The Zephyr High School Ag. Mechanics team brought home a blue ribbon at the with their built from scratch trailer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The ZHS Ag. Mechanic team took top honors at one of the largest agriculture shows in America, with a project began in January and recently had it approved for road travel.
“They had to draw plans for it and do it step-by-step,” Zephyr Ag. Teacher Michael Hunter said. “The only thing we ordered was a kit for the axels and tires, everything else was them. They had to take it to Abilene to be inspected at the police department and get a serial number.”
Work on the trailer could not begin until January, with agriculture students shearing their animals for the upcoming county livestock show, but once the team got started Hunter said students J.P. Gowan, Jerren Morris, Robert Clark, Michael Seider and Kayson King spent every available moment working on the project.
“We set up in here to shear for our county show. We setup pins in here to shear lambs and goats before county,” Hunter said. “As soon as county was over, we started on this. The thing was, as the kids started on it and they started seeing the progression that was made and they started becoming more interested. It was like they couldn’t wait to start working on it.”
He added the most crucial phase came in the beginning, during framing. If their measurements were less than a millimeters off, it would become exponentially worse due to the length of the trailer.
“It was pretty rough. Getting it all squared up takes time when the metal is so long. it takes a lot of time and effort just to get it square,” Gowan said.
From there, the team meticulously worked on the trailer: cutting metal, welding supports, attaching the tire and axel kit and add the final touches with wiring the brake lights. Last week, the team showcased it in Houston, which earned it a blue ribbon in the 16-foot lowboy category.
“It’s pretty awesome seeing what we did and the time that was spent doing it and then the outcome of all of the hard work. It’s pretty nice to see how good it looks and how good we did at the show.”
Once the school year ends, the trailer will remain in the ag. Department department and will be used to haul metal and other goods for Ag. Mechanic projects. Seider said the next project would be a gooseneck trailer, which will support the 2019-2020 livestock program.
“A goose neck trailer, it’s going to be a half-top,” Seider said. “It would be useful for other things then just a regular flatbed. It will help them haul sheep from shows.”