Local FFA Chapter recognized for membership

Published 9:22 am Monday, May 4, 2015

The LeRoy-Ostrander FFA Chapter was recognized for its ability to maintain and increase its membership.
Chapters were recognized for the percentage of students enrolled in agricultural education courses who are also involved in FFA. FFA Chapters recognized for obtaining 85 percent membership and higher were: AFSA, Chatfield, Dassel-Cokato, Fairmont, Fertile-Beltrami, Glenville-Emmons, Hutchinson, Lanesboro, LeRoy-Ostrander, Maple River, Marshall Area, Mountain Lake, New Ulm, Randolph, Redwood Valley, Silver Bay, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, Tracy Area and Upsala.

The Minnesota FFA Association also named Jax Bauer the 2015 Minnesota FFA Star in Production Placement at the 86th Minnesota FFA Convention.

Bauer, a Hayfield FFA member, was named to the association’s highest honors on April 27. Bauer started at Terra-McCree dairy farm nearly two years ago as an assistant milker. Now, he works with the herdsman.

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Bauer performs a variety of tasks ranging from feed testing to farm machinery handling, but his primary responsibility is to diagnose and treat diseases in the hoof along with treating and managing cows with mastitis.

Bauer is involved in a number of leadership activities, and he has been a part of the dairy cattle evaluation, creed speaking and best informed greenhand career development events (CDE). Because of his supervised agricultural experience (SAE), he said he is better able to classify dairy cattle for the CDE.

Bauer plans to attend the University of Minnesota or Oklahoma State University in animal science and eventually obtain a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition.