March SAE Spotlight: Zach Schnarre

By: Samantha Conners, Contributing Writer

Scott Stone and Lori Lewis, FFA advisors, nominated Zach Schnarre for their March SAE spotlight. Schnarre is a CHS freshman whose SAE is beef production. His goal for his SAE is to improve the genetics of his herd.

Schnarre is the son of Darin and Christy Schnarre. He is the fourth generation of beef producers in the Schnarre family and has been working with the family’s cattle since he was little. When Schnarre became involved with FFA last year, he developed his own herd for his SAE.

Through his SAE, Schnarre has learned that working with cattle takes a lot of time and hard work. It has given him an opportunity to take on more responsibility within his family’s cattle operation. He thinks FFA has taught him that hard work and having more responsibility do pay off.

The skills Schnarre has gained through his SAE have brought him great success as he has been showing his Angus cattle at local and national shows. His favorite part of the SAE is being involved in the agriculture industry every day.

Schnarre is also involved in football and concert choir at school. Outside of school, he is a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Boone County Cattlemen’s Association.

The objective of a Supervised Agricultural Experience is to work with educational programs to better prepare FFA students for their future careers. The simple skills such as communication and patience will help them succeed in life. Scott Stone, FFA adviser, says he has his students do an SAE for the learning experience. He says they can explore any career interest they may have and even find a field they might not want to follow. Stone said, “I hope they all have the chance to earn a profit, but I hope they can learn what areas they are interested in as a potential career.”

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