On Oct. 3, the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter sent six teams to the University of Minnesota to compete in Career Development Events.

On Oct. 3, the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter sent six teams to the University of Minnesota to compete in Career Development Events or CDEs. A CDE is an opportunity for students to learn about a certain aspect of agriculture and compete to demonstrate their knowledge.

The poultry CDE involves judging chicken and turkey carcasses, eggs, processed poultry, and taking a poultry knowledge test. There were 111 members in the poultry contest. Sleepy Eye’s poultry team that will compete in national competition in a few weeks, placed third at this contest. Participants included McKenzie Cselovszki—fourth place individual, Trey Heiderscheidt—eighth place individual and Parker Neid—10th place individual. Sleepy Eye’s new poultry team did great, placing fourth in the U of M competition. Team members are Emma Fischer, Maddison Helget—first place individual, Martina Nienhaus, and Cali Rossbach—sixth place individual.

The soils team placed seventh in the competition in St. Paul. Isaac Johnson was the top scorer on the team; the other team members are Carter Fischer, Owen Braun, Isaac Finstad and Kyle Christensen. In the soils contest, members judge different soil profiles, and identify soil characteristics, including texture, depths, and erosion potential.

The dairy judging team placed fourth at the competition. Team members are Sophie Portner, Macy Schenk—15th place individual, Clarissa Simonsen—seventh place and Gracie Sellner. There were 220 FFA members who participated in this contest. For the dairy judging CDE, the individuals judge the cow based on certain body traits, such as udder, legs, dairiness, topline and the overall appearance of the cow.

The forestry team also competed at the U of M Invitational. Team members are Juan Cortez, Zyndi Cuvillier, Edwin Flores, Evan Fischer and Jadon Haala. They were the 10th place team in the competition. In the forestry competition, members identify trees, solve business management problems, measure trees and logs to determine board feet, identify tools and diseases that affect trees, and take a knowledge test.

Sophie Gustafson and Abigail Hornsby competed in the horse CDE competition at the U of M. Sophie was the 13th place individual and Abigail received 18th place individual, out of 204 competitors. For the horse CDE, members judge halter classes, performance classes—western pleasure, hunt seat, English pleasure, western riding, western horsemanship, and trail—and identification of breeds, colors, markings, and tack.

On Oct. 5, CDE teams ventured to Sherburn to compete in the Region VI fall CDE competition. The new poultry team was the first place team overall and qualified for the state competition in the spring. Cali Rossbach was the first place individual; Maddison Helget was third, Martina Nienhaus was the ninth and Emma Fischer rounded out the team.

The soils team placed second in the competition and earned a trip to state competition. The team was Owen Braun, Kyle Christensen, Isaac Johnson—sixth place individual, Carter Fischer—seventh place, Gavin Gratz and Isaac Finstad—10th place.

The forestry team placed fifth in the region and qualified for the state competition as well.

Also receiving fifth place in the region was the horse team consisting of Sophie Gustafson, Abigail Hornsby and Vanessa Konopka.

The State FFA CDE Competition will be held in April at the University of Minnesota. The soils, poultry and forestry teams will begin preparing in March for this next level of competition.