The Triton FFA Chapter placed fifth in the N.C. FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development event on March 29 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Triton team members include Caden Overton, Matthew Bittenbender, Robert Osborn and Riley Adkins. Their FFA advisor is Jacob Fipps.
“Our guys did great,” Mr. Fipps said. “We had two guys on the team that finished out in the top 10 of the state individually.”
The team placed finished first in the South-Central region and fifth out of 85 teams in the state.
Out of 321 individual students, Matthew finished sixth in the state overall. Caden finished in ninth place, while Riley and Robert finished in 39th and 145th overall.
The top three teams get recognized at a state convention in June and the top-ranked team goes to nationals. The Triton FFA chapter’s poultry evaluation team will be recognized at the South-Central Regional Rally in May for finishing first place in the region.
During this event students evaluate production, processing and merchandising phases of the poultry industry as well as identify various industry components. They are also tested on the application of sound management practices. Participants evaluate live birds, present oral reasons and place a class of ready-tocook broilers. In the processing and merchandising phase of the event, students select and grade ready-tocook turkeys, and processed products and cartons of eggs.
“In this contest, the students have to look at ready-to-cook poultry carcasses, grade them based upon how they look or if there’s any defects in them,” Mr. Fipps said. “They have to take a written test. They have to evaluate the internal and external quality of the eggs. Then, also they have to look at live birds and place those birds based upon different characteristics of those birds. Then they have to present one set of oral reasons expressing why they placed the birds the way they did.”
This event is one of 43 different career development events offered to N.C. FFA members on the state level.
“The whole purpose of the career development events is to allow the students leadership opportunities to better their leadership abilities, so they can grow through this and understand more about the agriculture industry along the way,” Mr. Fipps said.
Perdue Farms Inc., Zoetis and the N.C. Egg Association, with in-kind support from the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at N.C. State University, sponsor the State Poultry Evaluation Career Development event.
“Our mission statement is that FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education,” Mr. Fipps said. “Through these various leadership opportunities, it helps them better their leadership abilities and their personal growth to help them beyond high school.”
The N.C. FFA is a youth organization of 19,735 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 263 local chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive dif- ference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www. ncffa.org for more information.
The Triton FFA chapter's poultry evaluation team, from left, are senior Riley Adkins and juniors Matthew Bittenbender, Caden Overton and Robert Osborn. Matthew placed sixth overall at the N.C. FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development event on March 29. Caden placed ninth; Riley and Robert placed 39th and 145th, respectively. The team finished fifth in the state.
Contributed Photo/Jacob Fipps