On March 4, the Black River FFA attended the Marysville FFA Judging Invitational at Marysville High School. 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 consisted of Collin Burnett and John Bricker. Collin placed 22nd and John placed 26th out of a total of 106 individuals.
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 earned 2nd place out of 28 teams and 265 individuals. The team consisted of Madison Stuart (12th), Kelly Wilson (26th), Brianna Englehart (41th), Mya Kunsman (65th) and Sora Edwards (91th).
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 General Livestock team earned 35th place out of 75 teams and 619 individuals. Individually, team members consisted of, Eric Cordonnier (96th), Hannah Moskal (197th), Callee Aviles (214th) and Taylor Hendershot (284th). In addition, one Black River middle school student participated in the event: Shacoy Steele (614th) (70th). Congratulations to all team members!