Caney FFA Reserve State Champion Livestock Judging Team
Caney FFA Reserve State Champion Livestock Judging Team

The Caney FFA took home high honors at the State competitions for poultry judging and livestock judging earlier this month. 

The Caney FFA livestock team placed second in the State Champion Livestock Judging with member Rhett Newby placing first high individual for reasons and second high individual overall. These were out of 247 individual competitors and 73 teams. Caney FFA member Andrew Anderson received seventh high individual overall. Jake Keene placed 44th overall and Brenden Anderson placed 90th overall.

Cherryvale FFA took first place in the livestock judging. Livestock judging is often considered one of the more difficult contests. As Kansas Farm Mom Nicole Small described, "You must be able to use critical thinking to make a decision, take notes and then verbally defend your decision to a judge." 

"We are super proud of the boys for earning Reserve State Champion Livestock Judging out of 73 teams," expressed Caney Valley High School FFA advisor Kimber Kiersey. 

The Caney FFA poultry judging team took first place out of 50 teams to earn the honors of State Champion Poultry Team. Team member Tiffany Egan placed first high individual out of 190 individual competitors. Emma Pool placed sixth high individual, Kaygan Shull placed 26th individual and Venus McMahan was 28th individual. 

"These girls will compete at Nationals in October and also earned an all paid trip to Atlanta for the International Poultry and Processing Expo in February," Kiersey noted. "This is a major accomplishment and we are extremely proud of them!"

The 94th Kansas FFA Career Development Events took place from April 29 through May 1 at the K-State College of Agriculture.