GUSTINE - A local teen is one of three FFA members from across the state who will compete in the state sheep proficiency (entrepreneurship division) finals in April.
Jeanette Gomes, a senior at Central Catholic, won top honors at the Stanislaus/Tuolumne Section and Central Region levels.
Three state finalists - Gomes included - were selected from the six regional winners.
Gomes, a senior at Central Catholic High School, has been working with sheep since 9 years of age.
She started with a market lamb as a 4-H project, acquired two breeding ewes and now has a flock of more than 20 ewes.
Her proficiency project, Gomes explained, documents the growth and development of her involvement.
One major change, she noted, has been the shift from natural breeding to laparoscopic artificial insemination of the ewes.
“That is a big part of my project, showing that we are advancing and keeping up with the latest trends,” Gomes said.
She said Jaime Farao at Farao Club Lambs and her FFA adviser Nicole Morris have both been instrumental in her success.
Gomes, who is the reigning Miss Gustine, is the daughter of Tim and Rose Ann Gomes of rural Gustine.