Writer: D'Lyn Ford
PORTALES - Patrick Kircher, a livestock specialist from Missouri who grew up in 4-H and FFA, will lead 4-H programs in Roosevelt County for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
"The 4-H program has traditionally been very strong here and I intend to keep that tradition going," Kircher said. "4-H really helps youth develop into the best they can be. I know from personal experience."
Kircher grew up on a farm in Pleasant Hill, Mo. His family raised cattle, hogs, and sheep and grew corn, soybeans and hay. He spent 16 years in 4-H and FFA, mostly showing livestock and judging.
Most recently, Kircher worked as a livestock specialist with the University of Missouri Outreach and Extension Service from July 2001 to December 2002, where he managed educational programs in three counties.
He worked for six months in 1999 as assistant ranch foreman at Hutchins Ranch in Broadview, NM, about 30 miles north of Clovis. From January 1997 to September 1998, he was assistant shipping and receiving foreman at XIT Feeders, a corporate feedlot in the Texas Panhandle.
Kircher earned bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from Oklahoma State University. While at Oklahoma State, he assisted in a research project evaluating best management practices for Old World bluestem, a grass widely used by livestock producers for soil conservation.
At NMSU, he will supervise livestock projects, direct leadership and character-building activities and help youth from Roosevelt County participate in state 4-H events, such as the senior leadership retreat and teen getaway.
"Patrick grew up in 4-H and FFA and he has a lot of experience in the livestock field," said Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension program director. "I think he'll be an outstanding agent."
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