TROUTMAN — Forbush FFA participated in the 2017 North Carolina FFA State Dairy Evaluation Career Development Event on April 8 in Iredell County. Junior team members included Natalie Doub, Taylor Hauser, Kaleb Matthews and Kailtin Post. Senior team members included Haley Flippin, Alexis Lawson and Sarah Mullis. The junior team placed 11th in the state; as well as, second in the Northwest Region. Their advisor and coach is Daphne Jensen.
At the state event, participants are scored based on how well they apply dairy cattle evaluation skills learned in the classroom. Each team evaluates eight classes of dairy cattle and defends the reasoning behind their evaluations to an individual judge. 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.
The top three teams and high scoring individual in the junior division 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 Dairy Youth Foundation sponsors the North Carolina FFA Association Dairy Evaluation Career Development Event.
The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 19,744 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 263 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 agriculture education. Visit www.ncffa.org for more information.