Jason Price, a vocational agriculture instructor at the Saline County Career Center and advisor for the Marshall FFA chapter, explained that the youth who enter their respective steers in the auction have actually put in countless hours of hard work.
"The kids usually start in February when they buy their calves," Price said. "For the next seven or eight months, they are taking care of those calves twice a day for hours on end."
"It's such a positive thing to get involved in," he said. "It teaches the kids responsibility and accountability because nobody else is going to do their work for them. So they really start learning responsibility at an early age."
Price also said the growth he and parents see over those seven months each year is nothing short of amazing.
"When you first see these kids, some of them are about 8 years old. You watch their growth and progress and it's amazing," he said. "By the time they're ready to end their careers, the growth we've witnessed is very rewarding."
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