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Prairiland FFA Member Embraces Increased Responsibility on Family Ranch to Gain Experience    
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | Author: Texas FFA News

Prairiland FFA member, Ally Stapleton, is building a resume of experience for her future career while working for her family at Bar S Ranch. 

“I have spent my entire life growing up on this ranch and have taken an interest in learning everything that I can so that I can one day have my own operation,” said Stapleton. 

In addition, she has aspirations to become a veterinarian. To learn while doing, she assists her dad closely while working cattle. She administers medications and assists with artificial insemination, castrating, and doctoring sick animals. 

“Many of my day-to-day activities are routine, such as feeding and watering livestock and checking overall health daily,” said Stapleton. “During certain months, some of my duties are increased based on if we are checking for heat, feeding hay or grain, or halter breaking calves.”

The FFA member says that the accomplishment of which she is most proud is the increased responsibility she has been given.

“Over the years, my roles have changed from just tagging along with my parents to taking an active role, and in some instances, I have been going by myself to complete tasks,” said Stapleton. “It shows that my parents trust me and my judgment.”

She believes she is learning valuable on-the-job skills that will help her once she reaches her goal of owning her own livestock operation and becoming a veterinarian. 

Stapleton’s successful SAE project was recognized at the 2023 Texas FFA State Convention as the Star Greenhand in Placement.

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