Altha FFA attended the State Poultry Judging Finals in Gainesville on April 12. This is the first time that any of these students have competed in a contest of this nature.
They had to judge 2 classes of live chickens, grade the interior and exterior of eggs, grade chicken carcasses, identify chicken parts, as well as take an exam covering the poultry industry.
Altha Middle School FFA Poultry Career Development Event team placed third overall, out of 31 teams! Max Scott placed fourth high overall in the contest. Team members included Max Scott, Graham Bruner, Carlee Barfield, Braeden Raper and Sydney Strickland.
The high school team, consisting of Will Lewis, Victoria Fields and Melody Holt, also did well at the State contest, placing in the top 50%. They compete in the same areas as the middle school. However, they must give reasons for their placings. Giving reasons not only requires knowledge of poultry, it also requires the students to memorize and be able to speak in front of a set of judges-all within 30 minutes.
This event helps students obtain skills that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives.
Advisors are Tyler Stoutamire and Erin Stoutamire Walker. Great job, Altha FFA!