San Antonio – Students who are part of the agriscience magnet program at Madison High School have raised cattle over the past few months and are preparing to display them at upcoming events, including the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
The students learned many skills along the way and spent every day caring for, exercising, training and feeding their animals.
“The Agricultural Science Magnet is made up of many different types that students can raise. We have cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and rabbits,” said Janelle McMullan, an agricultural sciences teacher.
Students learn responsibility, work ethic and compassion. They train, feed and clean the stalls every day including weekends and holidays.
Joe Trinidad is one of the students in the program and he named his cattle Red, in February.
“When I got him, he was 400 pounds and now he’s almost 1,100 pounds,” Trinidad said.
Trinidad is preparing to compete at the San Antonio Stock Show, Rodeo and other upcoming shows in the next few weeks.
“It probably goes into like the Red Cross breed section. And so, another 75 calves go around his size and look for muscle quality, structure, quality, muscle-to-fat ratio,” Trinidad said.
Trinidad said this program helps him gain knowledge and skills beyond high school.
“I want to go to vet school and become a vet,” Trinidad said.
The school is currently recruiting students for their program for the next academic year. For more information, click here.
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