knew if we A.I.’ed her one more time it would work, and I was right! New Years is something to celebrate, but the birth of a calf from a well loved momma; that is something special. I am more than thrilled to start out 2020 as it is now my graduation year, a year of last speech contests and FFA banquets, a year of moving away from home to start college, but also a year with a new born Hereford heifer. Happy New Year from the C3 Crew!

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-Agvoacte in Action, KC

A C3 Christmas

Well, December 25th came and though it was sunny and seventy degrees Santa still found his way to C3 Cattle Co. My brother and I awoke on Christmas morning to the smell of biscuits and gravy as well as blue and gold sausage with the Christmas tree lit and cows outside our open windows. As mom, dad, Parker and I sipped coffee with the Macy’s Christmas Day Parade on, sitting in our new Sullivan Flare hoodies courtesy of Santa we held great conversation about the birth of our Lord and Savior, the calves that needed to be watered and fed before the family party that evening, and the wonderful presents that were delicately wrapped by elves in The North Pole. As the morning festivity’s concluded, the cattle were taken care of we headed to God’s Country, Stillwater Oklahoma, to mingle with family and play a mean game of Dirty Santa! C3 had a very merry day and we are sending your family and ranch our best wishes for the holiday season!

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

OK STATE 24′

Growing up in a house full of Oklahoma State University alumni I knew that there was no choice but for me to follow in the family footsteps and apply to be an OSU Cowboy as well. In early August our mailbox sang loudly the loyal and true words declaring my acceptance for the fall of 2020 and my parents could not have been more proud than to watch their youngest get into the school that has helped aid dreams for many of our family members and create many memories. Once the calm returned I then had to decide who I was going to experience life as a poke with and I had no better friends come to mind than my FFA pals Adyson Blakey, Micah McAtee and Tayten Lierle. Once the idea was proposed there was no change of my heart and nothing but dorm room plans from there on out. With the months that have passed we have maintained annual roomie get togethers each month to discuss our excitement and further life plans being executed at Oklahoma State. Nothing beats having built in best friends because of this great organization that I can now share a college experience with! Watch out OSU 2020, we are coming for you!

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

The Herd

Though this winter season has been up and down, waking up to 30 degree weather and leaving school in the 60’s, the season at C3 is a season of growth. One evening last week I had the chance to feed and water alone before mom and dad came home and while I sat in the Kubota watching an assortment of red, white, and black cattle eating I noticed just how much the herd has changed. A few short weeks ago our new born babies were stumbling as they walked and now they’re running at full speed chasing after the donkeys in the pasture. Let another couple weeks go by and they will be too big to run under fences or in between the legs of their mothers. As cattle grow, the sun rises and sets, hay is ate and the cats lay in bales of straw I am reminded of just how important it is to cherish the little things I notice on the ranch before my time runs out and college consumes my schedule. As I breathe in the holiday spirit and smell of cattle I am growing ever thankful that C3 is in a season of love, advancements, and Christmas Cheer. Best wishes for the holiday season from our family cattle co. to yours.

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

Advanced Leadership Development

“Life is a highway, I’m gonna ride it all night long.”  These were the lyrics blaring as I entered the conference room along side a life long FFA pal, Madison Walters, at my final OKFFA ALD. You see Madison and I had already shared multiple conversations and hugs before we walked in but everything changes when your favorite songs play across the sound system and you just have to look at one another, throw your hands up and squeal with 300 other members from around the state. The quality of music was above average and the experience was worthwhile, but we came to be invested in by professional public speakers utilizing just 22 hours to pour in as much knowledge and enthusiasm as possible. While in attendance all members had the chance to find a small group of ten individuals and come up with different ways to advocate for FFA as well as share personal experience in our time through this organization. As time with small groups fastly concluded, the dance ended, meals were ate, I came to the realization that my final ALD was over but I could not be more pleased with the people I spent it with as well as the new friends and staff that I met.

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

The Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving has now come and gone and with that being said I have much to be thankful for this year, friends providing me with good company and laughs, family bringing warmly cooked meals and constant scholarship application help, and an FFA officer team excited to participate in a Friendsgiving dinner. On Sunday December 1st the officers gathered together each bringing a home cooked meal and lots of cheer to the table. Now I’m not going to lie, my dad made the Mac and cheese and Walmart generously supplied the rolls but my genuine heart was still present in the kitchen! While at dinner we filled our little bellies and spent lots of time playing card games and talking about things we are thankful for from our time in FFA. That question is so simple for me yet so challenging. I have so many memories and warm thoughts when reflecting on this organization, it is so hard to pick just one moment. All I can say is thank you to the countless shows for teaching me to work harder, contests, camps and conventions for teaching me to be patient and humble, and to the people involved in every step in between who have made me who I am today. As Vice President Kaitlan and I attended our last Skiatook FFA Thanksgiving we have nothing left to say but Happy Holidays!

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

FCLC

The annual Future Collegiate Leadership Conference or FCLC was held at Oklahoma State by CASNR on November 9th & 10th. For all students in attendance, including myself, had the chance to tour the campus including all agricultural facilities though the most laughs and memories made in FAPC where we made chocolate dip n dots. The food and agricultural processing center is not known for their dip n dots but they were a delightful treat compared to the frozen carcasses of cattle sheep and swine hanging in the cool rooms. While at FCLC we also had the chance to engage in small groups led by CASNR Ambassadors, set goals for our future college experience, and participate in workshop rotations discussing all things Oklahoma State. This previous weekend I was so blessed to meet people from around the U.S. and hopefully have the chance to maintain those connections throughout the coming years as an OSU cowboy, Go pokes & Go FCLC!

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

 

The Calves

As senior year is almost halfway done my feet have never stopped running, whether it’s from stall to stall at a show, life as a student athlete on the volleyball court, chasing the calf that got out because I left the gate open or running after The Lord, I have yet to take a break. With that being said I am not the only thing running at C3, tractors are running to put out hay as temperatures drop, trucks are running and hooked up to trailers as cows are being moved from pasture to pasture and new born babies are hitting the ground running faster than I have time to count. This time of year is always such a beautiful season at the family farm, not only because the leaves are changing but because calves of all breeds are taking their first steps. We are so excited to welcome these babies to C3 and encourage you to stay tuned as photos come out from our previous show calves and experienced cows of these newborn calves.

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-Agvocate in Action, KC

The Change

This week has been one unlike any other. Oklahoma weather has seemed to be chilling in the low 90’s for what feels like months on end, but within the last seven days Pendleton jackets came out, the cows needed hay and truck heaters cranked on full blast. As a senior in high school my schedule seems to be more relaxed as I don’t start class until the afternoon, this gave me the chance to wake up and sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in hand (primarily creamer of course), staring out the window that faces a pen of cows close to giving birth and a tree that somehow occupies no birds. Sitting here on this 40 degree morning with Christmas music in the background, I spent time reflecting on change. The weather change that will bless our family with much needed time tending to the herd or tending to each other as fire place conversations are just around the corner, the change in holidays as Halloween and Thanksgiving will fly on by bringing the ultimate celebration of Christ and the change in heart as I am learning to accept the seasons. As people of this world we fear change, we find ways to stay in the now and hold tight to what we have within our grasp; but as followers and friends of religion we are taught that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, he will be with us through every joyous moment or time of great trial. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” As advocates of agriculture we must embrace the seasons and take every opportunity to glorify our God and our organization. Whether the barn needs repairs or plants need picked before the next cold front I hope you’re holding tight to the promises of The Lord and finding peace in his name. DSC_0346

– Agvocate in Action, KC