Introducing Larahmy Blakley of the Oologah FFA Chapter, Your 2022 Northeast Area Star in Agricultural ProductionMon, 25 Apr 2022 07:22:56 CDT
During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the 17 Area Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization.
The stars come from the five areas in four categories- Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agricultural Production.
This week, we spotlight the five area stars in Agricultural Production in 2022.
One Star Finalist featured in the coming days from each of the categories, will be named the State Star Award Winner during the 96th Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up May 3 and 4th in Tulsa, Okla.
This week, our coverage of the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists continues with Agricultural Production competitor Larahmy Blakley of the Oologah FFA chapter representing the Northeast Area.
Blakley's project involved his farming operation in Northeast Oklahoma.
"I run 175 head of purebred cattle I also run 6 sows," Blakley said. "I have a custom cattle feeding operation that consists of about 40 head of mama cows and I also run winter stockers on wheat."
Blakley also has a vegetable production SAE, which consists of growing tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, onions, and squash, he said.
"I sell retail cuts of beef and pork, vegetables, and eggs at local farmers' markets and my surrounding area," Blakley said.
Born into an agricultural-based program, Blakley said he has been involved in agriculture since the day he was born.
"Both my older sisters were heavily involved in the blue jacket," Blakley said. "I wanted to carry on a family tradition, and I didn't really have a set way of what I wanted to do, but I knew it was something involved in agriculture."
Blakley said he has a strong passion for feeding cattle and working cattle on a year-round basis. He enjoys raising cattle and knowing he plays a part in something bigger than himself that contributes to feeding so many people, he said.
"Some of my favorite moments in my FFA career have been watching my SAE projects turn into something bigger," Blakley said. "I have grown to know my programs, and I am excited to get to share my programs with other people."
Next year, Blakley plans to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where he will be on the livestock judging team and obtain a degree in animal science.
"From there, I will transfer to Oklahoma State University, where I will continue my degree in animal science," Blakley said. "Then I want to obtain a master's in animal nutrition to become an animal nutritionist and come home and take over the family farm and operation."
Click here for all the information available about the 2022 State FFA Convention as found on the Oklahoma FFA website.
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