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Midway ISD Ag Science Instructional Facility Contract



The purpose of the Ag Science Instructional Facility (ASIF) is to house SAE Projects for paid Midway FFA members and is the property of Midway ISD. Therefore, the ASIF is for the convenience of a Midway ISD student who has no place to keep a FFA project 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. Animals will not be allowed at the ASIF until this contract between the student, parents, and the Ag Science Teacher has been fully understood and signed, and facility usage fees paid.

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 student’s and, therefore, the student’s 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 (i.e. completing barn duty/cleaning schedule), upon receiving their third written ASIF 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.  



For access to the ASIF, each student will be provided with a FOB to be used at the keyless entry gate once this ASIF Contract is signed and facility usage fees are paid. 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 (or May 1st for year-long projects). If a student loses a FOB, the replacement cost is $10 and should be reported to an Ag Science Teacher immediately. If FOBs are not returned by the March 1st deadline, students will incur a $5 late fee (this excludes year-long projects provided facility usage fees are up-to-date). If facility fees for year-long projects are not paid within two weeks of the May 1st deadline, FOBs will be deactivated and animals may be removed from the facility by Ag Science Teachers.

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.




Facility usage fees will be paid in full/upfront before the animal/SAEP (Supervised Agriculture Experience Project) is moved in to the ASIF:

  • Broilers: $50/show set*
  • Swine: $10/head/month
  • Sheep/Goats: $10/head/month
  • Show Cattle: $15/head/month
  • Breeding Cattle Projects – pasture use only: first is $10/head/month (retired show heifers only) with each additional head at $5/head/month** (a maximum of 10 head to be kept in pasture at the ASIF)
  • Commercial Steer Projects – pasture use only: first is $10/head/month with each additional head at $5/head/month

A month is defined as 10 or more days.

*One show set of broilers is defined as a group of birds purchased for a specific show.

**One head is defined as one animal (If SAEP is a cow/calf pair on May 1st it is considered 2 head and will be charged separately).

The ASIF may be used for other SAEPs at the discretion of the Ag Science Teachers with a fee to be determined by Ag Science Teachers.



  1. All breeding projects (heifers only) will 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. After breeding projects are past their show-age, they 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, vaccination products, and other supplies.
  4. All non-show breeding projects (i.e. show heifer offspring) must have a record book representing their SAE.
  5. Breeding projects for seniors will be removed upon graduation. If animals are not removed within two weeks of the graduation date, FOBs will be deactivated and animals may be removed from the facility by Ag Science Teachers.






