By: Jaylin Elder, Contributing Writer
Scott Stone, Kelsay Bruns and Lori Lewis, FFA advisors, nominated Lauren Lafferty, a sophomore at Centralia High School to be the November SAE spotlight. She is running a small commercial business for her dorper sheep.
Lafferty is currently working at Mayes Creek Farms with her mom and grandpa by her side. Lafferty’s parents, Seth and Mandy Lafferty, inspired her to start her business. They have had a lot of experience in the sheep farm business. Lafferty registered her herd in 2016 after being around them since she was young. Her goal is to increase her herd number.
Through having this business, Lafferty has learned that it takes a lot of responsibility to raise animals. She has also come to understand how hard it is for farmers to do what they do. She has also learned many skills. Lafferty stated that she has “gained knowledge of the medical aspect” of caring for her herd. She has learned how to give them shots and how to pull lambs. She really enjoys seeing her lambs be born and watching them go through all stages of their life until they are sent to a new home and family.
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.”