On November 22-23rd, agriculture students had the opportunity to tour a handful of different businesses that covered a variety of different agriculture sectors.
Our CTE Tours started out at Double J Lamb Feeders just outside of Ault, CO. We had the opportunity to see a large scale sheep feeding operation and see how the company has diversified through a niche market. The day of our tour they were shipping 600 hd. down to Texas.
Our second stop was at Mountain Vet Supply, in Fort Collins. Dr. DeMoss explained how he selects employees and how he believes students in agricultre have endless employment opportunities in front of them if they are willing to work hard. He explained how he has created a thriving business through excellent customer service and word of mouth advertising.
The second day of CTE Tours kicked off at Riverside Milk in Snyder. Students saw how technology is utilized on a modern dairy. Robots complete the milking, sorting, and pen cleaning at Riverside Milk.
In the afternoon, we shifted our focus to crop management and transportation at Nutrien Ag Solutions and Kula Grain. We were able to see how Nutrien Ag Soulutions serves their customers through custom crop spraying. Kula Grain represents the commodity transportation sector of the industry and some Prairie students were awarded hats for correctly identifying different commodities.
The tours rouned out at a last minute stop at Keith Bath's. Students were able to play in the corn (obviously, their favorite part) and see the steam-flaking process from start to finish. (thank you John Johnson for lining this up!)
Thank you to our wonderful bus drivers, Joe and John, Mr. Adam for tagging along, and the businesses who welcomed us!