Urbana FFA members took part in the state Career Development Events on March 26.

The Milk Quality and Products, Equine and General Livestock teams competed in this event. These competitions promote leadership and life skills for the students involved. All students take part in practices before the contests to learn the skills they will need for the competitions. Teams are given an accumulative score on the four highest ratings.

The Milk Quality and Products team must determine the following: milk defects and their scores, if a product is dairy or non-dairy and the product’s fat content, somatic cell count of a bulk tank sample by using the California Mastitis Test and the types of cheese and their characteristics. Participants also take a test at the beginning of the contest. The team placed 3rd in the state, breaking the pattern of just in the top 10. The team consisted of Marah Kerns, Kendra Baccus, Mason Farmer and Paige Campbell.

The General Livestock students judge two classes of beef, swine, goats and sheep based on market and breeding characteristics. They also have a test, a female selection class, and a market grid which must be completed. The team placed 37th and consisted of Jonathan Hildebrand, Nathan Deere, Samuel Wilhelm, Bryce Stambaugh, Meegan McClorey and Ollie Richards.

Congratulations, good efforts and amazing job to all participants.

Marah Kerns, Urbana FFA Reporter