Catch that calf! In the heat of the 2017 Snake River Stampede Calf Scramble, Meridian FFA members can only focus on the possibility of getting a heifer of their own. In this annual event, competitors try to catch a calf, halter their catch and bring the calf into the center of the arena. Each calf-catching participant, plus each winner of the sportsmanship award, will receive a $1,000 grant toward a purebred registered beef heifer of their own.
This year, three Meridian FFA chapter members competed in the Calf Scramble. Jon Muniz, Kyleigh Davis and Ellie Higgins competed on Tuesday, July 18, with Jon and Kyleigh both catching calves. Ellie returned on Saturday, July 22, and received the sportsmanship award. All three members will be receiving a $1,000 grant, and will be able to purchase a beef heifer that they will bring back in one year to show at the Calf Scramble Cattle Show.
On the morning of Tuesday, July 18, the 2016 Calf Scramble winners brought their beef heifers to the show. These members got to show off their hard work by competing in showmanship and quality. Meridian FFA members Siera Horton (2nd place in showmanship), Gunner Glineski (1st place in quality), Cameron King (3rd place in quality), Joe Wieting, Mollie Hiscox, Kayla Shubert, and Zack Davis returned with their animals to showcase their year of hard work.
The Meridian FFA chapter owes many thanks to the Calf Scramble Committee, and all others who make this event possible. Without this program, many members would never be able to experience the joys of raising cattle, or the feeling of catching one bare-handed!