Jessalyn Meyer - Goat Raiser
Goat purchase for high school FFA program (James Madison High School)
Jessalyn was our first grant recipient recipient. A student of the FFA charter program at Madison High School with a desire to go into animal science, she spent her freshman year raising rabbits in preparation for raising goats the following three years. Her responsibilities, in addition to her regular school work, consisted of twice daily feedings, stall cleanings, and ensuring her goats were healthy and well-cared for with an end goal of showing and selling them at Junior Livestock shows around the state. Students in this special magnet program pay for the cost of their animals as well as feed, associated tools, and health care. Her senior year was her last chance to show off her skills and she hoped to raise two goats, but the costs of a second goat were out of reach.
With the help of the CM Advancement Foundation, she was able to purchase a second goat and won her division at the San Antonio Junior Livestock Show, and a high placement at Houston Junior Livestock show. She is now a sophomore animal science major at Texas A&M University with a dream of working with the wildlife at Walt Disney World in Florida.