at the livestock show is not the only reason for a
student to raise an FFA project animal.
parents consider FFA livestock projects a
failure if their son or daughter does not win at the
show. We need
to understand the all benefits our students gain from
raising and showing livestock.
FFA project animals will be a family affair. If time and energy are spent by
the students and parents together, these projects will help
our kids learn basic life skills that will eventually
help them develop into better citizens.
Very few FFA livestock projects are economically
profitable. However, neither are paying for
band lessons, taking them to summer recreation programs,
buying them bicycles and paying for other youth
activities. But if a
parent's goal is to invest in their child's develop as a person, learn
responsibility, set goals and gain knowledge of
livestock production, then FFA livestock projects are
profitable investments in their child's future.
livestock shows in proper perspective is important. They are
not cow shows, swine shows or goat shows, they are
" Kid Shows ! " The animal is simply the ticket
for the youngster to participate.
School Board demands we improved teaching tools to better
equip our young people for life today. As we analyze all the
new and innovative ideas, many of which are quite sound
and very excellent methods, we find FFA livestock
projects are one of the oldest and greatest teaching
tools that we have to teach students the life skills
Following are " Life Skills "
that FFA livestock project students gain:
How to get along with people.
A large number of people in society quit or lose
their jobs because they cannot get along with
others. FFA students who show livestock are around
people they have never met but have similar
interests. They learn to communicate with these
At a livestock show, there is only one Grand
Champion. However, there are many winners. FFA
students who show livestock for any period of time
usually experience the extreme high feeling of an
exceptional effort and the extreme disappointment of
a project that didn't turn out as well as was
expected. Normally, win or lose, the competitors in
the show ring ( the FFA students ) can be seen after
the show talking and enjoying life together.
Feeding and daily chores in a FFA livestock project
teach responsibility. Top feeders follow the time
clock in their daily efforts. This is a good habit
to start at a young age and may reap youngster’s
substantial benefits in a career later in their
Attend to details.
Most young people take care of major items in a FFA
livestock project like fencing, feeding, etc.
However many times it's the little things that make
a different: keeping water tanks and feed troughs
clean, working on grooming and showmanship several
months before the show, keeping pens clean and close
observation for sickness and disease. Paying
attention to details is beneficial in almost
everything we do in life.
Decision making is never easy at any point in our
lives. FFA livestock projects require several key
decisions be made: selection of project animals,
selection of feeding method, care and management
decisions, fitting and grooming techniques, etc.
For every successful FFA livestock project, there is
usually a good plan. Most details and plans for the
project on selection, feeding and management of the
project have been planned well in advance. Goal
setting is important for everyone regardless of
future endeavors. Are FFA livestock projects
successful? We may hear some negative things about
them but these projects are a long way ahead of
whatever is in second place in helping teach our
young people to adjust to life. Next time you are at
a livestock show, study the kids instead of the
animals. You will notice that most classes have
several winners, not just the one standing in first
Contact one of these
Education Sponsors for more information
on the DENTON FFA and
Showing Livestock Projects.