Lander Valley HS FFA students win State FFA Livestock Evaluation Competition!

The event was held on April 10th at the Wyoming State FFA Convention in Cheyenne. Livestock Evaluation is a competitive activity that tests the student's ability to select and evaluate livestock. During the event, participants demonstrate their ability to grade market classes of feeder and slaughter steers and hogs according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) market grading standards. Participants evaluate classes of breeding and market beef, sheep and swine according to the latest USDA market grades and cutability. They then provide oral reasons for their selections.

Team members were Alicia Espinosa, Mark McConnell, Jess Oldham and Colby Voxland. The team’s FFA advisor is Mike McConnell. Oldham finished as the high individual in the beef and reasons portion of the competition, as well as the top student overall. McConnell finished as the second high individual in the reasons portion. Both received a tuition and fees scholarship to Casper College for their wins.

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FFA 2014

Pictured in photo (from left to right) are: Mike McConnell (advisor), Jess Oldham,
Colby Voxland, Alicia Espinosa, and Mark McConnell.