Read Mountain FFA competed in the Virginia Tech Block & Bridle FFA/4-H Junior Stockmen’s event on March 22 at the Alphin- Stuart Livestock Arena in Blacksburg. Team members were Mason Sowers, Claire Seibel, Ashley Phoenix and Tess Seibel. The Stockmen’s contest is a test of general knowledge of livestock. Students rotate through 15 minute stations that include a 25-question multiple choice quiz ; identification of feeds, equipment, breeds, and retail meats cuts; judging of hay, retail meats cuts, beef cattle, sheep, swine, and meat goats; and questions about the animal judging classes. Stockmen’s contestants take with them an astounding amount of information that encompasses all aspects of the livestock industry. It is a contest that Read Mountain FFA members always look forward to.
Submitted by Amy Stevens, Agriscience & FFA Advisor, Read Mountain Middle School