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4C THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, February 21. 2002 SHS sophomores 00xplore careers By Sarah Hoicomb Twenty-five Superior High Schools students enrolled in agriculture educa- tion participated in the Agricultural Education Sophomore Career Day held Feb. 6. The students were placed m a cooperating business and shadowed the employer for one work day. According to Dave Barnard, agri- cultural education instructor, the project is part of the district's school to work plan. With an interest in physical therapy, Jess Kinyoun and Adam Heitman went to Hastings College. There they ob- served the athletic trainer's work. They learned about the exercises trainers use and how to tape ankles. They ob- served as the trainer taught classes and helped prepare the training room. Kinyoun said what she enjoyed the most was learning about the exercises the athletes use. "They look simple but they are hard to do." She returned to Superior With an even greater interest in the field. Jason Durocher, the head athletic trainer at Hastings College, corn mented on the day's activities, "It gives me an opportunity to share my job, which I love." His interest dates to a high school program which compared to an every- day job shadow. Richard Rogers, Alyssa Montgom- ery and Zack Bruns are all in interested in veterinary medicine but they did they shadowing at different places. Rogers shadowed a local veterinar- ian. He pregnancy checked cows, doc- tored calves and helped treat a dogs fleas. Montgomery wants to be zoo vet- erinarian. She visited the Folsom Children's Ztx) and Botanical Gardens. There she helped clean cages and set up an animal enrichment program. To entertain the baboons, they placed red dog biscuits in containers for the ba- boons to open. She said the activity kept liw babo,s busy and used the[r minds. Mc:av, iile Bruns visited the Schttl c and Sms farm. The Schuttes rai:., ;.rcbred cattle which is what BJuax s interested in. Bruns hetpcd feed, weigh and clipped calves flr a production sale. The three students agreed they en- joyed their day and their interest, m , veterinary medicine career has i,.-- creased. Will Corman anctLandon Woerner visited Reinke Manufacluring Com- pany to learn more abom s cicultural engineering. The received a tour of the Deshler plant and observed the com- puter programs and robotics in action. Corman said the factory is 'high tech." Woerner reported having a positive experience and was excited when told an idea he suggested might be used. Students. the person they shadowed and the place visited include the fol- lowing Mike Turner, T.J. Johnson, Supe- rior Police Department; Richard Roters, Dr. Darrell Kile, Superior Animal Hospital; Brian Rempe, Kim Eggers, Superior Implement Co.; Erin Eitzmann, Ann Alexander Superior Schools; Lauren Williams, Peggy Meyer, Sdperior Family Medi- cal Clinic, and Cory Kopsa, KRFS Radio; Matt Kile, Jeff Guilkey, A-1 Inc.; Kassie Swanson, Carol Page, Carol's Studio; Gina Edwards, Brian Miller, Edward Jones Investments and Vickie Sweet, Superior Schools; Ryan Peele, Bill Biauvelt, Superior Publishing Company; Holly Walton, Kim Bruning, Sassy's Salon Services; Will Corman and Landon Woemer, Mike Starbuck, Reinke Manufactur- ing Company; Vanessa Bouray, Pam Heitman, Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital; Josh ? " Agriculture Education Career Day experience. 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Laurie Corman, Superior Schools; Jcd Renz, Arlen Mickelsen, Superior Outdoor Power (-'en': Jessica Kinyoun and Adam ticmnan, Jason Durocher, Hastings Coltege; Cole Zoltenko and Eric Kmtzinger, Rob Unruh, Kansas De- r, artment of Wildlife and Parks; MicKayla Rhoads, Elizabeth Hastreiter, Hastings Medical'Park; Alyssa Montgomery, Mike Sheer, Folsom Children's Zoo; Tim Meyers, Gene Brooks, Conco2dia University; Zack Bruns, Ron Scffutte, Schutte & ;r;('ttleCo. Dairies00 moving east When Tom McCarty heads out for the morning's work, the landscape looks a lot different than it used to. Precious few trees dotthe land and the wind seems ever present. He can actu- ally see the sun peek over the horizon. That's because the McCarty Dairy, a fixture in northeast Pennsylvania for more than a century, moved to the Kansas Plains two years ago. McCarty and his wife Judy joined a growing number of dairy producers who are moving to the wide-open spaces of western Kansas from more- Matt Kile shadowed Jeff Guilkey at A-l, Inc., Superior, for his Agriculture Education Career Day experience. Brian Rempe shadowed Phil Miller at Superior Implement, Superior, for his Agriculture Education Career Day experience. BOETTCHER ENTERPRISES O The Place To Go For... [' Data Analysis  VRT Application Yield Monitors  Grid Sampling It Aft Starts Here/ See f* US jor -- *Anhydrous Ammonia * Liquids * Custom Dry Blending * Customer Application * Machine Rental * Variable Rate Applications * Grid Sampling / Bob Ginther, Manager Highway 8 East Superior, Neb. Phone: 402-879-4267 For all your auto body needs : Dent removal . Gal;tsTre;Cl:iUePment Custom painting H&H Body Shop 1860 Idaho Superior, Neb 402.879-4190 Supporting Modern Agriculture and Conservation General Ag Services, Ltd. Scully Offices 254 N. Kansas Superior, Neb. 402-879-4315 traditional dairy states."l really think that long term in western Kansas, and maybe in Nebraska and the Dakotas, there's growth potential [for dairy pro- ducers]," McCarty said. Closer prox- imity to feed sources and room to ex- pand were key considerations in the move, he said. Although Kansas has just 1 percent of the nation's dairy cows, and isn't even in the top 10 in terms of milk production, things are changing, said Kansas State University agricultural economist Kevin Dhuyvetter. Since 1993, Kansas milk production has climbed at an increasing rate. Produc- tion has jumped 40 percent since 1993, and cow numbers are up 12.3 percent. "We didn't leave because we didn't like it," said McCarty of t Pennsyl- vania farm that has been m'- his family for generations. "Environmental issues weren't pressing, but [more] people were moving into the area. Every time I'd have a piece of equipment out on the road, I'd have four or five cars backed up behind me." Tom and Judy brought no equip- ment