FFA students from the MCH charter school competed in the Crawford FFA livestock show in Clifton, Texas, on Oct. 26 followed by the Holiday Classic at the Bell County Expo Center on Nov. 2-3.
The students began working with their animals in August during classes led by agriculture science teachers Steve Kruse and Kevin Gibbs. Kruse said this year he wanted to give the students more time to gain experience before competing in larger livestock shows this fall.
“I appreciate the fact that MCH supports the program and understood that we needed to add some of these smaller shows so the kids could learn in a smaller, friendlier environment,” Kruse said. “As a teacher it gives me much pleasure to watch our students grow with their SAEP (supervised agriculture experience project).”
Students prepared and showed steer, goats and sheep during the Crawford show. At the Holiday Classic, the students attended educational workshops to hear more about exhibiting and training their projects. Four students attended the swine clinic, three attended the goat clinic and five students went to the sheep clinic.
“Most of the kids come in not knowing a thing about show animals and you can see the progress each and every time they show,” Kruse said. “The animals teach much more than you can ever imagine – responsibility, leadership skills, doing well and losing with dignity, and, most of all, just lessons about how to handle yourself in situations.”
See below for a list of results:
Steers: Dustin – 2nd (Class 2); Alyssa – 3rd (Class 2); Dathan – 4th (Class 4)
Goats: Emma – 1st (Class 1); Ayana – 2nd (Class 1); Hailey – 3rd (Class 1); Camray – 7th (Class 2)
Hair sheep: Abigail – 1st (Class 1); Brittany – 3rd (Class 2); D’Nayjah – 4th (Class 2)
Medium wool sheep: Frezer – 3rd (Class 2); Nehemiah – 4th (Class 2)
Goats (Class 3): Natalie – 10th
Hair sheep (Class 1): Lacey – 4th; D’Nayjah – 5th; Abigail – 6th
Medium wool sheep (Class 2): Nehemiah – 2nd; Frezer – 6th
Congratulations to all our FFA students who participated in shows this fall!
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