The initial plan called for the students to raise 10 cows, but because beef prices have gone up, they have purchased only seven, Williamson said. Six are Angus Cross and one is a purebred Hereford.
The seven will work well for the project and should be ready for butchering in October or November. Soon after, students should see fresh beef in the cafeteria meals.
"It's better than the food we have now," Roach said.
Williamson hopes the project will impact and interest students and their families. He said a lot of area residents have a few acres of property and they mow it all summer long. A good alternative would be to fence off a portion of the yard to raise a few beef cattle, he said.
"It would be well worth it," Williamson said.