Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent 4 teams to compete in events at the Mount Gilead Spring Career Development Event (CDE)
Invitational. The 4 different contests were General Livestock Evaluation, Equine Management, Nature Interpretation, and Wildlife Management.
The General Livestock Competition is designed to help members recognize quality livestock animals and their traits. Participants place
several classes of animals according to their appearance, movement, and other characteristics. They may also need to consider records and data. The classes can be any specie of livestock animal including swine, cattle, and sheep. Members may be asked to evaluate classes based on their market qualities or based on the characteristics in regards to breeding. Competitors also determine which animals to keep and which should be sold in keep or cull classes. Another part of the contest is answering written questions about the classes. Each member is scored based on how well they answer the questions and how they did in the scoring part of the contest. A team’s score is a combination of the top four contestants. Teams must have at least four members.
The Equine Management CDE is designed to give participants the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about horses and their care. Members evaluate and rank horses based on their conformation, performance, breed characteristics, and other qualities. They may also be asked to identify various types of equipment, nutrients, and equine breeds. A team consists of about four members with the top three scores being used to determine a team’s score.
The Nature Interpretation event is designed to help stimulate an interest in nature interpretation and allow FFA members to demonstrate their knowledge of natural resources. Participants do so by taking a 10-question written general knowledge test and identifying various types of mammals, birds, and other wildlife. They also complete two practicum’s that could include any of the following: identifying animal calls and equipment, reading nature signs, determining water quality, and controlling problem plants and animals. The purpose of these activities is to give members the opportunity to show their understanding of the natural resource instructions they receive as part of the agriculture class curriculum.
The Wildlife Management Contest also involves identification activities and practicum that deal with the ability to recognize various signs of wildlife and determine proper procedures for management. It focuses more on the knowledge of wild animal species than Nature
The Livestock Team placed 9th out of over 50 teams. Members of the team were Maribeth Pozderac, Holly McClay, Jessica Small, Cassidy
Small, and Alexa Jones. Maribeth won 6th individually.
The Fredericktown Equine Management Team did very well, despite being without a third member. Hannah Vaughn placed 7th and Courtney Ballinger took 2nd out of over 200 individuals.
The members on the Nature Interpretation and Wildlife were Kendra Denton, Dalton Canter, Jake Sanders, Hailey Madrid, and Keila Simmons. They received 5th in Nature Interpretation and 8th in Wildlife Management. In the Nature event Kendra was 7th and Dalton took 19th out of 50 individuals. She also won 5th in the Wildlife Competition and Dalton placed 21st.
The Fredericktown FFA advisor is Mrs. Debra Burden.