OFI 328: How To Pay For College Fitting Sheep | FFA SAE Edition | Mason Roberts | Kuna High School FFA



I’ll tell you what I love about doing this show, it is the opportunities.  I don’t mean the opportunities for me.  I mean the opportunities for all of us!

Our guest today demonstrates this very well.  Mason Roberts has been involved with livestock, the 4H and FFA for many, many years.  During that time he has developed a number of skills and abilities that he must have to compete successfully in the show ring. This is just like the rest of us developing the skills we need to farm successfully.

Mason needs to make money as he is preparing to start college at the University Of Idaho.  To do this, he has been using some of these skills, namely clipping sheep.  This is a highly seasonal business, but when it is fair and show time, Mason is all over it.

Mason tries to clip about 200 sheep per season if he can.  That keeps him really busy.  Through his contacts in agriculture, 4H and FFA he lines up folks who need their sheep fitted for fair and gets them in.  People bring sheep to his parent’s farm and he clips away.

This business is just one stream of revenue for Mason, but it is based on a skill he has and he takes full advantage of this when the time is right!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Livestock Production, Education and Leadership

HIGH SCHOOL: Kuna High School, Kuna, Idaho

MASCOT: Kavemen

FFA ADVISOR: Joe Blackstock


Click on the picture below to be taken to the Kuna High School Ag. Department’s website:

Kuna High School

Mason’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: jblackstock@kunaschools.org

Kuna High School Telephone Number: 208.955.0200


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  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

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