SUNBURY – On Saturday, March 24, 2018, students in the Big Walnut – DACC Agricultural Science Education program participated in the state Poultry Management Career Development Event preliminaries at the Ohio Exposition Center.
The event was sponsored by the Ohio Poultry Association, Fieldale Farm, Newly Weds Foods, Tyson Foods, and the US Poultry & Egg Association.
In this event, students complete a multi-faceted evaluation of egg and poultry products. Through the event, students evaluate bone-in and bone-out further processed products, evaluate eggs for interior and exterior defects, evaluated carcasses and carcass parts, evaluated live birds, and completed a general knowledge written examination.
The team placed fourth in the state preliminary event, which qualified them to compete in the Poultry Management Career Development Event finals.
Team members included Gabby Adair, Austin Cheadle, Dustin Cheadle, Chris Dible, and Kyle Disbennett.
On Friday, April 27, the Poultry Management team competed in the state finals event at The Ohio State University.
In the finals, students evaluated ready-to-cook chicken carcasses and live laying hens and gave oral reasons to defend their decisions. The team also were given a scenario about egg-strain pullet management and worked as a team to solve problems related to this issue. The team placed fourth in the oral reasons category and were fourth overall in the event.
Individually, Gabby Adair placed 10th, Austin Cheadle placed 18th, Kyle Disbennett placed 24th, and Dustin Cheadle placed 31st. Chris Dible was the alternate for the finalist team.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is composed of 653,359 members belonging to one of 8,568 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Information for this story was provided by Jeffrey Stimmell.