  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 Student Handbook are enforced at all times at the ASIF.
  3. Any student that is placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program must remove their animal from the premise. Removal from the facility will be the responsibility of the owner and will begin upon their DAEP start date or the date they receive their second strike via the Extracurricular Behavior Management Plan (EBMP).
  4. Any animals not covered by this ASIF Contract may be removed from the ASIF at the discretion of the Ag Science Teacher.
  5. Any non-life-threatening issues requiring police, emergency services, or animal control must be handled by an Ag Science Teacher. Parents and students are not to contact these entities without contacting an Ag Science Teacher first.
  6. An assigned cleaning/barn duty schedule will be posted in the barn and/or emailed to students and parents. It is the students’ responsibility to fulfill their designated duties on their assigned days.
  7. Only students that are paid Midway FFA members will be allowed to keep their animals in the ASIF. 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 have prior approval from an Ag Science Teacher.
  8. All students with an animal at the ASIF are responsible for all guests’ actions, including the parents of the student.
  9. 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).
  10. Animals will not be moved from their assigned pen into other pens without the approval of an Ag Science Teacher.
  11. 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 at the ASIF. All structures built in the barn must be approved be the Ag Science Teachers and MISD Administration, if necessary. Structures must be freestanding within the students stall. (Items not needing approval within a stall include:  feed trough, water trough, hay trough, mineral blocks).
  12. 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.
  13. 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. If the animal is not treated properly (to the Ag Science Teacher’s discretion) the animal may be removed from the facility.  
  14. Animals leaving the ASIF for shows and exhibitions must be disinfected (with approved disinfectant) and cleaned before placement back into their pens. Preventative disease measures are required to maintain a healthy environment.
  15. Buckets will be assigned to sheep, goat, and swine exhibitors/stalls and should be utilized for waste disposal. 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. *Wheelbarrows should only be utilized by cattle exhibitors (daily) and swine exhibitors (only when cleaning/removing all shavings from pen) *Replacement/lost buckets will incur a $10 fee.
  16. Students are expected to clean areas around pens, barrels, boxes, aisles, trim chutes, tables and scales after each use.
  17. Animals must be fed at appropriate intervals approved by the species specific Ag Science Teacher. Inappropriate feedings will be determined by the Ag Science Teacher and deemed to be cruelty to animals. 
  18. No alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, tobacco, and firearms are allowed at the ASIF. This rule will be enforced for parents and students. No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be allowed at the ASIF.  
  19. Students and parents will not abuse animals in any manner at the ASIF 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 ASIF.
  20. All motor vehicles are to be kept on the road and parking areas. Any student or parent who violates responsible driving and/or parking habits will not be allowed to drive to the ASIF. Special approved situations are permitted such as during livestock show parking. *Speed limit is 15mph*
  21. Midway ISD 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 Midway ISD trailer usage must be accompanied by a signed trailer usage contract, up-to-date insurance, and driver’s license of the intended driver. Written request must be granted prior to use of the cage. Trailer and cage must be returned promptly (next school day after use) and no modifications will be made to either. All damages incurred are the responsibility of the borrowers.
  22. The ASIF is closed to all students/parents/guests between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am. Special approval from an Ag Science Teacher is required to be present between posted hours.    
  23. Parents are encouraged to accompany and help their children or to visit the ASIF. Students come to the ASIF 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. (No loitering, please.)
  24. 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.
  25. HORSEPLAY is strictly prohibited at the ASIF. This includes playing with ropes, fighting with show sticks, bike riding, climbing on structures, etc.
  26. Dogs and other non-show animals are strictly prohibited at the ASIF without approval.  
  27. If an animal dies at the ASIF, the student, with Ag Teacher assistance, is required to positively identify the cause of death. This identification may require an autopsy, in which case the student is responsible for the cost of the autopsy.
  28. All medication must be approved prior to administration by an Ag Science Teacher and/or veterinarian (if approved by vet, Ag Science Teacher must be notified).
  29. 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 a show, missing a show, etc.  If animals are intended for a particular event and circumstances prevent that exhibition, then the animal is past its completion date. All market projects shown at the McLennan County Junior Livestock Show will not be allowed to return to the ASIF (unless entered in a major livestock show).
  30. All swine will remain in the swine area or walking pens. Swine are not allowed to be in the cattle or sheep/goat areas at any time. 
  31. Only Ag Science Teacher approved bedding will be permitted for all species.
  32. All electrical cords must be tightly secured to poles.
  33. Mature breeding-age male animals of any species will not be allowed in the ASIF (bulls, rams, billies, boars). Bull calves over the age of 6 months will not be allowed. Boar pigs over the weight of 50 pounds will not be allowed. Rams or billies/bucks over the weight of 75 pounds will not be allowed. Animals must be castrated for market projects or removed from the ASIF.



Red trash cans are for trash purposes ONLY. Feed, shavings, feces, etc. SHOULD NOT be dumped into trash cans. 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 on scheduled dates and all trash needs to be placed in the trash cans, not next to them.






The tan storage barn is to be used for all storage (except cattle – green barn). There will be no boxes or storage for pigs, sheep, or goats within the aisles of the main barn. Approved shelving above the pens is suitable provided students seek approval from an Ag Science Teacher. Feed and supplies should be kept in assigned storage areas enclosed in sealed and LOCKED containers to prevent rodents and theft.




Clipper Usage

  1. Clippers can only be checked out at the ASIF from Shawn Rejcek. Written/email requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  2. a $20 cash deposit and an additional $5 usage fee will be required to check out clippers for personal usage.
  3. 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. (If a deposit is forfeited at any time, students must re-submit another deposit in order to check out clippers again.)
  4. Any damage caused to any set of clippers signed to an individual will be fixed at the expense of the individual they were assigned to.  Lost or stolen clippers must be replaced by the individual that signed them out at the same cost of the original clippers.
  5. All preset clip dates under the supervision of the Ag Science Teacher will not require the stated deposit.


Barn Rules 2018-2019 Krista Burch 5/24/2018 28 KB



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