or cattle when they moved. What they did bring was the family, their expertise, and a strong desire to make the change work. "You can't be complacent. If you're complacent, you die," Tom said of the decision. Steve Irsik agrees. Irsik, better known for his long-time involvement in beef cattle ranching and feeding and grain production and storage in West- ern Kansas, teamed with 11 other in- vestors to form Royal Farms Dairy in southwest Kansas in 1999. Five of the investors are lrsik fam- ily members, but another five, includ- ing Royal Farms' manager Peter DeVries, relocated from Washington state, where they had long been in- volved in the dairy business. "They needed to get out of Wash- ington. They were looking at the lack of feed, heavy rainfall and water pollu- tion issues, particularly given their proximity to salmon areas," Irsik said. Like the McCarty family, DeVries's family also has been in the dairy busi- ness for generations, and the expertise and contacts he brought to the Royal Farms partnership were invaluable, Irsik said. In fact each of the 12 Royal Farms investors brought capital, ex- pertise and credibility from various comers of the agricultural production and business worlds. Royal Farms, located near Garden City, milks 5,500 head of cows twice a day, and ships milk to several states. It has a 6,000-head capacity. Irsik said through diversification and marketing agreements, there are opportunities for farmers, ranchers, food processors and retail stores to work together to enhance profits for producers and to address consumer concerns and wishes: "The food com- panies are wanting to know where their supply is coming from. They want to know more about it. Consumers want to know more about their food." And Irsik practices what he preaches. He's on the board of direc- tors for the 21st Century Grain Pro- cessing Cooperative, a group of wheat farmers who end their wheat to coop- erative-owned flour mills in New Mexico and Texas. He's also a stock- hoder in U.S. Premium Beef, a closed cooperative that purchased 30 percent of National Beef Packing Company. U.S. Premium Beef is comprised of beef producers who retain ownership of the beef they produce from the ranch to the retail level, with a strong focus on meeting consumer demands. Gina Edwards shadowed Brian Miller at Edward D. Jones, Superior, for her Agriculture Education Career Da experience.. i i From the start, expansion was on the McCartys' minds when they moved to Kansas. Their sons plan to be in the business for the long haul. Clay and his wife Christ and Mike and his wife Amy moved to Kansas so Clay and Mike could work in the business. Sons David and Ken are students at Kansas State University, and plan to join the operation after they graduate. The McCartys employ 11 or 12 workers in addition to the family mem- bers. 'q'he western half of the state is the new dairy region," said Hikaru Peterson, assistant professor of agri- cultural economics at K-State. "Eigh- teen or so dairies have moved from places such as California and Pennsyl- vania during the last five years." McCarty said his circumstances are different than at some other relocated dairies: "We have no outside inves- tors. We're trying to do this thing,just our family." What they have, he said, is a banker, who lacked experience with dairy op- erations, but understood agriculture in general, and was willing to work with them on their plans. And plenty of planning went into the move. The McCartys bought an existing farm, but aside from the house and machine shed, started from scratch. They designed and built a free-stall barn, milking parlor and over-sized lagoon, all with an eye toward expan- sion. The milking parlor is adouble 16 parallel parlor, which means they can milk 32 cows at a time, with room to put in several more. Another free-stall barn is being planned. Also by next summer, misters and shade will be installed in open lots built in the fall of 2001 to protect the cows from the Kan- sas heat. The McCartys plan to grow crops in the future. The herd numbers 1,550, mostl Holsteins. "Ideally, we're aiming for 2,300," McCarty said. "By western Kansas standards we're small, but by Pennsylvania standards, that's big." It's an around-the-clock operation, with 22 hours a day filled with cows being milked. That leaves two hours for cleaning and maintenance. The family worked closely with K- State agricultural engineers and ani- mal scientists as they designed the buildings right down to the pitch of the roof on the free-stall barn. When K-State dairy specialist John Smith and agricultural engineer Joe Harner suggested a steeper pitch to the roof than the original plans called for, McCarty weighed the pros and cons, a cooler barn in the summer versus the cost. The pros won out. "I'm guessing it was an extra $45,000 to go with a steeper pitch, but that's insignificant" in the long run, he added. "Really, that whole team was help- ful to us," McCarty said of Smith, Harrier and Mike Brouk, another dairy specialist with K-State Resea'ch and Extension. The motivating force behind the migratidn of dairies to Western Kan- sas has largely been county-level re- cruitment coordinated by the Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance, K-State's Peterson said. Lo- cal business representatives hold in- formational booths at dairy trade shows to promote the region as an attractive destination for large-scale dairies. The McCartys began looking at Kansas and other areas several years ago, and attended a dairy conference in Dodge City in 1996. Several Kansas communities were there, courting out- of-state dairies, Tom said. In addition to nearby feed supplies and room forexpansion, the new dairy's location on Kansas Highway 83 and near Interstate 70 was key to-their decision to move to Rexford, in Tho- mas County.. The farm is about 13 miles northwest of Colby. I Proud To Be Your Partner In Agriculture Since 1921! Do Your Plans Include... Refinancing? Expansion? New Equipment? Ask about .... "Hometown 15" our fixed rate real estate loan Check out our latest new equipment loans designed especially for our agribusiness customers. Farmers & Merchants Bank00 Your Hometown Banking Center - People Serving'People  Superior Lawrence 402-879-3284 40'2-756-7402 Bank with us on the internet - www.bankfmb.om