David City FFA places high at annual District Livestock Judging

Members start at their first sessions and judge the livestock showcased in front of them. Northeast allows FFA to occupy the arena every year.

Payton McMillin

David City FFA traveled to Northeast Community College for the District Livestock Judging Contest on Tues., Jan. 31 and came home triumphant, sending the senior team to State.

Five hundred FFA members from all around the state competed Tuesday at the annual Livestock Judging Contest. The day consisted of judging nine classes around the arena. Members judged all ranges of livestock, from market lambs, hogs, heifers, breeding heifers, steers, and ewes. Competitors also took a mandatory test that was a total of 50 points of their overall score.

Scoring was totaled by a variety of factors. Four animals were placed into the pen and contestants had to rate them in the order in which they believed would be the best and worst livestock to purchase. The competitors were asked a series of questions after certain stations along with reasons why they ranked the livestock as they did.  No talking was allowed throughout the entire day, including lunch and reasons.

Out of almost 500 members, DCHS FFA members placed as follows: junior Mason Helgoth 13th, sophomores Laurel Ockander 15th and Kirsten Bell 28th, junior Jake Seibert 37th, and senior Mikhayla Farmer 57th.

Aquinas students also participated and placed as follows: Michael Coufal 3rd, Hayden Schawang 10th, Allie Frasher 19th, Grant Romshek 19th, Miles Eggleston 30th, Kate Slama 31st, and Hannah Moravec 45th.

David City will be sending their senior team to State as they placed third overall, and the junior team took fith. State will take place Fri., Apr. 2 in Lincoln.