The Beaumont ISD Ag Farm welcomed 16 pigs to the farm and students are learning how to purchase and care for them, along with observing operations and attending clinics to reach their goals.
FFA advisors spent two weekends in November on the road purchasing pigs for students to raise for their Supervised Agricultural Experience project at the YMBL South Texas State Fair this spring. Stephanie Hoppe, Megan East, Sheila Knighton, students and their families attended auctions in Evadale and Huntsville to purchase their projects. All pigs have been settling in at the farm and students are busy taking care of them.
“A swine project is very challenging, but also quite fun for the student,” said Hoppe. “They are tasked with training, feeding, grooming, cleaning their pen and monitoring their animal's health.” Doctors from Riceland Veterinary Clinic visited the farm to perform pig castrations during class for the students to observe, and even assist. “It was a phenomenal learning experience to actually see a vet perform surgery on a pig,” said Hoppe.