ABOVE: Mount Dora High School student Rylee Grazulis and her 1111 pound steer.
Small businesses aren’t the only ones feeling the economic squeeze from the coronavirus. After the Lake County Fair was cancelled for public safety concerns, high school students from Mount Dora and Tavares were also left in a financial lurch. The cancellation left hardworking FFA and agriculture students scrabbling to find buyers for their market steers, pigs, layer hens and a meat goat.
As part of an annual educational project, the students work hard to raise the livestock, and also spend significant financial resources caring for them in preparation for the fair’s market auction. The event is typically the students’ only opportunity to recoup their sizable investments in the animals.
Now Mount Dora High School (MDHS) and Tavares High School (THS) students are hoping individuals, businesses and groups will consider buying the animals. People can also split the cost with others if they don't need all of the meat. To make the purchase even more convenient, the FFA clubs will provide transportation to the meat processor which will consult with the buyer to select their preferred cuts of meat. The purchaser pays for the processing.
MDHS students have five market steers, four market pigs, three sets of layer hens (3 chickens each) as well as one meat goat for sale. Tavares High School has seven students seeking private buyers for their market animals, which include two steers and five pigs (see below photos, descriptions and prices).
Anyone interested in more details and prices on the livestock available can contact: Mount Dora High School:firstname.lastname@example.org Tavares High School:HollandJ@lake.k12.fl.us
Some of the livestock animals available for purchase: