These are the kind of animals that take blue ribbons at the Stock Show. Even with a lot of hard work, young FFA students know if they’re going to have a chance in the ring, they need to start with an animal that has the qualities for which the judges are looking. These animals don’t just come in from the pasture. They are carefully handpicked. Students raise and show steers and heifers in FFA competitions around Texas, gaining professional skills and competing for college scholarships.