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November 12, 2012

Blinn hosts longhorn-breeding clinic

STLA comes to College’s Brenham campus for tips

LonghornsThe South Texas Longhorn Association (STLA) held a breed characteristics and judging clinic Saturday at Blinn College’s W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex.

Agricultural Sciences Division Chair Doug Pierce and Instructor/Livestock Judging Team Coach Brandon Callis spoke to the association about structural correctness in cattle and beef cattle selection.

The STLA has been recognized as the oldest affiliate of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America. For demonstration purposes, more than 20 longhorns were brought on campus. More than 60 ranchers attended the event.

The $3 million, 20,200-square-foot Rankin Agricultural Complex held its ribbon-cutting in March, and houses classrooms, laboratories, offices, an ag shop and a livestock pavilion.

Blinn’s Division of Agriculture and Applied Technology is one of the fastest growing and largest divisions at the College, with almost 800 students currently enrolled — roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the Rankin Complex serving as the program’s hub. The new complex is more than three times larger than the previous ag center.