Students experience ag life during Farm City Week


By Katrina Goforth - kgoforth@civitasmedia.com



Early Childhood Center students dressed up in their Western wear lined up to pet Bacon, one of three piglets named after breakfast food.


Stacy Randolph helps Gabriel Estrada reach up to pet the show sheep, Josie.


FFA student Lauren Hill introduces the students to Bacon, Sausage and Eggs, the piglets named for breakfast food.


In an effort to allow the students of Altus Public Schools and Altus Air Force Base to participate in Farm City Week, Altus FFA and Western Equipment brought animals and farming equipment to the Early Childhood Center Monday for an interactive introduction to the role agriculture plays in the community. Students from Altus Christian Academy and Rivers Elementary were also able to participate.

FFA students brought the animals they will be showing at competition including a braying donkey, pecking chickens, a woolly sheep, a lounging black cow and a nanny goat providing free lawn care. At the same time, Lauren Hill, a sophomore at Altus High School, took care of three piglets routing through the grass.

“I’ve had little boys ask if they can kill the pigs,” Hill said laughing. “Maybe that’s because they’re named Bacon, Sausage and Eggs, but I told them they can’t do that.”

Stacy Randolph, under sheriff for Jackson County, is also an FFA parent. His daughter, Katelyn Randolph shows sheep. Her show sheep, Josie, got a lot of attention from the students for her soft wool and gentle eyes.

Renee Long, principal of Early Childhood Center said she was surprised how the children flocked to the chickens but hardly paid any attention to the cow.

“I thought they would surely notice the cow first,” Long said. “But they were enthralled by the chickens and the donkey when he started getting noisy.”

Western Equipment brought two tractors and a sprayer to show the students, allowing them to climb up onto the driver’s seat to get a glimpse of a farmer’s point of view.

Teachers and parents helped the children go from one animal to the next and then to the farming equipment.

“We’ve got great parents,” Long said. “They’re out here volunteering their time to make this a fun experience for the kids.”

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Early Childhood Center students dressed up in their Western wear lined up to pet Bacon, one of three piglets named after breakfast food.
http://www.altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Bacon-1.jpgEarly Childhood Center students dressed up in their Western wear lined up to pet Bacon, one of three piglets named after breakfast food.

Stacy Randolph helps Gabriel Estrada reach up to pet the show sheep, Josie.
http://www.altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Sheep-1.jpgStacy Randolph helps Gabriel Estrada reach up to pet the show sheep, Josie.

FFA student Lauren Hill introduces the students to Bacon, Sausage and Eggs, the piglets named for breakfast food.
http://www.altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Piglets-1.jpgFFA student Lauren Hill introduces the students to Bacon, Sausage and Eggs, the piglets named for breakfast food.

By Katrina Goforth

kgoforth@civitasmedia.com

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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