Two Redwood Valley FFA career development event (CDE) teams are going to be competing at the state FFA convention next week.
The convention, which is April 28-30 in St. Paul, allows FFA members from throughout the state the opportunity to gather with others who have a similar interest to see how much they know in those areas of interest.
The general livestock team, which includes Scott Dingels, Jonah Garnhardt, Ann Gransee and Maranda Cable, placed fourth at the region contest, which was held April 22 in Brookings, S.D. Individually, Dingels placed second in the region, with Gransee placing 11th, Garnhardt placing 20th and Cable placing 35th.
The general livestock team had a bit of a challenging time getting to its contest, as it had to be rescheduled twice due to winter weather before it was held Monday (during another storm).
During a general livestock contest competitors judge live animals in different species, such as sheep, beef, swine and goats. There were seven classes of animals judged at the region contest, with those competing also presenting two sets of what are known as oral reasons.
Oral reasons give contestants a chance to explain why they placed a certain class of animals the way they did.
Each class has a time limit in which each contestant is able to judge and place them.
Dingels surmised there are going to be more classes to judge with additional rounds of reasons included at the state contest.
The small animal team, which includes Amber Palm-er, Kendra Serbus, Cheynne Schwint, Caroline McCallum and Maggie Estum, placed seventh at the regional contest which was held in January in Willmar.
During a small animal contest, those who compete are judged based on what they know about a variety of animals from dogs and cats to birds and tropical fish.
In addition to identifying specific animals, the contest also includes what are known as practicums, which challenge contestants to know everything from proper nutrition to running a budget to raise an animal. The idea is to put the students in real-life situations to see how they would respond to them.
They also have their anatomy knowledge tested.
“We do this because we like animals,” said Serbus.
Both teams are scheduled to compete in their respective contests this coming Monday.
The two teams have also been practicing and researching various topics within their contest to help prepare themselves for the state contest.
They all know the level of competition is going to be much higher than what they have already experienced at the regional level. The general livestock team has been learning on its own, with the small animal team being coached by Redwood Valley FFA advisor Lisa Sackreiter.
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