Evelyn Bachman – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Lakewood Ranch High School FFA chapter is already making strides to prepare for the Manatee County Fair in January.
They have been working with their chapter steer, Charlie, who will be sent to auction at the fair. The profits made from Charlie will go the FFA program to support the agriculture program.
On Sept. 24 six pigs will arrive at the school’s barn. Five out of the six pigs are individually owned, meaning the school will not make any profit towards the program. They will be raised and sold at the fair by the owners.
The final pig will be raised the same as the others, but the money raised by selling him at the fair will go back to the FFA program.
The chapter also has two beef cows. They will be raised and shown by members of the chapter. A dairy heifer and meat pen chickens will be shown along with the rest of the animals.
Sophomore Brooke O’Neil said, “I am very excited to work with my pig and dairy cow and get ready for the show ring. Showing is my favorite part of the project because it lets me show off all the hard work I have put in.”