Weatherford College Ag Club students participated in the Texas Junior College Agricultural Association convention April 11-13 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.
Students and faculty participated in educational programs and tours as well as competed in several leadership contests. The tour included the Nance Ranch facility where participants learned about the university’s cloned beef cattle.
These cattle are produced from cloning tissue that was retrieved from carcas-ses of Prime Quality Grade, Yield Grade 1 cattle that were observed in a harvest facility in 2010. Prime Quality, Yield Grade 1 beef is found in less than .33% of the cattle harvested in the United States.
“WTAMU is conducting ongoing research as to the development of offspring from these original clones to determine the level of improved beef production in order to feed our growing population,” said Vance Christie, WC’s Director of Agriculture. “The students also had the opportunity to dine on some of the beef produced in this study.”
Students were also give a tour of the WTAMU campus which includes a new $22 million agricultural complex, and they toured the Wrangler Cattle Feeders in Tulia where they saw the working side of a large scale feedlot.
The following WC students were recognized during the TJCAA banquet and awards ceremony:
- Morgan Patton – 2nd Place Outstanding Student (receiving a scholarship), 1st Place Job Interview, 4th Place Agronomy
- Elise Swanson – 2nd Place Horticulture, 2nd Place Animal Science, 8th Place Ag Economics
- Jess Brockmann – 7th Place Agronomy, 4th Place Job Interview
- Tim Jacksics – 8th Place Wildlife, 6th Place Equine, 5th Place Entomology
- David Dominguez – 9th Place Wildlife
- Michael Hanson – 2nd Prepared Public Speaking, 5th Ag Mechanics
- Michael Durall – 9th Ag Mechanics, 5th Equine
- Shyanne Bailey – 3rd Equine
- Max Kinck – 4th Equine
- Taylor Allsup – 3rd Entomology
- Johanna Porter – 7th Animal Science
- Ashley Zimmer – 8th Horticulture
- The Public Relations Team made up of Taylor Allsup, Johanna Porter, Kleg Smith and Ashley Zimmer placed 2nd.
- The scrapbook prepared by Elise Swanson and Jess Brockman placed 3rd.
- WC placed 2nd in the Outstanding Chapter competition and was 2nd overall in Sweepstakes Points.
Weatherford College will host the Agricultural Consortium of Texas meeting in the fall with all community colleges and universities in Texas coming to the WC campus to discuss curriculum, transferability, agricultural issues and other items of business concerning Agricultural Higher Education.