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Sulphur Springs FFA, Ag Mechanics Students Do Well At Fort Worth Stock Show

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The month of January has flown by for Sulphur Springs ISD FFA members and agriculture students, who have spent quite a bit of their time preparing for and at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

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The trio of SSHS FFA students who visited the KSST Good Morning Show on Thursday January 30, 2020 talked about showing cattle, competing in the Calf Scramble, and their 2020 Ft Worth Stock Show experiences in general. John Holland along with Jr. Savannah Allen, Freshman Wayne Hinton IV and Jr. Jace Mayers came in. “It is a busy month for all ag teachers across the state as we kick off spring stock shows and judging season,” said John Holland, Ag Teacher and Sulphur springs High School FFA advisor. “We actually have about 300 students in the SSHS FFA Chapter this year.”

L. to R. Savannah Allen, Wayne Hinton IV, Jace Mayers and John Holland, FFA Advisor

This past weekend, Jan. 23-27, Sulphur Springs had seven students showing seven beef heifers. John-Robert Mason showed his Shorthorn Saturday and placed fifth in his class. Jace Mayers placed eighth with his Beefmaster heifer and Maurie Flecker showed her Beefmaster. Savannah Allen showed her Hereford Saturday placing sixth in her class.

In addition, Alex Flecker scrambled Saturday night at the Ft. Worth Rodeo and caught a calf, receiving a $500 certificate.

On Monday, Coen Bell showed his Semmental Heifer placing third in class; Cash Vititow showed his Brahman placing seventh; and Blaine Allen showed his Brahman Heifers. In addition Annie Horton showed her market Lamb, placing 10th out of 77.

Jan. 16-22, Wayne Hinton, Tripp Smith and Matti Smith showed five Holstien heifers at the Ft. Worth Dairy Show.

“All did very well in some of the biggest classes in the breed. In addition, all three of the kids caught a calf at the Ft. Worth Calf Scramble and received a $500 certificate to go purchase another dairy heifer to show next year,” said Holland.

During that same weekend, Holland said, SSISD agriculture mechanics students Austin Crouse, Haydan Keller and Oliver Yanez exhibit a deer blind that they built.

Calf Scramblers Robert Smith III, Matti Smith and Wayne Hinton IV are cousins who work with cattle on their family farms. Also, Alex Flecker (not pictured) competed in the Calf Scramble, a very exciting youth event held in the new Dickies Arena
Holstien string getting full on Holstein Dairy Heifer Show day

The first week of February, Coen Bell will be returning to Ft. Worth with his steer. Also during that week, a group of ag mechanics students travel to San Angelo for another ag mechanics project show.

“Don’t forget the Hopkins County Junior Market Livestock Show and NETLA Sale in the Hopkins County Civic Center arena. It will be starting Tuesday, Feb 25, with the Ag Mechanics Show and then the Youth Livestock Project Shows on Thursday, Feb 27 and Friday February 28, and wrapping up on Saturday February 29 with the Northeast Texas Livestock Association ‘Sale of Champions’. Free to attend, everybody come out for that!” Holland said.

Ag Mechanics students Oliver Yanez, Austin Crouse and Haydan Keller with their deer stand

Author: Faith Huffman

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