FFA Chapter Participates in State FFA Livestock Evaluation Event
Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on December 1, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and the Wilkes Community College Animal Science Department. Senior Team members included Ava Reese Branch, Braylon Hannon, Joe Frank Seal, and Scotland Rawley. Junior Team members were Jazmin Jeronimo de la Cruz, Miles Payne, and Cheyenne Rippey. Their FFA Advisor is Sarah Johnson.
At the state event, participants are scored based on how well they apply livestock evaluation skills learned in the classroom. Each team evaluates eight classes of animals including classes of breeding cattle, market cattle, breeding sheep, market lambs, market swine, breeding swine, and breeding goats. They must also defend the reasoning behind their evaluations to a panel of judges. Participants also complete a written test and work collaboratively in a team keep/cull activity. Completing these activities successfully requires a good understanding of both animal science and herd management skills.
The highest-scoring team in the state event is eligible to compete in the National FFA event at the National FFA Convention in October 2023. The top three teams and high scoring individual will be recognized during North Carolina FFA State Convention in Raleigh on June 27-29, 2023.
North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 32, 597 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture with 355 local chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ncffa.org for more information.