Elmwood FFA found success in March PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:22
On March 5, six different Elmwood FFA contest teams traveled to the Fulton County Fairgrounds to compete in the District 1 Spring Judging contests.
Those teams that attended included General Livestock, Poultry, Meats, Agronomy, Wildlife Management, and Equine Management. There were 33 of the chapter's members involved as they were required to perform a variety of skills.
Five of these teams each placed in the top 10 overall including Poultry, Meats, Agronomy, Wildlife Management, and General Livestock. There were 25 total teams in the poultry event and Elmwood's first place team, including the top four individuals and five of the top eight. The team was led by Courtney Thomson who placed first individually within District 1. Samantha Laborie followed right behind in second, while Morgan Huff ranked third, with Chelsie Schmitz in fourth. She was followed by Kara Buchman in eighth. Poultry contestants evaluate live birds, grade eggs for exterior and interior quality, grade carcasses, complete a written test, identify parts, and assess processed parts.
Elmwood's Agronomy team also experienced success, by ranking fifth out of nine teams. They were led by Mitch Beaverson in fifth, Jon Shinew 11th, and Dimitri Davidson 16th. Other team members included: Treg Snoden 20th, and Lorne Strausbaugh in 24th. In the Agronomy event contestants identify seeds, weeds, plant diseases, and insects. In addition they complete a written test, use a soil survey, and discern information from the Ohio Agronomy Guide, and complete a team problem.
Another Elmwood team to compete was the meats team who battled with 17 other competing teams in their event. They placed fourth out of the teams present. Elmwood's top individual was Marisa Ayala in third. Next in line was Emily Schmitz in 11th, Veronica Walter in 24th, and Meagan Wise in 25th. Meats contestants identify retail and wholesale cuts of meat, take a written test, rank primal and retail classes, and solve problems involving slaughter.
The 37 competing horse teams ranked 3 classes of live animals, identified tack, feed ingredients, and breeds, completed a written test, and evaluated a class of hay samples. Elmwood's best individual was Rachael Grilliot in 46th. Next was Makayla Mohre 51st, Taylor Barndt 56th, Tricia Cassidy 65th, and Jessica Cline 92nd. The team ended up placing 14th.
Still another Elmwood team to compete was the chapter's general livestock team where they faced off against 63 other teams. The final results showed Elmwood in eighth in the district. During this event contestants evaluated nine different classes of livestock including hogs, cattle, goats, and sheep for both breeding and market purposes. The chapter's top contestant was Jack Hagemeyer in third. Other team members were Brittany George 72nd, Cassie Shaffer 93rd, Noah Smith 146th, Tori Hillard 262nd, Nick Stearns 330th, Harley Osborn 221st, and Madison Reinhard 332nd.
Elmwood's sixth team was Wildlife Management, which placed fifth among 36 other competing teams. The team was led by Tyler Morlock in second, Garrett Benschoter 28th, Dylan Benschoter 46th, Ryan Meek in 69th Also competing for Elmwood was Angelique Franks and Brandon Palmer. Wildlife Management contestants identify mammals, game birds, fish, equipment, and complete a practicum in addition to taking a written test.

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