Blake Goss of Leedey FFA Named 2015 Oklahoma FFA Star FarmerWed, 29 Apr 2015 21:30:40 CDT
Leedey FFA member Blake Goss is actively involved in his supervised agricultural experience through managing four enterprises - a swine operation, miniature Hereford operation, a lawn care service and a livestock tracker app.
Goss' devotion to agriculture led to his selection as a recipient for one of Oklahoma FFA's highest honors: the 2015 State Star Farmer. His supervised agricultural experience was recognized as the top agricultural production program among the 742 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree during the 89th State FFA Convention on April 29.
Goss said accurate record keeping is important when managing his four enterprises. He said his family and agricultural education instructors gave him the record-keeping skills to help provide accurate information to potential buyers.
"By having efficient records, I can make wise management decisions for my operation," Goss said. "These good habits and skills that I have learned will definitely help me in the future as I continue to grow each enterprise.
Goss said good genetics is important to manage his operations properly. He said he uses artificial insemination to increase his herd quality by using the most elite genetics in the swine industry.
"I take great pride in being able to select genetics and breed for particular traits to make competitive show animals," Goss said. "My SAE is important to me and helps me grow as a leader and improve my swine skills."
Goss also has added miniature Herefords to diversify his program. He said the popularity of the breed has given him an advantage to market each calf.
In addition to raising livestock, Goss designed the Champion Livestock Tracker app to help contact breeders and get directions to their farm. Producers can use this tool to market their cattle, swine, sheep, goats or commercial business, he said.
Goss also owns Goss Lawn Care. He currently manages 14 properties, which range from residential lawns to large properties.
"The enterprise helps me continue to increase the size and scope of my SAE, and the money I make will help pay for college expenses," Goss said.
The 18-year-old Leedey FFA member is the son of Kent and Danna Goss. His agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser is Jay Muret.
The State Star Farmer of Oklahoma will receive a cash award of $1,500 and the prestigious Governor's Trophy. The award is sponsored on the state level by Davis Farms, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, and the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma. The national sponsors of the award are CNH Capital and DuPont Co.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Blake about his farm operation in early April after the end of judging for Star Farmer that day. You can see a highlight video of Blake's operation as produced by Ron by clicking on the play button in the video box below.
You can also hear the full conversation that Ron had with Blake by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the story.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system. With more than 27,000 FFA members, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fifth-largest state FFA association. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about Oklahoma FFA, visit http://okffa.org.
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