Members of the Black River FFA chapter participated in multiple judging career development events March 17 at the Ashland FFA Invitational. Team members participated in the Horse Judging, General Livestock and Nature competitions.
The Nature Interpretation competition consists of a students’ capability to evaluate and/or determine techniques of leading nature and wildlife programs. Contestants will identify problem plant and animal species, including invasive and non-native species, and select those practices to best control the species based on the scenario provided. In addition, each student will complete a 50-question written exam. The team placed eighth overall. The team consisted of William Blicha (6th) and Trent Youngeberg (14th).
The Horse Judging competition consists of judging two halter classes, one performance, and a class of hay, identifying different types of tack and equipment, and taking a 50-question written test. Overall the horse team placed fifth out of 25 teams and 144 individuals. The team consisted of Chloee Howard (1st), Madison Bias (10th), Abigail Groesser (14th), and Melanie Grove (81st).
The General Livestock competition consists of members judging both breeding and market classes for sheep, goats, swine and beef cattle. Participants also answer conformation and production questions for each class in addition to completing a current market grid. The team consisted of Breanna Clifford (1st), Anna Shearer (14th), Jared Bradford (20th), Molly Cordonnier (23rd), Brianna Englehart (29th), Hope Diaz (34th), Callee Aviles (47th), Rebecca Stroud (63rd), and Cori Aviles (85th).
Congratulations to all team members!