MANLIUS – The Bureau Valley FFA Livestock Judging Team competed in its final contest this year April 26 at the University of Illinois in Champaign. With 110 teams competing in the Non-Reasons Division, Bureau Valley was ranked 22nd overall.
Of 505 individuals participating, the team members all placed in the top half. The livestock judging team members included Jordan Monier, ranked 27th overall; Jessica Loudenburg, 49th; Carlie Bickett, 177th; Kristyn Ehnle, 207th; and Chris Shynk, 216th. The State Livestock CDE this year had its usual classes: Angus Heifers, Southdown Ewes, Market Hogs, Boer Does, Yorkshire Gilts (keep-cull), Southdown Ewes (keep-cull), Angus Heifers, and Slaughter Cattle.
The team’s season lasted from Jan. 17 through April 26. Team members usually practiced twice a week in the mornings for half an hour.
When asked what the hardest animal to judge is, team members Ehnle and Bickett agreed every person has their own strengths and weaknesses in the animals they judge. Ehnle said her favorite part of livestock judging is “Spending quality time with my fellow FFA members.” Bickett said she likes going to livestock judging competitions because she feels it’s “A good way to meet other FFA people.”