Gustine FFA’s judging teams have been preparing for contests since early this year in hopes that they would have somewhere to put their knowledge to use. Livestock judging is the evaluation of livestock animals based on criteria such as structure, muscle and pattern. Students are asked to place 10 classes, and give reasons for their placings on four of them. The contest is a great way to learn critical thinking skills, and how to be an overall better speaker. On March 6, UC Davis held a virtual livestock judging contest. They gave the members three classes of beef, three classes of swine, three classes of sheep and one class of goats to place. The evaluation portion of the contest finished around 11:30, and students were asked to submit their reasons on Flipgrid by 3:00 in the afternoon. When the awards ceremony on Sunday came around, Gustine FFA ended up placing sixth overall.
On March 13th, Chico State hosted a virtual training in which our members participated. The Gustine FFA floral team, livestock judging team and Creed speaking contestant all participated via Zoom. The floral team was able to watch a certified florist design and teach how to make boutonnieres and bouquets. The experience was very valuable and was enjoyed by the eight students who were able to design as well during the workshop. Grant Hazan, who participated in the Creed workshop, said, “I worked with facilitators who were very helpful in working on many new skills to develop for not only presenting the Creed, but skills that I can use in any public speaking event.”