FFA sheep wind up with Forest Grove High students after district decides to sell its Columbias to help handle budget woes

Morgan Oviedo didn't think she'd get a chance to show a sheep at the Oregon State Fair when the Forest Grove School District decided to sell off its flock of Columbias to save money on maintenance this summer.

But last Friday, Morgan, who will be a sophomore at Forest Grove High in the fall, picked up eight sheep she bought for $50 a head from the district (top) and hauled them away in a trailer with the help of Bob Vandehey (below). Since then, the sheep have been living on Joan Vandehey's farm in Banks.

'Morgan's been out there every day for hours,' Vandehey said, 'playing with her sheep.'

This Friday, Morgan will take three sheep to the Oregon State Fair to compete against adults in the big show.

That's a trip the school's FFA club couldn't go to after the district cut the sheep program and laid off Charlie Vandehey, the longtime FFA advisor, as part of reductions across the district in order to shore up a $7.5 million budget shortfall for 2011-12.

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