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Harleton FFA student wins in Houston Livestock Show calf scramble event

March 26, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Riley Weaver of Harleton FFA was a winner in the Houston Livestock Show calf scramble on March 18. Ibew Local Union-66 was her sponsor.

Riley Weaver of Harleton FFA was a winner in the Houston Livestock Show calf scramble on March 18.

Ibew Local Union-66 was her sponsor.

With the drop of a cowboy hat, the calves are signaled to be released onto the dirt arena for 30 Texas 4-H and FFA members to chase and catch using only a rope halter. The number of students is always greater than the number of calves.

Each student who catches a calf is awarded a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the Houston Livestock Show the following year. Returning as an exhibitor, the student shows in a special competition with other calf scramble winners. The student receives a $250 bonus if program requirements are fulfilled throughout the year.

A donation of a calf in the calf scramble is $2,000, individuals, companies, organizations can donate this much or less. The donations go towards the certificates for the calf scramble winners.

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