The 2016 Monroe County Fair was held at the Tomah Recreation Park, July 27-31. This year’s theme for the fair was Rock’N’Roll.Sixteen Cashton FFA members showed dairy, swine, sheep, beef, and rabbits. Angela Klinkner, Devon Olson, Rachel Klinkner, Izzy Mason, and Brianna Wanek all showed dairy cattle. Taylor Hanley, Preston Schrier, Brady Butzler, Alex Hurtz, Angela Klinkner, Ryan Osuski, Rachel Klinkner, and Jestin Hemmersbach all showed swine. Members that showed sheep were Bonita Hanley, Taylor Menzynski, Sierra Hanley, Marissa Schaldach, Annie Schrier, Katelyn Schmitz, and Devon Olson. Preston Schrier also showed beef; Katelyn Schmitz and Annie Schrier showed rabbits. Some of the members were able to sell their animals at the Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday night. Before the auction, there was a meal where buyers could interact with the youth selling in the auction. This meal was served by the Cashton FFA Chapter. All in all, the Monroe County Fair was very successful for Cashton FFA members.
On Thursday, March 31st, 11 Cashton FFA members traveled to University of Wisconsin- Platteville to participate in Career Development Contests (CDE). Taylor Menzynski, Jasmine Felch, and Odessa Hemmersbach participated in the Veterinary Science CDE. Rian Gronemus and Lilly Adams competed in the Poultry CDE. Nick Gronemus, Brianna Wanek, Emma Gronemus, and Katelyn Schmitz participated in the Dairy Cattle CDE. Taylor Hanley, Sierra Hanley, Ryan Osuski, and Mark Leis competed in the Livestock CDE.
The Cashton FFA hosted its annual FFA week Brat Sale on Thursday of FFA week. FFA members grilled hamburgers and bratwurst for middle school and high school lunches. The Brat Sale is a fundraiser for the week’s activities and is the end result of the Food Products and Processing class’s brat processing unit. During the sale the student body was given tickets to vote for teachers to kiss the mystery animal, a middle school student to wear a pig costume, and two high school students to be the farmer and cow of FFA Week. This year’s nominees for the kiss the mystery animal were Mr. Hanley, Mr. Kohl, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Zellner, and Mrs. VonRuden. Middle school student nominees for the pig costume were Paige H., Logan P., Phillip B., Bonita H., Kenny L., and Alannah K. The high school student nominees for farmer and cow of FFA Week were Kiana E., Nick L., Taylor F., Ben W., Bre H., Brandon K., Alyssa V., and Donnivan H.
The winner of the pig costume is Phillip B.
The winners of the FFA Week Farmer and Cow are Ben W. (farmer) and Nick L. (Cow).
The teacher selected to kiss the mystery animal will be revealed at the FFA assembly on Friday.
On Saturday November 7th members of the Cashton FFA chapter served food at the Mlsna East Town Dairy Open House. The Mlsna East Town Dairy is operated by Nick and Barb Mlsna. Thank you Mlsna East Town Dairy for the opportunity to tour your farm and serve food at your open house. Also, thank you to the following sponsors of the open house.
- Bayland Builders
- Advanced Dairy Solutions
- Luke Laufenburg Electric
- Komro Sales & Service
- BMO Harris Bank
- Strohmeyer Excavating
- Dahl Earthworks – Scott Dahl
- Meinholz Enterprises – Alex Meinholz
- Kouba Well Drilling
- Auth Engineering
- Kranzdale Sales Inc
- River City Ready Mix
- Croele Concrete
- Orion Energy Systems – Scott Wetor
- Detwilers Construction
- Kraemer & Sons
- Canamer Services Inc
- Terry Erickson
- Steve Huffman
- Rural Insurance – Kevin Bluske
- Foremost Farms
- Premier Co-op
- Tim Neubauer Trucking
- St. Joseph Equipment
- Hansen’s IGA
- K+K Cheese
- Von Ruden Meat Processing
- Accelerated Genetics – Jim Galstad
- Glen Paulsen
The Monroe County Fair took place at the Recreational Park in Tomah, July 29th through August 2nd. Our members had a successful week showing Dairy, Swine, and Sheep. Congratulations to all exhibitors! The chapter officers also served a meal to all exhibitors that made it into the Junior Livestock Auction, their families, and the buyers.
On Friday April 24th the Cashton FFA went to state with members competing in the Meats and Dairy Products CDE contests. Alex, Austin, and Ben used their knowledge to judge meats. Ben placed 19th as an individual in the contest. Mark and Collin judged milk products quality in their final year of competing. Great job teams!
Any member interested in applying for a state proficiency award has until Monday February 23rd to postmark their application. Applications can be completed through theaet.com recordbook keeping system. Ask Mr. King if you have any questions or would like to set up a work night.
On Tuesday, September 30, 12 members of the Cashton FFA attended the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. They were able to tour the entire grounds, meet with different Agricultural companies from around the world, and watch the World Dairy Show.
At the LaCrosse Interstate Fair Cashton FFA members Carrie Urbanek, Casey Urbanek, Robin Muenzenberger, and Brooke Muenzenberger showed an array of dairy animals. The breeds represented were Guernsey, Holstein, and Brown Swiss.
On Tuesday May 13th, members of the FFA chapter put on an “Ag Day” for students in grades K-5. In the morning, kindergarten through second grade students were able to tour a local dairy farm. They learned about the dairy cows, sheep, parts of the milk house, TMR, and different farm equipment. During this time, the 3rd through 5th graders participated in different learning activities and learned how to make brats, evaluate soils, train chickens, and make butter. They then went to tour the farm that afternoon. The students had a lot of fun and learned a lot about Agriculture.