Future farmers return to South Routt with state title
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Soroco Future Farmers of America livestock judging team won the state FFA Career Development Event competition late last month and now will represent Colorado at the national competition in October.
“This has been only the second time that Soroco FFA has had a state-winning CDE (career development event, with the first time occurring in 1988,” team member Bailey Singer wrote in a news release. “This makes it a big year for Soroco FFA.”
The state competition, which was held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, involved 1,500 hundred FAA students from across the state.
The livestock team of Samuel Shaffer, Kaetlyn Friedeman, Grace Olinger and Singer was required to evaluate beef, sheep, swine and goats, then orally defend their positions to a judge.
Soroco agricultural education instructor Jay Whaley said the achievements of the Soroco FFA Chapter bode well for the future of agriculture in the region.
“Our students’ success is encouraging for our food and fiber system in Northwest Colorado, not just production agriculture but all the support services involved in its production — transportation, processing and services,” Whaley said.
Singer said Soroco FFA was able to bring more teams to the state meet, bolstering its chances to show well across the board.
“These teams included horticulture, milk judging, agricultural mechanics and meat judging,” in addition to livestock judging, she said. “We are so proud of each individual and team that participated throughout these two days.”
Grace Olinger led the Soroco livestock judging team, which swept the competition. She was the highest ranked individual overall, and Singer was fifth overall.
Soroco’s results included:
Milk judging: Team, bronze; Chase Delamater and Alex Colby, bronze; Spencer Ashley, silver. The team also included Gregory Rubalcaba
Ag mechanics: Jesse Amrin, gold medal. Teammates were Bailey Iacovetto and Kane Williams.
Meat evaluation: team, silver; Schuyler Carlson, gold; Harrison Ashley and Kendall Hood, silver.
Livestock: team, gold; Shaffer, Friedeman, Olinger and Singer, gold.
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