For many FFA members, the turning of a new year marks the beginning of the Major Stock Show season. Sealy FFA members have been hard at work dedicating countless hours to preparing their livestock projects for exhibition at The Fort Worth Stock Show, San Antonio Livestock Show and the upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For most of February, Sealy FFA members and their families have been traveling west on I-10 in pursuit of buckles and banners at the San Antonio Livestock Show, and their hard work is paying off!
In the junior market goat show, Sealy FFA had four exhibitors. John Owen entered the show ring against over 65 exhibitors from across the state. When the dust settled, John found himself standing at the top end of his class, and brought home Reserve Class Champion honors. John returned to San Antonio the following week to participate in the youth livestock auction where he sold his goat for $3,900. Emily Askew, Jordyn Davila, and Jordan Murray also exhibited market goats at San Antonio.
At the other end of the barn, the junior market lamb show was just as competitive. Sealy FFA had eight lamb exhibitors that squared off in the show ring. Junior FFA member Montana Hicks pushed herself and her lamb to the top end of her class of over 65 entries. Montana finished fifth in her class earning her the privilege to sell in the youth livestock auction. After a long day waiting for her chance to cross the auction block, Montana sold her lamb for $1,500. Brylie Bond and Jordyn Davila were pulled from their classes, but did not advance to an auction spot. Skylar Bond, Ashlyn Davila, Karissa Bond, Layne Blevins, John Owen, and Paige Schultz also exhibited their market lambs.
Over in the cattle barn, Sealy FFA members were leading junior breeding heifers around the green shavings in search of a champion banner. In the Simbrah show, Cameron Hein brought home a Reserve Class Champion with his Cow/Calf pair, and went on to win second in his class at the Simmental/Simbrah Superbowl.
Meghan Hein was eighth in her class, but captured a third-place ribbon in the Simmental/Simbrah Superbowl. Lesly Gonzales, Cory Barrett, and Kelsye Craft all had solid days against stiff competition in their heifer classes.
Sealy FFA's single hog exhibitor at San Antonio was Allison Schram. Allison's Berkshire barrow was pulled to the scale before being sifted and loaded on the trailer.
Sealy FFA is proud of all its members for taking on the challenge to compete against the best at this year's San Antonio Livestock Show! Through their livestock projects, students gain career experiences in production agriculture, learn responsibility by putting the needs of their project ahead of their own, and with the help of Sealy FFA advisors develop partnerships with livestock breeders and producers across the state. With the 2017 San Antonio Livestock Show in the books, Sealy FFA turns its attention to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and looks forward to sharing more great news as members continue to "Ignite Their Passion"!