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TRACY DENNY TRACY DENNY Trey Tackles Time ABOVE: Standing next to his trailer, Trey Denny displays some of his many ribbons. He uses some of the money he earns at the ranch to make his livestock trailer and pickup payments each month. LEFT: Trey, with three generations of family ranchers, branding his own TD cattle for the fi rst time. go to college next year. I show market show steers all over Texas, and I am the sole owner of my own TD Cattle Company. I raise and sell club calf heifers and steers to 4-H and FFA members. I am highly involved in FFA and 4-H. This past February I was elected as the 2017-18 Area VI FFA President to serve almost 100 schools and over 11,000 FFA members in my area. I also served as the 2016-17 Paris District FFA President and am serving my second year as Chisum FFA Chapter President. My ranch animals, ranch job, leadership, agriculture background, and community service have helped me win 1st place in the Texas FFA Star Greenhand in Agriculture Production as a 9th grader, and 1st place in the Texas FFA Star Chapter Member in Agriculture Production as a 10th grader. In my Agriculture classes, I have several Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s) or projects for my recordbooks. My Entrepreneur SAE’s in FFA are: Registered Red Angus Cattle, Registered Red Angus Replacement Heifers, Commercial Cattle, Commercial Cattle Replacement Heifers, an ORB (Other Registered Breeds) Show Heifer, 2015 Show Steers, 2016 Show Steers, and 2017 Show Steers. My Exploratory SAE is Personal Growth to expand my knowledge and ability on a personal level. My Career Prep Agriculture Class is based around my SAE Placement Plan. It is called a Placement Plan because I am placed in a job setting where I learn real life lessons, and for that I work at Hicks 3L Ranch, owned by my grandparents, David and Linda Hicks. I am on the payroll as a ranch employee and I feed, hay, water, fi x fences, work cattle, drive tractors, rake hay, haul hay, clean pastures of brush, landscape, help pour and build concrete feed troughs, and do any other job that is needed to help the ranch run smoothly. I work an average of 10-15 hours per week during the school year and 35-40 hours during the summer. I was hired in the summer of 2012, when I was going into the 7th grade. My major aspiration has been to generate enough money through the FFA and my SAE’s to be able to pay my way through college and still maintain my herds. I feel that I have gained the skills necessary to continue with my SAE’s and allow them to continually grow. I believe that the most challenging part of my SAE’s has been time. There is a quote on the wall in my 18 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2017


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