Thanks to the generosity of Glenda Akin, Bowie-Austin FFA students have the unique opportunity of raising Animal Science Projects on a farm, Shady Oaks Ranch, located right next to Bowie High School. Animal Science Projects allow students to raise market animals to be judged at Prospect Shows, Travis County Youth Show (TCYS), and Major Livestock Shows.
Projects include rabbits, chickens, turkeys, swine, goats, lambs and steer. In addition to purchasing a market animal and all necessary tack and supplies, as well as payment of validation tags (if applicable) and farm fees (if you are keeping your animal at the farm), the responsibilities involved with an Animal Project include:
It should also be noted that the No Pass, No Play rule does apply. If the student is not passing one of their classes, the student will not be able to show their animal at a Livestock Show (this includes TCYS).
Depending on the animal chosen, the time period for raising an animal ranges from 6 weeks (rabbits) up to a full year or more (steers). Raising an animal is a big time commitment and responsibility.
For more information on specific species, please contact one of the current Ag teachers.
Sunset Canyon Veterinary Clinic
J & B Feed and Hay
501 S. Highway 183 Austin, TX 78741
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