The State FFA CDE Competition will be held in April at the University of Minnesota.

On Oct. 10, the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter sent five 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.

There were 127 participants in the Poultry contest. The Sleepy Eye Team placed second out of 39 teams. Participants included Martina Nienhaus, Maddi Helget - first place individual, Cali Rossbach, Emma Fischer, Adam Johnson, and Winsten Nienhaus.

The Poultry CDE involves judging chicken and turkey carcasses, eggs, processed poultry, and taking a poultry knowledge test.

The Horse Judging team placed second out of 58 teams. The team included Leah Schnobrich - fifth place individual, Trisha Ludewig, Sophie Gustafson - 11th place, Clara Lemar, and Abby Hornsby. There were 209 participants in this contest.

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.

The Soils team also attended the competition in St. Paul, placing eighth out of 33 teams. Team members included Isaac Johnson - fourth place out of 106 participants, Isaac Finstad, Jacob Meyer, Gavin Gratz, and Josh Landkammer.

In the Soils contest, members judge different soil profiles, and identify its characteristics, including texture, depths, and erosion potential.

The Dairy Judging team placed ninth at the competition. The team consisted of Sophie Portner - sixth place individual, Jack Schroepfer, Macy Schenk, Gracie Sellner, and Mike Ludewig. There were 196 members who participated in this contest.

For the Dairy Judging CDE, the individuals judge the cow based certain body traits like: udder, legs, dairyness, topline, and the overall appearance of the cow.

The Livestock team also competed at the U of M Invitational. Team members included Jackson Huiras, Jon Baures, Mason Sellner, Kyle Wersal, Emma Schieffert, and Trey Heidersheidt. They were the 58th place team out of 81 teams. Jackson Huiras was the highest scorer on the team.

The Livestock contest consists of judging beef, sheep, hogs, and goats; selecting them based on market or breeding characteristics.

On Oct. 16, CDE teams ventured to Sherburn to compete in the Region VI fall CDE competition.

The Poultry team was the first place team overall and qualified for the state competition in the spring. The team consisted of Martina Nienhaus - first place individual, Maddi Helget - second place, Cali Rossbach - third place, Emma Fischer - 10th place, and Adam Johnson - 11th place.

The Soils team placed fourth in the competition and also earned a trip to state competition. The team consisted of Isaac Johnson - fourth place individual, Isaac Finstad - 10th place, Jacob Meyer, and Gavin Gratz.

The Forestry team placed fourth in the region and qualified for the state competition as well. Team members included Juan Cortez - sixth place individual, Edwin Flores, Toby Weiss, and Evan Fischer.

The Forestry contest deals with identification of trees, wood, and tools. as well as practicums such as chainsaw parts and operation, timber cruising, and log scaling, and a knowledge test.

Also receiving fourth place in the Region, at a contest held Oct. 12, was the Horse team consisting of Leah Schnobrich - third place individual, Trisha Ludewig, Sophie Gustafson, Clara Lemar, and Abby Hornsby.

The State FFA CDE Competition will be held in April at the University of Minnesota. The Soils, Poultry, Horse, and Forestry teams will begin preparing in March for this next level of competition.