Pawnee FFA Chapter Wins Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Handling Skills ContestMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:30:11 CST
The team representing the Pawnee FFA Chapter easily won the 2014 Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Handling Skills Contest at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds on Friday. The team received the top placing from all three judges and outscored the second place team by 26 points. Team members included (in the order seen on the front row of the picture here) Bethany Piotrowski, Erin Caldwell and John Barger.
After the awards were presented on Friday afternoon, Bethany Piotrowski talked with Farm Director Ron Hays about their Championship, saying they had prepared for the contest by having local ranchers allow them to work their cattle through a chute- practicing their skills in putting implants into a calf, checking the temperature of the calf, putting in an ear tag and more. Officials with the contest remarked how the Pawnee team communicated verbally with one another as they worked both of the calves they were judged upon, which allowed the team to work quickly but without any errors taking place in handling the animals. You can hear the conversation that Bethany had with Ron by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
The top team earned scholarships as well as a new Prefiert chute for the Pawnee Chapter. All contestants won scholarships, belt buckles and certificates for being a part of the competition. Teams had to qualify by taking a written test on animal well being and handling back in July of this year that was given at the Big 3 Judging Contests held by Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Pictures of the contest and of all nine teams receiving their awards can be found on our set of pictures from the 2014 Tulsa Farm Show- Click here for those pictures to be found on Flickr.
The second place team was the threesome from Perkins-Tryon- the FFA members on their team included Jake Gould, Ty Elwood and Kaylee Brunker.
Third place honors went to the Madill FFA team of Will Shelby, Jacob Hartin and Tucker Burns.
Fourth Place was a team from the Latta FFA Chapter- consisting of Taw Sherrel, Tristan Monroe and WIll Elison. It was a first time appearance for Latta in the finals of this contest held each December at the Tulsa Farm Show.
Crescent placed fifth- team members included Tee Barnes, Tommy Ryland and Maddie Cook.
Hydro-Eakly was sixth with Alexia Carney, Denham York and Trey Whitney representing their chapter.
Locust Grove Place seventh- team members included Corey Pell, Wesley Burford and Michael McFarland.
Gelncoe FFA had the eighth place team- with team members Aaron Matheson, Marquee Bundy and Will Goeringer.
Frontier FFA placed ninth with Colton Lane, Callie Land and Taelor Baetz representing their chapter.
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