by Emma Dauster
One of the competitions offered by FFA is dairy judging. Called “dairy cattle evaluation and management”, dairy judging focuses on helping students build skills in dairy cattle selection and herd management.
“Dairy judging is judging dairy cows based on qualities such as their udder and dairy strength in order to see which cows would do best in dairy production,” said Jane Holland, sophomore and member of the BHS FFA dairy judging team.
Recently, the BHS FFA dairy judging team, consisting of sophomores Jane Holland, Zoe Mihalas, and Shade Wilbanks, and junior Maggie Morris, placed first at the state competition for the third year in a row.
“Two weeks ago, we drove down to Statesville for our Dairy Evaluation State Competition,” said Wilbanks. “We ended up placing first in the state so we’ll travel to Indianapolis in October to compete at nationals which is really exciting. This is a huge accomplishment for us and I’m so proud of everyone!”
Participating in dairy judging and FFA is an excellent way for students to learn about various agricultural careers as well as build essential skills such as leadership and communication.
“Dairy judging and FFA in general are great because you learn a lot of different skills like how cows are judged in agriculture, public speaking, and time management,” said Wilbanks.
“You also get to travel to all the conventions and competitions with your agriculture teachers, which makes for trips you’ll never forget,” said Morris.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in agriculture or are just interested in seeing what FFA is about, visit the FFA website at https://www.ffa.org/home or reach out to Mrs. Rhymer or Mr. Harris to find out how you can join.
Congratulations on your win, ladies!