Brett Hladik, a Hennessey High School junior, has been a member of the Hennessey FFA Chapter since he was a freshman.
Brett is active in various areas of the FFA, such as participating on the livestock judging team, Food for America, as well as many other activities. Brett's Supervised Agricultural Experience projects are raising wheat, raising a cow-calf herd and showing cattle. Which between them keep Brett busy.
Brett's wheat project consists of two quarter sections. The primary variety that he grows is Jagger. Brett runs his cow-calf herd on this until March. With this project, Brett is applying for the Small Grain Production Proficiency Award. Right now, he is completing the application, it being due in the state office Feb. 1.
Brett also has a cow-calf herd, which he is running on his wheat now. His herd consists of 13 cows which he artificially inseminates. Right now, he has four calves, which he will sell later on.
Brett exhibits show calves. He has two steers, which he will show in the spring. One is a Chianina and the other a Simmental. He showed his Chianina at the Clinton Jackpot. There, he received fourth in class. He plans to show the Simmental at the Northwest district Junior Livestock Show, in March. The Chianina will be shown at the Oklahoma State Fair, alter in March. Though exhibiting of them is fun, taking care of them is hard work. Brett wakes up every morning and feeds them before school. Once they are finished eating, he washes them and dries them. When he gets home from school, he practices showing them. He practices with them by walking them around and setting them up. He feeds them once he is finished practicing them.
Brett is busy taking care of all three projects, but he says it all pays off when he does well with his steer, or is able to sell his product.