The UC Davis field day officially kicked off the judging season on March 4th and 5th. Seven Buhach Colony FFA CDE (Career Development Event) judging teams competed in the pouring rain and tretorous weather. Those competing included Livestock judging, Dairy Cattle judging, Best Informed Greenhand (BIG), Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview and Small Engines.
Competing on Friday was the Job Interview and Parliamentary Procedure teams. In the job interview contest, the competitors were required to complete a given job application in the allotted twenty minutes, have a resume and cover letter prepared and go through a mock interview for an agriculture related job they chose to apply for in front of a panel of judges. Kelsey Coane, Cheyenne Brown, Morgan Souza, Joslyn Campos and Abigail Douglas. This team did a great job and will be working on ways to still improve their skills before the next competition.
During that time the Parliamentary Procedure teams were across campus vigorously competitng for a spot in the final round. Those members of the Parli Pro team are required to debate and decide upon various motions brought forth by the team members following the protocol set by Roberts Rules of Order. THe team prepares by studying the proper ways in which to run a meeting accurately using the rules of parliamentary law. The Novice team placed 4th. The Novice team consists of Bailey Malone, Morgan Malone, Aaron Bettencourt, Heather Byus, Kyle Hoffart and Angelina Ybarra. The Advanced team held up against some extremely competitive teams and had an excellent performance but fell short of advancing to the final round. Both teams returned home with a desire to improve and took all the critiques they have received into consideration and will be ready for the next competition. Those competing on the Advance team include: Ross May, Tara Bettencourt, Jose Medina, Madison Murphy, Stephanie Stewart, Shannon Stalnaker.
Given Friday’s stellar performance, Saturday proved to be even better. To begin, the Small Engines team brought home the blue with a 1st place finish after trouble shooting a given engine with a problem, identifying commonly used parts and tools and taking a written exam. Alan Acasio, Brock Hightower and Cheng Vang make up the talented team and are looking forward to the Chico State Field Day, hoping for back to back wins! Over at the Farm, the Livestock and Dairy Cattle judging teams were busy judging various classes of live animals and preparing their oral reasons, in the pouring rain and strong winds, which they presented to different officials, hoping for a score as close to 50 as possible. In the end, each team had a fantastic day as the Dairy Cattle judging team consisting of: Camille Silvera, Austin Sherman, Caden Soares, Jonathan Pacheco, Mekenna Sherman and Maggie Homen received 3rd place. Maggie Homen was also the 1st high individual overall with Camille Silvera right behind her as 5th high individual. Also Dairy judging that day, a group of four team members including: Nichelle Lawler, Morgan Miguel, Alexis Machado and Logan McParland competed at the Western Classic Dairy Show and Contest in Hanford, and for a novice team, did an excellent job!
The five members of the Livestock judging team including Michaela Clark, Abigail Douglas, Brittany Perry, Madyson Paschall and Kilee Gillard ended up 7th high team, being 7th in the reasons sub contest, 10th in both sheep and hogs, 5th in beef and 6th in goats. Abigail Douglas had a top ten finish individually earning 7th place.
To round out the day the Best Informed Greenhand (BIG) team including Mason Reel, Amanda Williams and Gauge McMullen also competed and although they were just out of the top 10 performed extremely well. These members have been studying very diligently to learn all that they can about the FFA organization and all that it involves to prepare for the 200 question test that includes True/False, multiple choice, fill in the blanks and matching questions in the allotted time. We are definitely looking forward to the Chido Field Day March 12th and wish all of those working so hard to prepare a successful day!
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