Hotchkiss High School Future Farmers of America member Dalton Raley will be able to purchase a heifer for his beef breeding program after being awarded a $1,500 Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) grant from the Colorado Elks Association as part of the FFA Heifer Wrangle Program. Raley was awarded the grant during the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Kenney Burns, with the Colorado Elks Association, is Raley's sponsor.
The Wrangle program requires the FFA member to select, care for and show the animal at the Colorado State Fair. Raley must also correspond with Burns on a monthly basis until his heifer has calved, or for about a year and a half.
Raley was one of six FFA students to receive a grant for the Wrangle program. He was also one of 11 FFA members to receive a $750 SAE grant from Animal Health International of Greeley. The money will be used to assist Raley in his swine-breeding program. Raley plans to use the money to purchase a new herd sire and is looking for boars in Arizona and Illinois.
Raley is also required to write to his sponsor and blog with others on an FFA website.