Kellen Allison of the Waynoka FFA Chapter Named as the Oklahoma Star Farmer at the 2019 Oklahoma FFA ConventionWed, 01 May 2019 15:08:08 CDT
The Northwest Area Star in Ag Production, Kellen Allison of the Waynoka FFA Chapter, has been named the 2019 OKlahoma FFA StateStar in Ag Production at the 93rd Annual Convention of the Oklahoma FFA. This award is also often known as the State Star Farmer Award. Kellen's farming operation is predominantly cow/calf but is also actively growing his stocker operation. It all began with inheriting 10 pairs from his grandfather which has since grown to include 130 cows and close to 300 stockers every year.
"I've had to learn hard work," said Kellen.
Kellen says his operation has taught him how to balance a checkbook, take out loans, figure intrest rates, break evens points and hedge cattle - and that is all just the business side of things. He is also learning ways to keep his cattle healthy and productive.
"Every year we enhance our genetics every year, I purchase good bulls to put on these cows," he said. "I also feed a higher feed ration to make sure these cattle are getting enough nutrients so they can grow and maintain themselves."
Checking local markets is another part of Kellen's duties. His long-term plans are to build a 15,000 head feed yard in the Waynoka area and grow his own cow/calf operation to 800+ head.
Kellen serves as his local FFA Chapter President. In addition, he is also involved in livestock judging, speeches and community service activities.
"FFA has made me a better speaker," he remarked. " It's helped me make connections that'll last a lifetime and it's given me the best five years in the blue and gold I could ask for."
Post graduation he plans to attend Oklahoma State University to get a degree in Agribusiness.
You can watch the video that featured Kellen's farming operation that was seen in the Fifth General Session of the Oklahoma FFA Convention on May first by clicking on the PLAY button in the video box below.
You can hear his entire conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, by clicking or tapping on the LISTEN BAR below.
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