PVAMU Shines at 2019 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
March 18 -It is another year in the books for Prairie View A&M at the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HSLR). This year, the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences kept the tradition alive as the only Historically Black College and University represented at this event. Each year HLSR brings millions of people from across the world to Houston to learn about agriculture.
Within the first few days of the three-week-long event, the PVAMU Livestock Club showcased a number of the goats raised at the campus’ International Goat Research Center. Over the course of the past three months, Livestock Club members practiced grooming the animals and training them for proper poses and stances when being judged. One of the goats shown at the competition captured the Grand Champion title in the Junior Alpine division and Reserve Grand Champion in the Alpine Doe division. Participating students from the Livestock Club included:
Students from the Waller County Rainbow 4-H Club – which hold deep ties to the Cooperative Extension Program – showed their animals as well and had an outstanding turnout. Brothers Travis Denton of Waller High School and Jamari Jeffery of Schultz Middle School, both active members of the organization, each placed in their categories. Denton not only participated in the one of the nightly calf scramble events, but also placed fifth in his class when showing his Simmental calf.
The PVAMU College of Agriculture and Human Sciences booth in the show’s Exhibitor’s Hall drew many alumni, students, future students and admirers to learn more about the University and the great work taking place on campus. Throughout the show’s 21 day run, PVAMU faculty, staff, and students volunteered to showcase the university to the millions of people who attend each year. Because of activities like My Plate and Guess What’s on the Farm, attendees were enticed to learn about the university and the CAHS.
Participating in this event each year proves to be an amazing feat for not only the university, but the CAHS as well. Much of what the College contributes is highlighted to many people who, prior to attending this event, may not have had this knowledge. Learning about the Bill & Vara Daniel Farm, the various degree programs available, and the exciting work that the Cooperative Extension Program performs in counties across the state are all worth the university’s involvement. Planning and preparation for PVAMU’s involvement in next year’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has already begun and the CAHS looks forward to continuing this annual tradition.