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Gustine High FFA’s food science team placed second at the recent UC Davis Field Day. From left are team members Joshlyn Garcia, Aubrie Hazan, Amanda Oliveira and Patrick Broderick. 

On March 7, UC Davis held the first field day in California for the FFA judging teams. Gustine FFA had multiple teams attend the competition, including food science, floral judging, livestock judging, dairy judging and meat judging.

The food science competition at UC Davis is the only competition in the state for our team. The team, composed of Patrick Broderick, Aubrie Hazan, Amanda Oliveira and Joshlyn Garcia, won second place behind Escalon FFA.

“As this is my last year in food science and technology judging I had a great time being a part of our state finalist team,” Oliveira reflected. “Sadly we placed second this year, but I believe there is a bright future for next year’s team. They will be in the very capable hands of Mr. Baffunno.”

The meat judging team, which included Nicholas Alamo, Gurleenjot Kaur, Clayton Alamo and Alondra Ortiz, placed eighth at UC Davis. The meat judging competition is made up of several classes in which competitors evaluate and rank different cuts of meat, an identification component and a written quiz on the meat industry.

Another team that went to UC Davis was livestock judging, which included Austin Bell, Emma Woods, Garret Gomes, and Daniel Gomes. After judging multiple classes of different species, the members give reasons for their placings. The competitors also take a written exam. At the end of the day, the livestock team placed 30th out of 50 teams.

The dairy team also competed. Their competition is similar to the livestock competition but only includes dairy heifers and dairy cows, with the inclusion of a pedigree test. The team at this field day included Darian Nunes, Tyler Borba, John Toste, Joseph Lopes, Christina Moitozo and Roxanna Araiza.

The floral team placed 14th at the field day. Team members included Alexis Barnet, Kirianna Urias, Kaitlyn Davis and Stephine Chan. The competition included floral ID, judging classes of cut flowers, potted plants, a written exam and a hands-on floral arrangement event. The floral team placed 14th at the field day overall.