Livestock show inspires Future Farmers of America students

The Tip-O-Tex Livestock Show was recently held at the Sonny Brazil Agricultural Science Complex located on the grounds of the San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy.

Approximately 300 students from the following 12 schools participated in the two-day event: Harlingen North and South, La Feria, La Sara, Los Fresnos, Lyford, Raymondville, Rio Hondo, Santa Maria, San Perlita, Santa Rosa, and San Benito.

The Tip-O-Tex Livestock Show is a competitive event where students from Cameron and Willacy County high schools come together to compete with their livestock projects. It is a benchmark for the upcoming major stock shows such as the San Antonio, Houston, and Rio Grande Valley Livestock Shows.

“On Thursday, the students showed 170 heifers, lambs, goats.  On Friday, 230 hogs were shown,” saidSan Benito Career and Technical Education Director Fernando Rosa.

“This was a great opportunity for the students to exhibit their projects and results of all their hard work.They have been taking care of their animals since October.This means, feeding, cleaning, exercising them everyday twice a day,” continued Rosa.

Judges critique and discuss the students’ livestock projects in a constructive manner and address the areas that students can improve on as they prepare for the upcoming livestock shows.

Students’ projects are judged based on body conformation and structural soundness. Students also strengthen their leadership and showmanship skills and learn how to become good decision makers as it relates to their livestock projects.

“To put something like this together tooka team effort, and I want to thank everyone that was involved in the success of this show.It was a great experience for all