By Alice Velasquez
Lawrence Velasquez of the ABJ Cattle Company was recently named the State Star Greenhand for the state of NM at their recent State FFA Convention. Lawrence’s supervised Agriculture Experience program is comprised of Miniature Hereford Cattle, which has been the main emphasis of his FFA program. FFA students are required to keep and maintain financial records of their Supervised Agriculture Education program upon entering Agriculture Education their freshman year of high school.
At the end of two years of Agriculture Instruction records are judged and three finalists are selected for an interview go-round at the state FFA convention in Las Cruces, NM. Projects are judged on size and growth as well as achievement. Students are expected to know and explain their programs, marketing plans, and goals for the future. The Star awards are very hard to attain in the FFA organization as students have many varieties of projects as well as levels of achievements. Mr. Velasquez was subject to
intense interviews about his projects, financial records, as well as leadership accomplishments. His projects include Miniature Hereford cattle, show steers, market lambs, pigs and hay production. He is also expanding his clipping and fitting business along with his family and will be available for custom fitting services for shows.
Mr. Velasquez’s project is an example of how Miniature cattle can be great projects for our youth that will challenge them and give them a foothold into their future into the agriculture industry.