By: Besan Juma, Contributing Writer
Marshall Kable, freshman at Centralia High School(CHS), is working on Beef Production for his FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience(SAE).
Kable’s herd consists of fifteen Angus, Sim-Angus, Simmental and crossbreeds. Every morning Kable ensures his cattle have fresh feed/hay and water. Every few months Kable even rotates pastures for his herd.
Kable has always been around cattle, but once he started showing cattle he was able to grow his herd. Each year Kable shows cattle at the Audrain County Fair and the Missouri State Fair. He has been showing for about six years.
Kable has been taking care of his cattle for about five years on his family farm. When asked how this project has helped him Kable states, “This project benefits me by helping me learn real life skills such as responsibility and being smart with my money.”
He has had a few challenges he has persevered through, like not having the correct funding to expand the herd. Kable solved this through making money by working on the farm. He has also faced the challenge of maintaining proper nutrition, but overcame this by feeding the cattle a higher ration or trying different food sources.
Kable likes to help benefit others by putting beef into their refrigerators and/or freezers. Kable plans to continue and grow his SAE as he progresses through high school. “I think I will continue this project because my family has cattle and I want to be a farmer so hopefully I can keep growing my herd and expanding.”
His hope for the future is to have a successful 50 herd farm. Kable would love to work alongside his family on their family farm combining his herd with theirs.
In addition to FFA Kable also participates in football and wrestling.