The Sleepy Eye FFA took part in the Career Development Event (CDE) competition at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with many new team members competing on the teams capturing impressive finishes.
The poultry teams were successful as they earned third and fifth place out of 49 teams. Members of the third place team included Justin Kotten (fifth place individual), Brandon Roiger (11th), Jamie Fischer (13th) and Matt Miller. The fifth place team included Sarah Rossbach (18th), Jacob Rossbach (20th), Kolten Nienhaus and Jeni Kotten.
Everyone on both poultry teams received a gold rating. Poultry judging involves grading interior and exterior eggs, live chickens, turkey and chicken carcasses, chicken parts and taking a knowledge test.
The soils judging team earned eighth place out of 36 teams. The Sleepy Eye team was led by Danny Fischer, who was the second place overall individual in the competition. Other members of the soils team included Austin Fischer, Hunter Rose, Matt Miller and Austin Trebesch. Soils judging involves looking at different soil profiles and identifying its characteristics, including texture, depths and erosion.
The horse judging team finished 16th out of 58 teams. Gold winners on the horse team were Mckenzie Cselovszki, who placed 20th individually and Courtney Engholm. Cheyenne Garness, Cristal Rose Longoria and Makayla Aschenbrenner each earned a silver. Horse judging involves western and English pleasure horses and halter classes.
The general livestock team, composed of new members, received a silver rating. Members included Matt Berkner and Ally Helget, who both received silver awards. General livestock, members judge beef, sheep and swine.
Matt Pulley competed in the dairy judging competition. This was Matt’s first time judging dairy and he received a bronze rating. For dairy judging, members judge classes of dairy cows and heifers, take a dairy management test, place a sire selection class and a pedigree class.