October Sweetheart Message

Hello everyone and happy October!

Fall is my favorite time of year; the nights start to get a little cooler and calving season is coming to an end for my family. It is so rewarding to watch lots of cute, frisky calves run and play with each other. This is after few months of closely monitoring our herd to ensure that each cow calves with no problems. While checking on Delilah, I noticed she was having some trouble and taking too long to push her calf out. So, we decided to help her out, and it’s a good thing we did. Delilah’s calf was coming out headfirst, with her calf’s front feet tucked back underneath the body while in the birthing canal. In order to correct this, I had to push the calf farther back in order to have enough room the pull the calf’s front legs forward. After getting the calf’s legs forward, my brother and I assisted Delilah in delivering her calf with a set of calf pulling chains. Delilah delivered a beautiful baby heifer!

Fall also means that I started my second semester of my Junior year at Warner University. My favorite, and most challenging, class this year is Animal Production, taught by our Animal Science professor, Dr. John Crews. This class will focus on nutrition, health, and reproduction of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. Along with Animal Production, another important class that I am taking is, Weed and Pest Management with our new Plant Science professor, Dr. Hugh Moye. This class will teach me about plant diseases, weeds, pests, and how to get rid of them, as well as, nutritional deficiencies in plants and how to prevent them. Weed and Pest Management is important to me as a cattle rancher to ensure that I am allowing my cattle to graze on grass that is healthy and beneficial to them. Aside from classes, I am also honored to be President of the Warner Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association. In this role, I have the opportunity to get my generation more involved with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.

Recently, I got to attend a very informative Issues Management Workshop hosted by the Florida Beef Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Thank you to the NCBA Issues Management Director, Ms. Virginia Beckett for teaching us so much about how to correctly address different issues and for teaching us about what all her and her team does to help combat different issues in the beef industry. Just remember to keep sharing a positive light, as well as #showyourpassion and #shareyourheritage.

Casey Wingate
Manatee County
2019-2020 FCA Sweetheart

I have lots of exciting events coming up, keep an eye on my Facebook page to see what events I am going to!
Remember if you have any questions or have an event that you would like me to attend, email me at caseywingate@yahoo.com!

Thank you and God Bless!
Casey Wingate

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