Written by Allison Phelps
The Winnfield FFA Livestock and Poultry teams competed in the State FFA Career Development Events. The competitions were held virtually due to COVID-19 on September 18, 2020 and September 25, 2020.
The Livestock Judging Career Development Event provides aspiring, young agricultural education students with the opportunity to make accurate observations on livestock, determine the desirable traits in animals, make logical decisions based on their observations, and discuss and defend those decisions. Participants place classes of breeding and market beef, sheep, and swine. They then give oral reasons to the judges as to why they placed each class as they did. Blue (senior) Team members include Emma Vines, Jacob Womack, and Madison Green. This team achieved 3rd in Area 2.
The Poultry Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ abilities to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing. Event participants must evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, give oral reasons, evaluate quality of eggs and evaluate and identify parts and products. Blue (senior) team members include Lauren Poole, Annie Heard, Bailee Williams, and Anna Little. They finished the day as Area II and State Champions. Typically, this team would represent our state at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, Indiana. Due to the National Convention being virtual this year, they will not travel. They will be eligible to compete again next spring. Gold (junior) team members include Joy So, Jaci Mixon, and Allison Phelps, who achieved 3rd in Area 2. Among these, we had Anna Little tie for high individual, and had 4 members in the top 10 individually.
FFA is a national organization containing over 700,000 members practicing leadership and preparing for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. In the Winnfield FFA Chapter alone, we have 165 members. The FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. 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.
Steve Vines, Peyton Arthur, and Ryan Riley are the Winnfield Senior High School FFA advisors.