FFA students from local HISD high schools share the benefits of being in this year's Livestock Auction and Show with Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area members. The girls made a presentation and took Questions and Answers from the audience. The students also shared how their FFA education fit in with their long-term plans. Photo by Jim Polomsky
Young ladies from local high schools who excel in the Future Farmers of America (FAA) program shared details of this year’s 75th Annual Humble Livestock Show and Auction at last Wednesday’s Rotary Club luncheon. They also shared what other life skills they have learned by participating in FFA.
FFA is a youth organization preparing students for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. 4H students will also be participating in the auction.
Members of FAA, both girls and boys, raise a farm animal during the school semester or year as part of their education. The animals include rabbits, lambs, goats, turkeys, pigs and steers. The animal is then auctioned to help students recoup their costs and any profit helps pay for future college expenses.
The girls also shared that the FFA experience helped them learn leadership skills, public speaking, business skills as well as animal husbandry.
Not all of the animals the students raise can be sold during the live auction scheduled for Thursday, February 3 at 1 p.m. There is a BBQ luncheon at 11:30 a.m. prior to the auction. The money raised from the luncheon will be donated to Family Time and HAAM charities.
Animals that don’t make the auction or don’t have a “guaranteed buyer” will be made available during the show’s “Freezer Sale.” The Freezer Sale is open to the general public to purchase those animals not in the live auction.
All Freezer Sale animals will have a set minimum price to help students cover their costs in raising the animal. Buyers may pay more than the minimum price for the animal if they wish to provide additional assistance to the student.
Buyers are responsible for all processing fees. The sale amount, minus 10% for Livestock Office administrative fee, will be paid to the student exhibitor. Participation in the Freezer Sale does not guarantee the sale of an exhibitor’s animal.
The public may attend the animal shows and the auction for free. If you would like to attend the live auction as a buyer, please contact Ms. Yonia Pulido at 281-641-7950 or ypulido@humbleisd.net at the Humble Independent School District.
The Show and Auction runs from Monday, January 31 through February 4 at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., in Humble.