Meridian FFA members compete in fall CDEs

By Loretta Lacy

Meridian FFA Chapter Reporter

Published on November 10, 2016 12:29PM

From left, Wilson Dowdle, Kennedy Cox, Bailey Josoff, Martha Hirschi and Kobe Manzer at the State Soils Evaluation CDE Awards Banquet.

From left, Wilson Dowdle, Kennedy Cox, Bailey Josoff, Martha Hirschi and Kobe Manzer at the State Soils Evaluation CDE Awards Banquet.

Dairy Cattle Evaluators after the district CDE in Melba in September.

Dairy Cattle Evaluators after the district CDE in Melba in September.

Meridian FFA members pose for a group photo after participating in the district Dairy Foods CDE.

Meridian FFA members pose for a group photo after participating in the district Dairy Foods CDE.

From left, Hailey Buffham, Lauren Jackson, and Cameron King at the State Range CDE Awards Banquet.

From left, Hailey Buffham, Lauren Jackson, and Cameron King at the State Range CDE Awards Banquet.


To prepare for the Idaho FFA State CDEs in the spring, several district Career Development Events (CDEs) are held during fall semester to help prepare members.

In the past two months, Boise Valley and Western Idaho FFA districts have hosted four CDE competitions: Dairy Foods, Dairy Judging, Soils Evaluation, and Range.

Soils Evaluation and Range CDEs are competitions that qualify for state level competitions. The rest of the competitions are for practice and do not inhibit or promise the chance to compete at the state level.

Members find a CDE that they find interesting and try out for that team. If they make the team, they then have the chance to compete in the district level of competition. Our members are very passionate about their chosen CDEs and they find that they learn a lot.

The Boise Valley District (BVD) Dairy Judging CDE was held on Sept. 21 in Melba, Idaho. This CDE consists of judging the conformation of cows, heifers, and calves, and presenting a set of oral reasons on your placings to a judge. The members also answer a set of questions on DHI (Dairy Herd Improvement) records. Meridian’s official Dairy Judging team placed 5th.

The following members competed in Dairy Judging on the official team:

• Will Sutton (7th place individual).

• Cody Duff (10th place individual).

• Jordan Bettencourt.

• Kaitlyn Steppe.

The following members were Dairy Judging alternates:

• Lauren Jackson.

• Rose Frazee.

• Jayson Hibbs.

• Mike Varin.

• Madison Stroebel.

• Savannah Christensen.

• Kyleigh Davis.

• Brock Shurtz.

Cody Duff’s favorite part of Dairy Judging is being able to spend time with the cows because they truly are “man’s best friend.” Members participate in this CDE because they love spending time with the animals and being able to learn more about them. Dairy Judging takes a lot of practice, time and effort. The members that make this team, and other teams, spend countless hours perfecting their skills.

The Dairy Foods CDE consists of tasting and grading dairy products, such as cheese and milk contaminants, and the identification of dairy vs. nondairy products. There is also a dairy knowledge test. This CDE was also held on Sept. 21 in Melba.

The following members competed in Dairy Foods:

• Kaitlyn Steppe (5th place individual).

• Madison Stroebel.

• Lauren Jackson.

• Jayson Hibbs.

• Rose Frazee.

• Cameron King.

• Brock Shurtz.

Kaitlyn Steppe enjoys this CDE not only because she enjoys being exposed to the dairy industry, but because she also gets to see the different types of careers that are being offered within this industry. Our members often become passionate about their CDEs, which leads to them looking for jobs in that field.

The District Soils Evaluation CDE was held in New Plymouth, Idaho, on Sept. 29. This was Meridian’s first time competing in years. Meridian’s Soils Evaluation team placed 3rd at the district competition, which qualified them for this state competition. Meridian’s Soils Evaluation team placed 9th and our Range team placed 11th at the state competition in Burley, Idaho, in October.

The following members competed in Soils:

• Bailey Josoff.

• Hailey Buffham.

• Kennedy Cox.

• Kobe Manzer.

• Wilson Dowdle.

• Martha Hirschi.

The following members competed in Range at state:

• Lauren Jackson.

• Hailey Buffham.

• Cameron King.

Cameron King says, “The most enjoyable part of the Range CDE is the plant identification.” When asked what his favorite part of the Soils CDE is, Kobe Manzer replies, “I love Soils Evaluation because it’s very hands-on and it really gives us the chance to interact with the land.”

None of these CDEs would be possible without the help of many amazing people. Thank you to Casper’s Dairy for hosting the Boise Valley District Dairy Judging CDE.

Meridian FFA would also like to thank Rudi DeWinkle for being the official Dairy Cattle judge.

Thank you to Carma Forsberg for putting together the Boise Valley District Dairy Foods CDE.

Meridian FFA would also like to thank Clay Peak Landfill in Payette, Idaho, and Shawn Nield, Idaho state soil scientist, for hosting and putting on the district Soils Evaluation CDE.







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