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Riverside FFA team places 11th in national competition

Riverside FFA members Samantha Egbert, Ella Jackson, Hillary Hayman and Levi Stapleton recently represented the state of Ohio in the National Dairy Judging Contest at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

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Riverside FFA members, from the left, Samantha Egbert, Ella Jackson, Hillary Hayman and Levi Stapleton competed at the National Dairy Judging Competition. (PHOTO | NATIONAL FFA)

The local team competed against students from 43 other states and finished 11th. Each member also received a gold rating.

Students had to evaluate and place cows, and then provide reasons for their placings.

Next, participants evaluated herd records and gave their recommendations, and then had to take a test about dairy cows.

The competition concluded with a team event, where members were given a scenario and then had to provide their dairy herd recommendations to a farmer based upon the strategic planning method that evaluates strengths, weaknesses/limitations, opportunities and threats.

Ray Jackson assisted the team in their preparation for the national competition.

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