Buffalo Island Central Students win at NAILE

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Four Buffalo Island Central High School students recently placed in the North American International Livestock Exhibition (NAILE) with their entries. NAILE is the largest all breed purebred livestock exposition held.

Members of BIC livestock team placing in the NAILE are, from left: Blaire Wildy, Drake Brown, Griffin Varner and Connor Miller.

Students Blaire Wildy, Drake Brown, Griffin Varner and Conner Miller attended the event held in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 15-17.

Bruce Fires, BIC Ag/FFA adviser, leads the high school livestock team.

Blaire, a 10th grade student, won second place in showing of her market steer.

Drake, a senior, won fourth place showing a heifer.

Griffin, an 11th grade student, won second and fifth with his heifer.

Connor, a 10th grade student, placed fourth with his heifer.

Drake and Griffin have been with the livestock team at BIC for three years and are excited to see it grow. Connor and Blaire have been with the program for two years.

They are looking forward to the Dixie Nationals held in Jackson, Miss., in February.

They are also involved with the Arkansas Junior Cattleman's Association. Blair was recently elected as the AJCA president for next year. They attend AJCA shows throughout the year collecting points.

They all agree caring for their animals and going to the shows is time consuming and rewarding at the same time. The care of the animals is top priority with the young people. They take care of the animals before school and at night.

They are looking forward to the construction of a new barn for the livestock. The team recently got a new truck and trailer.

"When we get the new facility, more students will have the opportunity to take part in the livestock team," Drake said.

They expressed their appreciation to Mr. Fires, their families, their school administration, and the community for the support they receive.

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