Calallen H.S. Barn Helps Students Participate in Livestock Show

As you may know, more than 1,000 area students are taking part in this year's Nueces County Junior Livestock Show in Robstown this week, and while they do have lots of different events, from homemaking to shop projects, the livestock is still the biggest draw.

The students quickly learn that raising livestock involves a lot more work than you might think.

Students spend months before and after school preparing for the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show, but some schools make it easier on the students by keeping a barn on campus. Calallen High School is one of those schools. It houses 160 animals including pigs, lambs, goats, chickens, heffers and steers.

"It's a lot more of a convenience to have it up at the school since, I mean, I come here every single day," Calallen senior Erin Taylor said. "I just stop by before school and I'll feed them, and after school I can just come up here and I can work with them. It's just real easy having them up here."

The facility is open to Calallen students of all ages, where students pay a one-time $100 for their space, and teachers are always on-hand to help them with the animals.

"The program is so great because it teaches kids responsibility, about money, how to manage their time and how to take care of something," Agricultural Science Teacher Mitchell Hippensteal said.

"Because there are so many kids that might not be able to have that opportunity later on, they are now given that opportunity to live a country life that they might not be able to do if they were living at home," Agricultural Science Teacher Francis Nelson said.


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