State FFA President Stephen Tyner (left) congratulates Saluda FFA Dairy Team members Andrew Forrest,
Rhonda Bryan, Lisa Stone and Caitlan Bell as Advisor Amanda Nichols looks on.
SALUDA FFA DAIRY JUDGING TEAM HEADED TO NATIONAL FINALS
COLUMBIA, SC…The Saluda High School FFA Dairy Judging Team took first place honors in the FFA event held in conjunction with the Spring Dairy Show at Clemson University recently, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA organization.
Team members Lisa Stone, Andrew Forrest, Rhonda Bryan and Caitlan Bell along with their coach, Amanda Nichols, Agricultural Education teacher at Saluda High School, were awarded expense-paid trips to compete in the Dairy Evaluation Finals at the National FFA Convention scheduled in Indianapolis, Indiana, this fall. Lisa Stone was the high individual scorer in the state competition.
The students evaluated five classes of cattle including Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey, and Guernsey breeds. They were required to give oral reasons to defend their placing of animals in two classes and take a 50 question dairy industry knowledge quiz. They also evaluated heifer and bull pedigrees as a team effort.
The FFA Dairy Judging competition is co-sponsored by the SC FFA Association and Clemson University’s Spring Dairy Exposition.
The mission of the FFA 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.
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