Meet 15-year-old Jake Stivers of Winigan. Agriculture was always a big interest of his due to spending most of his life helping out area farmers. But it didn??t become a part of his own life until this past year when he got involved with the Green City FFA as a freshman and decided to start raising chickens and goats. He says so far it has been a great experience.
"I got chickens because I always had an interest in them and seemed like cool animals. You get to chase them around. The goats, I decided I want to start farming big animals, so a goat is a small animals, but it will help me get farming experience so I wanted to start small to get me started," Stivers said.
This summer is Jake??s first year showing his chickens. Just recently at the Sullivan County Fair he won 1st Place in his class and is looking forward to showing them as well at the NEMO Fair. There is of course a lot of responsibility for Jake to take care of his animals.
"I go out. I feed them and check on them and make sure they have plenty of fresh water. When it gets dark, I lock them up. They're really not high maintenance animals, they just require a little be it of attention," Stivers said.
Jake says his chickens and goats are very much a part of one big happy family.
"I got out. I feed them and check on them and make sure they have plenty of fresh water. When it gets dark, I lock them up. They're really not high maintenance animals, they just require a little be it of attention," Stivers said.
Jake says agriculture has taught him so much and is planning to keep it a big part of his life.
"It gives you a lot of responsibility and a lot of things to look forward to. It gives you experience in the real world," Stivers said.
When not on his chicken and goat farm or helping his FFA group, Jake likes to play basketball in his spare time.
He is planning to go to the University of Missouri after graduation to study farm management and criminal justice.
Congratulations Jake on being this week's Ag Kid.