The 2013 North Carolina FFA State Dairy Evaluation Career Development Event was held on October 9th-10th, in Rowan County, North Carolina. The Mountain Heritage Senior Dairy Evaluation team placed 3rd out of 57 teams in the state. Team members were Allie Gordon, Blake Elkins, Nicaela Branton, and Brittany Thomason.
At the state event, participants are scored based on how well they apply dairy cattle evaluation skills learned in the classroom. Each team evaluates six classes of dairy cattle and defends the reasoning behind their evaluations to a panel of judges. Participants also complete a written test and work collaboratively to select appropriate herd composition. Completing these activities successfully requires a good understanding of both animal science and herd management skills.
“These students are well deserving of this accomplishment. They have put in a lot of really hard work and determination, staying every-day after school, practicing and studying for the last month and a half. We beat a lot of teams from schools that have middle school FFA programs and 4-H Dairy Judging clubs that feed their high school FFA program. For us, currently all experience in contests like these is solely gained from students’ participation in the high school FFA program and what they learn in the classroom. These FFA members certainly deserve to finish as well as they did!” said Chapter Advisor, Olivia Watson.
Additionally, in the Junior event, first time judgers, Tia Davis and Sara Johnson finished 43rd out of 48 teams and 9th in the Western Region. “I am very proud of these young ladies as they performed exceptionally well in their first FFA Contest. Although they were at a disadvantage not placing higher with only having 2 members on their team instead of 3, the skills they gained from this event will benefit them in the future” added Watson.
Congratulations to these young people for their success and positively representing Mountain Heritage High School and FFA.