Urban Wisconsin teacher wins Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact Award

$2,000 donation will help recipient grow school’s agriculture program
Chilton, Wis. [August 9, 2017] – Milk Products, maker of Sav-A-Caf® products, is excited to announce the inaugural Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact Award recipient: Monica Gahan, animal science pathway teacher and FFA advisor at Vincent High School in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact Award annually recognizes Imageone community leader who inspires youth to be passionate about animal agriculture.
“Gahan’s work of bringing agriculture to the urban classroom is instrumental in helping shape the future of today’s youth. She helps bring experiences with animals and agriculture to inner-city youth who wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity,” says Stefanie Fieck, house brands manager for Milk Products. “We are thrilled to present the inaugural award to such a deserving individual.”
Winner: Monica Gahan, Wisconsin
Inspirational, compassionate, optimistic, genuine and dynamic – all words Monica Gahan’s nominator used to describe her. Gahan is an animal science pathway teacher and FFA advisor at Vincent High School, set in the heart of Milwaukee. In her role, she strives to inspire urban youth about animal agriculture. Along with Meghan Sawdy who nominated her for the award, Gahan initiated an FFA program at their high school. Because of their work, youth have the opportunity to raise and show animals, manage a business to sell farm fresh products at the school’s market and learn hands-on agriculture science.
“Beyond teaching urban students agriculture skills, Gahan’s biggest impact happens when disruptive students sit peacefully next to a calf or aspire to become an agriculture nutritionist,” says Sawdy. “Though many of these students will not pursue a career in agriculture, Gahan knows her students will be consumers and she wants them to be educated agriculture advocates after high school.”
Gahan’s FFA program will receive a $2,000 donation from Milk Products, in addition to select Sav-A-Caf® branded products for winning the Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact award.
From an outstanding group of applicants, two runner-ups are also recognized: Marilyn Day of Kahoka, Mo., first runner-up and Richard Peters of Norman, Okla., second runner-up.
First Runner-Up: Marilyn Day, Missouri
Marilyn Day is a 4-H leader actively involved in the beef, swine, sheep and goat projects in Clark County, Mo. She mentors livestock youth by helping them understand the physical and financial needs of raising animals.
“Her passion for agriculture is the cornerstone of many young lives as demonstrated by her commitment, encouragement and pride when involved with livestock members,” says Trudi Baker, nominator. “Day strives to bring innovative approaches to animal agriculture to keep Clark County moving forward.”
Day encourages both young and older members to be involved in the agriculture industry – teaching younger members the industry basics and challenging older members to understand the current issues it faces.
Second Runner-Up: Richard Peters, Oklahoma
Richard Peters is a leader in the Canadian Valley Junior and Open Poultry Club. He works tirelessly to promote the production and exhibition of poultry in Oklahoma and surrounding states.
“Peters is a wealth of information and always willing to help others improve their breeding and show programs,” says Amber Spires, nominator. “He routinely works with youth to help identify their best show birds and is great about answering questions.”
His biggest role in the club is coordinating a chick giveaway every year. Through this event, he works with a network of breeders to donate chicks for youth in the community to start their flock. Peters takes great joy in helping youth raise and show poultry.
“We are thrilled with the quality of applicants to choose from for this year’s award – all making a tremendous impact on youth in their communities,” says Fieck. “We are confident the future of agriculture is in great hands through the efforts of these incredible leaders.”
For more information about Sav-A-Caf®, visit savacaf.com or like My Farm Journey on Facebook.
The Sav-A-Caf® brand is manufactured and marketed by Milk Products, based in Chilton, Wis. Milk Products manufacturers high-quality animal milk replacers and young animal health products. Using its innovative manufacturing technology, Milk Products produces over 700 unique animal nutrition products for numerous independent feed manufacturers, wholesale distributors and large retail chains. Our customers choose whether these products are sold under their private label brand, or under the Sav-A-Caf® brand.

Purina Animal Nutrition and Performance Livestock Analytics work together to offer cattle producers real-time decision tools

Purina customers can access Performance Beefsoftware to capture and analyze feed data.
Shoreview, Minn. [August 11, 2017] – Purina Animal Nutrition and Performance Livestock Analytics (PLA) are joining forces to give Purina customers access to Performance Beefsoftware. Built for farmer-feeders and feedlots, Performance Beef software gives producers the data they need to make real-time, profit-focused decisions.
“Performance Beef software allows producers to capture and analyze the large amount of feed data generated today,” says Anthony Robinson, associate marketing manager with Purina Animal Nutrition. “The new software subscription service eliminates data collection and entry, and helps optimize operation costs.”
With easy-to-read charts and graphs, Performance Beef software:
  • monitors feedyard performance,
  • organizes feed inputs,
  • automates delivery,
  • eliminates batch sheets, and;
  • helps uncover insights.
The software also connects producers to their closest advisors. When a producer shares data through Performance Beef software, their Purina representative can make timely nutrition recommendations to enhance profit potential.
“We focus on delivering real-time data to help make cattle operations more profitable,” says Dane Kuper, CEO with Performance Livestock Analytics. “Our goal is to help optimize the performance and efficiency of every animal, so operations remain sustainable.”
Purina customers can access a proprietary software model for a monthly fee. After set-up, cattle producers can access their information from any device anywhere in the world.
“Performance Beef software is a convenient tool to help put cattle producers in control of performance and profitability potential,” says Robinson. “Producers can be confident they’re making the right decisions for their operation at the right time.”
Contact your Purina representative to learn more about Performance Beef or go to performancelivestockanalytics.com.
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Performance Livestock Analytics Inc. (PLA), Performance Beef, and any other PLA products and services mentioned herein, as well as their respective logos, are trademarks or registered trademarks of PLA. For more information, please visit www.performancebeef.com. © 2017 Performance Livestock Analytics Inc. All rights reserved.