Sleepy Eye FFA Poultry and Milk Quality teams win Regions, qualify for State


On Nov. 18 and 19, members of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter competed in the Region VI Poultry and Milk Quality Career Development Events (CDE). A CDE is an opportunity for students to learn about a certain aspect of agriculture and compete to demonstrate their knowledge.

(Top) The Poultry Team won the Region VI Virtual Contest, from left: Adam Johnson, Isaac Lendt, Winsten Nienhaus, Anna Rossbach, and Noah Rossbach. (Bottom) THe Milk Quality Team won the Region VI Virtual Contest, from left: Katelyn Capacia, Trey Heiderscheidt, Jorden Niebuhr, and Victoria Poplow.

The Sleepy Eye Poultry CDE Team placed first in their contest. Participants included Adam Johnson (1st place individual), Isaac Lendt (2nd place individual), Winsten Nienhaus (4th place individual), Anna Rossbach (6th place individual), and Noah Rossbach. 

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

The Sleepy Eye Milk Quality CDE Team also earned first place in the Region VI Contest. The team included Katelyn Capacia (1st place individual), Trey Heiderscheidt (3rd place individual), Victoria Poplow (6th place individual), and Jorden Niebuhr (8th place individual).

In the Milk Quality competition, members score defects in milk, identify percentages of milk fat in dairy and non-dairy products, identify cheeses and their characteristics, rate CMT tests, take a knowledge test on milk marketing and production, and do a problem solving activity.

The Soils CDE Team also competed in a Region VI Contest in November and placed fourth. Team members included Maddi Helget (7th place individual), Caden Evers, and Caleb Suess.

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

Good luck to all of the teams as they all qualified for State Competition in April.