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Midway ISD Ag Science Instructional Facility Contract



The Ag Science Instructional Facility (ASIF) is the property of Midway ISD and is for the convenience of a student who has no place to keep a FFA project animal while being a paid FFA member at Midway ISD. The use of these facilities is a privilege, not an entitlement. All equipment and facilities are under the direct control of the Ag Science Teachers and Midway ISD.  Before a student is allowed to place an animal in the facility, the rules and guidelines must be understood fully by the students and parents.  After these rules are fully explained, the students and parents will sign this contract and signify they understand and will abide by these rules.

For access to the ASIF, each student will be provided with a FOB to be used at the keyless entry gate.  FOBs are linked to the student electronically, will be checked out to students at the beginning of their species show-year, and will be returned at the end of their species show-year, typically by March 1st.  If a student loses a FOB, the replacement cost is $10 and should be reported to an Ag Science instructor.  FOBs are not to be shared with other students or with anyone not approved by a Midway ISD Ag Science Teacher.  Access to the ASIF is granted under the expectation that students and families are respectful to each other, to animals, and to the property.  Students are responsible for any activity that takes place at the ASIF under the access granted by their assigned FOB.

Ag Science teachers are available for consultation and guidance in feeding, care, and maintenance. All expenses are the responsibility of the student. Veterinary care is the responsibility of the student when applicable.The project is solely the students and therefore, the students responsibility to give appropriate care at all times.

 A written warning system will be implemented. If students and parents do not comply with the rules listed in this document, upon receiving their third written barn warning,the student will have to remove their animal within 24 hours.

Midway FFA members will be utilizing a point system that will shape duties, clinics, and their ability to show in future years.  

Supervised Agricultural Experience Project

For reference: SAEP examples include but are not limited to:

1)     1 show animal (i.e. 1 heifer, 1 lamb, 1 goat, 1 pig, 1 pen of rabbits, 1 pen of broilers)

2)     Breeding project

3)     Garden

Any SAEP requiring additional pen space (if available) will require extra fees.



  1. The Ag Science Teachers have the ability to override this contract at any time and have the authority to remove a student and/or parent from the barn immediately.
  2. All rules within the Midway ISD Handbook are enforced at all times.
  3. Any student that is placed in an Alternative Education Program will remove their animal from the premise.   Removal from the facility will be the responsibility of the owner and will begin upon their AEP start date or the date they receive their second strike via the Extracurricular Discipline Management Plan (EDMP).     
  4. Facility fees must be paid at issuance of FOB or May 1 for yearlong projects, like cattle.  Cattle fees are $100/pen and sheep/goats/pigs are $50/pen.  
  5. Any issues requiring police, emergency services, or animal control must be handled by an Ag Science teacher. Parents and students are not permitted to contact these entities.
  6. An assigned cleaning schedule will be posted in the barn and on the Midway FFA website. It is the students’ responsibility to fulfill their designated duties on their assigned days in accordance with the Midway FFA points system.
  7.  Only students that are paid Midway FFA members will be allowed to keep their animals in the Ag Facility.  Due to limited space, priority will be granted to Midway FFA members enrolled in an Ag Science course in grades 8-12. Based on availability, pens will then be granted to 7th grade Ag Science students and then to Jr FFA members. Jr. FFA preference will be granted to those individuals that exhibited an animal previously and had an impeccable record.  One pen will be granted per exhibitor (within species) per space availability.  Additional animals added to a pen must seek approval from an Ag Science teacher (AST).
  8. All students with an animal at the Ag Science Instructional Facility are responsible for all guests’ actions; including the parents of the student.
  9. No animal will be allowed in the Ag Science Instructional Facility until this contract between the student, parents, and the Ag Science teacher has been signed.
  10. In order to move an animal into the Midway ISD Ag Science Instructional Facility, an Ag Science teacher must first be contacted and approval received.  Any animals that have not been approved may be removed at the discretion of the Ag Science teacher.
  11. All students will be assigned a stall/pen by the Ag Science teachers.  Once an animal has been assigned a stall, the animal must remain in that stall except when the animal is being cared for or being exercised.  When outside the pen or corral animals will be under control at all times. (example: cattle, sheep, etc. must have halters on) 
  12. Stalls/facilities may not be changed or modified without the approval of the Ag. Science Teacher.  All equipment or other items must be approved before they are placed in the Ag Science Instructional Facility.  All structures built in the barn must be approved be the Ag. Science Teachers and MISD Administration if necessary.  All structures must be freestanding within the students stall.  (Items not needing approval within a stall are as follows:  feed trough, water trough, hay trough, mineral blocks)
  13. Any damage done to fences, water lines, or any property in the facility will be repaired at the expense of the person or persons responsible.
  14. All animal diseases and/or health issues will be reported immediately to an Ag Science teacher.  These issues can often become endemic and cause widespread problems. 
  15. Animals leaving the Ag Science Instructional Facility for shows and exhibitions must be disinfected and cleaned before their placement back into their pens.  Preventative disease measures are required to maintain a healthy environment.
  16. Stalls will be cleaned daily with waste disposed of properly.  Disposal of waste should be done in the pasture in the designated areas. All mounds should be leveled. 
  17. Students are expected to clean areas around pens, barrels, boxes, aisles, trim chutes, tables and scales after each use.
  18. Animals must be fed at appropriate intervals approved by the species specific Ag Science teacher. Inappropriate feedings will be determined by the Ag teacher and deemed to be cruelty to animals. 
  19. No alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, tobacco, and firearms are allowed at the Ag Science Instructional Facility.  This rule will be enforced for parents and students.  No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be allowed at the Ag Science Instructional Facility.  
  20. Students and parents will not abuse animals in any manner at the Ag Science Instructional Facility or any place relative to FFA presentation.  Abuse will be determined by the Ag Science teachers and will result in the immediate removal of that student’s animal from the Ag Science Instructional Facility.
  21. All motor vehicles are to be kept on the road and parking areas.  Any student or parent who violates responsible driving habits will not be allowed to drive to the Ag Science Instructional Facility.  Special approved situations are permitted. 
  22. No abuse of equipment or facilities will be tolerated.  Trailer and cage usage is prohibited without approval from the Ag Science teacher.  Prior approval is mandated by the district and individuals will be permanently banned from usage of said equipment if approval is not sought. Any trailer usage must be accompanied by up to date insurance and driver’s license of the intended driver. All damages incurred are the responsibility of the borrowers.
  23. No one is allowed at the Ag Science Instructional Facility between hours of 10:00 pm and 5:30 am.  Special approval is required to be present between the said hours.    
  24. Parents are encouraged to accompany and help their children or to visit the Ag Science Instructional Facility.  Students come to the Ag Science Instructional Facility to work their animals, therefore students and parents should only be at the barn long enough to feed, water, exercise, and maintain their animal and pens.
  25. Students are not to enter the stalls of any other student’s animals, unless accompanied by the animal’s owner. Students are responsible for the animal/animals they own.  If there is a problem with another student’s animal, contact an Ag Science Teacher.
  26. No HORSEPLAY in the barn.  This includes ropes, fighting with show sticks, bike riding, etc.
  27. No dogs or other non-show animals will be permitted at the Ag facility without approval.  
  28. If an animal dies at the Ag Science Instructional Facility, the student is required to positively identify the cause of death.  This identification may require an autopsy.  The student with assistance from the Ag Science teacher is responsible for the cost and the proper disposal of the animal.
  29. All medication must be approved prior to administration.
  30. The Ag Science Instructional Facility is not a breeding facility, therefore no animals will be allowed to deliver (calve, farrow, kid) offspring inside the stalls of the Ag Science Instructional Facility. 
  31. The Ag Science Instructional Facility will not be a housing unit for animals that are not being shown.  All animals that have passed their project completion date for a specific event have 14 days to be removed from the facility.  This may be due to but not limited to grade issues, failure to enter, missing show, etc.  If animals are intended for a particular event and circumstances prevent that exhibition then the animal is past its completion date.
  32.  All swine will remain in the swine area or walking pens.  At no point are swine allowed to be in the cattle or sheep/goat areas. 
  33. Cattle are not allowed in swine, lamb, or goat areas.
  34. Only approved bedding will be permitted for all species.
  35. All electrical cords must be tightly secured to poles.
  36. No mature breeding age male animals of any species will be allowed in the Ag Science Instructional Facility (bulls, rams, billies, boars). No bull calves will be allowed over the weight of 750 pounds. No boar pigs will be allowed over the weight of 100 pounds. No rams or billies will be allowed over the weight of 75 pounds.
  37.  Storage assignments will be provided. Areas are to be clean. Feed stored in the barn,must be in enclosed containers and in assigned storage areas. All hay must be stored properly and inaccessible to other animals. Anything in violation will be confiscated.


