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NERSBA FFA Chapter Participates in State FFA Livestock Evaluation Event

The Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience FFA Chapter participated in the 2018 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Junior Division Career Development Event on November 27, 2018 in Wake County, North Carolina.  This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Cattleman’s Association and the North Carolina State Fair.  Team members included:  Conner Mills, Courtney Brown, Noah Johnson and Zachary Watford.  Their FFA Advisor is Mrs. Julia Coltrain.

The NERSBA Chapter placed 5th in the state out of 68 teams in the Junior Division.  Conner Mills was the highest scoring individual for the Junior Division.  He placed 1st out of 218 junior competitors and will be recognized at the 91st State FFA Convention in June 2019.

At the state event, participants are scored based on how well they apply livestock evaluation skills and 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 evaluations to a panel of judges.  Completing these activities successfully requires a good understanding of both animal science and herd management skills.

This division encourages younger FFA Members in grades 6-10 to compete against their peers while learning more about the senior division event.  The top three teams and high scoring individual will be recognized during the 91st State FFA Convention in Raleigh on June 18-20, 2019.

This event is one of 43 different career development events offered to North Carolina FFA members on the state level.  The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 19,700 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 342 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 agricultural education.  Visit www.ncffa.og for more information.