A team of three Nevada FFA members earned a silver award at the Iowa FFA Dairy Cattle Career Development Event. The event was held in conjunction with the Youth Dairy Classic at the Delaware County fairgrounds in Manchester on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The first phase of the contest was a written test over production management, including calculating net profit on a cow, ration formulation, sire pedigree data interpretation and milk pricing adjusted from 3.5 percent butterfat. The live cattle evaluation part of the event consisted of evaluating six classes of mature cows, and heifers. Students gave a set of oral reasons on one class to verbally articulate and justify their placing. Dairy breeds evaluated included Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey, Guernsey and Ayrshire.
Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, accompanied the students. Upon returning to the high school around 5 p.m., Avery Mather was at the school and ready to work on a tractor project until 8 p.m.