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Chambersburg FFA dairy judging team competes at nationals

November 09, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - The Chambersburg FFA competed at the National FFA Conference in Indianapolis Oct. 21 to 25.

The dairy judging team placed sixth in the nation and was the highest placing team in Pennsylvania in all of the career development events.

Team members were Jesse Kline, Melinda Cordell and Dakota Hampton.

The National FFA dairy cattle evaluation career development event is a competitive activity that tests the student's ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components include judging six classes of dairy cattle, with three sets of oral reasons. The oral reasons are justification for placing the class.

The FFA members also did linear classification of five Holstein cattle, a sire selection and dairy management exercise and placing of four dairy cattle pedigrees, along with a taking a dairy cattle management test.

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Kayla Cordell, Melinda Cordell's sister, received the American Farmer Degree.

Kayla is the first Chambersburg FFA member to receive her American Farmer Degree in 20 years. To receive the American Farmer Degree, the student must have completed at least three years of agriculture education instruction, must have earned at least $7,500 and productively invested at $1,500, and worked 2,250 hours on their supervised experience project.

Kayla supervised experience project was dairy herd.

Lisa Shaw is the coach for the dairy judging team and served as the adviser for Kayla.

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