Collin Schabbing of Dutchtown, Missouri, officially began his new duties July1at the 252-acre facility south of Gordonville, Missouri that features emerging technologies in cow-calf management and irrigated row-crop production. The Center also serves as a teaching asset for undergraduate research and education.
Schabbing is responsible for administering the full-scale farming operation after serving as interim manager since his graduation from Southeast in May. He holds a Bachelor of Science in agribusiness, animal science option.
“I grew up on a farm, so this was an easy transition,” said Schabbing. “This is what I’ve wanted to do my whole life.”
According to Dr. Julie Weathers, assistant professor of agriculture, hiring a new Center manager is significant.
“We like to keep a farm manager for as long as possible in order to maintain consistency with operations and day-to-day tasks,” said Weathers.
The Center manager is responsible for leading and supervising in the areas of cattle, planting, tillage and care of grain and forage; preparing cost estimates of crop and livestock projects, and recommendations for enhancement projects; managing the irrigation system; providing insight to the chair and faculty of the Southeast Department of Agriculture for undergraduate laboratory experiences; implementing a beef breeding program; and managing employee safety training in all aspects of the farming operation.
“He’s good with crops, fantastic with equipment and excellent with animals,” said Weathers. “We’ve got a good combination there. We’re lucky to have him.”
Schabbing also works with student employees at the Center, giving them daily responsibilities, teaching them and making sure they follow safety precautions.
“If they [students]feel like they can’t take on a task, I show them how to do it,” said Schabbing.
Aside from his daily tasks as the Center manager, Schabbing has future goals for the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center, including starting a show team.
“Southeast didn’t have a show team when I was a student, so that was one of my biggest goals when starting my job,” he said.
According to Schabbing, a show team is currently being created with plans of showing cattle next March. For Schabbing, being the Center manager is more than operating equipment and taking care of animals.
“It’s like a big family. It’s a great experience, and I’m learning a lot,” said Schabbing. “That’s one of the greatest benefits of my job; I’m constantly learning throughout my career.”