Chelan FFA members traveled to Spokane to compete in the Washington State FFA Livestock Career Development Event (CDE) and the last Meats Evaluation CDE before State next week. Eleven members made the trip and competed well at the events held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in conjunction with the Spokane Junior Livestock Show.
The Livestock CDE Team of Stephanie Olivera, Jessie Oules, Owen Oules, Aislinn Davis, Kenny Reeves and Ashley Sams had to complete a wide variety of the assessments on their way to an eighth place plaque and a trip on stage at State Convention next week.
They had to complete a 25 question objective test on the livestock industry, then complete a team activity on Genetics. Using Bull performance data and estimated progeny differences (EPDs) analysis, they had to select bulls for different operational scenarios around the state. The team activity also included a video marketing scenario in which they’re given a number of lots of calves from a recent video auction catalog. Based on a scenario and location, they have to select the best lot of calves based on transportation cost, calf breeding, size of loads, backgrounding, and vaccination history.
The final part of the team activity was to choose which four ewes out of eight to keep and which four to cull based on live evaluation and performance data. Each individual evaluated two classes of beef, two classes of swine, two classes of sheep, and one class of meat goats. After the placing classes were complete, individuals gave a set of oral reasons on beef replacement heifers, market hogs, and market lambs.
“When it was all said and done, they had judged and talked their way on stage with an Eighth Place finish for the second year in a row,” FFA Advisor Rod Cool stated.
The meats team finished their last warm up of the year with a ninth place finish. The team of Obed Diaz, Max Nims, Richard Heimark, Henry Armstrong, and Carlos Vargas did well identifying meat cuts, quality and yield grading, placing retail and primal cuts, and completing a ground meat formulation problem. This young team has been working to prepare for a run at State FFA Meats CDE in Pullman at the 87th Washington State Convention.
(Submitted by Rod Cool)