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The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the 2018 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on November 27th, 2018 in Wake County. Pictured left to right: MacKenzie Morris, Kayla Norris, and Amelia Harris.

The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the 2018 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on November 27th, 2018 in Wake County, NC.  This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and the North Carolina State Fair.  Team members include: Amelia Harris, MacKenzie Morris, and Kayla Norris.  Most of the FFA livestock judging team members are also members of the Bladen County 4-H Livestock team.

At the FFA state level livestock evaluation event, participants are scored based on how well they apply livestock evaluation skills.  Each team member evaluates six classes of animals including one class each of breeding cattle, market cattle, breeding sheep, market sheep or lambs, market swine and breeding swine.  They must then defend the reasoning behind their evaluations to a panel of judges.  Participants also complete a written test as a part of the competition.  Completing these activities successfully requires a good understanding of both animal science and herd management skills.

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