The Orange High School FFA Chapter participated in the 2018 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on Nov. 27 in Raleigh.
This FFA (Future Farmers of America) event is sponsored by the NC Cattlemen's Association and the NC State Fair. Senior team members included Milosh Mcadoo, Kellie Finley, Brittany Bishop, and Morgan Ray. The junior team consisted of Sydney Thompson, Kylee Harris, and Carmen Trembly. These teams were lead by advisor Cole Watkins.
The senior team placed first in the state and will go on the compete in the national competition next fall. The junior team placed third in the region.
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 evaluation to a panel of judges.
Completing these activities successfully requires an understanding of both animal science and herd management skills.
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.