Pisgah FFA places 11th at state competition

Feb 14, 2017
Photo by: Donated Pictured is the Pisgah FFA Livestock Judging Teams, from left are Caleb Henson, Gracee Autry, Erica Ohliger, Rhiannon Goodwin, Tayler Crowe and Roy Rogers.

RALEIGH — The Pisgah High School FFA participated in the 2016 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on Nov.29, 2016, in Wake County.

The Senior Division Team placed 11th in the state; team members were Rhiannon Goodwin, Caleb Henson, Erica Ohliger and Roy Rogers.  The Junior Divison team members were Gracee Autry and Tayler Crowe.

At the state event, participants are scored based on how well they apply livestock evaluation skills learned in the classroom.

Each team evaluates six classes of animals including one class each of breeding cattle, market cattle, breeding sheep, market sheep or lambs, market swine and breeding swine. 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.

This year, Caleb Henson, a senior at Pisgah, and a member of the Senior Division team, placed first in the state out of 288 total participants. The top three teams and the high scoring individual will be recognized during the 89th North Carolina FFA State Convention in Raleigh on June 20-22.

This event is one of 43 different career development events offered to North Carolina FFA members on the state level.  The North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association sponsors the state Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event.