The 89th Annual FFA Leadership Conference drew in around 5,000 people to the Ames area last week April 9 - 11th. Events took place all across the ISU campus and the FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) took place at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Eleven Block and Bridle Club members organized the event with oversight from Poultry Farm Manager, Cameron Hall. There were 271 members that participated from 75 different chapters. The stations that students competed in were as follows:
- Interior Egg Grading- Grade 10 eggs based on internal qualities (Based from USDA Grading Manual)
- Exterior Egg Grading- Grade 10 eggs based on external qualities(Based from USDA Grading Manual)
- Further Process Parts ID- Identify 10 Parts created from the poultry carcass
- Further Process Written factor- Identify any issues in quality of 10 boneless precooked meat product
- Carcass Grading- Grade 10 poultry carcasses using USDA grades
- Carcass Placing- Judge and place 4 poultry carcasses.
- Live Animal Evaluation- Judge and place 4 laying hens
- Live Animal Evaluation- Judge and place 4 market broilers.
Poultry Farms Manager Cameron Hall says " This is a great event and grows larger each year. This event enables students to display their agricultural knowledge and test their skills in poultry evaluation. One of these events may open a student's eyes to a career in poultry someday and I'm here (at ISU) to not only manage the farm but help provide teaching opportunities just like this for students."
The Iowa FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event was made possible through the Iowa FFA Foundation. Newly Weds Foods, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, and Tyson Foods, Inc. sponsored the Champion Team plaque.