Breeding Animals

  1. All breeding projects must be monitored by the species specific Ag Science Teacher. Ag Science teachers are consultants for your project; however, a veterinarian needs to be consulted for health issues.
  2. Breeding projects will not be permitted in the barn.
  3. Students will pay their share of the supplemental pasture feeding and care based on the number of head they have on the pasture.  These costs can include but are not limited to:  round bale hay, protein blocks and supplements, vitamin and mineral supplements, range cubes, pasture maintenance and improvement (weed control, fertilization, mowing, etc.) and health, vaccination products and supplies.
  4. Breeding projects will be removed upon graduation or as determined by the SAE plan predetermined end date.  Breeding projects must have a concise start and end date with appropriate records being kept through the AET system.
  5. All non-show breeding projects must have an accompanied record book representing their SAE.



Clipper Usage

  1. a $15 cash deposit and an additional $5 usage fee will be required to check out clippers for personal usage.
  2. Clippers will be signed out to an individual and must be returned by the same individual within 3 days of the checkout, otherwise the deposit is forfeited. 
  3. Any damage caused to any set of clippers signed to an individual will be fixed at the expense of the individual signed to.  Lost or stolen clippers must be replaced by the individual that signed them out at the same cost of the original clippers.
  4. Clippers must be returned in the same state they were checked out in.
  5. If your deposit is forfeited at any time, you must re-submit another deposit in order to check them out again. 
  6. All preset clip dates under the supervision of the Ag Science Teacher will not require the stated deposit. 
  7. Clippers can only be checked out at Midway High School from Krista Burch. Written requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. 
Please be aware that red trash cans are currently at the barn for trash purposes.  You are only to dump feed bags and normal trash into these.  Shavings, pen excrement, and swept crusher fine are all to be taken out to the pasture in the appropriate dumping area.  Trash will be picked up every Wednesday and all trash needs to be in the trash cans, not next to it. 
Please remember that all storage is in the green barn.  There is to be no boxes or storage for pigs, sheep, or goats within the aisles of the barn.  Approved shelving above the pens is suitable provided you seek approval from an Ag Science Teacher.  Remember that feed should be in a lockable sealed container to keep rodents out of feed stuff and prevent any theft. 


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