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Beef sale goes quickly
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 21, 2013 | 1101 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of Jones County High School’s Future Farmers of America cattle program appear to have found their niche in a classroom that is mostly outdoors and sometimes in a barn.

Career technology and agriculture education teacher Mark Smith released information about the beef sales last week, stating that six processed steers hand raised by local FFA students would be for sale, but the meat was purchased almost as quickly as he hit the send button on the e-mail.

The beef was sold in quarters with each consisting of ground chuck, steaks, roast, cubed beef, brisket, and beef liver. The cattle are locally raised, which means they are completely free of growth hormones and antibiotics, and are grade choice, which is probably the reason for the quick sale.

Smith already has a waiting list for the beef quarters next year.

The cattle are raised by FFA members under the leadership of Smith. Calves and sponsors are needed for the program that will begin again in April. The teacher said the barn has 10 stalls, and that is how many students who will be in the program and how many sponsors for the program are needed.

The annual sponsorship costs approximately $1,000 but for that amount a calf is fed and taken care of by a student for a year. At the end of the year, the sponsor has ownership of the steer, and can fill their freezer with beef or sell it.

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