FFA Club News 1-11-10
Members of the Wiggins HS FFA Chapter were one of 43 teams participating in the 2009 National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE). The competition was held, during the 82nd National FFA Convention.
The local team received a Bronze Team award overall with each member recognized with individual awards. Alex Steinbach led the team with a Gold medal followed closely by Chance receiving a Silver medal. Cody earned a Bronze medal with his efforts.
The National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation CDE is a competitive activity that tests the student’s ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components include six classes of dairy cattle giving oral reasons on two classes, linear classification of five Holstein cows, a sire selection and dairy management exercise and placing of four dairy animal pedigrees. Each team competed at local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their home state at the national FFA convention.
These team members won the Colorado Dairy Cattle Evaluation contest last May at Colorado State University. They began training again in September to prepare for the National event which included more management activities than the State contest. Derek Veeman, Veeman Dairy in Wiggins, assisted Wiggins Ag-Ed Instructor, Rockie Ernst, in preparing the team.
The National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation CDE is sponsored by National FFA Foundation. It is one of 23 different national events that use the fun of competition to connect classroom learning and careers.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural educat ion programs. For more information please visit http://www.FFA.org.
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