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Minister of Agriculture puts a smile back on 9-year-old cowboy by replacing stolen animal

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021. 10:54 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Minister of Agriculture, Jose Abelardo Mai, this morning handed over a calf to a budding cowboy, 9-year-old Braden Gillet. Braden was raising a calf at his home in Blackman Eddy village, Cayo, cutting grass, feeding, and caring for the animal for almost a year when his animal was stolen by cattle thieves.

The 9-year-old boy was devastated. That is when the Minister of Agriculture stepped in and decided to help out Braden. The Mennonite community in Shipyard immediately agreed to donate the young animal so that Braden would be happy again.

During a brief handing over ceremony held this morning, Minister Mai encouraged Braden to continue to pursue his dream of wanting to be a cowboy.

“Do not let the bad people and thieves in society discourage you,” Minister Mai advised, and “aim not only to be a cowboy but to be a successful cattle farmer, creating employment and contributing to the development of our country.”


In receiving the young animal, Braden said that from he was 5 years of age, his dream is to be a cowboy.

“My mom and dad, as well as my grandparents saw this in me and they purchased my cowboy boots, cowboy belt, cowboy clothes and my rope. However, some selfish person stole the only calf I had on February 3rd this year. When they stole my calf, it hurt me so bad that I cried almost every day, and they almost took away my dream,” the young boy lamented.

But Braden ended on a very positive note thanking the Minister and the Shipyard Mennonites saying “today I am the happiest person in Belize. Minister Mai, I am so thankful to you, you have put a smile back on my face”.

The brief handing over ceremony took place at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Center in Blackman Eddy village.


Present at the ceremonies were the Chairman of Blackman Eddy village, Kano Green, other members of the Blackman Eddy village council and other residents from the area.


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