Beaumont FFA is competing for the first time in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to gain invaluable experience in livestock showcases, nursery landscape, meat judging and more.
“FFA is more than raising animals. Part of the program is knowing products and meats,” explained Ag Science teacher Stephanie Hoppe. For the Agriculture Product ID contest, judges ask students to identify the fruit or vegetable and answer questions like “how many varieties are there” and “what time of year are they harvested?” The competition for Meat Product ID is even more detailed and focuses on the meat grade and the difference between prime cuts and retail cuts.
“Competing in Houston is a much bigger scale,” said Hoppe. “Our team is gaining experience from the world’s largest livestock show. Instead of 30 heifers in a livestock show, there are thousands and the staging line takes hours.”
While Beaumont FFA tracks the miles going back and forth to Houston, the experience they receive is preparing them for the South Texas State Fair which begins March 21. “Beaumont FFA is ready to showcase their animals and talents,” said Hoppe.