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Students Have no Beef with Raising Cattle for Food

April 25, 2014
 
 

School program helps students learn about raising cattle and supplies beef to the cafeteria.
By: RACHEL E. SHEELEY, Palladium-Item

HAGERSTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Three Angus Cross cattle occasionally mooed as they found themselves the center of attention Thursday.

The beef cattle are part of a new project for Hagerstown High School students and the Nettle Creek School Corporation.

Students will learn about agriculture and business while raising the steers, and then the cattle will be butchered to provide beef for meals in the high school cafeteria, saving the corporation $2,000 to $3,000 in food costs.

On Thursday, school officials, students and project sponsors celebrated the arrival of the cattle with a gathering at the pasture on the northwest corner of Pike and Lacy roads near Hagerstown High School.

Students such as seniors Austin Roach, 18, and Eli Reagan, 18, began building fences for the pasture last fall. Since the cattle arrived this spring, students have been taking turns feeding them.

"It's really opened my eyes," Reagan told the Palladium-Item. "I like doing it."

Reagan said it's his first time to work with cattle. He's now considering an agriculture career when he completes his post-graduation stint in the Army.

Living on a farm and raising animals already is part of Roach's life, but he is finding the project beneficial as he plans for an agriculture-related career.

Both agreed that working with the cattle is a nice alternative to sitting in the classroom.

Julie McDonnell and Amy Reed of Farm Credit Mid-America in Hagerstown are enthusiastic about the project and were eager Thursday to have their photograph taken with some of the cattle. Their company sponsored one of the steers, which they have named BioStar.

"We just want to always support the community and youth," McConnell said. "Both of them are important to us."

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