Dickson’s Barrett Allen – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit Ardmore
Barrett Allen of Dickson High School had been involved in FFA for two years now, but he’s been around the agriculture industry his entire life.
“Around the time I was born my family was moving from the peanut industry and starting to run more cattle. With that move my dad and his father in-law, my grandpa, started a business doing erosion control. My whole family has been the reason why I got into FFA because I really enjoy showing cattle with family and friends,” said Allen.
As a member of the Dickson High School FFA chapter, Allen is involved in many activities including showing livestock.
“I show heifers and bulls. I started out with Charolais cross cattle because we sorted her as my family’s cow/calve operation. Then some of my dad’s old friends sent me a heifer that was a cross bred that was mean, but she was a great learning calve. Now I am showing red angus and black angus because we have started to figure out how to feed them properly to be competitive,” said Allen.
The sophomore also plays football and golf for Dickson High School and currently serves as an FFA officer.
“I am the vice president for the Oklahoma Red Angus Association. I am also involved with the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Youth Group,” said Allen. “FFA has helped me meet new people that I never would have met if I wasn’t showing. FFA has also taught me how to make something out of nothing, and that failure is okay – that is what we learn from. It also has taught me how to be a leader. It has really helped me become the person I am and love the agricultural world.”
Allen said he has felt at home in his FFA chapter and he’s able to be himself around other members.
“It lets me really show what I have learned, be a competitive person and respect others with a different outlook on life,” said Allen.
After graduating from high school, Allen plans to either become an embryologist or get an agribusiness degree. In his free time Allen is either in the barn or feeding cattle.
“That is what my life revolves around and I really enjoy it.”