Pisgah FFA places 5th in state competition

Mar 26, 2014
Photo by: Donated PISGAH FFA — Pictured from left are Heidi Kelley, Caleb Henson, Jesse Henson, Natalie Trantham and Madison Mathis.

The Pisgah FFA chapter participated in the 2014 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on March 25, in Wake County.  The senior division team placed fifth in the state out of 68 total teams.  Team members include Natalie Trantham, Jesse Henson, Madison Mathis and Caleb Henson.  Henson placed third in the state individually.  In addition, PHS had a junior member, Heidi Kelley.  Their FFA advisors are Courtney Wade and Joshua Justice, with the team being coached by Wade.

At the state event, participants are scored based on how well they apply livestock evaluation skills learned in the classroom. Each team evaluates seven classes of animals including one class each of breeding cattle, market cattle, breed sheep, market sheep, breeding goats, market swine and breeding swine.  They must also defend the reasoning behind their evaluations to a panel of judges.  Participants in the senior division 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 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.

The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 20,015 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 259 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.

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